Following the career of a young Shannon Briggs & the build-up to Holyfield-Holmes, also featuring Michael Marley, Muhammad Ali, the Duva family, Teddy Atlas, Bob Arum and others.
1. Andre Ward
2. Roman Gonzalez
3. Manny Pacquiao
4. Sergey Kovalev
5. Terence Crawford
6. Gennady Golovkin
7. Vasyl Lomachenko
8. Naoya Inoue
9. Saul Alvarez
10. Mikey Garcia
- Garcia enters at #10 after impressing in his first real fight in 3 years, demolishing the solid Dejan Zlaticanin. The former heir apparent to the top spot in American boxing is back on track.
- Rigondeaux exits for now, without having faced a top ten opponent in almost 4 years. At least he gets a chance to address that in a few weeks against mandatory Moises Flores but it’s guesswork as to how much this great pure boxer has left.
Badou Jack 114-112 James DeGale, officially a DRAW, both Super Middleweight titlists retain their respective belts
Leo Santa Cruz 115-113 Carl Frampton (rematch), officially MD
Lampley speaks on such topics as his beginnings as a broadcaster, the HBO boxing brand & the Mayweather-Pacquiao fallout
“As boxing’s major antitrust case gears up for trial, more financial figures, emails and documents were released to the public.”
Especially interesting is Golden Boy’s absolute financial reliance on Canelo, who “accounted for 94% of Golden Boy’s income from boxing operations in 2015”.
Any wonder why he’s fighting Khan, Smith & Chavez Jr., all on PPV, instead of Golovkin?
Also interesting are emails between the Golden Boy PR director & a journalist, discussing ways in which critical articles on Haymon can be penned. The discussions include the journalist, Hesiquio Balderas labelling Haymon “black hitler”, as well as further racist language.
“Golden Boy’s antitrust lawsuit against boxing’s power manager Al Haymon is, for the moment, in the hands of U.S. Federal Judge John F. Walter. On Oct. 31, Haymon and his corporate entities filed motions for summary judgment, leading to a barrage of public disclosures including deposition excerpts and declarations from some of boxing’s key figures: Al Haymon, Oscar De La Hoya, Bernard Hopkins, Roberto Diaz, Eric Gomez, Michael Ring, Kathy Duva, Kery Davis, and Gary Shaw.
Judge Walter will soon decide whether there are any genuine disputes of material fact in Golden Boy’s case that should proceed to trial on Mar. 14 in Los Angeles. If he rules that no reasonable jury could ever side with Golden Boy, the case will be over.
From the bombardment of public filings over the past month, the strategies and arguments that each side is currently making and will make in the event of a trial are starting to take shape. At the most basic level, Golden Boy claims Al Haymon is attempting to monopolize the boxing promotion market and will use his power to harm broadcasters, sponsors, fans, and boxers. Haymon argues he is not a boxing promoter and is only looking out for his clients’ best interest as their manager by advising them to avoid “one-sided, long-term promotional agreements” from Golden Boy and other promoters.”
An old video, but an entertaining one
A year of judging the judges on this site has come to an end, so on to the question of who were some of the worst repeat offenders of the year?
Marcus McDonnell claims the unenviable #1 position amongst referees & judges with 4 separate citations for poor officiating.
Waleska Roldan, Terry O’Connor, Steve Gray and Alexander Kalinkin also picked up multiple mentions each.
The Professional Boxing Federation of Russia (for allowing Povetkin to fight days after a failed test), the New York State Athletic commission (for the exposure of their widespread corruption and incompetence; special mention to then-chairman Tom Hoover), the California commission (for allowing Salido-Vargas to go ahead after Vargas’ positive test; yes, it resulted in the fight of the year, but I don’t want dirty boxing, no matter how entertaining), and, AIBA (for the rampant levels of fixed draws, bribery, lack of drug testing and seeming mission to annihilate amateur boxing from the inside) deserve particular shaming.
Little tops Germany’s BDB commission, who, led by equivocating president Thomas Putz, were involved in a myriad of scandals this year, involving the failed drug tests of Erkan Teper, Felix Sturm & Sam Soliman, sanctioning a gross Odlanier Solis mismatch versus a novice, and being stripped of their status as a “full member” by the EBU.
For the sake of relative brevity, here are selected details of the most serious BDB oversights relating to the Erkan Teper situation:
Disgraced Erkan Teper returned to fight Derric Rossy on July 3rd.
But how was this allowed to happen after his 2 year ban for PED use going back to his knockout of David Price last July (as well as the police raid on his home that uncovered vast amounts of PEDs, something that has seemingly gone unpunished)?
More details of his ban can be found here:
The answer once again lies in the eternally fractured state of boxing’s regulatory structure, as Germany’s boxing commission (BDB) are under no obligation to honour the EBU’s ban.
Check out the asinine reasoning offered by BDB president Thomas Puetz for their decision:
Does anyone think a fine, random testing & a last-chance probationary stance is enough of a punishment, or enough of a justification to not honour the EBU’s ban?
The Erkan Teper-David Price situation is everything that’s wrong with boxing’s fractured governance and poorly managed PED testing.
Jake Donovan’s report for Boxingscene.com outlines the lurid chain of events in detail: http://www.boxingscene.com/teper-dealt-two-year-ban-price-ko-changed-no-contest–99702?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
The German Boxing Federation (BDB) are most at fault: taking five months to disclose the failed test for the Price fight; it only coming to light now that Teper had previously failed a test & was given a short ban in mid-2014; and for failing to inform the European Boxing Union about any of this until December 2015, when Teper had shortly beforehand been scheduled to fight once again for their title.
It was also somehow not revealed publicly that a police raid on Teper’s residence in April of last year uncovered vast amounts of PEDs (for example, clenbuterol, testosterone, growth hormone and Methandrostenolone).
How did my prospect of the year picks for 2016 pan out?
Pretty well, actually.
Anthony Joshua is, very rapidly, positioning himself as perhaps boxing’s single biggest draw. Sorry, Canelo…
A banner year saw a world title won earlier than expected & two routine defences. AJ is still learning on the job but packing arenas and riding the hype train to eye-popping PPV numbers for Sky.
This is only the beginning.
A hoped-for crowd of 90k will witness his headline debut at Wembley, and first foray into the top tier of the division, against ‘old’ Wlad Klitschko.
Takuma Inoue was all set for a year-end title challenge in just his 9th bout, but injury prevented this. His time will come.
Callum Smith became mandatory challenger for Badou Jack in April, but has had to wait for this title shot to be ordered by the sanctioning body. In the meantime, he racked up three easy stay-busy wins.
What about the fights I hoped would happen in 2016?
Unfortunately, only 3 of the 13 hoped-for contests happened, although DeGale-Jack is set for later this month.
Not a good haul and reflective of a poor year for the sport.
Less than a month to go before the astonishingly bad Chris Eubank Jr.-Renold Quinlan fight on ITV PPV.
As it stands, there’s more than a few reasons to believe this farce won’t actually end up happening:
No venue, no ticket info, no undercard, no real promotion, no official press conference. 3 weeks to go. No fight.
— Ainsley (@AlfredHookem) January 5, 2017
Greisman’s regularly outstanding ‘Fighting Words’ column, this time looking at potential 2017 storylines, including the return of Tyson Fury & a crucial year three for Haymon’s PBC