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
Fighter of the Year
1. Carl Frampton
2. Andre Ward
3. Vasyl Lomachenko
Fight of the Year
1. Francisco Vargas-Orlando Salido
2. Jamie Conlan-Anthony Nelson
3. Leo Santa Cruz-Carl Frampton
Knockout of the Year
1. Hassan N’Dam ko1 Alfonso Blanco
2. Deontay Wilder ko9 Artur Szpilka
3. Murat Gassiev ko1 Jordan Shimmel
Round of the Year
1. Yoshihiro Kamegai-Jesus Soto Karass I Round 10
2. Jamie Conlan-Anthony Nelson Round 5
3. Edwin Rodriguez-Thomas Williams Jr. Round 2
Prospect of the Year
1. Jarrett Hurd
2. Jason Quigley
3. Hughie Fury
Upset of the Year
1. Joe Smith Jr. ko1 Andrzej Fonfara
2. Jezreel Corrales ko2 Takashi Uchiyama
3. Julius Indongo ko1 Eduard Troyanovsky
Trainer of the Year
Shane McGuigan – mainly for his work with Carl Frampton, but also George Groves
Note: I’ve kept this list to bouts that can realistically happen next year, hence why you won’t see any fights like Thurman-Bradley or Santa Cruz-Lomachenko on this list that are likely prevented by promotional/TV differences.
1.Tyson Fury- Anthony Joshua
If AJ can emulate Fury by beating Klitschko, and Fury can overcome his myriad mental health and drug issues, this is the most meaningful and, possibly, the biggest money fight in heavyweight boxing.
2. Anthony Joshua-David Haye
I say “possibly”, because boxing’s ultimate conman, David Haye is looking for his cashout fight & remains a bigger name than Fury.
3. Andre Ward-Sergey Kovalev II
After a highly skilled first meeting that ended with the most debated decision of recent years, the only way to definitively settle matters would seem to be an immediate rematch, which happens to be in the contract from the first bout.
But there’s often a way out of rematch clauses…
4. James DeGale/Badou Jack-Callum Smith
DeGale-Jack is the first treat of the 2017 boxing year, and the imposing figure of Callum Smith looms as mandatory for the winner.
DeGale-Smith would be big in the UK, but, whomever wins out between DeGale & Jack, it’s mouthwatering.
5. Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin
In 2016, Gennady said “give me my belt”, and Canelo did.
Last year, I expressed optimism that Canelo would fearlessly face this challenge. That’s gone out the window and reputational damage has accrued. It’s a lot of agonizing to do over a fight that probably won’t be that competitive in the ring.
Still, we all want it, and a helluva lot more than proposed Canelo-Lemieux or, god help us, Canelo-Chavez Jr. bouts.
6. Kell Brook-Amir Khan
This fight, talked about for so many years, appears to be in serious negotiations for the first time. A ton of pride and each man’s legacy would be at stake. Surely it must happen eventually, why not 2017?
7. Manny Pacquiao-Terence Crawford
Freddie Roach hasn’t sounded too enthused about Pacman taking this fight, but one can speculate Bob Arum would be interested in a little of the great Filipino’s star power rubbing off on perhaps the USA’s best current fighter.
Pacquiao proved he can still go in 2016 and Crawford will be at welterweight sooner rather than later.
8. Ricky Burns-Adrien Broner
This oft-mooted bout has been discussed again as of late, and, while it would mean a lot less now due to each man’s wavering fortunes, it’d still be a lot of fun.
9. Orlando Salido-Vasyl Lomachenko II
It’s a fact that the great Lomachenko was beaten by a taxi driver. Let that sink in…
Salido recently outed himself as an Uber driver in his spare time, and, while the negotiations for this one have recently gone cold, I certainly want to see Lomachenko try to avenge the blot on his pro record before moving further up in weight and people’s pound for pound lists.
10. Roman Gonzalez-Naoya Inoue
Now that we’ve seen Ward-Kovalev, this is my pick for the best fight that can be made in boxing.
2 undefeated, p4p-rated, knockout punchers in their prime — ignore the weight if that sort of thing distracts you, this is a fight fan’s dream.
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. Guillermo Rigondeaux
- Naoya Inoue re-enters at #8 after demolishing veteran Kohei Kono. Let’s hope a lower weight super fight can be made between him and Roman Gonzalez in 2017.
- Juan Francisco Estrada exits. Long-desired fights with Gonzalez (a rematch) or Inoue are his route back to noteworthiness.