Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Boxing’s Black Eye: Judging the Judges


Fighters are our modern-day gladiators.  One by one they walk out to the roar of the crowd and step into ring— all-too willing to put their lives on the line — to test their skill, will and determination.  On many nights, the two combatants go at it until the final bell— leaving the fate of the bout in the hands of the judges.  The anticipation follows.  At times, the electricity is so thick you can cut it with a knife— it’s what makes boxing so special. Then finally: The decision, and all-too often, the letdown— call it the “Battle After the Bell.”

“Bad decisions” have almost become synonymous with boxing. Some of the more egregious decisions have even evoked cries of “a fix.”  Far too often the judges’ scorecards have left fans scratching their heads asking, “what were they watching?” 

Pat Lamparelli is a former amateur and professional judge in Nevada, who got his start in the 1980’s.  He dismissed any conspiracy theory talk but isn’t shy about pointing the blame, “A lot of the people that are judges right now, should not be judges— they are ruining the sport of boxing and that’s because they’re not educated on what to see and what to judge.”

No doubt, you could hear those familiar cries of frustration last weekend. Former Featherweight World Champion Nicholas Walters took on Jason Sosa in Verona, New York.  It was a tough and entertaining fight— with both guys landing some good shots— but in the end there seemed to be no doubt Walters won most, if not all, of the rounds.  Lets just say there appeared to be little to no anticipation to the final outcome.  Then came “The Official Decision.”  The judges scored it a majority draw. In fact, two of them had it a draw and the third had Sosa winning 96-94.  This reporter scored it 99-91 in favor of Walters.  The CompuBox numbers showed Walters landed more than 110 more punches and landed at more than double the percentage rate.

Another case of bad judging came on a much bigger stage: The Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley fight in Las Vegas in June of 2012.  Nearly everyone, including pugilistic pundits, fair-weather boxing fans and everyone in between, had it an easy victory for the Filipino star.  But Bradley was awarded the majority decision.  Two of the judges had Bradley winning 115-113, the other had it 115-113 for Pacquiao. The nearly universal outcry over the scorecards was deafening afterwards— in fact you still hear the cries of “robbery” more than three years later.

So why do we see this kind of robbery over and over again?  Is it incompetence by the judges?  A lack of training for the judges?  Corruption tied to the “powers that be” in the sport of boxing? Or, maybe, it just boils down to the fact that scoring is subjective— a case of the old adage: “eye of the beholder.” 

Lamparelli says in his day prospective amateur judges were given written tests and they practiced scoring fights alongside the official judges of fights.  If trainees showed consistent competence in scoring then they would get referred to judge a fight.  The testing never focused on the four criteria for scoring a boxing match, “They should have had classes to judge.”  As for the pros, Pat says, “The Nevada Boxing Commission picks a number of judges for a fight— the promoters and the camps for the fighters can contest any of the names thrown into the pool.“  From there the three judges are picked.

Former WBC Featherweight Champion, Kevin Kelley, currently moonlights as a color commentator for HBO.  He has a different take about the onus of the blame behind controversial decisions. “I feel the difference in judging live events is the angles— where the judges are sitting.  They can miss some of the action depending on where they are sitting— that’s why I’m in favor of having monitors for the judges ringside.”

There’s another side to the controversy over scorecards in boxing.  Case in point: the Miguel Cotto-Canelo Alvarez fight in Las Vegas in November.  Alvarez won a unanimous decision— the judges scored it— 119-109, 118-110 and 117-111.  The fight was compelling, competitive and entertaining but for most people it appeared to be a clear victory for the Mexican superstar.  Just minutes after the fight, some of the journalists in the media room at the Mandalay Bay seemed perplexed.  Several of them had it much closer — some had it a draw or, at best, a razor-thin decision for Canelo.  

All this begs the question—do people know the four criteria for judging a boxing match?  Boxing analyst James “Smitty” Smith has asked this very question for decades, “There is a lack of understanding of the criteria for scoring a fight— most people I ask can’t name them.”  As for the judges, “Most just don’t have enough boxing experience and they aren’t held accountable for poor scoring after the fight.”

So lets break it down.  The four criteria for judging are “clean punching”, “effective aggression”,  “ring generalship”  and “defense.”  “Clean” punches are punches that land on the face, side of the head, and the front and side of the torso.  “Effective Aggression” is when a boxer consistently and successfully moves forward in a controlled manner.  “Ring Generalship” refers to the fighter who controls the pace and style of the bout.  Boxers also receive credit for “Defense” when they skillfully incorporate defensive maneuvers.

Amateur and professional trainer Steve Rowlands thinks a lot of things come into play when it comes to controversial decisions, “Watching fights live and watching them on TV are different— the commentary of the announcers can influence how people score.  It can also depend on what style a judge likes— some can prefer fighters who are more aggressive while others can like a different style.”  Rowlands added another wrinkle to the story, “You can rig a fight without actually get paid-off.”  He claims it is not coincidence that some fighters have consistently been awarded close decisions, “I noticed the same American judges and referees were being asked to work fights years ago— especially in Europe—  and lets just say they know where their bread is buttered.”

Think about it— fans watch football, baseball and hockey, and at any time they know the “official” score.  It’s right there on the scoreboard.  Not so in boxing. It is a sport where the fan doesn’t know the score until the end— whether by knockout or decision.  Here’s some food for thought: some people might argue that the time waiting for the judges’ decision—and whether they, the fan, feels the decision is “just”— is all part of the drama and lure of boxing.   

“The sweet science” could very well be the most subjective of all the major sports and that’s not going to change.  Fans and judges often see what they see— whether watching live or on a TV in the comfort of their home.  What can be changed is “proper training”— educating the viewer on what to look for and what not to look for when it comes to properly scoring a fight.  Smitty says, “It’s one thing to know the four criteria and it’s another to know what it means and how to apply it.”  Don’t we owe it to our gladiators for an equally courageous and just outcome!

Boxing Fight Night Correspondent
Kevin Kayhart

A FANTASTIC 2015- THE WBC IN NUMBERS

 

A FANTASTIC 2015- THE WBC IN NUMBERS


The end of 2015 is nigh and what a wonderfully successful year, if we crunch the numbers, as we remember and savor unforgettable fights, several of which were a dream come true!.
We also applaud, recognize and salute great champions who keep making history in their respective divisions, with bravery, ballistics and brilliance.
The World Boxing Council is thrilled for the stellar achievements this year, and also for those who've worked very hard for our sport.
It was marvelous year, inspiring us to try even harder to do yet better in 2016.
The WBC in numbers:
WBC Title Bouts: 46
By country: United States 23, Japan 5, Mexico 5,Thailand 4, Canada 4, Russia 2, England 1, Monaco 1 and Venezuela 1.
By Cities: Las Vegas 8, Los Angeles 5, England 3 Brooklyn 2, Mazatlan 2, Miyagi 2, Moscow 2, New York 2, Quebec 2, Tokyo 2, Caracas 1, Carson 1, Chicago 1, Chonburi 1, El Paso 1, Greenwich 1, Guamuchil 1, Metepec 1, Mexico City 1, Montecarlo 1, Montreal 1, Nakhon Ratchasima 1, Nakhon Sawan 1 and Osaka 1.
By Division:, Heavyweight 4, cruiserweight 2, light heavyweight 4, super middleweight 2, middleweight 5, welterweight 2, super lightweight 3, lightweight 3, super featherweight 2, featherweight 2, super bantamweight 2, bantamweight 2, super flyweight 4, flyweight 2, light flyweight 3, minimum weight 4 .
Undefeated champions:
Deontay Wilder (US) 35-0-0, 34 KOs Heavyweight
Gennady Golovkin (Kazakhstan) 34-0-0, 31 Ko's Middleweight
Viktor Postol (Ukraine) 28-0-0, 12 KO's Super lightweight
Francisco Vargas (Mexico) 23-0-1, 17 KOs Super featherweight
Shinsuke Yamanaka (Japan) 24-0-2, 17 KOs Bantamweight
Carlos Cuadras (Mexico) 34-0-1, 26 Ko's Super flyweight
Roman Gonzalez (Nicaragua) 44-0-0, 38 KOs Flyweight
Wanheng Menayothin (Thailand) 40-0-0, 15 Ko's Minimum weight

Champions by country: Mexico 4, United States 2, Japan 2, Canada 1, Thailand 1, Venezuela 1, Ukraine 1, Russia 1, Nicaragua 1, Kazakhstan 1, Gambia / Switzerland 1.
WBC titles by promoter:Golden Boy Promotions 6, K2 Promotions 5, Dibella Entertainment 5, Teiken Promotions 5, Promociones Del Pueblo 5, Don King Productions 4, Mayweather Promotions 3, Groupe Yvon Michel 3, Diamond Boxing Promotion 3, World of Boxing 2, Tgb Promotions 2, Main Events 2, Cotto Promotions 1, Warriors Boxing 1, Matchroom Sports 1, Jupiter Fight Boxing 1, Boxing Promotion 1,Nakornluong 1,Top Rank 1 and Roc Nation 1.
WBC AFFILIATED TITLES
TOTAL FIGHTS: 255
Silver 22, Female 24, International 52, Youth 22, Americas Continental 15, Latino 63, USNBC 13, Baltic 8, EPBC 20, Francophone 8, Mediterranean 10.
Countries: 34

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, A BOXING MATCH IS RELEASED IN ITS ENTIRETY IN VIRTUAL REALITY


SHOWTIME®  UNVEILS SATURDAY’S MIDDLEWEIGHT MAIN EVENT IN 360 VIDEO,
WHERE UNDERDOG DANIEL JACOBS KNOCKED OUT PREVIOUSLY UNDEFEATED PETER QUILLIN

Viewers Can Watch The All-Brooklyn Showdown In Virtual Reality On Multiple Platforms
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Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME       
 
NEW YORK, NY – December 8, 2015 – For the first time ever, a boxing match has been released in its entirety in 360 degree immersive virtual reality, as SHOWTIME captured the shocking first round TKO from Saturday night’s main event between WBA Middleweight World Champion Daniel Jacobs’ and previously undefeated challenger Peter Quillin. The all-Brooklyn main event has been made available in 360 video from ring-side, giving fans an unprecedented boxing experience. The virtual reality video engrosses viewers in the matchup of the top middleweights, facing off in the prime of their career, where Brooklyn’s Jacobs (31-1, 28 KOs) won the “Battle For Brooklyn.” The 360 footage is viewable on the SHOWTIME Sports’ YouTube channel*, the SHOWTIME Boxing Facebook page, on the Samsung Gear VR via the MILK VR app and Littlestar VR apps for Samsung Gear VR, iOS and Android.

The telecast is currently available On Demand, on SHOWTIME ANYTIME® and on the SHOWTIME streaming service. The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING event happened live on SHOWTIME on Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. One minute into the fight, Jacobs landed a straight right to Quillin’s temple and pounced with an onslaught of punches while his opponent was against the ropes. Quillin stumbled forward and referee Harvey Dock looked in Quillin’s eyes and halted the fight without the challenger ever touching the canvas. 
  
The executive producer of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING is David Dinkins Jr. with Bob Dunphy directing. Barclays Center's BROOKLYN BOXING™ programming platform is presented by AARP. For more information visit www.SHO.com/Sports, follow on Twitter @SHOSports, @DanielJacobsTKO, @KidChocolate, or become a fan on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/SHOSports.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Quick Breakdown of Jacobs vs Quillin

http://www.sho.com/sho/sports/events/683/jacobs-vs-quillin


This one is a tough call. Can make a case for both fighters to win thisWBA Middleweight Championship Fight. Both of these young men have great stories and are very good fighters, not great fighters but very good fighters, especially offensively. Where they both have issues is with their defense. Neither are wizards from a defensive standpoint which I think will make this a fan friendly fight with both fighters having firepower moments. 

At times, the Champion, Jacobs exhibits some very good boxing skills with game changing power that have produced the 27 KO's in his 30 wins, but I have seen him have lapses on the defensive side being stopped by Dmitry Pirog and even in his last fight going down in rd one from light punching Sergio Mora. 

Quillin at times looks very fast, athletic, and shows some skills, but then I never see it with consistency for an entire fight and I always feel he is vulnerable and he has some real issues displaying too much chin at times. I see both doing damage and receiving damage. I question both of their beards, and I happened to be ringside when Jacob's was stretched by Pirog, but that was 2010. 

The winner of this fight will be the fighter who mixes his offense with defense and has a game plan and sticks to it and if he needs adapt he will be able to implement a secondary plan without lacking defense. I'll go with the Champion Jacobs to keep his title with 12 rd decision.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Smitty's Quick Take in Klitschko vs Fury


Should be a fun fight in German in a few hours although we know how boring Wlad can be with his clinch happy style if he does not get the ko. Although never one to marvel at Klitschko style or skills, anyone who knows the sport of boxing or sports in general must marvel at his conditioning, level of consistency, power, and improvement over the past decade. Once Emanuel Steward got him to mitigate the ability to touch his always vulnerable chin and accentuate his size, power and strength he has been one of the great forces in heavyweight boxing history. For Fury his best hope is that the older (39 year old) Wlad gets really old and that Fury with his youth and size and improved although lacking skills can create an upset. Fury needs to use his size advantage, something Wlad is unaccustomed to and pump the jab and not get caught pulling straight back. He must work on inside and not just let Klitschko tie him up. If Wlad does not catch him early and cannot tie him up, then frustration and age might open windows for a new Champion. Would not shock me, nothing in boxing does, but I'll go with the much more experienced, much more skilled, much more powerful Champion to remain Champion a bit longer. Joe Louis long, I don't think so. But for another night in Germany. Yes. Klitschko by TKO 7.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Mexican Superstar Powers His Way to Another Title




Photo Credit: WBC/Naoki Fukuda

This long-awaited showdown was billed as the latest chapter in the “Puerto Rico vs. Mexico” rivalry— and Canelo Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) and Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) did not disappoint.  Both showed their top-notch boxing skills, but it was the Mexican superstar who pressed more of the action— scoring a dominant unanimous decision to win the WBC and lineal middleweight title.

Youth, power and size seemed to be the difference.

Cotto tried to box in the early rounds as Canelo stalked him around the ring.  By round 3, it was apparent that Canelo was the bigger and stronger fighter—landing a number of power shots.

The best action of the fight was round 8.  They went toe-to-toe— with Canelo getting the best of the combat.  He just never seemed fazed by Cotto’s power.

The 12th and final round saw both fighters going for the knockout.  And again, it was Canelo who got the the best of the action. Cotto suffered a cut around his left eye but it was not a factor.

In the end,  it was a dominant performance by the Mexican superstar.  The judges had it 117-111, 119-109, 118-110.

James “Smitty” Smith is the host of “In This Corner TV” and a Florida Boxing Hall of Fame inductee.  He said, “Canelo fought tactical but yet aggressive and I was most impressed by his defense.”  He had Canelo winning convincingly— scoring it 119 to 109, or 11 rounds or one— adding, “this is without question the biggest win of his career.”

Both fighters showed their mutual respect and sportsmanship by embracing at the final bell.

Canelo was visibly emotional afterwards during his interview with HBO’s Max Kellerman.  He praised Cotto for his boxing ability and then, when asked, said he is ready to face Gennady Golovkin— in what would be another “super fight.”

The new WBC champ has 15 days to sign a deal to fight Golovkin, as stipulated by the governing body before the match, or he will be stripped of the title.  Golovkin holds the other two major middleweight title belts.

There were two significant fights on the under card— Japan’s Takashi Miura (29-3-2, 22 KOs) and Mexico’s Francisco Vargas (23-0-1, 17 KOs) put on a “fight of the year” contender—for the WBC super featherweight championship.  They went toe-to-toe at times and were “worse for wear” by the middle rounds. 

Vargas, whose right eye was cut and nearly swollen shut, scored a dramatic come-from-behind victory with a TKO in the 9th round to win the title. Vargas was almost stopped in the previous round but he rallied in the final moments and then, in the 9th, he knocked Miura down with a vicious left uppercut and several right hands.  Miura staggered to his feet and made a valiant effort but the referee stepped-in and stopped the fight after he took a flurry of power punches.

Former super bantamweight champ Guillermo Rigondeaux (16-0, 10 KOs) scored a unanimous decision over Drian Francisco (28-4-1, 22 KOs) of the Philippines.  The two-time Olympic gold medalist from Cuba consistently landed left hands and exhibited his extraordinary defensive skills, but apparently it was not enough for some of the fans on hand.  You could hear the “boo-birds” consistently through the fight.  Rigondeaux was stripped of his WBA and WBO titles in recent weeks due to inactivity.  Before tonight’s win, he had only four bouts since September 15, 2012.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

WBC Stips Cotto of Title

THE WBC WITHDRAWS RECOGNITION OF MIGUEL COTTO AS WBC MIDDLEWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION



November 17th, 2015.


The World Boxing Council worked tirelessly through a process that began over two years ago to secure the celebration of the highly anticipated fight between Miguel Cotto and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez. The WBC is proud of that accomplishment that is giving boxing fans around the world a very important fight to see.
After several weeks of communications, countless attempts and good faith time extensions trying to preserve the fight as a WBC World Championship, Miguel Cotto and his promotion did not agree to comply with the WBC Rules & Regulations, while Saúl Alvarez has agreed to do so. Accordingly, the WBC must rule on the matter prior to the fight.
The WBC hereby announces that effective immediately has withdrawn recognition of Miguel Cotto as WBC World Middleweight Champion. If Saul "Canelo" Alvarez wins the fight against Cotto, he will be recognized as the WBC middleweight world champion.
The WBC's decision is premised on the fact that Miguel Cotto and his camp are not willing to abide by the governing WBC Rules & Regulations, and the specific conditions the WBC established to sanction the fight. Simply put: they are not willing to respect the very same rules and conditions which applied to Cotto becoming WBC champion. The WBC wishes Miguel Cotto the best of luck as we truly regret the course of action which led to them taking such decision.
The WBC is a non-profit governing organization founded 53 years ago. The WBC has implemented all of the current rules in the sport, paving the way to a much safer boxing. The WBC creates, implements and enforces, its Rules & Regulations to bring safety, order, unity, justice and equality to a sport that was marred with abuse and unfairness. Since the first day of existence of our organization, the WBC has taken countless actions for the protection of the boxer and it is a fact that most if not all boxers dream of conquering the green belt.
The WBC stands by its honorability and will not participate in the abuse of power and greediness, which has taken our boxing world to regrettable actions from different parties. The WBC wishes the promotion great success and we are satisfied that this great fight for boxing will be enjoyed by millions of fans around the world.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Andre Ward is Leaving the Super Middleweight Division

ANDRE WARD VACATES WBA SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLE
AHEAD OF MOVE UP TO THE  LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION
 
NEW YORK (November 12, 2015) -  In advance of his upcoming move up to the light heavyweight division, WBA Super Middleweight World Champion Andre Ward (28-0, 15 KO's) is vacating his title. Ward originally claimed the belt in November 2009 with a victory over long-time champion Mikkel Kessler in his opening fight of the Super Six tournament.
 
"I won the WBA belt for my first world title in 2009 and have defended it six times and it's been a wonderful ride with the WBA," Ward said. "Gilberto Mendoza and his team have shown me nothing but respect and I'm looking forward to moving up and hopefully winning the WBA light heavyweight belt." 
 
"Andre Ward has been one of the finest champions in the WBA super middleweight division's history," said WBA President Gilberto Mendoza Jr. "We have always been honored to be represented by such a great athlete, gentleman and incredible role model. We wish him the best success in the future and hope we can facilitate the path to him becoming a two-division world champion at light heavyweight." 
 
Ward's six successful WBA title defenses came in victories over Allan Green, Sakio Bika, Arthur Abraham, Carl Froch, Chad Dawson and Edwin Rodriguez.
 
Known for his strong character and integrity outside the ring and his warrior's instinct inside it, Ward's skill and talent were apparent early in his outstanding amateur career. He racked up every title in the books, culminating with a gold medal in the light heavyweight division at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. As the only male American boxer to claim Olympic gold since 1996, Ward joined the likes of Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard and Oscar De La Hoya. He turned professional on December 18, 2004, scoring a second round technical knockout victory over Chris Molina at Staples Center in a fight that was televised live on HBO. He has gone on to rack up 27 more victories since then, building an ever-growing legion of fans in the process. After rising to the number two spot on the pound-for-pound list and winning the 2011 Fighter of the Year Award (ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Ring Magazine and the Boxing Writers Association of America), it was announced that Ward signed an exclusive promotional agreement with Roc Nation Sports in January 2015, opening a new chapter in his storied boxing career. The Bay Area product returned to the ring on June 20, 2015 at the Oracle Arena in front of his hometown fans in Oakland, California and scored a ninth-round knockout over Paul Smith, continuing his unbeaten streak which dates back to when he was a 13-year-old amateur. Ward recently stepped in front of the camera for a completely different role, a part in the upcoming New Line/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Warner Bros. feature "Creed," hitting theaters on November 25, a few days following fight week. Fellow Bay Area natives, director Ryan Coogler and the film's star Michael B. Jordan, reached out to Ward so that he could provide his expertise for the film. In addition to working in front of the camera with Ward, Jordan spent time at Ward's home gym in preparation for his role as Apollo Creed's son.
 

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Andre Ward Withdraws from Nov 21 Bout

ANDRE WARD FORCED TO WITHDRAW FROM
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21 MIGUEL COTTO VS. CANELO ALVAREZ CO-FEATURE

NEW YORK (November 4, 2015) - Roc Nation Sports regretfully announces that Andre Ward will be unable to participate in his previously scheduled Saturday, Nov. 21 bout at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. A replacement fight for the HBO Pay-Per-View produced and distributed event is currently being worked on.
 
Ward has been suffering from significant inflammation and constant pain in his right knee that is severely restricting his mobility. He has been advised by his physician to immediately rest and begin rehab on the knee to reduce the inflammation.
"I'm extremely disappointed that I'm missing this opportunity on November 21, but at the same time, I'm encouraged," said Ward. "Anytime I have had a minor or major setback in my career, by the Grace of God, I've come back stronger and this will be no different. I'm looking forward to a big 2016. Thank you to all my fans for your support and patience."
 
"Andre's injury is a huge disappointment not only to him, but all of us involved with this promotion," said David Itskowitch, COO Boxing of Roc Nation Sports. "We have no doubt that Andre will come back stronger than ever once his knee heals and that he will be a force in the light heavyweight division. We are working diligently to make an intriguing fight that will deliver a level of excitement commensurate with this great event."
 
"While we feel terrible for Andre that he has encountered this setback, we have no doubt that Andre will return stronger than ever in 2016," said James Prince and Josh Dubin, Ward's management team.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

It's Fight Time against Cancer!


Come meet Howard Davis Jr., 1976 Boxing Olympic 
Gold Medalist 
Wed. Oct. 7th, 2015
6pm-8pm
Special VIP Cocktail Reception 
Fight against Cancer Fundraiser
JM Lexus in Margate
Advanced Reservations are required
$50 per person

 A week before his 59th birthday - Howard Davis Jr. was diagnosed with Stage-4 Lung Cancer. 
After 7-months of treatment; Howard Davis Jr. continues to fight the biggest opponent of his life.  He's fighting cancer the alternative way and needs your support.  
All proceeds benefit the Howard Davis Jr. Foundation

 Legendary Boxing Olympic Gold Medalist & CEO of Fight Time Promotions - Howard Davis Jr. - sends Cancer a Message; 
'It's Fight Time!'

The Howard Davis Jr. Foundation to assist others in their 
fight against the disease

An American boxing icon is in the biggest fight of his life-against stage-4 lung cancer.
Howard Davis Jr. won the Gold Medal in boxing during the 1976 Olympics in Montreal Canada.  
He is known for having one of the fastest hands in boxing and is one of the most decorated amateur boxers in US history.  He broke records in the ring, but is now trying to knock-out cancer.  
Earlier this year; Davis Jr. was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer on the week of his 59th birthday. 
Never one to back down from a fight; Davis Jr. has recently established the Howard Davis Jr. Foundation(www.howarddavisjrfoundation.org) to be a source for educating, financing and encouraging others to get into the ring and clobber cancer, the alternative way!
"I never smoked, I never drank," says Howard Davis Jr., 1976 Boxing Olympic Gold Medalist, whose recent announcement of his diagnose has many saying, Cancer has met its match!  
 "I've gotten into the ring with a lot of tough fighters and I'm facing this the same way!"
Davis has turned to conventional cancer treatment combined with alternative therapies for advanced stage cancers, consisting of maximum-tolerated dose chemotherapy, nutritional and other therapeutic interventions to keep up hemoglobin levels. 
Many of these treatments aren't covered by insurance and Davis found that he wasn't fighting this battle alone. Now, the Howard Davis Jr. Foundation will help those, who've found themselves in a financial hardship as they seek a more natural way to fight cancer. 
A series of events are taking place including a VIP Cocktail Reception on Wed. Oct. 7th, 2015 at the headquarters of JM Lexus in Margate, FL. 
"Let's knock-out cancer together!" - Howard Davis Jr.
contact: info@howarddavisjrfoundation.org or call 954-848-2833 or after hours at 786-543-1177

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

BOXING IS A NATIONAL HERITAGE FOR MEXICO


PRESS RELEASE

SEPTEMBER 22, 2015.

 

BOXING IS A NATIONAL HERITAGE FOR MEXICO

By Mauricio Sulaiman Saldivar

After reading the article published by Mr. Alfredo Castillo, who in Mexico is the equivalent of a Sports Minister of any country, and after seeing his article was dedicated to the loving memory of my Father, I decided to state the following:
Boxing is for Mexico a national heritage. It is the sport that has earned most medals for our country in all the Olympic Games. It is the national sport that belongs to our people. Everyone can enjoy of it and the passion of everyone is awakened through it. Having a Mexican fighter inside the ring is a synonym for excitement, passion and great fights.
Amateur boxing does exist, but it has been abandoned in Mexico. This process has been affecting our country for years concerning several official results. It has benefitted thousands of Mexicans that could not find in this sport the opportunity to succeed and shine.
The World Boxing Council bases its activity around professional boxing, not amateur. It is well known that serious conflicts in amateur boxing has been happening in recent years, and that is why the WBC opened a committee named WBC Amateur,  to support various countries where amateur boxing is suffering the consequences of such abandonment.
Seeing our young prospects shamefully used on the streets in order to demand economic support is not respectable at all.
It is a childish act that only hurts Mexico, fortunately this act has produced public attention and the opportunity to express many things that have remained In secret during the last years.
The World Boxing Council will completely support the decisions taken by the COM and CONADE, and we will definitely work together to support Mexican boxing. Whoever it is and  the way it is, the boxing  of here belongs to  Mexicans...not to a person or a group.

BLACKMAIL AGAINST RESULTS?


(Column published in the Gazette “LA AFICION from Mexico” September 21, 2015 and dedicated to Jose Sulaiman (RIP)

 

By Alfredo Castillo


I am the first to accept that high performance athletes can speak out and publicly give  their point of view about how the sport is managed in Mexico, and I always like to know what they think, how they feel and what they care about.
Unlike what many believe, dissent is the beginning of a dialectic practice that allows us to reach accordance.
When the scandal about  famous swimsuit that Fernanda Gonzalez  had to use in  Toronto Pan American Games I  requested  to Carlos Padilla, President of the Olympic Committee of Mexico,  to let me talk to her before the COM returned her  to Mexico for indiscipline.
I was able to talk with Fernanda in the Pan American Villa,  and within some minutes we resolved everything. Likewise when the basketball players asked me to return to the selection to Sergio Valdeolmillos, I talked to him and after a few administrative hurdles, we solved the problem.  Sergio was able to lead the national team in the Olympic qualifiers of the last pre Olympic stage .
When I announced that there would  be no economic stimulus for conquering medals, many people raised their voices.  Curiously  the ones who did this the most,  were the media and not the athletes or coaches. They were focused on competing and winning.
After several weeks we were able to generate funds, allowing us to reward our medalists, including coaches, and we distributed nearly 50 million pesos.
If we have achieved such agreements, so why should I refuse to pay the boxers their trip to Qatar to a competition ?  I answer it with a simple premise, because of the results.
The World Boxing Championship have take place since 1974 and it's organized by the AIBA, International Amateur Boxing Association. Currently it is held every odd year. According to information from  AIBA, Mexico is ranked 51 with a bronze  medal. Countries like Sweden, Tajikistan, Morocco and Norway have better results than us. While Costa Rica, New Zealand, Pakistan, Panama and Dominican Republic have the same poor results.
But What if we think about professional boxing, considering how many world champions Mexico  has in all history ? We have 165 world champions. The city of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, with a population of only 300 thousand people, has produced five world boxing champions.
Is there any correspondence of having 165 professional world champions yet only one bronze at a world level in the amateur category? After reflecting on this point, analyzing that in the last 26 years we have had the same level in amateur boxing, the question that appears is: Can you imagine a soccer coach leading for 26 years, being on the last position of the rankings, and keeping his job?
But if we also add that there have been several administrative irregularities, would not be the responsibility of the authority to act accordingly? And when they act, what happens?, the blackmailing comes and the usage of athletes as personal assets appears.
Would it not have been easier for boxers instead of asking for some cents on the street, to go to the High Performance department of Conade? Of course yes. But it is clear that that action does not suit the leader of amateur boxing. He does not want money for athletes. What he wants is to have money deposited in the Federation to have the freedom to manage resources, as he wants, as he has done for the last 26 years.
I have  claimed it  in every single interview that I conducted. We must address the signing of contracts with athletes, where both parties are subjected to rights and obligations. Not everything can be unilaterally benefitting for only  one side. In recent years Brazil and Colombia have overtaken us in sport . If we don’t make a major change, in the future Venezuela, Chile, The Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Guatemala will be better than us, not only in Boxing but also in baseball, athletics and basketball. We need to recover our position.
And if we do not do this by winning medals, at least let's do it, to spread these sports to the people, so we will have millions of Mexicans practicing them.
If someone gives me a single example of an OECD country, in any sport, that has worse results than us in amateur boxing and its president remains in charge for more than 25 years, you will shut me up immediately.
 I think we cannot maintain this level of mediocrity. We should be outraged as this has hurt everyone. If we want to have amateur boxing ranked 51, we should just leave things as they are. If we want results, then we must break with private interests and resolve the main problems.
I appeal to athletes to fight for reaching your goals, to put the name of Mexico on the highest level.  I want people to understand that these actions are being done not only with the sole purpose of Mexico recovering its greatness, but also to set the foundations to secure a better sport future in a our great country.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Mayweather vs. Berto: Relive 49-0 | Saturday, September 19

The Jose Sulaiman Boxers Fund

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The World Boxing Council is pleased to announce the opening of the 2015 WBC José Sulaimán Boxers Fund Grant Cycle, formerly the WBC Boxers Foundation Fund.
Envisioned by the late WBC president José Sulaimán, with continued support from current president Mauricio Sulaimán, the fund supports retired professional boxers who have fallen on hard times and in need of financial assistance.
Application deadline has been extended to Thursday, October 15, 2015. All application materials must include requested supporting documentation postmarked or emailed to Nevada Community Foundation by end of day, Thursday, October 15th, to be considered.
Retired professional boxers who face great need and fit within the criteria are encouraged to apply. For questions and assistance with the application, please contact your local WBC-associated federation or affiliation.
Online information can be found at www.nevadacf.org. Questions may also be directed to Nevada Community Foundation at:
Jane Ramos
Director of Operations / Finance Administrator
Nevada Community Foundation
1635 Village Center Circle Ste. 160
Las Vegas, NV 89134
Tel: 702-892-2326 | Fax: 702-892-8580
jane.ramos@nevadacf.org
EXTENDED DEADLINE: APPLICATIONS MUST BE POSTMARKED OR EMAILED BY THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15th, 2015

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Mayweather vs Berto PPV available on Showtime Streaming Service


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NEW YORK – September 10, 2015 – For the first time ever, fans will be able to watch a SHOWTIME PPV boxing event on their computers and mobile devices via cbs.com/fight, as Floyd Mayweather puts his undefeated record on the line, in what Mayweather says will be his final fight, against two-time world champion Andre Berto this Saturday (8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT).

CBS Interactive Advanced Media will stream the pay-per-view event to U.S.-based users at cbs.com/fight for $64.99. The purchase includes access to additional fight week events streamed live at cbs.com/fight:  

  • Weigh-in Live – Fri., 9/11, 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT
  • Countdown Live  – Sat., 9/12, 6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT
  • The four fight pay-per-view telecast – Sat., 9/12, 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT
In addition to the main event, the live stream will also feature three undercard fights. Roman “Rocky” Martinez will risk his WBO Junior Lightweight title in a rematch of a Fight of the Year candidate against the boxer he dethroned, four-time world champion Orlando “Siri” Salido. In addition, Badou Jack “The Ripper” will make the first defense of his WBC Super Middleweight World title against mandatory challenger “Saint” George Groves, and Mexico’s Jhonny Gonzalez will face Puerto Rico's Jonathan Oquendo in a 10-round super featherweight bout.

With the pay-per-view purchase of the fight online, U.S.-based users will also receive a three month free trial of CBS All Access, the subscription video on demand and live streaming service for the CBS Television Network. For more information on CBS All Access, visit cbs.com/allaccess.

Mayweather vs. Berto, a 12-round welterweight world championship bout for Mayweather’s WBC and WBA 147-pound titles, is promoted by Mayweather Promotions, LLC and sponsored by Tecate. The event will take place Saturday, September 12 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed by SHOWTIME PPV.

Badou Jack puts his WBC Belt on the line vs George Groves







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Friday, September 4, 2015

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

WBC / VADA CLEAN BOXING PROGRAM

WBC / VADA CLEAN BOXING PROGRAM

August 23rd, 2015.

It is with great pleasure to announce that the WBC (World Boxing Council) has joined forces with VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Association) to initiate the WBC CLEAN BOXING PROGRAM first proposed by our late President Dr.Jose Sulaiman Ch. Now under the directive of our President Mauricio Sulaiman this program will be another WBC dream come true.
Along with the invaluable support and tireless efforts of VADA and President Dr. Margaret Goodman, the PROGRAM will start with our participation in the testing funding for the upcoming Super Lightweight Division World Championship between Viktor Postol (Ukr) and Lucas Matthysse (Arg) scheduled October the 3rd 2015 for the vacant WBC Superlightweight world championship.
The WBC-VADA program is quite ambitious, and its main goal aside from testing is to educate the athletes on the danger and disadvantages that doping can bring to their present and future wellbeing, along with the penalties in testing positive for prohibited substances, in or out of competition.
The WBC-VADA initiative tutorials as well as complete policies and procedures will be available to all through our WBC website. It is the WBC's firm position to become a bastion of a drug free boxing profession.
The program has been planned, designed and developed with countless hours of hard work and dedication of many passionate members of the WBC and VADA. It is basically divided in 3 primary objectives :
-Awareness program to educate and prevent boxers about the dangers of substances and the tragic effects that they can lead to. This is done by tutorials, webinars , forums , materials , etc….
-Out of competition Random testing
-Voluntary enrollment by fighters.
The WBC and VADA will be continuously reporting progress of this historic venture and we are certain that the boxing community at large will endorse and participate ti achieve the main goal which is protect our athletes and our sport.