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16
Sep
13

Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Canelo Alvarez gives boxing judge C.J. Ross a black eye

Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s masterful win over Canelo Alvarez is almost ruined by  judge C.J. Ross.

It was a near flawless effort, in and out of the ring.

Floyd  Mayweather Jr. put forth a virtuoso performance against the less experienced  Saul (Canelo) Alvarez on Saturday, hitting and not getting hit. But it wasn’t  just Mayweather’s treatment of Alvarez that was so notable. Golden Boy  Promotions orchestrated one of the more ambitious and successful advertising  campaigns for the fight, giving fans a hint of what the future of the sport  could one day hold.

But just as boxing took a step forward, it was dragged back into its murky  past when the judge’s scorecards were announced on Saturday at the MGM Grand.  Only two of the three judges acknowledged Mayweather’s dominance, with C.J.  Ross, a scorer with a checkered past, the lone dissenter.

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Justin Bieber can't believe what they're hearing when C.J. Ross' scorecard is announced.

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Justin  Bieber can’t believe what they’re hearing when C.J. Ross’ scorecard is  announced.

Ross scored the fight a draw at 114-114, deciding that Mayweather, 36, had  only won six of the 12 rounds. The other two judges scored it for Mayweather:  116-112 (Dave Moretti) and 117-111 (Craig Metcalfe), giving the Pound-for-Pound  King a majority decision victory. When Mayweather (45-0, 26 knockouts) heard the  verdict in the ring, he thought someone was pulling his leg.

Even Justin Bieber, who walked Mayweather to the ring beforehand, looked  upset. Ross scored four of the final five rounds for Alvarez.

“I thought it was a joke,” Mayweather told an ESPN television reporter  shortly after the bout. Earlier in the ring he said: “I’m not in control of the  judges. I’m a little in shock but everything is a learning experience.”

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Judge C.J. Ross (r.) originally raises suspicions during the Timothy Bradley-Manny Pacquiao fight.

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Judge C.J. Ross (r.) originally  raises suspicions during the Timothy Bradley-Manny Pacquiao fight.

Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer, who promotes Alvarez, called Ross’  scorecard a “disgrace.”

“She hurt the game,” said Floyd Mayweather Sr., the father and trainer for  Floyd Jr. “For the biggest fight in the world in the history of boxing- you know  what everyone is saying? Boxing is crooked. It’s crooked.”

On a night when the public was finally turning its attention to a sport that  has mostly lived on the margins, fans got a taste of why so many have turned  their backs on it in recent years: because of the head-scratching decisions by  either corrupt or incompetent judges that continue to mar big fights.

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. puts on a boxing clinic against Canelo Alvarez.

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. puts on a boxing  clinic against Canelo Alvarez.

“The judge C.J. Ross should be investigated had some money on the fight”  Nets point guard Deron Williams posted on his Twitter account.

Many wondered aloud how Ross got the assignment to judge the biggest fight  of the year. Ross is the same judge that awarded a controversial split decision  victory to Timothy Bradley against Manny Pacquiao last year when most observers  thought Pacquiao did enough to win. In most sports, it’s the best officials who  get to referee the most important events, based on their previous performances.  But that doesn’t always happen in boxing, said Showtime boxing chief, Stephen  Espinoza. No one from the Nevada State Athletic Commission was immediately  available for comment after the fight.

“That’s one area where the sport really needs to improve,” Espinoza said of  the judging. “Other major sports such as the NFL, such as in college basketball  use their best officials for their biggest events. And I think that’s something  that boxing should incorporate and I really don’t see that being taken into  account. We dodged a bullet in a sense because in a closer fight, you’d hate for  [Ross’ scorecard]to be the deciding factor.”

Schaefer suggested the Nevada commission use the money it made on the fight  on seminars to better educate judges. The fight set an all-time live gate record  of $20,003,150 on Saturday.

“The Nevada commission made a lot of money tonight,” Schaefer said  afterward. “I’m sure they can pay for some educational seminars for some of the  officials. I would call that putting the money to good use. I respect the  commission. But they’re going to have to live with their mistakes.”

Mabramson@nydailynews.com

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12
Jan
12

‘Mystery man’ is IBF official, Schaefer calls for re-match or for fight to be declared a no-contest

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Amir Khan: lost his titles on a controversial points decision…

Amir Khan’s promoters Golden Boy have revealed that the ‘mystery man’ spotted ringside during his controversial defeat to Lamont Peterson last month is an IBF official.

Confusion has surrounded the identity of the man, whom video footage shows talking to WBA fight supervisor Michael Welsh as he appears to point out something on a scorecard.

Khan lost his IBF and WBA light-welterweight titles to Peterson on points last month in Washington DC but is appealing against the decision.

On Thursday he highlighted photos and video footage showing the presence of a man appearing to interfere with the WBA’s supervisor and handling the scorecards.

The World Boxing Association announced on Friday that they do not know the identity of the man, prompting the organisation’s vice-president to call for a re-match.

But Golden Boy chief executive Richard Shaefer told Sky Sports News the man is an IBF official – although he was not assigned to the Khan-Peterson fight which was sanctioned by both governing bodies.

Shocking

Shaefer has called for an immediate re-match or for the fight to be declared a no-contest.

Schaefer refused to name the man, saying he had been advised not to do so by lawyers, but claimed the footage was “astonishing and shocking”.

The Golden Boy chief executive said the man was an IBF official, but not one assigned to the fight and claimed he should not have been ringside.

“The right thing to do is declare a no-contest. There’s enough controversy to warrant a no-contest decision,” he said.

“In any case, both governing bodies should order a re-match and the fighters can settle things in the ring.”

It has also been claimed the man has been pictured celebrating with the Peterson camp after the fight, something Schaefer described as “unusual” and leaves “question marks”.

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06
Dec
11

Wladimir Klitschko suffers kidney colic: Jean-Marc Mormeck bout postponed till March

The scheduled fight for Saturday, December 10, at the ESPRIT arena in Düsseldorf between IBF, WBA, WBO, IBO and The Ring magazine world heavyweight championship incumbent Wladimir Klitschko and challenger Jean-Marc Mormeck (35-4-0, 22ko), of France, had to be cancelled due to a kidney colic of Klitschko (56-3-0, 49ko).

 

Last Saturday, Wladimir Klitschko underwent an operation removing a kidney stone. After initial recovery, he had to cancel his participation at a RTL TV show last night due to recurring pain.

Prof. Dr. Peter Albers – head of the urology department of the University Hospital Düsseldorf – said: “In his current state it would not be reasonable to compete in a world championship.

“After two surgeries within 24 hours, everyone needs time to recover.”

The plans for rescheduling the fight involve March 3 as the possible date: “Purchased tickets retain their validity,” said Bernd Boente, the managing director for K2.

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04
Dec
11

Cotto vs. Margarito 2 Predictions and preview for rematch on Dec. 3 in Las Vegas

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 02:  Antonio Margarito of Mexico gestures as he takes the scale for his bout with Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico during their weigh in at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on December 2, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

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about 21 hours  ago: NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 02:  Antonio Margarito of Mexico gestures as he takes the scale for his bout with Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico during their weigh in at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on December 2, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Three years, six pounds, some major controversy, and two hellacious beatdowns by an angry Filipino wrecking ball later, it’s time for the rematch.

WBA Super Light Middleweight Champion Miguel Cotto and former WBO, IBF, and WBA Welterweight Champion Antonio Margarito will step into the ring TONIGHT (Sat., Dec. 3, 2011) in Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y., to put the controversy of their first bout behind them and prove once and for all who the superior fighter is.

MMAmania will have LIVE coverage of the pay-per-view (PPV) event later this evening, which also features lightweight firebrands Brandon Rios and John Murray in addition to a rematch of one of 2011’s finest fights between Pawel Wolak and Delvin Rodriguez.

Join us after the jump for a preview of the main event of the rematch between Miguel Cotto vs. Antonio Margarito, which is certain to be heated back-and-forth barnburner.

In we go:

 

Miguel Cotto (36-2, 29 KO)

Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cotto was positively on fire when he stepped into the ring in Nov. 2008 to defend his WBA title against Margarito. Unbeaten, Cotto’s record included impressive beatdowns of former champions Randall Bailey, Zab Judah and Carlos Quintana. So dominant was he, in fact, that only two of his previous 12 opponents had made it the distance against him.

Everything started going wrong sometime in the seventh round of that fight.

After taking a beating in the early going, the Mexican bruiser roared back, relentlessly battering and pressuring Cotto in the late rounds until the unbeaten champion fell to his knees and the bout was waved off.

While Cotto managed to pick up the WBO welterweight title with wins over Michael Jennings and Ghana’s Joshua Clottey, he never got a chance to regain momentum, as the tornado of violence known as Manny Pacquiao beat him down over the course of 12 rounds, securing a stoppage victory a minute into the final round.

Following this defeat, Cotto moved up to welterweight, scoring less-than-stellar wins over a badly injured Yuri Foreman and a long-since-shot Ricardo Mayorga. He will need a dominant performance if he wants to prove that the overpowering monster who ruled the welterweights didn’t die that November night at the MGM Grand Garden.

Antonio Margarito (38-7-0, 1 NC)

Things were going pretty darn well for Antonio Margarito after stopping Cotto. Not only was he the WBA champ, but he was only once-beaten at 147 in the previous 12 years. Kermit Cintrón had twice found himself unable to resist the overwhelming force of Margarito, and Argentina’s Sergio Martinez’s sole black mark on his record was courtesy of the hard-hitting Mexican.

As falls go, however, Margarito’s may be up there with the most spectacular.

Just before his fight with Shane Mosley, who was thought to be long past his contender days, Mosley’s trainer noticed an odd substance on Margarito’s handwraps, which were later determined to be akin to plaster of Paris. After being forced to actually fight fair, Margarito was annihilated in nine rounds, suffering the first stoppage loss of his career.

Things only got worse from there.

Margarito was suspended from boxing for a year, and after defeating professional nobody Roberto Garcia, was paired up with Manny Pacquiao. Despite possessing an incredible 17-pound advantage on fight night, not to mention a ridiculous height and reach advantage, Margarito endured one of the most savagely one-sided beatings in recent memory, with Pacquiao badly damaging both his eyes and even laying off the gas in the end out of mercy.

The resultant injuries, particularly the battered right eye, kept Margarito out of the game for another year and nearly for good. He has a lot of questions to answer Saturday night.

Prediction: Antonio Margarito is done. There is no other word for it.

The hallmark of a pressure fighter is the ability to induce despair in an opponent. Not only must he hurt the opponent, but he must force him to think, “I can’t stop this.” A proper pressure fighter must be able to maintain a high punch output throughout the entire fight and shrug off all incoming damage, essentially becoming a perpetual pain machine until the opponent wilts.

Margarito can no longer accomplish this. The man is incredibly slow, and prone to getting hit with every single punch in a flurry. With his eye damaged and likely fragile, I have serious doubts as to whether he can exhibit the resilience needed to induce proper despair in Cotto.

That’s not to say Cotto doesn’t have questions of his own — Mayorga was an opponent he should have disposed of with little difficulty, and Yuri Foreman lasted longer than a one-legged fighter should have against someone with the Puerto Rican’s speed and power. Not only that, but Cotto is fighting heavy … his best weight was 147

That said, even though both fighters are nowhere near the beasts they were when they first met, Margarito has degraded further, and the controversy surrounding the Mosley fight raises questions about the legitimacy of his first victory. He hasn’t fought in a year, hasn’t beaten a credible opponent since Cotto, and is almost certainly damaged goods.

The fight should mirror the first early on, with Cotto landing solid flurries, only this time Margarito won’t survive long enough to mount a comeback and won’t have building material in his glove. Look for Steve Smoger to stop this one in the third or fourth after Margarito finds himself unable to avoid or withstand his opponent’s savage combos.

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02
Dec
11

Pacquiao Negotiations for Mayweather fight Done

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Posted at 11/30/2011 6:33 PM | Updated as of 12/01/2011 7:19 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino boxer Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao has revealed only a few details need to be ironed out regarding his possible mega-fight against American fighter Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Pacquiao recently confirmed that negotiations are ongoing with Mayweather’s team. Mayweather also called on Pacquiao to sign a contract for a May 5 fight date.

“Ready na tayo. Kung natuloy ‘yan, ‘pag pumirma na s’ya sa kontrate, pirma na rin tayo,” Pacquiao said. (We are ready. If it pushes through, once he signs the contract then I’ll sign the contract.)

Pacquiao said there are only a few details left to be tackled in the negotiations.

“Maliit na bagay na pinag-uusapan, malapit ng matapos ang negotiation,” he said. (Only the little things are being worked out and negotiations are almost done.)

He said he has no issue with the May 5 fight date, saying it is a good month for the fight.

Pacquiao also laughed off Mayweather’s recent comments about him, wherein the American boxer said Pacquiao actually has 6 losses on his record instead of 3.

Mayweather said Pacquiao lost to Mexico’s Juan Manuel Marquez three times, bringing his total number of losses to six.

“Kung ganyan ang paniniwala n’ya, eh di respetuhin natin,” Pacquiao said. (If that’s what he thinks, we have to respect it).

The fighting congressman from Sarangani is planning to watch the friendly match between the Philippine Azkals and the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday at the Rizal Memorial Stadium along with his wife and kids.

“Magchi-cheer ako sa Azkals,” Pacquiao said. — From a report by Jay Dayupay, ABS-CBN News SOKSARGEN

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15
Nov
11

Muhammad Ali the Great pay respect to Joe Frazier

PHILADELPHIA —  With his championship belt and a pair of gloves draped over his casket, Joe Frazier was going one more round.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson asked mourners to rise, put their hands together and for one last time “show your love” for the former heavyweight champion.

Muhammad Ali obliged.

Wearing a dark suit and sunglasses, a frail and trembling Ali rose from his seat and vigorously clapped for “Smokin’ Joe,” the fighter who handed Ali his first loss.

Ali was among the nearly 4,000 people who packed the Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church for a two-hour “joyful celebration” of Frazier’s life. He died last week of liver cancer; he was 67. Also attending were former heavyweight champion Larry Holmes and promoter Don King.

His body ravaged by Parkinson’s disease, Ali was accompanied by members of his family and wife, Lonnie, who rubbed his back while he was seated and held his hands as he entered and left the church.

Jackson delivered a stirring eulogy, describing Frazier as someone who “came from segregation, degradation and disgrace to amazing grace.”

“Tell them Rocky was not a champion. Joe Frazier was,” he said, referring to the hometown character from the boxing movie, “Rocky,” and whose statue stands at the base of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. “Tell them Rocky is fictitious, Joe was reality. Rocky’s fists are frozen in stone. Joe’s fists are smokin’. Rocky never faced Ali or Holmes or Foreman. Rocky never tasted his own blood. Champions are made in the ring not in the movies. There deserves to be a statue of Joe Frazier in downtown Philadelphia.”

Mike Tyson, a catch in his voice, sent a videotaped message of condolence as did real estate magnate Donald Trump and actor Mickey Rourke.  Fellow Philadelphia fighter, longtime middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins, also attended. The Rev. Al Sharpton was forced to cancel Monday morning.

“We made history together,” said King, who promoted Ali’s Rumble in the Jungle fight against George Foreman, who was knocked out in the eighth round. “We tried to make America better.”

King, wearing an U.S. flag scarf and clutching a mini-flag, walked over to shake Ali’s hand before the funeral; Holmes greeted “The Greatest” when the service ended — with a 10-bell salute, boxing’s traditional 10-count farewell to its own.

Thousands of mourners turned out Friday and Saturday for a public memorial viewing at the Wells Fargo Center.

Frazier beat Ali, knocking him down and taking a decision in the Fight of the Century at Madison Square Garden in 1971. He would go on to lose two more fights to Ali, including the “Thrilla in Manila” bout.

Frazier was embittered for years by Ali’s taunts and name-calling, though he recently said he had forgiven him.

Their epic trilogy was recalled not only by speakers at the service but those who sent letters to be read at the ceremony. Rourke got the biggest laugh when he joked about Ali getting knocked down by Frazier — with Ali’s friends and family laughing the loudest.

Smokin’ Joe was a small yet ferocious fighter who smothered his opponents with punches, including the devastating left hook he used to end many of his fights early. That’s what he used to drop Ali in the 15th round of their epic bout at MSG.

While that fight is celebrated in boxing lore, Ali and Frazier put on an even better show in their third fight, held in a sweltering arena in Manila as part of Ali’s world tour of fights in 1975. Nearly blinded by Ali’s punches, Frazier still wanted to go out for the 15th round, but was held back by trainer Eddie Futch. The bout, Ali would later say, was the closest thing to death he could imagine.

Frazier won the heavyweight title in 1970 by stopping Jimmy Ellis in the fifth round of their fight at Madison Square Garden. Frazier defended it successfully four times before George Foreman knocked him down six times in the first two rounds to take the title from him in 1973.

Frazier would never be heavyweight champion again.

03
May
11

R.I.P. Former heavyweight contender Cooper dies at age 76‏

May 01, 2011 8:22 PM EDT
 
FILE – This Tuesday Feb. 22, 200 photo from files shows former British and European heavyweight boxing champion Sir Henry Cooper after receiving his knighthood at an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London. Sir Henry has died aged 76, sources told Britain’s Press Association Sunday May 1, 2011. He was well known for two famous clashes with Muhammad Ali in the 1960’s flooring Ali in the 4th round of a 1963 non-title fight at London’s Wembley, though Ali eventually won the fight. He fought Ali again in 1966 but was again beaten. (AP Photo – Richard Pohle, Pool)
Copyright 2008 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
 
RIP My Friend!
 
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