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Mayweather Says “A Lot of Racism” Present in Boxing



Master media manipulator Floyd Mayweather flurried with another rapid-fire power punch combo on Wednesday, taking to his preferred outlet, Fighthype, and scoring with launches aimed at Oscar De La Hoya, Bob Arum, Manny Pacquiao–but of course–and in fact the sport as a whole, which he labeled racist in a chat with gentle inquisitor Ben Thompson.

“It’s a lot of racism that goes on in the sport of boxing,” he said. “Because if I was a white American fighter with the same aura, the same style, the same pizzaz, I would be a multi billionaire. Multi billionaire. So when you look at what goes on in Ferguson, what goes on in New York City, what goes on in America in today’s time, I try not to get into anyone elses business, because I don’t want anyone to get into my business. But, it’s crazy, I just sit back and think that it’s crazy, it’s totally crazy,” the boxer said.

“Well, you’re right about the sport of boxing being very racist still, very, very racist, probably one of the last bastions of racism out there,” said Thompson, in agreement.

That segment drew some scorn on social media, with people noting that Floyd is the best paid man in all of sports, which undercuts his race-bias allegation, while others noted that racism is certaintly alive in well in many more pockets other than boxing.

“Money” said he spoke up Friday night, during a Showtime boxing event, about his supposed wish to make a fight with Manny Pacquiao because the timing was right. He said the “public has been lied to” by “the other side,” the Pacquiao squad, which he denigrated as “the B side.”

Floyd said he was in the Manny shoes back in 2007, when he was set to glove up against Oscar De La Hoya. He couldn’t exert any leverage he didn’t have and thus had to eat crow, and accept the terms Oscar set for him, he stated.

The fighter said that the May 2 date he set for a Pacman fight, which is also coveted by Canelo Alvarez, perhaps for a showdown with Puerto Rican icon Miguel Cotto, isn’t allocated to any one ethnicity. The fighter didn’t mention the tragic murder-suicide situation which occured last week, when his pal, the rapper Earl Hayes, authorities say, shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself.

The boxer focused mostly on Pacman, and said that he’s a prizefighter, and certaintly does wish to accumulate money. He doesn’t just do it for the fans, he admitted. That reasoning, I’m not sure it holds up under harsh light, as the money he could make for a Pacman fight would dwarf any other waltz, but anyway…

The fighter’s chat ran over 21 minutes; Thompson didn’t go the Jim Gray route on Floyd, who lauded the young questioner for being willing to admit he doesn’t know it all about the sport.

Floyd said that “I’m the best at what I do,” and continued to answer those who label him a coward. “I don’t mind being a rich coward,” he said, a line which drew some guffawing on Twitter. He said that he’s happy to have the haters buy his PPVs, and that subject came up when he bragged that yes, maybe his PPV numbers are a bit down, but his revenues are just fine, because he’s managed to raise PPV prices on the fans.

Thompson backtracked to 2009, when we first started this ludicrous dance of flirtation, which has never advanced beyond the sassing and smooching stage. Floyd said he brought the PED issue, the testing issue, to the forefront, and managed to inject doubt into the mix, and throw some shade at Pacquiao, who has never tested positive for PED use, though he has been the subject of heavy whispers. Floyd said that Team Pacquiao wanted to be alerted to random testing and then shut down testing a month before a proposed fight.

He then said that Manny has money woes, and I’m not sure what that was meant to prove, as fans are asking for the fight, and it seems to be immaterial what Manny’s balance sheet is. Maybe it’s a negotiation ploy?

Floyd said that Oscar De la Hoya did ex bestie Richard Scahefer dirty, in hooking up with Bob Arum. He thinks that Oscar and Bob are intimidated by him, and Al Haymon and Schaefer and Showtime boss Stephen Espinoza, he said. Then Floyd said he has no probs with ex bankroller HBO, perhaps thinking ahead to next year, when his contract is up. The 37-year-old pugilist specialist with a 47-0 mark said that Pacman isn’t in control like he is, that Pacman fights when promoter Arum tells him it is time. “That’s the great thing about being your own boss,” he said. Again, I think fans could care less, as long as the fights they want to see get made. If Kermit the Frog is advising Floyd and the fight with Manny gets made, it’s all good…

Floyd suggested Canelo and Cotto rumble in Mexico, to to satisfy Mexican fans over the holiday. He reiterated a slap at Arum and Oscar working together, and then swung and missed, admitting he didn’t know who Gennady Golovkin is promoted by. He took a slap at ex Mayweather fighter Jessie Vargas, suggesting he’s not on Pacquiao’s level…which, actually, he’s not.

The Michigan born boxer said “I got you people paying more for pay per view,” a completely tone deaf, if, arguably, admirably candid admission…and then went into a different zone, the racism track.

He ended up suggesting people should compare PPV numbers between him and Pacman and insinuated that Pacman’s money situation isn’t what it seems to be, and he knows because people that used to work for Manny now work for him. He also has inside dope on other Manny matters, he hinted.

Yep, you can argue about him being TBE, but not about him being a master media manipulator.


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Michael Dutchover Remains Undefeated in Ontario, Calif.

Transplanted Texan Michael Dutchover needed a little time to figure out Costa Rican Bergman Aguilar but when he did it was over quickly on Friday.



Michael Dutchover

ONTARIO-Calif.-Transplanted Texan Michael Dutchover needed a little time to figure out Costa Rican Bergman Aguilar but when he did it was over quickly on Friday.

Lightweight prospect Dutchover (11-0, 8 KOs) knocked out southpaw Aguilera (14-4-1, 4 KOs) in the fifth round with a barrage of body blows that left the Costa Rican limp at the Doubletree Hotel.

For two rounds Aguilar used an awkward counter-punching style that had Dutchover a little tentative. But once he figured out that combination punching was the key, he opened up with barrages and floored Aguilar with body shots at the end of round four.

That signaled doom for Aguilar.

The fifth round saw Dutchover target the body with impunity as Aguilar tried holding, running and covering up with no success. Referee Wayne Hedgepeth signaled the fight over at 2:31 of the fifth round giving Dutchover the win by knockout.

In a bantamweight clash Santa Ana’s Mario Hernandez (7-0-1, 3 KOs) and Mexico City’s Ivan Gonzalez (4-1-2, 1 KO) fought to a majority draw after six back and forth rounds.

Hernandez targeted the body against the taller Gonzalez who relied on long range counters. Both found success but neither could prove superiority after six turbulent rounds.

After six rounds one judge saw it 58-56 for Gonzalez but the two other judges saw it 57-57 for a majority draw.

Other bouts

South Central L.A.’s Ruben Torres (7-0, 6 KOs) extended his undefeated streak with a knockout over Mexico’s Eder “El Koreano” Amaro (6-6, 2 KOs) in a lightweight fight. But it wasn’t easy.

Amaro switched from southpaw to orthodox and was matching Torres for two rounds until the taller local fighter began blasting away to the body and head with precision. Many in the crowd cheered “Koreano” in unison but it couldn’t help once Torres zeroed in.

At the end of the fourth round Amaro could not continue and the fight was stopped giving a knockout for Torres.

Richard Brewart Jr. (2-0) mowed through Edward Aceves (0-5) flooring him with body shots in the first round then overwhelming him in the second. After seven unanswered blows referee Eddie Hernandez stopped the fight at 1:32 of round two giving Rancho Cucamonga’s Brewart the win by knockout in the super welterweight bout.

Southpaw David Ortiz (1-0) won his pro debut by unanimous decision after four rounds in a welterweight match against San Diego’s Mario Angeles (2-11-2). Ortiz lives in Bloomington, Calif. and is trained by Henry Ramirez. No knockdowns were scored.

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Charr-Oquendo Scuttled When Charr Tests Positive; the Odious WBA Saves Face



Manuel Charr

Manuel Charr and Fres Oquendo were scheduled to fight in Cologne, Germany, later this month (Sept. 29). Charr would be defending his WBA world heavyweight title, the “regular” version of it, not the “super” version which rests in the hands of Anthony Joshua.

The bout was quickly cancelled when it was revealed that Charr had tested positive for two banned anabolic steroids. The test was performed by VADA, the anti-doping agency identified with Las Vegas neurologist Dr. Margaret Goodman.

The 33-year-old Charr, born in Lebanon but a resident of Germany since the age of three, won the belt in his last start with a unanimous decision over 281-pound Russian behemoth Alexander Ustinov in Oberhausen, Germany. The title was vacant. Charr won the right to fight for it with a 10-round decision over Albanian slug Sefer Seferi. The victory over Ustinov elevated his record to 31-4. He has been stopped three times, by Vitali Klitschko, Alexander Povetkin, and Mairis Briedis.

If it wasn’t for bad luck, as the old saying goes, Fres Oquendo wouldn’t have any luck at all. For various reasons, his fights keep falling out. Before long he’ll be drawing social security. Well, not exactly, but he turned 45 in April and hasn’t fought in more than four years.

Oquendo has competed for this belt before. In his last ring appearance in July of 2014, he lost a majority decision to Russia’s Ruslan Chagaev in Grozny, Russia. As a concession for taking the fight on short notice, Team Oquendo negotiated a rematch clause in the contract, but a shoulder injury prevented Fres from activating it. When the injury healed, he had to go to court to compel Chagaev to fulfill his obligation. But then the Russian retired, muddling the water.

The WBA was legally bound to find Oquendo a title fight and in desperation turned to ancient Shannon Briggs. But the Oquendo-Briggs fight, scheduled for June 3 of last year in Hollywood, Florida, fell out when Briggs’ urine specimen showed an abnormally high level of testosterone.

Fres Oquendo was dogged by bad luck even before these recent developments. His professional record, 37-8, is somewhat misleading as six of his eight defeats were razor-thin including his 2003 setback to Chris Byrd and his 2006 setback to Evander Holyfield. However, Oquendo, something of a cutie, was never a crowd-pleaser and in none of his narrow defeats was there a public clamor for a rematch.

The cancellation of Charr-Oquendo cuts the World Boxing Association out of a sanctioning fee, but one would think that the WBA honchos are actually rather pleased by this turn of events. The fight, more precisely the WBA’s world title imprimatur, would have brought more unwanted publicity to the Panama-based organization.

ESPN’s Dan Rafael, who has the largest platform of any boxing writer, has been a persistent critic of the organization which once recognized 41 “champions” in 17 weight classes. In 2009, Rafael wrote, “(The WBA) has become such an absolute farce that even somebody like me, who follows boxing closely, sometimes has a hard time keeping track of all the nonsensical so-called world title belts the WBA has been doling out at an alarming rate. It almost reminds me of the ladies at Costco who hand out various samples on a busy Saturday afternoon.”

Rafael took note when WBA president Gilberto Mendoza promised to cull the herd by eliminating “regular” titles, and then became more caustic when Mendoza didn’t follow through. Recently, in one short, punchy diatribe, Rafael blistered the WBA as wretched, vile, and rancid.

Regardless of your opinion, it’s hard not to feel sorry for Fres Oquendo who keeps getting stranded at the altar. No, he’s not fun to watch and a man of his age shouldn’t be taking any more punches, but he has always been an honest workman and by all accounts he’s a very decent man. Born in Puerto Rico but raised in Chicago, Oquendo pitched right in when the island nation of his birth was ravaged by Hurricane Maria. He was personally responsible for relocating Puerto Rican boxing legend Wilfred Benitez and Benitez’s sister, his caregiver, to Chicago where their lives wouldn’t be as hard.

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Bob Arum Hails Terence Crawford (not Lomachenko) as Boxing’s Next Superstar



Arum says Terence

Top Rank’s Bob Arum says Terence Crawford will become this generation’s Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao–elite boxers who became worldwide celebrity sensations. Arum, who promoted both Mayweather and Pacquiao on the way to their historic crossover statuses expects big things from the undefeated Crawford over the next few years.

“He’s the best fighter in the United States, and he’s so charismatic,” said Arum. “He comes from middle America, and In the next year or so, he will be huge.”

Arum’s assertion is noteworthy for two reasons. First, Arum is also the promoter for Vasyl Lomachenko. Lomachenko is ranked No. 1 pound-for-pound by The Ring, the Boxing Writers Association of America and the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board. More importantly, Lomachenko seems to have a groundswell of support behind him both in the media and among fight fans.

Lomachenko has also been heavily featured through Top Rank’s television partnership with ESPN. While Crawford has achieved more in his career than Lomachenko (at least in my eyes) and, as noted by Arum, is a homegrown American talent, Lomachenko seems to be considered the more marketable commodity to that network judging by the amount of promotional materials ESPN has pumped out about the fighter over the last year.

The other reason Arum’s claim about Crawford is interesting is the performance of Canelo Alvarez over the weekend in his majority decision rematch win over Gennady Golovkin. Besides Mayweather and Pacquiao, Alvarez is the clear PPV leader among all of boxing’s current commodities, and his status as boxing’s new money fighter should only grow stronger after the best win of his career.

Still, Crawford is one of the few very elite fighters in all of boxing. He’s ranked No. 2 pound-for-pound by The Ring, the Boxing Writers Association of America and the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board.

While Lomachenko and Alvarez are also candidates to become boxing’s next big thing, there’s no doubt Crawford is also one of the few boxers in the sport right now with the right things in place to become the next Mayweather or Pacquiao.

Omaha’s Crawford is in the midst of an historic run. When he stopped Jeff Horn in round 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in June, Crawford captured a world title in his third different weight class, welterweight. This after Crawford had already captured two lineal boxing championships, as well as multiple alphabet titles, in both the lightweight and junior welterweight divisions.

By any measure, Crawford is truly one of the best boxers in the sport. Not only does he look the part in the ring on fight night (something more and more writers seem to value most when voting for pound-for-pound lists), but the fighter has already accomplished so much in his career that it seems Arum is doing more than the fiduciary duty of promoting his fighter when he ascribes to Crawford such lofty praise.

Crawford, still just 30 years old, is already halfway to matching Mayweather and Pacquiao’s shared record of most lineal championships. Over the course of his career, Mayweather captured lineal championships at junior lightweight, lightweight, welterweight, and junior middleweight. Pacquiao won his as a flyweight, featherweight, junior lightweight, and junior welterweight.

In order for Crawford to grab lineal championship No. 3, most believe he’ll have to go through welterweight phenom Errol Spence. While promotional entanglements might keep this superfight on the shelf for a while, Arum said he had no problem pitting Crawford against Spence in what would be one of the best matchups in recent memory.

“Absolutely,” said Arum when asked about working with Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions, who represents Spence, to make the fight. Could any response from him be more exciting? Crawford vs. Spence might be the next superfight in boxing. Both fighters are among the very elite, and unlike what ultimately happened with Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, who fought each other well past their peak years, both would be in the prime of their careers.

Winning that fight would certainly go a long way to making Arum’s vision of Crawford’s future come true. And who knows? Maybe Crawford really is the next Mayweather or Pacquiao. Heck, for all we know, he could even be on his way to doing something more.

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