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Canelo’s Beef with GGG Gets Real

Speaking about “funny ways to promote a fight” and “beef getting personal,” let’s talk about Abel Sanchez. What’s with that beef-eating, sanctimonious

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The Spit Bucket is your weekly source of random thoughts, opinions and comments about the Manly Art, compiled by TSS boxing writer Diego Morilla. Follow us every week at #SBatTSS and @TSSboxingnews

Somewhere Beyond the Sea

We hear a lot about Mexico vs. Puerto Rico, or Argentina vs. Colombia, or… well… real Mexicans vs. California Mexicans. But there’s a rivalry flying under the radar that is about to get real pretty real soon. Yes, it’s the Caspian Sea rivalry, a bitter dispute between former members of the old Soviet Union in the Caucasus region. That’s where Gennady Golovkin (born in Karaganda, Kazakhstan) and Vanes Martirosyan (born in Abovyan, Armenia) come from, and that’s presumably one of the very few and rather weak selling points for a fight between this unlikely couple.

After all, there’s gotta be something you can use to promote a fight between a guy who made his career at 154 and has been inactive for the better part of two years and one of the most devastating punchers in all of boxing who has even been discussing a possible jump to super middleweight. And on short notice, to boot.

Size, experience, record, recent activity and just plain ol’ common sense point towards another GGG win, perhaps with another highlight-reel knockout against a fighter who has not yet been stopped. So what do you do to boost the chances of this fight not being a complete failure at the box office? Find a dormant regional rivalry (knowing the area and its history, I am pretty sure some of GGG and Martirosyan’s folks have faced each other in the battlefield at some point in the last 800 years) and twist it into a personal beef between the two. Martirosyan has said that he will “pack the place with Armenians,” a not very difficult task given that the StubHub is a stone’s throw from Glendale, an Armenian stronghold in California. With some luck, we’ll have yet another rivalry to talk about in boxing for years to come.– Diego M. Morilla

Canelo’s Beef with GGG Gets Real

Speaking about “funny ways to promote a fight” and “beef getting personal,” let’s talk about Abel Sanchez. What’s with that beef-eating, sanctimonious hidden message in that video promo for a well-known sports apparel brand? If you haven’t seen it, here it is:

“Superhuman power requires a special ingredient…and it’s called hard work,” says Sanchez, while he digs into a rather tasty looking piece of meat. Quite obviously, the whole thing is a cheap shot at Canelo Alvarez and his claim that the level of clenbuterol found in his blood in two consecutive drug tests was due to the presence of this substance in Mexican bovine meat. But let’s break this down a bit further: you lost a big payday, you’re pissed about almost wasting weeks, if not months, of training and now being forced to fight someone else for less money, and you feel like gloating a little bit and showing off for your fans. We’re good up to that point. But at some point in the future, someone is going to sit across that table from you, and there will be a completely different type of beef on the table. I am talking about the negotiation for the eventual mid-September Canelo comeback fight against GGG, of course, and how pointless antics like this one may predispose your already embattled foe to look elsewhere for a payday in which he is the main course, and not the other way around. You feel me?

I still feel Canelo will look to fight GGG in September, of course, but if a few silly antics like this one rub His Frecklesness the wrong way and he decides to make someone else a millionaire, please remember that we warned you about it here first. Revenge is a dish better served cold – or medium rare, in this case. — Diego M. Morilla

Oscar De La Hoya Involved in Yet Another Sex Scandal

It looks like it’s trouble time for Oscar De La Hoya once again. The Golden Boy Promotions promoter and former multiple champion appears to be involved in another scandal. According to a story in England’s Daily Mail, two women are attempting to extort him by demanding two million dollars to avoid posting a video in which he appears to be making sexually explicit poses.

The report claims that De La Hoya met these two models through an Instagram dating service and after exchanging a few messages he invited them to an apartment in Pasadena, California, where a kitchen appliance ended up becoming an important prop during an afternoon of sex that the ladies in question took the trouble to capture on video. Or so goes the story.

Sources close to the conflict have indicated that the FBI is on the case already, but this has not been confirmed. The scandal exploded when celebrity agent Kevin Blatt said that he had a copy of the video in his possession. “I was contacted by someone who claimed to be an Instagram model, and she put me in touch with another lady,” said Blatt, who expressed that he had watched about 30 minutes of a sex video in which De La Hoya allegedly appears. “I’ve received a few similar videos, but this one is extremely embarrassing.”– J.J. Álvarez

 “Prince” Cuadras, Suspended and Awaiting a Hearing

The rematch between Francisco “El Gallo” Estrada and Carlos “El Príncipe” Cuadras has fallen like a house of cards. It was being planned to take place in Mexico a few days after the end of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but it is officially off. Why? Cuadras has been suspended by the WBC due to a possible doping case that required the intervention of the sanctioning body, where the fighter is expected to appear in order to clarify the situation. However, there are doubts related to this subject, because WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman expressed that the fighter didn’t really fail any tests nor tested positive after his bout, this time a defeat at the hands of Puerto Rico’s McWilliams Arroyo back in February. “He has been suspended for failures in the protocol of banned substances. He is out of the world rankings and the matter is being taken care of.” According to a report by ESPN, however, the Cuadras case may be related to a presumed case of recreational drugs and not a performance-enhancement drug case. – J.J. Álvarez

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Daniel Jacobs Edges Past Gabe Rosado on a Matchroom card in Florida

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Former world champion Daniel Jacobs needed the last round to win by split decision against upset-minded Gabe Rosado and keep his place in line on Friday for lucrative super middleweight matchups.

But when the ring announcer erroneously announced the winner was from Philadelphia, confusion reigned for a moment until Jacobs was correctly called the winner.

Brooklyn’s Jacobs (37-3, 30 KOs) jumped out ahead against Philly fighter Rosado (25-13-1, 14 KOs) and held on for the win in front of no fans at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. For a second, many thought Rosado had won.

Both were careful during the first three rounds measuring each other’s distance and looking for openings to counter. There were very few.

It was the kind of fight expected by those who know boxing: two veterans with immense experience against top-flight world champions. Mistakes were few.

Jacobs, a former middleweight world champion, had fought Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin in close but losing efforts.

Rosado had battled Golovkin too, six years ago in a bloody affair that ended in a loss. He had also lost to other champions like Peter Quillin and Jermell Charlo. But none were able to knock him out.

Both were aware of each other’s reputation. Bitter words had been exchanged for years and now they finally got their chance to prove their mettle and they did.

Though Jacobs was recognized as a knockout puncher, Rosado’s resilience was just as well known. Both neutralized each other for most of the fight with their feints and jabs to the body. Neither was willing to leave openings for each other.

Jacobs scored big with a left uppercut at the end of the seventh round. While Rosado wowed viewers with a sizzling right cross in the 11th round.

It was 1950s style, boxing with intelligence. Each found it difficult to land combinations, let alone find openings to score knockout blows. Instead, they had to be satisfied with scoring enough to convince three judges the actual winner.

Neither was able to pull out ahead with any conviction.

After 12 rounds one judge saw Rosado the winner 115-113 while two others saw Jacobs the winner 115-113 to give him the win by split decision.

“It felt just a little weird. It felt like a sparring match,” said Jacobs about fighting without fans in the audience. “This wasn’t a valiant effort.”

Rosado was certain he was the true winner.

“I thought I won the fight. I surprised him,” said Rosado who trained with Freddie Roach for this fight. “I’m a veteran, I know how to fight.”

Indeed, he does.

Jacobs now stands poised to fight one of many super middleweight champions in need of a marquee name.

“I live to see another day,” he said honestly.

Other Bouts

Kazakhstan’s Daniyar Yeleussinov (10-0, 6 KOs) proved he was not an easy touch and knocked out former world champion Julius Indongo (23-3, 12 KOs) to march forward in the welterweight division while grabbing the vacant IBF Inter-Continental title.

In a fight featuring southpaw versus southpaw Yeleussinov caught Indongo with a roundhouse left the first time they exchanged and down went the former super lightweight world champion. Indongo beat the count and survived the round.

Indongo wasn’t as lucky in the second round as Yeleussinov again connected with a left and down went the fighter from Namibia again. He would not get up at 1:24 of round two giving the knockout win for Yeleussinov.

A battle between undefeated heavyweights saw Azerbaijan’s Mahammadrasul Majidov (3-0, 3 KOs) use roundhouse rights to stagger the heavier Sahret Delgado (8-1) to win by knockout in the third round. Majidov actually helped Delgado get to his stool after knocking him out on his feet at 47 seconds of the third round.

Emmanuel Tagoe (32-1) defeated Mason Menard (36-5) by majority decision after a 10- round lightweight fight that saw a lot of clinching and leaning.

Nikita “White Chocolate” Ababiy (10-0) out-fought Detroit’s Brandon Maddox (7-4-1) to win by unanimous decision after six rounds in a middleweight clash. Ababiy hurt Maddox with body shots but found Maddox more resilient than expected.

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Pradabsri Upsets Menayothin, Ends the Longest Unbeaten Streak of Modern Times

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During the wee hours in the Americas, a big upset was brewing in Thailand. In Nakhon Sawan, a city roughly 150 miles north of Bangkok, Panya Pradabsri (aka Petchmanee CP Freshmart) out-pointed Wanheng Menayothin (aka Chayaphon Moonsri) in a domestic clash with international significance. Manayothin entered the bout with a 54-0 (18) record and was making the 13th defense of his WBC world minimumweight title.

Pradabsri had been defeated only once in 35 previous starts, but only 11 of his 34 victories had come against fighters with winning records. According to ringside reports, he kept Menayothin at bay with good fundamentals, a stiff jab, and good lateral movement. All three judges had it 115-113. The fight wasn’t without controversy as Menayothin finished stronger and many folks scoring off the live video thought that he had done just enough to retain his title.

How good was/is Menayothin? That’s a question that serious boxing fans will likely debate for decades.

In the summer of 2019, Menayothin signed a co-promotional deal with Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions. At time, GBP president Eric Gomez described him as one of the best fighters in the world. “We really want to bring him to the U.S. so people can see how talented he really is,” Gomez told England’s Sky Sports.

Menayothin was expected to make his U.S. debut in April of this year, but the pandemic ruined that plan. Earlier this year, he announced his retirement, but rescinded it after only two days.

Scottish boxing historian Matt McGrain, who has an exclusive arrangement with this web site, had lukewarm opinion of the Thai mighty-mite although he rated him the second-best 105-pound boxer of the decade, trailing only his countryman Thammanoon Niyomtrong (aka Knockout CP Freshmart).

“He is disciplined, strong, brings good pressure and is armed with a very decent range of punches,” said McGrain, “(but his record) is comprised mostly of men any competent fighter would be expected to beat.”

Although only one boxer from Thailand has been inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame (Khaosai Galaxy, class of 1999), the Southeast Asia nation has produced some outstanding boxers over the years – Chartchoi Chionoi, Sot Chitalada, Pongsaklek Wonjongkam, and Srisaket Sor Rungvisai to name just a few. The difference between these fighters and Wanheng Menayothin is that they all left the comfort zone of their homeland to score one or more important wins on foreign soil.

Menayothin may yet display his wares in a U.S. ring. But at age 35, an advanced age for small fighters in particular, we won’t get to see him at his best and now that his bubble has been burst, disinviting further comparisons to Mayweather and Marciano, the curiosity factor has been tempered.

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Yoka vs. Hammer Kicks Off the Thanksgiving Weekend Slate on ESPN+

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PRESS RELEASE— Tony Yoka, the dynamic heavyweight punching Parisian, aims to impress in his ESPN platform debut. Yoka, who won a super heavyweight gold medal for France at the 2016 Rio Olympics, will fight veteran Christian Hammer in a 10-rounder Friday at H Arena in Nantes, France.

Yoka-Hammer will stream live and exclusively this Friday, Nov. 27 in the United States on ESPN+ beginning at 2:55 p.m. ET/11:55 a.m. PT.

The ESPN+ stream will also include the return of unbeaten 2016 French Olympic gold medalist Estelle Yoka-Mossely against Pasa Malagic in an eight-round lightweight bout. Yoka and Yoka-Mossely, who have been married since 2018, welcomed their second child in May.

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Earlier this year, Yoka inked a promotional agreement with Top Rank, which will co-promote him with Ringstar France.

“Tony Yoka’s potential is limitless, and he is a grounded young man who is motivated to be a great professional fighter,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. “France has never had a world heavyweight champion, and I believe Tony is the one to bring the sport’s biggest honor home.”

The 28-year-old Yoka’s stellar amateur run included a berth at the 2012 London Olympics and gold medals at the 2015 World Championships and 2010 Youth Olympic Games. Before his triumph in Rio, he’d already defeated the likes of former heavyweight world champion Joseph Parker and current undefeated prospects Joe Joyce and Ivan Dychko. At the Rio Olympics, he defeated Croatian standout Filip Hrgović in the semifinals and edged Joyce in the gold medal match.

As a professional, Yoka (8-0, 7 KOs) made his debut in June 2017 with a second-round stoppage over the previously undefeated Travis Clark. Apart from a decision win over Jonathan Rice in his second outing, Yoka has stopped every foe, including durable Englishman David “White Rhino” Allen and former European champion Alexander Dimitrenko. He made his 2020 debut Sept. 25 and stopped former world title challenger Johann Duhaupas in one round.

Hammer (25-6, 15 KOs) has fought many of the leading heavyweight names during his 12-year career, falling short against Tyson Fury, Luis Ortiz and Alexander Povetkin. He’s notched myriad upset victories, including a highlight-reel knockout over David Price and a 2016 split decision over Erkan Teper for the WBO European belt. In March 2019, he went the 10-round distance against Ortiz and has not been stopped since Fury forced him to retire on his stool after eight rounds in their February 2015 clash.

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