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Wednesday, September 20, 2017


Canelo Alvarez, Gennady Golovkin to discuss rematch

Canelo GGG

The second chapter of Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin could be in the works.

Representatives for both fighters are planning to discuss a rematch this week, according to ESPN’s Dan Rafael.

Alvarez and GGG met on Saturday night in Las Vegas and fought to a draw in what was one of the most anticipated fights in years. The controversy to emerge from the fight was an issue with one of the judge’s scorecards. Most felt the fight was pretty close, and that Golovkin had the edge.

Alvarez, who is the more popular fighter, has the right to a rematch. The two sides reportedly have three weeks to exercise the rematch clause.

Canelo has become a star in the boxing world — especially within his home country of Mexico. The most popular Mexican fighters tend to schedule their bouts for Cinco de Mayo weekend and Mexican Independence Day, which happen in early May and the middle of September, respectively. That means that if a rematch were to happen, it likely would be held around Cinco de Mayo next year.

Report: Judge Adalaide Byrd could be removed from UFC 216

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Judge Adalaide Byrd’s immediate future is in question after she turned in a scorecard for the Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin fight Saturday night that was highly criticized.

Alvarez and Golovkin fought to a draw in their superfight. One judge scored it 115-113 for Golovkin; another had it 114-114; and Byrd scored it 118-110 for Alvarez. Her scorecard suggested she saw Alvarez win the fight easily. Most people who watched it felt it was a close fight, with many thinking GGG had the edge. Social media was not kind to Byrd after the fight as these tweets show, and now it sounds like the Nevada Athletic Commission may take action.

The Irish Independent reports that NAC executive director Bob Bennett said he would give Byrd a “small break.”

“I’m not going to put her right back in,” Bennett reportedly told the Independent. “She’ll still be in the business, but she needs to catch her breath.”

On top of that, CBS Las Vegas reporter Chris Maathuis said Byrd had been removed from the UFC 216 fight card she was set to judge on Oct. 7 in Las Vegas.

Bennett may have been getting ahead of himself in his comments to the Irish Independent, because he later told MMA Fighting that they will decide Byrd’s fate over the next week. It could be that news about Byrd leaked out quicker than the commission was ready for, leading them to ask for patience in an announcement.

Manny Pacquiao had perfect joke after Canelo Alvarez-GGG draw

Manny Pacquiao

Credit Manny Pacquiao for being Johnny-on-the-spot with the best joke after the Canelo Alvarez-GGG fight.

Canelo-Golovkin was ruled a draw on Saturday night in Las Vegas. One judge had it 115-113 for GGG, another had it 114-114, while a third judge somehow scored it 118-110 for Alvarez, leading to great criticism for her.

The bogus scoring led Pacquiao to tweet this:

Pacquiao is quite familiar with poor judging. He was the victim of a horrible decision in July when he lost to Jeff Horn while fighting the Australian in Brisbane in what many felt was a case of home cooking. He can most certainly relate to what happened in Vegas.

Boxing judge Adalaide Byrd criticized for awful score in Canelo Alvarez-GGG fight

Canelo GGG

The megafight between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas delivered for the fans on Saturday night. The fight featured two of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world and was very close based on most peoples’ opinions. The fight was scored a draw, but the real takeaway that had people talking was the scorecards. One judge had it as a draw, while another had it as a narrow win for GGG. But then you had Adalaide Byrd, who must have been watching on a different planet.

While Don Trella scored the fight 114-114 (six rounds apiece) and Dave Moretti had it 115-113 (seven rounds to five for Golovkin), Byrd had Canelo winning 118-110. That means she scored it 10 rounds to two. She gave Alvarez the last five rounds.

After the fight, even HBO was critical of Byrd, with announcer Jim Lampley calling her an “outlier.”

Fans and media personalities on Twitter were even more critical. Take a look at what people were saying:


Gennady Golovkin has funny comment about his ‘GGG’ alter ego

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Gennady Golovkin apparently is comprised of two different people and has two different personalities. There’s Gennady Golovkin, the nice guy outside the boxing ring, and then there’s “GGG” the ferocious boxer inside the ring.

GGG made that distinction clear when he spoke with the media Tuesday upon arriving at the MGM ahead of Saturday’s fight against Canelo Alvarez at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

“It’s amazing to be in Las Vegas. But the bigger thing is the fight is finally here. I am Gennady Golovkin until I walk into the ring. And that’s when I turn into Triple G. It’s not that I’m mean, or angry. I’m just more focused. This is the perfect fight for fans. And the perfect fight for me. I will enjoy it,” Golovkin said.

Well now that has me all confused. How do I know when to refer to him as GGG and when to call him Gennady Golovkin?

Either way, both of his identities will be there on Saturday for the fight with Canelo, which should be one of the best boxing matches in years. His fans will hope to see more of the knockout artist GGG than the nice guy Golovkin.

Magomed Abdusalamov wins $22 million settlement after fight left him paralyzed

It has been nearly four years since Magomed Abdusalamov suffered brain damage in a boxing match at Madison Square Garden, and the former fighter remains paralyzed on one side of his body and unable to walk. On Friday, Abdusalamov and his family received a $22 million settlement from the state of New York.

Abdusalamov’s family had filed a lawsuit alleging recklessness, gross negligence and medical malpractice by the New York State Athletic Commission, NYSAC staff and the doctors it hired to work the boxer’s November 2013 fight against Mike Perez. According to William Weinbaum of ESPN, a judge ruled Friday that Abdusalamov did not receive proper care.

Perez defeated Abdusalamov by unanimous decision, and the Russian was left badly bleeding and swollen after the 10-round bout. In a 2014 report from Outside the Lines, Abdusalamov’s trainers said the fighter told ringside doctors that his head hurt, and they suspected he had suffered a facial fracture and should have an X-ray. The physicians did not, however, recommend that Abdusalamov be taken to a hospital immediately. Rather than sending him for treatment in an ambulance, they suggested Abdusalamov go by taxi to a hospital after finding blood in his urine sample.

It was later determined that Abdusalamov had a blood clot in his brain. He suffered multiple strokes and was in a coma for weeks. Doctors told his wife, Bakanay Abdusalamova, that Magomed would likely never speak again, though she says he occasionally says fully-formed words.

I would trade all of the money to just bring back Mago as he was, but that’s not how it works,” Bakanay Abdusalamova told ESPN. “It cannot buy the happiness we had.”

Paul Edelstein, the attorney for the Abdusalamov family, said the $22 million settlement is an appropriate amount for the state of New York to take responsibility for its actions. However, the settlement states that the family cannot release its claims against the three doctors who worked the fight — Anthony Curreri, Osric King and Gerard Varlotta. Edelstein says he may pursue the case further in supreme court.

“The three ringside physicians had primary responsibility and we’re not going to stop until they acknowledge it,” he said. “Their malpractice insurance carriers’ lawyers apparently don’t see the case the way the inspector general and attorney general do.

“I’m obviously very pleased about the settlement with the state that provides for Mago and his family, but having these doctors testify in open court may be the best way to show how grievous this was and how screwed up the system of caring for athletes is in an admittedly dangerous sport.”

Abdusalamov is 36 and he and his wife have three daughters together. The $22 million settlement is believed to be the largest personal injury settlement in New York State history.

Manny Pacquiao pulls out of November rematch with Jeff Horn

Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao’s planned rematch against Jeff Horn in November is on hold.

The Filipino senator pulled out of his November rematch, saying a senatorial trip to China would interfere with his training camp.

The two were set to fight on Nov. 12 in a rematch of their July bout which Horn won by controversial decision. In recent days, Pacquiao was expressing reluctance about fighting in Australia again, which is Horn’s home country and where the first fight was held. Conspiracy theorists in Australia are speculating that the governmental trip was a convenient excuse for Pacquiao to back out.

Horn’s promoter Dean Lonergan told the Daily Telegraph that he still expects the two men to fight next year.

“Manny Pacquiao has decided that he will not be competing in a rematch with Jeff Horn in 2017. Pacquiao is committed to fighting again in 2018, and a rematch with Jeff Horn for the WBO world welterweight title,” Lonergan told The Telegraph.

In the meantime, Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum, who has a two-fight option with Horn, is expected to fill the November date with another boxer from his Top Rank stable, such as Terrence Crawford or Jessie Vargas.

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