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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Boxing

Manny Pacquiao’s camp says they found weakness in Matthysse’s style

Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao should be well-positioned entering his fight against Lucas Matthysse next month.

Pacquiao’s strength and conditioning coach Justine Fortune told The Manila Times that they have studied film on Matthysse and found some weaknesses they plan to exploit.

“We’ve been watching tapes of Matthysse’s latest fights, including his losses to (Victor) Postol and (Danny) Garcia, the past several days and we’ve found several defects and weaknesses in his style, which we’ll try to exploit, ” Fortune said.

Matthysse is also 39-4 and a good fighter, which is something they recognize.

“Of course, we also found where his strength and we, certainly, will find solution to offset. Lucas is definitely strong and dangerous and has one the best trainers in the business [in Joel Diaz]. But as we’ve noticed, he has not a few bad habits and weaknesses Manny can easily capitalized on.”

Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KOs) has only fought once since the beginning of last year. He lost to Jeff Horn in Australia in a controversial decision. The 39-year-old will step back into the ring on July 15 in Kuala Lumpur.

Errol Spence wears Dallas Cowboys gear for fight in Frisco

Errol Spence Cowboys

Errol Spence Jr was dressed appropriately for his fight at The Star in Frisco, Texas on Saturday night.

Spence was fighting at the site of the Dallas Cowboys’ practice facility, so he entered the ring wearing a Cowboys hat and the star on the arms of his robe.

Spence’s walk to the ring lasted about as long as his fight. He stopped Carlos Ocampo in the first round to improve to 24-0.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones joined Spence in the ring for his postfight interview. Spence enjoyed his experience to the point where he said he’d like to fight at the venue every year moving forward.

Boxer Javier Fortuna stretchered away after falling out of ring

Javier Fortuna

Boxer Javier Fortuna was taken away on a stretcher after falling out of the ring during his fight on Saturday night.

Fortuna was facing Adrian Granados at the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas and the two were up against the ropes late in the fourth round. Granados pushed Fortuna, who fell through the ropes.

There were questions from the Showtime announcers about whether or not Fortuna had hit his head. The 28-year-old lightweight was treated with caution and placed into a neck brace. He was taken away in a stretcher.

Showtime’s announcers also questioned whether Fortuna was legitimately hurt or whether there were some shenanigans.

The fight was stopped with 10 seconds remaining in the fourth round, meaning it wasn’t an official fight by Texas rules. It ended up being a no contest.

Twitter reacts to Jermell Charlo entering ring in lion outfit

Jermell Charlo’s motto is “Lions Only,” but he took that to a whole new level for his fight against Austin Trout on Saturday.

Charlo entered the ring for the WBC light middleweight title bout (on the undercard of the Abner Mares-Leo Santa Cruz rematch) wearing a full-on lion costume, complete with the head and everything.

The fairly ridiculous-looking outfit led to some funny Twitter reactions.

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Report: Vanes Martirosyan told his wife not to attend fight with GGG

Vanes Martirosyan

Vanes Martirosyan seemed to know what he was in for leading up to Saturday night’s bout with Gennady Golovkin.

Martirosyan was knocked out by GGG in the second round of their middleweight title fight at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., quickly getting crushed after putting in a respectable showing in the first round.

After the fight, HBO announcer Jim Lampley said that Martirosyan told his wife not to attend the fight out of fear that it would not end well. This holds even more significance considering that Martirosyan fights out of Glendale, Calif., which is less than an hour away from Carson, meaning it would have been an easy trip for her to make.

Keep in mind that Vanes had not fought for nearly two years before accepting the bout. He took it on short notice after Golovkin’s fight with Canelo Alvarez fell through due to Canelo’s failed pre-fight drug tests.

Few expected Martirosyan to be competitive in the bout, so the outcome was not surprising. Even Vanes was not expecting things to go well.

GGG treats Vanes Martirosyan like a punching bag in easy win

GGG Vanes

Gennady Golovkin wasted little time in wrecking Vanes Martirosyan at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. on Saturday night to retain his WBA, WBC and IBO middleweight title belts.

Golovkin knocked out Martirosyan in the second round, whipping up the Armenian fighter with a flurry of punches that sent him to the canvas. The fight ended after Martirosyan was unable to make the 10 count.

Golovkin improved to 38-0-1 (34 knockouts) with his win. The outcome was not the least bit surprising.

Martirosyan stepped in to fight GGG last month after Golovkin’s originally scheduled May 5 bout with Canelo Alvarez was cancelled due to Alvarez’s failed pre-fight drug tests. Vanes hadn’t fought in nearly two years, which is why the IBF threatened to strip GGG of his title belt if he went forward with the fight. He certainly looked rusty in the ring, although facing GGG will do that to just about anyone.

Deontay Wilder offers Anthony Joshua $50 million for fight

Deontay Wilder

Deontay Wilder has put the ball in Anthony Joshua’s court, and it’s a very, very lucrative ball.

Wilder and his team offered Joshua a $50 million minimum guarantee for the two to meet in the boxing ring later this year. The Los Angeles Times’ Lance Pugmire and Sky Sports confirm the offer is for the two heavyweights to meet between September and December later this year. Wilder would like the fight to be in the US, but his promoter told Sky Sports that is not a deal-breaking point.

The $50 million offer to Joshua is a minimum amount as he would receive the greater of 50 percent of the revenue of the fight or $50 million.

The two fighters are extremely dangerous in the ring. Wilder, 32, is 40-0 with 39 knockouts. Joshua, 28, is 21-0 in his career with 20 knockouts.

The big knock against Wilder has been questions about the level of competition he has faced. Taking on Joshua would put all that aside.

Here is a video The Bronze Bomber released about him seeking a fight with Joshua:

Joshua said after his last fight that Wilder did not want to fight. Clearly he was wrong about that.

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