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Friday, February 15, 2019

Boxing

Report: DAZN in the lead to sign boxing free agent GGG

Gennady Golovkin GGG

Gennady Golovkin is a free agent in the boxing world after his contract with HBO ended, and new sports streaming service DAZN may be in the lead to sign him.

Golovkin has been meeting with different boxing promotions/TV companies over the past few months. He met with DAZN and Premier Boxing Champions in December and also received an offer from ESPN/Top Rank. GGG seems to be getting closer to signing as he met with prospective companies this week.

Ring Magazine’s Mike Coppinger reported on Friday that DAZN is in the lead to sign him after offering a two-fight deal worth at least $40 million.

DAZN made a major splash last year by signing Canelo Alvarez to a $350 million, multi-fight deal. The problem is DAZN needs to find enough quality opponents who are available to fight him; many potential competitors belong to other promotions, like Top Rank or PBC.

Golovkin signing with DAZN would allow him and Canelo to meet for a third time, perhaps in September, and give DAZN a much more stacked roster of fighters.

Adrien Broner wanted again for failing to appear in court

Adrien Broner

Adrien Broner’s legal woes continue to mount as he simply can’t bring himself to show up for his scheduled court dates.

A judge in Broward County, Florida issued another warrant for Broner’s arrest on Wednesday, according to TMZ, as the boxer failed to show for a court date stemming from a speeding incident in Dec. 2017.

This is the third time Broner has failed to report to court stemming from that incident. He was spotted at a Lakers game in Los Angeles on Wednesday night instead.

Broner was accused of speeding while driving without a license, registration, or proof of insurance. He most recently failed to appear in court at the end of December. He’s had other legal problems as well, and has lost decisively in a boxing match to Manny Pacquiao since that last arrest.

Watch: Klay Thompson does money sign for Floyd Mayweather

Remember all that talk about what happened to Klay Thompson and his shot? Neither do I.

Thompson was on absolute fire during the Golden State Warriors’ game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night. In 27 minutes, Thompson was 17/20 from the field including 10/11 on threes for 44 points as he got the Warriors out to a huge lead. In fact, he began the game by making his first 10 three-point shots, which is an NBA record.

After one of his made threes during the third quarter, Thompson flashed a money sign at Floyd “Money” Mayweather, who was attending the game in Los Angeles.

When Thompson is going that hot, there’s not much you can do except admire the show.

Since a cold stretch a month ago, Thompson has completely turned things around. He’s shooting nearly 53 percent from the field in January and making 44 percent of his threes. What do you think he’s saying to his hand now?

Badou Jack shares photo of nasty cut after plastic surgery

Badou Jack cut

Badou Jack was somehow able to get through an entire fight against Marcus Browne on Saturday night despite suffering one of the worst facial lacerations you will ever see in a boxing match, and it looks like he’s going to have quite the scar.

Jack lost to Browne via unanimous decision in the WBC light heavyweight title fight, and he needed to immediately undergo plastic surgery following the bout. After he received several stitches, Jack shared an update on Twitter.

Browne showed no sympathy for Jack after the fight, but you have to respect an opponent that goes the distance with an injury that nasty.

Report: Manny Pacquiao’s Los Angeles home robbed while he was in Las Vegas

Manny Pacquiao may have enjoyed the sweet taste of victory on Saturday night, but his mood was dampened by some bad news.

According to ABS-CBN’s Steve Angeles, Pacquiao’s Los Angeles home was robbed while the fighter was in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao has a home in LA, which is where he often spends time training with Freddie Roach before fights. He was in Los Angeles to train and make media appearances before heading to Las Vegas ahead of his bout with Adrien Broner.

It’s unclear whether the robbery was targeted, but he wouldn’t be the first athlete in Los Angeles to be robbed recently.

Badou Jack suffers nasty cut in middle of head during fight

Badou Jack cut

Boxers suffering cuts on their face during fights is nothing new, but what happened to Badou Jack on Saturday night was unlike something most had ever seen.

Jack was cut in the middle of his head, between his eyes, during the 7th round of his fight against Marcus Browne at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The cut was deep and long and got worse and worse over the ensuing rounds. Blood was spewing across Jack’s face, onto the canvas, and bloodied referee Tony Weeks in the ring.

Jack still managed to get through the entire fight, though he lost to Browne via unanimous decision in their WBC light heavyweight title fight. After his win, Browne was unapologetic about the cut.

We’ve seen plenty of nasty injuries in the ring, and this was right up there.

Sergey Kovalev accused of punching woman, charged with felony assault

Andre Ward Sergey Kovalev

Sergey Kovalev has a big fight upcoming against Eleider Alvarez on Feb. 2, but the former light heavyweight champion is dealing with some serious legal trouble in the meantime.

Kovalev has been charged with felony assault in Big Bear, Calif., after he was accused of punching a woman in the face back in June. TMZ reports that the woman told police she rejected Kovalev’s advances at a party, and the boxer and a friend followed her back to her cabin later that night and attacked her. She reportedly suffered a broken nose, concussion and displaced disk in her neck.

Kovalev was arrested a short time after the incident and charged with assault by means of force likely to cause great bodily injury. He pleaded not guilty and is due back in court in March, which would be after his fight against Alvarez.

The Feb. 2 fight between Kovalev and Alvarez will be a rematch of their bout back in August, when Kovalev was surprisingly knocked out and lost his title belt.