Jeff Horn on Pacquiao victory: ‘There should be no arguments’

WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn is still riding high after beating Manny Pacquiao in a controversial unanimous decision earlier this month. Many over the past few weeks have criticized Horn’s victory. Recently, the WBO had five judges review the fight; three of the judges gave the fight to Horn, one judge gave the fight to Pacquiao, and another judge scored the fight a draw.

Horn, 29, was very happy about the WBO’s decision. “I’m glad the results have come in from the other judges just full of variety, so there should be no arguments,” Horn told TMZ Sports. “It’s exactly what I felt on the day, and Pacquiao said the same thing after the fight that he thought he had lost. The decision stands.” (Reportedly Pacquiao called the judging “horrible”) 

While I thought Pacquiao won the fight, it was close enough where you could see someone giving the fight to Horn. However, if the fight was fought anywhere else but Australia, Pacquiao would have gotten the decision.

 

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Boxer Sullivan Barrera reunites with father

Miami, FL:    It has been more than eight years since Sullivan Barrera (19-1, 14 KOs) defected from Cuba and left his friends and family behind to pursue his dream of becoming a professional boxer in the United States. On Saturday, July 15 he takes on Long Island, New York native Joe Smith Jr. (23-1, 19 KOs) for the WBA International Light Heavyweight Title and, for the first time in Sullivan’s life, his father, Rafael Barrera, will be watching him from ringside.
After an eight-year separation, father and son were reunited on Thursday when the elder Barrera was finally able to visit from Cuba. In Cuba, it is difficult for Sullivan’s father to watch him fight. On some rare occasions, Rafael is able to travel to one of Cuba’s larger hotel chains to watch his son fight live on television. Usually, though, Sullivan has to ship videos of his fights to Cuba for his father to see them.
The 35-year old from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba is elated to finally have his father here in the United States for his fight with Smith. When asked about the reunion, Sullivan said, “It has been eight years since I have seen my father. It is very important for me that he is here for this fight, for my mind and for everything. I want to get for him the victory. I am very excited.”
Understandably, the anticipation of his father’s visit has been a bit of a distraction for Sullivan. According to his trainer, Derik Santos, “I think it is just human nature. Sullivan always says he is out there to do his job, but there has to be an added layer of anxiety with his father being there the first time. You would have to expect that. He hasn’t seen his father in eight plus years. We trained this morning and we spoke about it. There was a kid-like giddiness about him. He can’t stop smiling about it. He is very excited, but it is my job to keep those emotions in check on fight night.”
Despite the added anxiety and anticipation of his father’s arrival, Barrera and Santos agree that they will be ready for Smith on July 15. They are fueled by Barrera being the underdog in this matchup. “I like the status of being the underdog. It motivates me to continue to prove to people that I belong at the top,” said Sullivan. “This is going to be a very interesting fight and it is a great fight for my career. When I come out victorious, it should either give me a shot at the title or get me one step closer to fighting for a title. Smith beat a legend in Bernard Hopkins, but Hopkins had been out of the ring for a long time before their fight. July 15, I am going to come out victorious.”

Mayweather on tax issues: ‘Believe half of what you see and none of what you hear’

Floyd Mayweather responded this morning to the report that he owes back taxes from 2015.  According to Law360, it is not known how much money Mayweather owes, but the IRS had previously argued that Mayweather had the resources to pay it immediately, even if it meant selling property or taking out a loan.

According to Mayweather, he paid $26 million to the IRS in 2015. The 40-year-old Mayweather is expected to pay the remaining balance after the McGregor fight on August 26.

Here is Mayweather’s response from this morning:

BIG3 and Mayweather-McGregor come to an agreement about August 26

(Las Vegas, NV – July 11, 2017) The BIG3 professional 3-on-3 basketball league founded by actor, producer and music legend Ice Cube and entertainment executive Jeff Kwatinetz announced today a financial and promotional deal has been reached between their organization, MGM ResortsMayweather Promotions andUFC regarding the use of T-Mobile Arena, which was under contract by BIG3 for their highly anticipated Championship Finals on August 26.

The MGM Grand Garden Arena will now host the BIG3 Championship Finals at 1:30pm PST/4:30pm EST which will be televised live on FOX, making way for the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregorboxing event to take place at T-Mobile Arena in the evening on the same day.

Since the league’s inaugural season on June 25, BIG3 has taken the sports world by surprise, proving itself to be a slam dunk. The games are televised in over 32 countries around the world and its US debut on FS1 ranked in the channel’s Top 10 all-time basketball telecasts, drawing in a majority adult 18-49 audience, making it the 2nd highest rated telecast amongst the younger demographic for the network.  Week 1 featured a thrilling slate of games that saw Allen Iverson win his coaching debut with 3s CompanyRashard Lewis go off for 27 points in the 3-Headed Monsters’ come-from-behind win, and DeShawn Stevenson clinch victory for thePower with a game-winner from long range, all in front of a crowd of more than 15,000 at Barclays Center inBrooklyn, N.Y. Week 3’s slate of games at the BOK Center in Tulsa, OK will air tonight on FS1 8pm-11pm EST.

“We are grateful to MGM Resorts, Mayweather Promotions and UFC for presenting us with a generous offer that we could not refuse, ensuring that our fans will have the best experience possible at our BIG3 Championship Finals at the MGM Grand Garden Arena,” says Ice Cube and Jeff Kwatinetz, co-founders of BIG3. “We are happy we could work together to create an opportunity for our fans to experience both events, making August 26 the most exciting day in sports and entertainment Las Vegas has ever seen.”

“We appreciate Ice Cube, Jeff Kwatinetz and the BIG3 for their willingness to work together on bringing the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor fight to T-Mobile Arena,” says Dana White, President of UFC. “We look forward to working together with them to ensure that the people in Las Vegas and those watching both events at home will experience a historic day in sports that they’ll never forget.”

“We are extremely pleased that all of our partners involved were able to work together to bring this change in venue to fruition,” said Sid Greenfeig, vice president of entertainment and booking for MGM Resorts International.  “The MGM Grand Garden Arena will treat basketball fans nationwide to exceptional games in an intimate and exciting atmosphere.  Las Vegas will certainly be the center of the sports world on August 26.”

World Boxing Super Series quarter-finals are set during draft in Monaco

The drama in Monaco unfolded when the super-middleweights were called onto the stage. As the top seed, WBA Super Champion George Groves had four opponents to choose from. He picked British rival Jamie Cox for a “domestic dust-up.” Second-seeded Callum Smith then selected Swedish sensation Erik Skoglund, with the WBC Diamond Championship on the line due to Smith´s status as the WBC´s top-ranked challenger. The third seed was given to the winner of next week´s showdown between Chris Eubank Jr. and Arthur Abraham. With both fighters in training, this pairing was represented by Chris Eubank Senior, who chose “The Dentist” Avni Yildirim. This set the stage for the fourth quarter-final between fourth-seed Juergen Braehmer and undefeated US challenger Rob Brant.

The cruiserweight line-up featured all four reigning champions, two former champions, a KO king and a rising challenger. Second-seed Murat Gassiev, the IBF Champion, did not get to pick an opponent because he has to face mandatory challenger Krzysztof Wlodarczyk. This left Olympic gold medal winner Oleksandr Usyk, the first seed, with Marco Huck, Dmitry Kudryashov and Perez as potential opponents. Usyk selected Huck, with third-seed Briedis then picking Perez. This also set up the clash between fourth-seeded Dorticos and “The Russian Hammer” Kudryashov.

“There could not have been a more exciting start to the World Boxing Super Series,” said Roberto Dalmiglio, Comosa`s Head of Management Board. “This tournament will change the face of boxing because it pits the best against the best in a fan-friendly way. The fans will get to see a lot of exciting fights in a very short time. Something like this has never been done before. We promised the best fighters out there and today we brought them all together live on stage in the stunning setting of the Grimaldi Forum.”

Said Kalle Sauerland, Comosa`s Chief Boxing Officer: “The last couple of days have been filled with intriguing discussions and speculations about the picks. The waiting is finally over and we are proud to present eight amazing fights. The inaugural season of the World Boxing Super Series will feature nine undefeated fighters, seven belts, five world champions and three former champions. To see all those stars on one stage was incredible and it will be even more exciting to see all of them in the ring in September and October. There will not be a dull moment in the Muhammad Ali Trophy.”

Said Richard Schaefer, Comosa`s Chairman of the Americas. “I was fortunate to be promoting many fights of Floyd Mayweather, Oscar de la Hoya and so many others but I have to tell you this beats them all. I really believe this has an opportunity to become the brand in the sport of boxing, the kind of tournament fighters really want to participate in because it will elevate their exposure and it will elevate their careers.”

The quarter-finals will be held in September and October, the semi-finals in January and February and the finals in May in top venues around the globe

SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHTS

Groves vs Cox:

George Groves:

Me and Jamie are old buddies. We’ve known each other a long time now. I quite fancied a bit of a domestic dust up. I wanted to pick my countryman. I know he wanted to fight me.  I’ve provided him a great opportunity. He’s fighting for a World title. It’s also a strategic move. It’s a long tournament so I picked the easy guy first.

Jamie Cox:

I was looking forward to getting a UK dust up. George picked me and that makes for a great fight. It’s time to bury a seed!

Smith vs. Skoglund:

Callum Smith:

There were four really good fighters to pick from, three left for me. I just think stylistically Erik is the best fight for me.

Erik Skoglund:

To kick off the quarterfinals against an undefeated top guy for the WBC Diamond belt is massive. I couldn’t be happier with the choice.

Winner of Eubank / Abraham vs. Yildirim:

Chris Eubank:

Avni is a come forward fighter. I don’t think he knows how to go back. He brings war, and that will make for a spectacular fight. Once my son gets past Arthur Abraham, he will do the same to Avni. Chris Eubank Jr is an upgraded version of me.

Avni Yildirim:

I am very happy to be here. Good luck to the winner of Eubank and Abraham because it is my time now.

Braehmer vs. Brant:
Juergen Braehmer:

Since I could not pick any opponent any more, I got the strongest guy. The others apparently avoided him. I look forward to the start of the tournament and I am curious to find out when and where the fight will take place.

Rob Brant:

There’s not an easy fight in this tournament. Whether it was the first person to pick or the last person they are all champions. I’m ready to do my best.

CRUISERWEIGHTS

Gassiev vs. Wlodarczyk:

Murat Gassiev

I want to say thank you for everyone who made this tournament. I’m very happy to be here. I’m fighting Krzysztof because he is my number one contender. He is a tough opponent and I’m sure we give boxing fans a great fight.

Krzysztof Wlodarczyk

I’m very happy because Gassiev is a good fighter and a tough guy. We will give people a good fight.

Oleksandr Usyk

I picked him for my fans.

Marco Huck

This is my wish opponent. People say he is really good – an Olympic and World Champion – but we will see when he gets in the ring with me.

Mairis Briedis

He is a great fighter from Cuba. He comes from heavyweight division and will give me a tough fight.

Mike Perez

It’s a great challenge. He’s a champion so I’m looking forward to it. It’s going to be my first belt.  I’m looking forward to the fight.

Yunier Dorticos

It’s going to be a great fight and something really interesting for the fans.

Dmitry Kudryashov

I’m happy with this opponent. It will be a good fight.

WORLD BOXING SUPER SERIES AT A GLANCE
Participants confirmed: 16 of 16
Number of belts: 7
Number of world champions: 5
Number of former world champions: 3
Number of undefeated fighters: 9
Combined Record of participants: 398 wins, 16 losses, 275 KOs (not counting Eubank/Abraham)
Confirmed Cruiserweights (8 of 8)
Oleksandr Usyk (12-0, 10 KOs), WBO World Champion
Yunier Dorticos (21-0, 20 KOs), WBA World Champion
Murat Gassiev (24-0, 17 KOs), IBF World Champion
Mairis Briedis (22-0, 18 KOs), WBC World Champion
Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (53-3-1, 37 KOs), former IBF / WBC World Champion & IBF top-ranked challenger
Marco Huck (40-4-1, 27 KOs), former WBO World Champion
Dmitry Kudryashov (21-1, 21 KOs)
Mike Perez (22-2-1, 14 KOs)
Confirmed Super-Middleweights (8 of 8)
George Groves (26-3, 19 KOs), WBA Super Champion
Juergen Braehmer (48-3, 35 KOs), former WBA & WBO Champion
Erik Skoglund (26-0, 12 KOs)
Jamie Cox (23-0, 13 KOs)
Callum Smith (22-0, 17 KOs)
Rob Brant (22-0, 15 KOs)
Avni Yildirim (16-0, 10 KOs)
Winner of Eubank (24-1, 19 KOs) vs. Abraham (46-5, 30 KOs)

Twitter reaction to the “Bad Decision in Brisbane.” Horn defeats Pacquiao

In an absolute stunner, Manny Pacquiao lost a unanimous decision to Jeff Horn in Brisbane, Australia on Saturday night. Yes, Jeff Horn (17-0-1,11 KOs) who was a schoolteacher in Australia. While Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KOS) lost, it was clear that he won. The final scorecards were 117-111, 115-113, 115-113 all for the winner and new WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn. 

Here is how Twitter reacted:

https://twitter.com/IrishDDizon/status/881378445418156034

Who looked better in training Mayweather or McGregor?

After watching Conor McGregor’s training video from Thursday, you wonder how long his fight with Floyd Mayweather will last.

In the video, McGregor looked very slow! Mayweather also released a training video on Thursday. In that video, Mayweather looked very fast.

It could be a short, brutal night for McGregor on August 26.

You be the judge!

THIS:

OR

THAT:

Fortunately for McGregor, he will make a lot of money!

Canelo on GGG fight: ‘It will end by knockout’

Canelo Alvarez has a huge challenge ahead of him on September 16. He will be fighting a guy in Gennady Golovkin who is undefeated, and has never been knocked down in his whole career. However, Canelo believes that will change in September.

“This fight I don’t see going 12 rounds. I can almost guarantee it won’t make the 12 rounds. It will end by knockout,” Canelo told TMZ Sports.  

When asked if he going to knockout Triple G, Canelo said: “Yes, without a doubt.”

Triple G has proven to have a granite chin, but maybe Canelo knows something we don’t.

Canelo could get the victory in September, but a knockout might be pushing it.