Here we are for another blog, shorter this time round and more focused around the boxing landscape.
To start with just quick update on The Boxing Promoter, I will talk with the developers this evening and plot our moves forward, hopefully after today's call I should have a stronger idea on timescale and improvements for release. I'll try and post a blog on Sunday evening (after I've caught up on Ward Kovalev), fingers crossed I can update everyone on the game as well.
Moving onto the hotly discussed topic of the week....
After a year of negotiation and "will they won't they's" eventually the most expensive fight in combat sports has been signed... Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jnr will box "The Notorious One" Conor McGregor in Las Vegas on August 26th, but I'm sure you already knew that. Before I begin discussing everything which is wrong about this fight allow me to review what could happen, can Conor McGregor shock the sporting world and produce surely the biggest underdog victory in history. Let's start with the positives for Conor, he has relatively little to lose so won't be nervous, at 28 he is far younger than Mayweather and arguably in his physical prime, he's a southpaw which could cause Floyd problems as seen in the past and he's clearly a tough guy with a solid chin. From that perspective there is plenty of encouragement that "Notorious" could surprise people. But the one main issue for him is clear... He's not a boxer, he is an unbelievably talented MMA fighter and a good striker but that doesn't mean he can box, he'll be in the ring against arguably the greatest technical fighter of the last 2 decades. You can be as fit, strong and passionate as you like but you can't learn the levels of experience required overnight. Maybe McGregor does have a punchers chance but for me I can't see him landing that left hand on Floyd throughout the fight, my prediction is Mayweather wins via stoppage during rounds 5-7, I feel an accumulation of punches will be unanswered and the ref will eventually jump in.
I don't want to discuss the politics behind this fight too much but what I will say is both men are fantastic businessmen and they've been able to earn a massive amount of money from a pot that should have never existed. Having said that I will watch the build up and enjoy it and I will pay for the fight even though I strongly feel it won't be a contest.
Simply put, for boxing's sake... Floyd must win! And he must win well....
Now to a much more interesting fight in my opinion, Ward vs Kovalev 2. Two of the best P4P fighters competing again, not sure about anyone else but I loved the first fight, although it wasn't an old fashioned slug-fest which we love, seeing the best vs the best is always a privilege to watch. After all the controversy of the first fight, how might this one go down??? If you watch the first fight back Kovalev appeared a level above Ward through the first 4 rounds, Ward did perform better in the 2nd half but they were close rounds to score whereas the 1st 4 rounds were clearly "Krushers". I think the fight will go one of two ways and it's all based on Kovalev's mentality, if he goes in there trying to hurt and KO Ward then I feel Ward wins via a clear decision, however if Kovalev approaches the fight looking to outperform Ward as we've seen he can then I feel Kovalev wins on points by 3/4 rounds... Maybe a late stoppage but I favour points. I would urge no-one to place any money on what I've mentioned above as I'm probably wrong.
To compare the two fights mentioned above from a promotional point of view it shows how crazy boxing can be sometimes you have an exhibition match receiving so much press and publicity whereas a bout between potentially the best two fighters on the planet can barely draw any interest. I understand that names count for a lot in sports promotion and no names are bigger than Mayweather & McGregor so I criticise the promotion of the other bout, it's honestly been a joke! This is a fight that boxing should be proud to present.
Just a quick word on another upcoming PPV, Eubank Jr vs Arthur Abraham, if you take away his joke of a title he holds I think this fight is a good test for Eubank but one that he should be able to win in style. ITV PPV was heavily criticised for the initial fight however I have to say this time round the card actually looks very strong and competitive, better than any undercard I've seen this year with Selby, Robbie Davies Jnr, Kid Galahad and Martin J Ward. I'm so fed up of unbalanced matchmaking, I have to say all the fights on here should be fairly evenly matched and very entertaining so hats off to Poxon Sport & ITV PPV!
Onto some questions;
tlyons_98 asks "Going into the rematch this time round, do you feel there is a psychological edge from the Ward camp or do you see Kovalev being more aggressive and focused on the job at hand?" I think Ward will be more confident this time round, no doubt, he's felt Kovalev's power and taken his best shots so he'll be confident but yes I hope Kovalev will be even more focused this time and not ease off during the fight.
tlyons_98 "What promotional impact is the Mayweather vs McGregor circus going to have on the biggest fight of 2017: GGG vs Canelo?" This is a really good question and I hope it's a positive impact! "The Money Fight" will draw in so many casual combat sports fans it's vital for the growth of boxing that we keep them involved, so I really hope that the momentum created in the build up to MayMcG can continue into September and help lift the GGG Canelo fight.
Pensive Loops asks "when's the boxing season start?" my understanding is this is all down to the promoters themselves, generally there is boxing in every month of the year, often promoters will either have a break in August or December and then start their new season the month after.
Pensive Loop asks again "When does the hype end? Meaning what real matches are there? Hype type" Not too sure what is meant by this but for hype fights look no further than Mayweather vs McGregor.