Platzt Marco Huck vs Joe Joyce? Eigentlich eine ganz einfache Geschichte: Boxverband A hat einen vakanten Titel B und legt fest, dass die Boxer C und D darum kämpfen. Bei der darauffolgenden Purse Bid kann sich der Bruder E von Boxer C, der gemeinsam mit C mehrere Firmen führt, den Kampf sichern. Der Verband A hat festgelegt, dass der Fight zwischen den Boxern C und D noch bis zum Jahresende stattfinden soll, genauer gesagt: noch vor Weihnachten. Das genaue Datum, so heißt es zunächst, werde bis Mitte November verkündet. Insider wissen vermutlich schon, um wen und was es sich handelt: die EBU-Europameisterschaft zwischen Marco Huck und Joe Joyce. Die Bekanntgabe des genauen Kampfdatums ist nun überfällig. Ein kleiner Post von Box-Insider Michael Benson vom 11. November – just dem Tag, an dem Marco Huck seinen 35sten Geburtstag feierte – lässt allerdings aufhorchen: Frank Warren (der ‚Juggernaut‘ Joyce mitpromotet) soll erklärt haben – so heißt es da – dass man nach wie vor auf Input von ...

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Sorge um Ulli Wegner. Die Trainerlegende zog sich am Mittwoch einen Oberschenkelhalsbruch zu und wird derzeit im Krankenhaus behandelt.Das gab das Box-Team Sauerland auf seinem Instagram-Account bekannt.SPORT1 erreichte den 77-Jährigen telefonisch. Dort gab der Coach, der unter anderem Sven Ottke, Arthur Abraham, Marco Huck und Markus Beyer zu Box-Weltmeistern formte, leichte Entwarnung.DAZN gratis testen und Kampfsport-Highlights live & auf Abruf erleben | ANZEIGEEs gehe ihm den Umständen entsprechend gut, sagte Wegner. Wie lange er im Krankenhaus verbleiben muss, wisse er im Moment aber noch nicht.  

Nach 23 Jahren erfolgreicher Zusammenarbeit zwischen dem Sauerland-Team und Trainer Ulli Wegner trennen sich nun die Wege. Und das läuft etwas anders, als es beide Seiten vielleicht dachten. Vor einiger Zeit hieß es noch, Wegner hat den Job als Cheftrainer auf Lebenszeit oder zumindest so lange, wie er möchte. Jetzt kam dann doch die Kündigung zum 31. Dezember 2019. Wie die Berliner Zeitung berichtet, hat Wegner seinen Noch-Arbeitgeber verklagt. Wegner hat für das Sauerland-Team mitgeholfen, einige Boxer zu Weltmeistern zu machen. Markus Beyer, Sven Ottke, Marco Huck und Arthur Abraham stand er in der Ecke. Das waren die Aushängeschilder des Boxstalls, der jetzt scheinbar um das Überleben kämpft. Die aufgebauten Kader von einst fehlen und was an Nachwuchs da ist, hat wahrscheinlich noch nicht die Popularität, um gute TV-Verträge und damit Einnahmequellen für den Boxstall zu generieren. Das viele der Weltmeisterschaftskämpfe mit Stirnrunzeln zu sehen waren, steht auf einem anderen Blatt. Man erinnere sich an die komischen Boxstil von Sven Ottke oder einige „Siege“ von ...

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By: Robert Aaron Contreras It is never easy to decipher what Golden Boy Promotions is up to.This weekend, on Dec. 13, De la Hoya and Co. put their premier prospect Vergil Ortiz Jr. (14-0, 14 KO) up against a tricky veteran in Brad Solomon (28-1, 9 KO), to be aired by DAZN. It is either a case of inexplicable matchmaking, setting up their young puncher to meet his stylistic foil, or perhaps the case of an aging welterweight in perfect position to finally be stopped inside the distance which would do wonders for a surging tyro like Ortiz.Ortiz is is one of Golden Boy’s remaining commodities. Still just 21, the Texas-born welterweight could be helping bolster shows headlined by more established company men like Canelo or Jaime Munguia. But considering the tension brewing between Oscar de la Hoya and Canelo Alvarez, and given Ryan Garcia’s mixed reception, talent is being spread thin to fill the schedule, leaving no choice but to again push Ortiz to the top of the bill. This weekend represents his second headliner in a row.In August, Ortiz destroyed former world champion Antonio Orozco, scoring three knockdowns, and punched in a vicious sixth-round knockout. The KO bought one name to mind, that of Jose Ramirez, who went 12 strenuous rounds with Orozco and was unable to close the show. In fact Orozco had never been stopped until he met Ortiz, who barely old enough to drink conceivably one up’d a unified beltholder. In all it was Ortiz’s third win of the year.Earlier in 2019, Ortiz backed up both Canelo and Munguia, competing on their undercards. He was successful in orchestrating knockouts each time. The knockouts have been rolling in for Ortiz ever since turning professional. Yet to go to the cards since his amateur days. He sparked Jesus Vargas in February. Valdez, of Mexico, had only been stopped once before in almost 30 fights. Months later, Ortiz’s opponent was better known, one Mauricio Herrera, who had previously never come unstuck in his lauded career. Ortiz changed that with a right cross from hell that ended Herrera’s night in the third round. This one of the division’s most avoided boxers for having outboxed Danny Garcia, Jose Benavidez Jr. and others, slumped in under nine minutes by a kid.Technically Ortiz was an adult, just 18, when Golden Boy Promotions picked him up—opting for De la Hoya over Top Rank who also had immense interest. His talent would soon match the hype surrounding his remarkable ammy record of 140-20. Ortiz linked up with Robert Garcia by 2018. And his first fight training out of Oxnard was on national TV, where he took apart former titlist Jose Carlos Salgado.For Ortiz’s prodigious ways, a fight with Solomon may seem like a step backwards from a tested warrior like Orozco. After all the American Solomon is unranked and relatively inactive, fighting just twice since the Spring of 2016. However a close examination of his record reveals the fruits to bear for Ortiz if he can impose real punishment onto his older opponent. Solomon, 36, is probably best known for his appearance on the star-studded undercard in support of Manny Pacquiao’s third engagement with Tim Bradley, battling the touted Konstantin Ponomarev. The welterweight out of Georgia had climbed his way out of the regional ranks, defeating a handful of names that do not look so bad in hindsight: divisional spoiler Ray Robinson, network drudge Freddy Hernandez, former title contender Demetrius Hopkins, and PBC’s resident brawler Adrian Granados.Never knocked out, the only loss to Solomon’s name came that night to Ponomarev, by split-decision. He racked up a few rounds early on. And while he was severely outworked down the stretch, he utilized a brand of awkward positioning to stick his man with some hard shots.Most recently, Solomon took part in the Sulaiman World Invitational welterweight tournament. In the opening round he got off the canvas against Belfast popularizer Paddy Gallagher to win on points. Too bad that was 19 months ago because while Solomon waited for the tourney to continue, the operation ultimately collapsed. Closer to 40 than 30 now, Solomon’s time has passed. His duty to the sport is of a stern test to its hottest up-and-comer.Championship castaways and championship hopefuls fill undercardSquash matches are nothing strange for boxers and Alberto Machado (21-2, 17 KO) is taking advantage of the concept. Coming off two disastrous losses, dropping his championship belt in the process, the Puerto Rican sharpshooter is taking on former Olympian Luis Porozo (14-1, 7 KO) in desperate need of a win.Machado could use a pick-me-up after two beatings from Andrew Cancio. He entered their first fight having twice defended his super featherweight strap and was a huge favorite to spin a third. Listed as high as -2000 to retain his title, Machado found out Cancio had his own plans and punched holes into the defending champion’s midsection en route to a fourth-round knockout. The two did it again and the results only got worse for Machado, this time losing in the third period. He’s wise not to waste anymore time on the sidelines, embarking on his third fight of the year. The weekend also represents Porozo’s third bout of 2019. First, in May, he picked up a routine win over a palooka with a record of 8-3. Those were the kind of nobodies he ran up his perfect record against. So when Porozo next found himself fighting against a live body on ShoBox in American Giovanni Mioletti, he was seen outworked, visibly gassed, and despite his Olympic background, refused to employ a jab. Mioletti earned a clear decision victory.Further down the card, undefeated Canadian-transplant Erik Bazinyan (18-0, 7 KO) is back in action. His name was in the news a few months ago when the WBO positioned him to fight in a title eliminator for a shot at super middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders. But it never materialized as a shoulder injury kept him from the ring. So to shake the ring rust off, Bazinyan as a tuneup with Mexican veteran Saul Roman (45-13, 37 KO).Younger by over a decade, the 24-year-old Bazinyan entered the pro ranks off a remarkable amateur record, supposedly losing just once in 109 fights in headgear. He is a proud Armenian by birth before migrating to Canada and fighting through Montreal’s regional circuit. In May, Bazinyan got his first opportunity under the Golden Boy Promotions banner, when he faced another Mexican boxer, Alan Campa, and while he took a major welt on his head for his trouble he was ultimately awarded a wide unanimous decision victory.Roman took this fight on days notice. He picked up two knockouts this year against the lowest reaches of the talent pool—for example his last opponent had a record of 1-12. He is a serviceman of nearly 60 fights, plying his trade since the turn of the millennia—turning pro at welterweight, too boot. All told it is not likely Roman hears the final bell. The post Ortiz vs. Solomon Fight Preview appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

By: Sean CroseDiego De La Hoya was supposed to win when he stepped in between the ropes to face the 31-3 Ronny Rios last July in Carson, California. Instead, it was the 21-0 rising star out of Mexico that found himself stopped in the sixth round. Yet De La Hoya, a member of a royal boxing family if ever there was one, indicated he sees the loss as a positive. “With this loss,” he recently said to me over the phone, “I'm going to gain a lot of experience.” Like Anthony Joshua recently proved, a single defeat does not a career take. “I've learned a lot from this,” the 25 year old told me.De La Hoya returns to the ring this weekend when he takes on the 16-6 Renson Robles in his native Mexico. “I'm very happy,” De La Hoya said, “we're only days away from fighting in Mexicali.” With his single loss behind him, De La Hoya feels that “things will go well” when he faces Robles on Saturday. Although not a household name, Venezuela's Robles, who is on a three fight win streak, would clearly love to make his mark against a fighter as well known as De La Hoya, who shares his cousin Oscar's last name. “He's a very valiant fighter,” De La Hoya said of his foe. He's not lying. Although Robles has lost six fights, he'll be fighting for the fourth time this year this weekend – an oddity in the modern fight game for a boxer who isn't just starting to get his feet wet. “This is a fight,” De La Hoya told me, “that's been brewing for a while.” Not that he comes across as uneasy. When we spoke last week, De La Hoya had just finished up camp, and was sounding confident and energetic. Now entering his seventh year as a pro fighter, the former standout amateur is clearly eager to get back on track in the loaded featherweight division. De La Hoya has already bested the likes of Estrella Ruiz and Randy Caballero. With names like Warrington, Russell, Stevenson, and Frampton on the featherweight roster, the sky's the limit for any fighter on the rise. By fighting in his hometown this weekend, De La Hoya has the chance to impress. “They can believe in me,” he says of the local fans, indicating that he's a fighter who obviously believes in himself. The post Diego De La Hoya: “I’ve Learned A Lot” appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

By: Hans Themistode Whether it’s Julio Cesar Chavez Jr or Gabriel Rosado, somebody is going to get the beating of a lifetime. At least according to former Middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs. The confusion surrounding Jacobs opponent for his December 20th, bout at the Talking Stick Resort Arena, in Phoenix Arizona is still a point of emphasis. Originally, Jacobs was scheduled to take on former Middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. However, there has been plenty of speculation surrounding whether or not Chavez will be given the opportunity to actually compete in the contest. Just a few months ago, Chavez was due to undergo random drug testing but refused to do so. Because of his refusal, he is now temporarily suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Although the contest is due to take place in Arizona, thanks to the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act, a fighter cannot box in any other state if he is currently suspended elsewhere. A hearing has been set for December 18th, to decide whether or not Chavez will be able to take part in the contest. Luckily for Jacobs, promoter Eddie Hearn has already gotten his back up opponent ready in Gabriel Rosado. After killing his body in order to make the Middleweight limit, Jacobs has decided to leave behind the only division he has ever known. Jacobs is hoping that Chavez will be the one to welcome him to the Super Middleweight division but he has no gripes surrounding who his actual opponent will be. “Obviously if I don’t fight Chavez who we signed up to fight, that would be a huge disappointment. But that won’t deter me to go in and do my job, to put in a great performance for the fans. This is an opportunity to fight for the fans in Phoenix. There will be people who tune in to see a good fight so it’s my responsibility to do my job and put in a great performance.”Jacobs isn't the first, nor will he be the last fighter dealing with the possibility of changing opponents at the very last minute. In this scenario, no matter who he faces, Jacobs is dealing with fighters who possess a very similar fighting style.“Whether I fight Chavez or Gabe Rosado, stylistically it’s similar,” Jacobs insists. “Certain guys, you need unique style for sparring. One guy has more pressure than the other but it’s around the same skill set. Chavez pressures fighters more so than Rosado. He has that more Mexican style of fighting that comes forward.”Making a statement in a new division is something that is important to Jacobs. But something that holds even more importance to him is the statement he wants to make for his fallen friend Patrick Day. The former Jr Middleweight contender passed away due to injuries he suffered in the boxing ring, earlier this year. To honor him, Jacobs intends on wearing a robe with Day’s picture draped across the back of it.“I spoke to [Day's] brother earlier [Wednesday] and he thanked me for the idea of it," said Jacobs of the robe he will be wearing to honor Day. “I knew that I wanted to do something special in his honor and this is just something small I could do. Patrick meant so much to me. People don't know our relationship but Patrick really, really meant a lot to me. He changed me as a person -- in my mindset, my thought process, how I look at things -- so to me, he really matured me. This is just a small token that I can do to represent him in his honor and what he meant to not just me but to so many other people. They know me and Patrick had a special relationship. I can't change the past and all I can do is move forward and I know that he would want me to not be sad. He would want me to continue with my dreams. He would want me to be the best version that I can be inside the ring because that's who he was. He was a big supporter of everybody. But he was a supporter of me. We spoke all the time. We were sparring partners [for] numerous, numerous rounds in the ring. Countless times. He was a beautiful person and I know one thing about him, that he would want me to go on and keep striving.”What turned into one of the most heartbreaking situations in the sport of boxing this year, Jacobs will look to play his part and turn a terrible situation into one that Patrick Day would have been proud of. Jacobs will now be given the opportunity to kill two birds with one stone as he can honor his dear friend Patrick Day and make a statement in his new division. The post Daniel Jacobs Plans on Honoring Patrick Day During Super Middleweight Debut appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

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