THE OVERWHELMING TOPIC OF BOXING

WBC Convention at the Fairmont Grand Hotel, Ukraine

Boxing is dead? Really? Because I can barely keep up with the times of boxing and everything that’s going on. I need an assistant to coordinate all the boxing events, tell me where they are taking place, how to view them, and all the info on all the undercard fights! Imagine all the boxers you haven’t heard of yet! We want to know about them. They want you to know about them too!

The announcement that HBO Boxing is no longer an available format doesn’t come as a big jolt to the boxing world. For crying out loud its 2018, there’s only a hundred different ways to view a fight. Its just a matter of finding out whats easiest for you. If anything this is a huge opportunity for many.

This weekend there was SO much boxing going on around the world. Most importantly was the WBC 56th Convention held in the Ukrain at the swanky Fairmont Grand Hotel. It officially opened today in Kyiv (first time) and will last until Friday October 5th. The convention is a highly prestigious platform for athletes, coaches, referees, promoters and media representatives. This convention is huge and hosts over 160 country’s representatives and over 700 participants.  Along with a charity auction, and meet and greets with autographs, the convention will hold its annual meetings and seminars. The big names in attendance are WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman, Wladimir Klitschko, Lennox Lewis, Julio Cesar Chavez, Tony Bellew, Oscar De La Hoya, and Evander Holyfield! Champs and deligates alike mingled at the cocktail party after the opening ceremony. Its a pretty incredible week filled with not only the creme de la creme of boxing, but a visit to the Klitschko Brothers Museum, and the Ukrainian Boxing Hall of Fame! Id say its a brilliant event to set some goals by to say the least!

Calum Smith Ali Trophy 2018 WBSS

Next up the Muhammad Ali Trophy! The Muhammad Ali Trophy is presented by The World Boxing Super Series. The WBSS features eight boxers from each weight class to compete in a knockout boxing competition. The prize fund holds a whopping $50 million dollars, with the champ taking home $10 million for themselves! All four sanctioned boxing entities, the  WBA, WBC, WBO and the IBF honor this tournament. Unlike traditional boxing the WBSS  has four judges. The fourth judges scorecard is used in the event that there’s a draw, no contest or a no decision ending. Calum Smith is the Champ this year. Smith is a 6’3″ British boxer they call “Mundo”.  The 28 year old has an orthodox stance with a record of 25-0. Eighteen of those wins were won by knockout. Smith has three brothers, all of whom are professional boxers.  Smith won the World Boxing Super Series final with a killer 7th round knockout over his apponent George Groves (28-20) also British.  This fight was the first professional Boxing match to ever take place in Saudi Arabia. It was incredible with Evander Holyfield watching ringside. Smith is now the WBA Super World Champion, and also holds Ring Magazines  Champion belt, and the WBC Diamond Title all in one month! True to Champion form Smith was quoted saying “I’m a big believer in my own ability”.  The fight was coined “Rowdy is Saudi” and was held at the King Abdullah Sports City Hall Saturday September 9, 2018.

Now, lets visit the Jorge Linares vs Abner Cotto match.  This was a good bet for sure. Taking place in Indio California, former 3 division world Champion  Jorge Linares (45-4) was very comfortable in his new light welterweight division debut! Coming at Abner Cotto (23-4) with a hard right, Linares knocked Cotto down in the 2nd round and again in the 3rd round, with Cotto holding on for dear life taking Linares down with him. The referee Raul Caiz stopped the fight.  Linares usually fights at 135 lbs. Linares will have to get used to heavier punches from his next likely apponents. Abner Cotto is Miguel Cottos cousin, who watched his cousin lose from ringside. This was a Goldenboy Media Production that was streaming on Facebook Watch.

Jorge Linares drops Cotto

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FIRST LADY OF BOXING Cecilia Braekhus

Cecilia Braekhus…. where do I start? There are so many compliments I could give this athlete. For starters, the inspiration she is to women globally is priceless. But today, this article is to congratulate her on being presented with Ring Magazines inaugural Pound for a Pound Champion belt in Las Vegas on the world renowned fight weekend of Canelo vs GGG 2 at the world-famous MGM Grand.

Cecilia Braekhus is a Norwegian boxer, born in Columbia. As an orphan adopted by Norwegian parents, she started kickboxing at the age of 14. Soon she had 75 wins out of 80 amateur matches.

Cecilia turned pro in 2007 with a contract from German promoter Wilfried Saurerland. Their goal was to make her the first Norwegian World Champion.

Only two years later, Cecilia became the WBC World Champion in the welterweight division. At that time, the WBA welterweight was vacant and became the property of Cecilia Braekhus!

I could go on with title fights, and score card reads, but this picture is bigger. Lets face it , boxing is known as a mans sport.  Female fights were actually outlawed for decades throughout boxing history. Athletic commissioners refused to sanction female boxers or give them licenses to box. The first women boxers go back to the 18th century in London of course! Elizabeth Wilkinson, the first known female boxer, fought both men and women in the ring!

Since women’s boxing first appeared in the Olympics in 1904, women’s boxing has come a long slow way. Throughout the 70’s and 80’s there have been women boxers that have grabbed our attention, but it wasnt until the 90’s for women boxers to claim their stake in the boxing game. Many world champion boxers were female!

With so much denial, hesitance and discrimination, women boxers have had to fight out of the ring just to get in it! The mayor of Hackney England once was quoted “I regard this proposed exhibition of women boxers as a gratification of the sensual ideals of a crowd of vulgar men.”

As women, we always walk a fine line. We are tough, capable, and unstoppable, but don’t look too pretty while your’e doing your craft! The very same entities that ridicule an act that isn’t feminine enough for a woman will immediately sexualize them. Take the female athlete and make her sexy, otherwise we just cant wrap our brains around it.

Cecilia Braekhus has shattered stereotypes, and is the best of both worlds proving female athletes can be everything they want to be. Both tough as nails and beautiful. Always a class act, Cecilia is a true role model for all women of all ages.

Nod of respect to Cecilia’s trainer, Lucia Rijker is a trailblazer and one of women’s boxing’s living legends.

This year 2018, marks a huge day in history for women in boxing. Cecilia Braekhus  makes history as Ring Magazine’s female pound for pound champion! The first of its kind, this championship comes with a brand new belt!

Congratulations to the First Lady of boxing! Braekhus is undefeated 34-0 (9). Cecilia was also awarded the Boxing writers Association of America’s innagural “Female Fighter of the Year” Award in New York.

Cecilia is the only boxer IN THE WORLD both male or female to ever hold the world title belts of all four major sanctioning bodies. Cecilia Braekhus is considered to be the greatest female boxer ever!

CANELO vs GGG2 Official Weigh Ins

Today was the official Canelo vs GGG 2 Weigh Ins from the T-Mobile Arena Las Vegas Nevada.  The arena was packed with fans and media. Everybody was very patient and waited well over an hour for things to get started.

This event was open to the public and the fans were screaming  “Mexico” & “Canelo”.. but Triple G has his fans too!

There are eight fights to this event September 15, 2018,  but everybody was waiting to see one very heated face off. Out of the red corner David Lemieux from Canada vs Irishman Gary O’Sullivan out of the blue corner.  If there’s any truth to the philosophy of the weigh ins being a mind game, clearly  O’Sullivan won this round.

The main event the WBC, WBA, IBO Ring Middleweight Titles 12 rounds.  Out of Guadalajara Mexico,Canelo Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin out of Los Angeles Ca. This match has it’s bad blood rap sheet. It has its cynics as well.  Canelo was fired up at this weigh in!  Who do you have for the winner of this fight of all time?

Thank you for reading my blog. Stay tuned for my sports column to be published later this month in Street Motivation Newspaper.