MANILA, Philippines — If there is one athlete who put Asia on the map of the international sporting scene, it is boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao. Pacquiao’s in-ring achievements speak for itself as the Filipino icon is the only pugilist in history to capture major world titles in eight different weight classes and was long rated as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world by most sporting news and boxing websites. However, boxing’s popularity in the Asian region is slowly ebbing due to several factors, including Pacquiao’s imminent exit from the sport and the growing reputation of another form of combat sport like mixed martial arts. Boxing promoters such as Bob Arum of Top Rank tried to replicate Pacquiao’s magic and rise to stardom with Chinese boxer Zou Shiming, but the 86-year-old American businessman failed to get the desired result. As the demand for boxing continues to wane in Asia, the sport has found an unlikely ally in ONE Championship, a … [Read more...] about ONE Championship tries hand at boxing promotion with Thai super flyweight star’s title defense
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Australian conditioning coach Justin Fortune’s wife Tamara Frapasella was in Kuala Lumpur to witness Manny Pacquiao’s win over Lucas Matthysse for the WBA welterweight title over a week ago. While Fortune was engaged in Pacquiao’s training camp in Manila and General Santos City for eight weeks, Tamara managed their 3,600-square foot Los Angeles gym aside from taking care of their 10-month-old twins Crayden and Sophia. Tamara was in Kuala Lumpur for a week and left the care of the twins to her parents and Fortune’s mother who flew in from Australia. “I spend about 60 hours a week in the gym,” said Tamara, a former model who now produces movies and was recently involved in the recent “Transformers” sequel. “We’ve got about 690 members with at least 25 pros coming in to train from different countries like Armenia, Russia, Ukraine and of course, the Philippines. Justin trains Mercito Gesta with Freddie (Roach) and roughly 10 other … [Read more...] about Chess boxing, anyone?
caption The GGG-Canelo rematch set for this year may not happen due to Alvarez’s recent doping violations. source Ethan Miller/Getty Images The Gennady Golovkin-Canelo Álvarez rematch set for Cinco de Mayo looks like it will have to be called off after Canelo failed two drug tests. In the wake of Canelo’s violations, the Nevada State Athletic Commission has now formally filed a complaint with the fighter, a step that indicates a suspension could be coming soon. GGG’s camp says he still wants to fight on May 5, but finding an opponent for the middleweight champion on short notice could prove a challenge. The biggest fight in boxing is in jeopardy. Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez were set for a rematch on Cinco de Mayo in Las Vegas, and after their controversial split draw last September, it was due to be the biggest boxing match of the year. But after Alvarez … [Read more...] about Failed drug tests have put the biggest boxing match of the year in jeopardy
Rumors of a fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor are once again swirling, this time with the two potentially meeting in a UFC bout. The MMA world was quick to dismiss Mayweather’s chances of beating McGregor in the Octagon. While there’s still a long way to go until a fight is announced, and the fight still feels extremely unlikely, if the money’s right for both men, they’ve shown in the past that they’re ready to put on a show. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before – rumors are swirling of a potential mega-fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor. When talk of the two meeting in the boxing ring began, most believed the fight would never happen. But after the financial success of their initial bout, it would be foolish to dismiss the possibility of a rematch, even if the idea of the two meeting in a UFC bout is somehow even more ludicrous than their … [Read more...] about The UFC world has advice for Floyd Mayweather amid growing murmurs of a cage match with Conor McGregor: ‘I would try to talk him out of it’
In 1988, Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson simultaneously won an Olympic gold medal and broke the world record when he dashed across the 100m finish line in 9.79 seconds. Twenty-eight years later, Australian boxer Lucas Browne travelled to Chechnya and beat WBA champion Ruslan Chagaev, becoming the first fighter from his country to win a world heavyweight title.Both men became national treasures. But for Johnson, his glory lasted barely longer than his Olympic final race. Three days later, he tested positive for stanozolol, a banned performance-enhancing drug. He was stripped of his record and medal, and both his compatriots and his fellow athletes turned on him viciously.He served a two-year ban, and then failed another drug test in 1993. This time he was banned for life, and his disgrace was total. To this day he remains a poster boy for drugs cheats in sport.Browne, too, was stripped of his title when two months after beating Chagaev he tested positive for clenbuterol, which aids … [Read more...] about Boxing cheats have it too easy