Philippines, 22 Feb 2019
  Home >> News

 
Search Boxer:
First Name
Last Name


BOXERS                         

CURRENT CHAMPIONS 

FORMER CHAMPIONS   

RATINGS                       

FIGHT SCHEDULES        

FIGHT RESULTS            

NEWS                            

HOUSE NEWS                

FORUM                          

FIGHT GALLERIES        

TRAINERS                     

MANAGERS                    

PROMOTERS                  

BOXING GYMS               

RING CARD GIRLS        




 



Dong Secuya
Web Editor

Rene Bonsubre, Jr.
Contributing Editor

Homer D. Sayson
NBA Section Editor




Ronnie Nathanielsz

Rich Mazon

Eddie Alinea

Epifanio M. Almeda

Anthony Andales

Jason Aniel

Hesiquio Balderas

Sid Bañez

Brett Bonetti

Marlon Bernardino

Winchell Campos

Socrates Celestial

T. Chin-Te

Carlos Costa

Christopher Cruz

Rob Cruz

Jonathan Davis

Dr. Ed de la Vega

Lito delos Reyes

Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Edwin G. Espejo

Dennis U. Eroa

Ron Galarpe

Joaquin Henson

Oliver Iglesias

Dionis Jacobe

Ted Lerner

Salven Lagumbay

Reylan Loberternos

Mike Angel Lopez

Salvador Lopez

Joan Secuya-Medida

Ryan Medida

Rico Navarro

Rod Mijares

Manny Pacquiao

Gerry Peñalosa

Greg R. Penilla, M.D.

Gov. Manny Piñol

Dr. Allan Recto

Hermie Rivera

Emmanuel T. Rivera

Virgi T. Romano

Nicholai R. Roska

Maloney L. Samaco

Sev Sarmenta

Reynaldo Seno

Myron Sta. Ana

Atty. Danrex Joseph V. Tapdasan

Recah Trinidad

Reni M. Valenzuela

Mark F. Villanueva




 
News  


An Open Letter To Fight Fans from Oscar De La Hoya

PhilBoxing.com





Dear Fight Fans,


On the night of Saturday, September 15, fans were set to be treated to what sports should be all about: the two best athletes in a sport squaring off against each other with the winner earning the title of the best in the business. This kind of an event - where an individual can be called the best in any sport -- is truly rare.

Not only did the fight itself deliver all that was promised, against all kinds of pressure, Canelo Alvarez gave the performance of his lifetime to secure the unified middleweight championship of the world.

• Unfairly criticized for not fighting "Mexican" enough in the first fight, he kept Gennady Golovkin on his heals all night, taking the action to the "boogeyman of boxing," walking him down and controlling the pace.

• Repeatedly ravaged for two positive drug tests that showed minor traces of clenbuterol - a common occurrence in Mexico due to the contamination of beef across the country, Canelo submitted to more than 20 drug tests in the lead up to the fight and passed them all with flying colors.

• Saddled with a judge's card of a year ago that he had nothing to do with; the pressure of millions of fans watching; and what many were describing as a must-win to stay relevant, Canelo delivered a near-flawless fight.

And yet...

It wouldn't be boxing if thousands of keyboard warriors weren't talking (or tweeting) complete nonsense in the hours and days after Canelo began to cement his legacy as an all-time great fighter.

Many have told me to ignore the haters; that I'll never win. But while I know I won't convince many of them, allowing them to even partly soil what was a certain fight of the year; a megaevent seen by millions of people; and a virtuoso performance by boxing's marquis fighter would do a disservice to the sport I love.

So allow me to respond to a few of the more absurd comments.

Golden Boy paid the judges to fix the fight.
Though I don't think this deserves response, here are the facts: The three judges were chosen by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Given the result of the first fight, NSAC was under a lot of scrutiny to come up with the fairest group of judges possible. For the first time I know of, GBP and team GGG were even allowed to approve a pool of judges. They saw what everyone else did; a close, competitive fight and scored it exactly that way.

Golovkin landed more punches and therefore should have won the fight.
If landed punches were the difference between winning or losing a boxing match, we would have an incredibly different and less interesting sport. Clean punching, ring generalship, effective aggressiveness and defense are what the judges are looking for in determining the winner of a round. I'm obviously a promoter, but in the four areas that actually count in judging, I can't find one where GGG was the victor.

Tom Loeffler's statement that he doesn't know if Golvokin can win a decision in Las Vegas.
Perhaps Tom is just looking to make GGG feel better, but regardless this is maybe the most disappointing comment, because it comes from someone who knows the sport. Of course, GGG can win a decision in Vegas. But 22,000 people aren't going to crowd into the T-Mobile to watch Golovkin fight and blast out the likes of Dominic Wade, Willie Monroe, Jr., or Vanes Martirosyan. He is going to need to fight a higher level of competition - and then fight better than that opponent - to earn a victory in the mecca of boxing.

Boxing is a wonderful sport that is coming back thanks to streaming technology and growing international interest. But it is a sport that also faces competition, not only from the outside in the form of other, more-widely watched leagues, but from inside where the fractured nature of boxing has made it tougher and tougher for the best to face the best.

Just look at celebrity row to see how special Saturday night was. There, another best-in-sport athlete, Lebron James, joined Will Smith, Mark Wahlberg and a huge group of other A-list celebrities to witness something special.

While everyone is entitled to his or her opinion (especially in boxing), let's take a moment to appreciate what Canelo and GGG gave us on Saturday night and work towards doing it more often for the sake of the sport we all love so much.


Click here to view a list of other articles written by .


Recent PhilBoxing.com In-House articles:

  • ERROL SPENCE JR. VS. MIKEY GARCIA ARLINGTON, TEXAS PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES
    By , Thu, 21 Feb 2019
  • Tapales on way back to throne
    By Joaquin Henson, Thu, 21 Feb 2019
  • CANELO ALVAREZ AND DANIEL 'MIRACLE MAN' JACOBS TO EMBARK ON THREE-CITY INTERNATIONAL PRESS TOUR
    By , Thu, 21 Feb 2019
  • JOE JOYCE vs. BERMANE STIVERNE FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES
    By , Thu, 21 Feb 2019
  • Anthony Joshua Says 'Big Baby' Won't Want Rematch After I Beat His Ass!
    By , Thu, 21 Feb 2019
  • Subriel Matías faces Hugo Roldán in Undefeated Duel
    By , Thu, 21 Feb 2019
  • ERISLANDY LARA TRAINING CAMP QUOTES
    By , Thu, 21 Feb 2019
  • LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT ALL AUSSIE SUPER FIGHT WORLD RATED REAGAN DESSAIX TAKES ON WORLD RATED CAPARELLO FRIDAY IN MELBOURNE
    By , Wed, 20 Feb 2019
  • Pinoys in title eliminators
    By Joaquin Henson, Wed, 20 Feb 2019
  • The Past Week in Action 19 February 2019
    By Eric Armit, Wed, 20 Feb 2019
  • Jarrell Miller Says Anthony Joshua Has a 'Bitch Ass Rematch Clause'
    By , Wed, 20 Feb 2019
  • Jarrell Miller Says Anthony Joshua Has a 'Bitch Ass Rematch Clause'
    By , Wed, 20 Feb 2019
  • KARLOS BALDERAS SCORES SEVENTH WIN
    By Ed de la Vega, DDS, Wed, 20 Feb 2019
  • Boxeo Telemundo 2019 Season Opener this Friday in Kissimmee
    By , Wed, 20 Feb 2019
  • Graham and Torrez Jr. Win Gold; Coe Takes Silver in Finals of 2019 Strandja Tournament
    By , Wed, 20 Feb 2019
  • Vinny Paz & Micky Ward to be honored this Saturday by USA Boxing Alumni Association at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, Rhode Island
    By , Wed, 20 Feb 2019
  • Espinoza vs. Nuñez Main Event Added to “Rumble at the Rock IV” on Friday, March 1
    By , Tue, 19 Feb 2019
  • With Impressive KO Over Marshall, ‘Towering Inferno’ Fundora Continues Streak as Hottest Super Welterweight Prospect in Boxing
    By , Tue, 19 Feb 2019
  • Ray Ximenez, Jr. vs. Luis Alberto Lopez Headlines in vacant WBO International featherweight title fight
    By , Tue, 19 Feb 2019
  • ALA Boxing cares for Mark Magsayo
    By Recah Trinidad, Tue, 19 Feb 2019
  • Dana White Says Conor McGregor vs. Cowboy Cerrone Deal is 'Not Even Close'
    By , Tue, 19 Feb 2019
  • FACEBOOK FIGHTNIGHT LIVE TO COLLABORATE WITH STAR BOXING ON FRIDAY, FEB. 22, FROM JAM-PACKED PARAMOUNT
    By , Tue, 19 Feb 2019
  • "Popeye" returns to the South this Saturday in Charlotte, North Carolina
    By , Tue, 19 Feb 2019
  • 2019 NBA All-Star Game -- KD bags MVP honors in Team LeBron's win
    By Anthony Rozic, Tue, 19 Feb 2019


  •  




     
    PhilBoxing.com has been created to support every aspiring
    Filipino boxer and the Philippine boxing scene in general.
    Please send comments to feedback@philboxing.com


    PRIVATE POLICY | LEGAL DISCLAIMER
    developed and maintained by dong secuya
    © 2019 philboxing.com.