- Broner: Khan and Brook can’t beat me
- Austin Trout looking to turn his career around against Daniel Dawson
- Pacquiao to train 7 weeks for Algieri fight
- Cotto working on selecting his December 13th opponent
- Klitschko working with 15 sparring partners to get ready for Pulev
- Robert Garcia impressed with Algieri's talent level
- Shakur Stevenson, Jajaira Gonzalez and Darmani Rock to Kick Off 2014 Youth Olympic Games Competition for Team USA
- 2nd Installment of Tuesday Night Fights to take place on September 16 at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia
- MIKE TYSON PRESENTS BIG TEXAS THROWDOWN!! September 26, Mesquite TX
- Joe Ward: “I’m thankful that AIBA gave me the opportunity to be involved in APB”
- Shoulder injury forces Nicola Adams out of the 2014 Women’s Boxing World Championships in South Korea
- Undefeated lightweight contender Ivan Redkach Now trained by Robert Garcia
Oscar De La Hoya voluntarily misses “The One” – a bizarre publicity stunt or a necessary urgent measure?
Oscar De La Hoya has stolen the lime light from Floyd Mayweather and Saul Alvarez for a moment by going public with his personal demons and choosing a climatic stage of the hype to “drop his bomb”. What kind of an emergency could not wait for several days and prevented him from attending an event of such magnitude? Has he become so dysfunctional that he has to be removed from the scene as a liability to the joint venture? Was there an “intervention”?
He is the owner and founder of Golden Boy Promotions and even if he has only representative status at the company, he is hardly expendable. Even if his attendance at the Sept. 14 card is not of vital importance, his absence will be very conspicuous. The internal conflict transpires even in the press release where a public announcement calls for privacy in a vocally publicized personal dilemma.
Now we have to wonder about his state of mind when he favored Saul Alvarez to win (so did this humble author and he is not checking in anywhere before Sept. 14). Was the “blueprint“ he gave to Alvarez free of any distortion caused by “augmented perceptions”? Why does he have to lose all credibility just before a climatic showdown? If Mayweather vs. Alvarez wasn’t enough for some people, the co-feature of Mathysse vs. Garcia should have covered any loose ends. Oscar’s decision to dodge responsibility and seek refuge into a rehabilitation facility is very unsettling to fans.
Boxing has been plagued by substance abuse ever since boxers started making enough money to afford stimulants. Addictions have been the reason for many undone careers and squandered fortunes. It wasn’t long ago when Mike Tyson had a similar public moment of self-imposed “intervention” when he chose to speak about his secret abuse. Such abuse can not remain a secret for very long anyway.
Perhaps De La Hoya’s choice was the right thing for him, although the timing is bizarre to say the least. Hypocrisy aside, this is a personal issue and it should not interfere with social life. There has been a lot of sentiment among fans for the misfortunes of boxing stars, for example a household name ending up penniless on the street. Such sentiments subside quickly, I don’t know of fans that have done anything to help like sending money or offering shelter and I can’t blame them. Let me put it this way: boxers did not share their proceeds with the fan in their sunny day, so their rainy day is their own problem. Fans should not pry into the personal lives of the stars. Fans should judge boxers by the way they box, not by their “shiny” personalities or by the roles they assume. I couldn’t care less about Floyd’s legal troubles or about Alvarez’s English language proficiency or origin of financial support. All I expect from them is to fight their best.
One boxer who has spent his earnings on the fans is Roberto Duran. He reportedly spent everything he earned on the people in the slums of El Chorrillo in Panama City. Even this is a spurious choice as you can be of no help to anyone after you spend all money fast. Duran has not asked for sympathy though. He was a fighter’s fighter cut out from a different cloth and none of the participants in this Saturday’s card could ”carry his jockstrap” or that of the other members of “The Fabulous Four”. Neither could Oscar for that matter.
- Results from “Path to Glory SD Style” San Diego, CA
- Anthony Barnes takes out Darryl Fields with a first round KO
- Brook Upsets Porter to take home the title
- Figueroa stops Estrada in an exciting fight
- Dirrell wins rematch with Bika, takes home the belt
- Brook defeats Porter; Dirrell and Bika look poor; Figueroa toughs it out
- Deontay Wilder stops Gavern, wants Klitschko after Stiverne fight
- Goosen gives Deontay Wilder a good chance of beating Stiverne
- Mayweather hopes Khan fight will happen in 2015
- Austin Trout in a make or break fight tonight against Daniel Dawson
- Sam Soliman vs. Jermain Taylor to be televised by ESPN2 on October 8th
- Abner Mares signs with Al Haymon
- Lucian Bute in action on 12/6 at Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada
- Hearn wants to schedule Brook-Khan fight for the summer in 2015