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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2018 6:23 am 
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During those frustratingly slow periods of brinkmanship, we wonder why we follow the sport, why we tolerate it and why we cannot have things that seem so simple to arrange.

Yes, the logistics for a fight between Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder extend beyond the sensibilities of the two best active fighters in the division facing one another.

That, annoyingly, has to be respected.

But when the common goal benefits everyone in the sport it becomes infuriating. The trickle down effect the sport has from huge events is enormous.

Undercard fighters get opportunities. TV networks get freakish ratings. The sport gets more coverage. The money pours in. Sponsors and advertisers are interested. The internet buzzes with boxing. Social media snowballs. Audiences grow exponentially.

Magazines and websites are able to get more financial traction by delivering spikes that stand them in good stead when the quieter weeks come up. The advertisers are brought to them, too.

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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2018 6:25 am 
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Those not usually interested with the sport choose to align themselves with us, even if it’s only for a fleeting visit, a grubby night in sport’s red light district. 
Brands who would not normally endorse a fight or a boxer become attracted to having the association. That, in turn, creates new relationships that can – and often do – extend beyond one good night, certainly once the numbers come in from a big event.

So why, when something that will help us all, is it so hard?

With the five-year on-off saga between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao in the recent memory, there is the increasingly prevailing sense of ‘here we go again’ with the negotiations between Wilder, the WBC’s heavyweight champion, and Joshua, who holds the WBO, WBA and IBF straps.

No, the sides do not have to get along to get the deal done but it invariably helps and Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn and Wilder’s team of Lou DiBella and Shelley Finkel seem to be growing rapidly apart on the matter.

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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2018 6:26 am 
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Wilder, via social media, made a $50 million offer to face Joshua later this year.

Hearn said he will counter the offer this week after his calls to meet with Team Wilder while he was in New York over the weekend were spurned.

“It’s very disheartening when they make an offer but won’t send a contract to review or meet to discuss it and therefore you have to question it’s sincerity,” said Hearn, shortly after landing back in the UK on Sunday night ahead of a busy week for the Tony Bellew-David Haye rematch.

“People have a misconception that I call the shots – AJ is the boss and we all work together to guide his career the best way possible, something we have done faultlessly to this point. AJ wants the Wilder fight next and we have spoken a dozen times since the offer and both agreed we would look at the contract and I would meet with Wilder’s team to discuss the offer in more detail – both this requests were denied.”

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It makes sense that Hearn and Joshua would need to see the detail in the deal. The Joshua brand is meticulously and carefully controlled. Contracts could dictate networks, UK rights, rematches, venues, options… It is not just about dollars and cents but dollars and sense. The Joshua brand has been cultivated, turning him into arguably the UK’s leading sporting export. His future will remain in his hands and it is unlikely any price could change that.

“It’s an interesting offer but again at this point it’s hard to know whether it’s legitimate,” Hearn continued. “They know that we have a number of rights and sponsorship deals that will need to be considered and discussed and in that sense we would want control in the show – I’m not really interested in them offering out AJ to try and attract the money, he is the clear money in this fight so it’s likely that any deal we ensure he has some kind of control.”

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Both sets of supporters argue about who the bigger draw is. English fans can boast bigger pay-per-view ratings but it costs far less to watch PPV in the UK than it does in the USA. Joshua has fought in sold-out stadiums, while Wilder can now command significant site fees in casinos. For every argument there is a counter.

Both will have alternative options, too. Wilder is lining up Dominic Breazeale while Joshua could make his American bow against Jarrell Miller, who defeated Johann Duhaupas last night. But the audiences will not grow exponentially for those bouts and we know fights, even when they do happen, can lose their luster if fans have, frankly, been jerked around in the making of them.

One gets the feeling that longer it takes the harder the deal is going to be to do.

“It’s too early to say if it’s the hardest deal I’ve had to do but it’s the biggest fight in world boxing so if it wasn’t hard I’d be concerned,” admitted Hearn, seemingly ready for a long slog to get it done.

And I suppose that sums it up. It will be very hard to construct a contract that pleases everyone, that keeps everyone’s pockets full, happy with their future regardless of the outcome and secure in the knowledge that the other team has not got one over on them.

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While boxing waits with baited breath for the trickle down from another superfight, we are left wondering why it cannot be easier, why so many egos need to be massaged around a conference table when the end goal is the same; that the best should want to fight the best to prove they are the best.

If only it was that simple. 

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Jaime Munguia (28-0, 24 KOs), the dangerous undefeated 154-pound contender of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, will step in to challenge Sadam "World Kid" Ali (26-1, 14 KOs) of Brooklyn, N.Y. in a 12-round battle for the WBO Junior Middleweight World Title on May 12 at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y.

The co-main event will feature Rey Vargas (31-0, 22 KOs) and Azat "Crazy A" Hovhannisyan (14-2, 11 KOs) in a 12-round clash for the WBC Super Bantamweight World Title.

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Munguia will replace Liam "Beefy" Smith, who was forced to pull out of the fight against Ali due to an illness. This dangerous 21-year-old puncher has ended 24 of his fights by stunning knockout and will look to take advantage of his first world title opportunity as he returns to the United States for only the second time in his career. 

"I want to thank everyone involved, but above all I thank Sadam Ali for the opportunity," said Jaime Munguia. "Though all the criticisms made about me have motivated me to be where I am, I will show that they were all wrong. I will crown myself as world champion on May 12."

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Ali, a 2008 U.S. Olympian, was unfazed by the change. The 29-year-old champion silenced all doubters by defeating Miguel Cotto via unanimous decision in Dec. 2017 to win the title he currently holds. Ali will look to defend his title in a dangerous battle against a young contender.

"I'm determined to defend my title for the first time on May 12," said Sadam Ali. "It doesn't matter who, and it doesn't matter how. Jaime Munguia will have the opportunity of a lifetime when he fights me, but I'm walking away with my hand up in victory and the belt around my waist."

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Azumah Nelson, considered to be Africa's greatest ever boxer, has congratulated new WBO World Super-Bantamweight Champion Isaac Dogboe.

"I watched with excitement and pride how you demonstrated bravery, determination and resilience against an undefeated Champion Jessie Magdaleno in his country and more importantly not allowing judges to decide the outcome of the bout but letting your ferocious fists to decide," Nelson said in a statemen

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Isaac Dogboe (19-0, 13 KOs) made a statement on Saturday night in Philadelphia, when he recovered from a first round knockdown to score three of his own, and stopped undefeated Jessie Magdaleno in the eleventh round to become the newly crowned WBO super bantamweight champion.

Coming in, Dogboe was unknown to most American boxing fans, but the contest with Magdaleno was televised as the headliner of an ESPN card.

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His adviser, Mike Altamura, told BoxingScene.com on Sunday morning - "We'll sit down with Top Rank, I just actually left Bob Arum here at the airport. We had a great talk and then we'll talk about the prospect of heading back to Ghana and promoting some shows together - Top Rank in conjunction with Rising Star.

"But we're possibly looking at returning to the United States, that's what's been looked at in the present but you never know, if the funding's right maybe I can convince Bob and the team to come over to Ghana because they certainly fell in love with the African flavor this week."

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By winning the title at age 23 he became the young boxing champion ever from the country of Ghana, which has a proud boxing history and has produced the likes of the great Azumah Nelson and Ike Quartey, among others.

As for any talk of unification bout at 122, say perhaps against WBA titlist, Danny Roman, Altamura states - "absolutely, there's already been some scuttlebutt about that. Isaac's open to any of these challenges. He's a true warriors. When we say he's the 'Lion of Africa' it's said with meaning and that means hes' going to be a fighting champion.

"He's ready to take on all-comer

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Vasyl Anatoliyovich Lomachenko has held the WBO super featherweight title since 2016, and previously the WBO featherweight title from 2014 to 2016; having won the latter title in his third professional fight.

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Lomachenko is known for his exceptional hand speed, timing, accuracy, creativity, athleticism, and footwork. He is one of the most successful amateur boxers of all time, possessing a record of 396 wins and 1 loss, with his only loss avenged twice. Competing in the featherweight and lightweight divisions, he won a silver medal at the 2007 World Championships, gold at the 2008 European Championships, consecutive gold at the 2008and 2012 Olympics, and consecutive gold at the 2009 and 2011 World Championships.

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