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Johnny ‘Swift’ Smith will battle for the WKN welterweight title in Prokick: Knockdown Lockdown on September 12

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The World Kickboxing Community will return to Northern Eire on September 12, with the following version of the Billy Murray promotion happening on the Stormont Resort in Belfast. The occasion introduced as “Knockdown Lockdown” will function 4 WKN titles with Johnny “Swift” Smith battling the present’s headliner.

“Swift” Smith is the present WKN Intercontinental welterweight champion. He was in motion for the final time in October 2021, when he knocked out Shuhei Sone within the second spherical to efficiently defend his bracelet and win the possibility to win a prestigious WKN World Crown. He was scheduled to face Yohe Fujioka in a five-round battle with a vacant WKN World welterweight title in play in June 2021, however the pandemic pressured the confrontation to be postponed.

Subsequent to Smith, “Knockdown Lockdown” will see three Prokick Rising Stars – Grace Goody, James Braniff and Jay Snoddon – competing for the WKN titles in opposition to their opponents. The trio was initially set to compete within the A ProKick Spooktacular Occasion final October after which at KICKmas 2021 in December, however each occasions additionally fell because of the pandemic.

Prokick: Knockdown Lockdown celebrates 32 years since former four-weight world kickboxing champion Billy Murray received his first skilled world title.



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Dougie’s Monday Mailbag (Triller Combat Membership)

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THE TRILLER EXPERIENCE

Hello Doug, hope you loved the weekend,

One in all my fundamental takeaways from the weekend’s fights was that Triller is definitely attempting to construct a large reside occasion for when the pandemic is over.

I’ve received a number of German pals who used to go to all of the Klitschko reveals again within the day, and so they all the time stated it was an superior night time out. They had been all the time puzzled that (other than competition reveals in Thailand), the remainder of the world didn’t do the 3-ringed-circus strategy to fights.

Principally, once you purchase a ticket, you’re going to:

  • Live performance
  • Bar
  • Fights
  • No matter else they’ve additionally received on the venue – principally, one thing fascinating or completely different for the reside crowd for half-hour between fights in the event that they don’t need to watch the music efficiency.

And it’s standing room solely – you mill about from this level to the opposite. My pals did say it wouldn’t essentially work within the UK as a result of folks would simply find yourself brawling (Germans are a bit extra accountable round beer, apparently – no thought about US audiences at reside reveals, so can’t evaluate), however they are saying it’s a terrific promotional technique – principally, you promote it to a metropolis that when the fights are over, at 23:30, then 8000 folks might be seeking to proceed the social gathering within the leisure/bar districts of the city, and so they’ll be able to spend some money to maintain the nice occasions going – so town gives tax breaks or free policing or no matter. The viewers has already been listening to reside music, they’re fired up from watching fights (folks neglect that Wlad fights had been boring whereas they occurred, however typically resulted in a KO so folks had been comfortable when leaving), so the viewers will go put cash into native companies.

Anyway, I tuned in to this broadcast, simply out of a form of morbid curiosity. However I feel, after studying some Individuals’ feedback on Twitter, that possibly they’re not seeing or understanding the product that Triller is constructing. Completed proper, it actually may very well be a profitable technique – particularly provided that many former UFC stars have an even bigger identify than a financial institution steadiness, because of the underpayment that they obtain in that firm in comparison with boxers; and, after the pandemic, folks might be actually craving for a terrific night time out.

Anyway, should you can see one thing I’m lacking (possibly US cultural variations, and so forth), I’d have an interest to listen to, should you’ve area within the mailbag. Hope you’re properly. – Ok

I’m good, Ok.

You – and your German pals – make a great level in regards to the total expertise that Triller Combat Membership is searching for to create. It’s too dangerous they didn’t promote tickets to this specific occasion, no less than a pair thousand to a basic viewers (I do know they’d some media, VIPs, social media influencers, and so forth. on website), so we might hear how the reside in-arena expertise in comparison with the PPV/streaming expertise. My guess is that there could be various happy prospects, in all probability of us of their 20s and early 30s.

A lot of what brought about a stir (and stink) amongst hardcore boxing followers (no less than on my Twitter TL) was the crowded, typically scattered, unprofessional, and typically foul-mouthed commentary; in addition to the size of the musical segments (and the general broadcast, which I’ve heard was between 4-5 hours). Should you spend cash on tickets and journey (and lodging should you’re from out of state), and schedule the time be on website for a present, you don’t thoughts it lasting various hours. You WANT the occasion to final so long as it’s full of life and entertaining, but it surely’s completely different should you’re watching a manufacturing on TV or your laptop computer or pill.

And hardcore followers (the oldsters who populate my Twitter TL) are normally simply excited about good fights. It’s not that they don’t respect music and different types of leisure, they simply don’t like to combine an excessive amount of of it with their boxing. Some reside music is OK so long as it feeds into the vitality of the fights. That is one thing that in all probability separates the U.S. boxing crowd from the German followers that may often attend Klitschko occasions. My guess is that followers of the Klitschko occasions had been “causal” boxing followers. They knew who the heavyweight kings had been – Vitali and Wladimir (each bona-fide celebrities in Germany) – however they in all probability couldn’t identify the highest fighters in different weight courses, previous or current, outdoors of the massive names from the Nineteen Eighties and ’90s (Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Roy Jones Jr., Oscar De La Hoya) and the modern pound-for-pound stars, resembling Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao.  

Jake Paul after stopping his first opponent, Ali Eson Gib.

After all, the purists and hardcore heads (particularly these over the age of 40) needs to be reminded that they weren’t the audience of this specific Triller Combat Membership. Possibly the producers of the present that options Holyfield can have them in thoughts, however when Jake Paul is in the principle occasion, they’re clearly going to focus on a youthful and extra basic demographic. The parents Saturday night time’s present was aimed toward simply needed to see Paul knock any individual the f__k out, and the child delivered. Good for him.

It makes me chuckle once I learn Tweets from followers which can be mad about Paul chilly cocking one other non-boxer. Guys, chill. Please. Paul simply began boxing. He’s a celeb. He doesn’t have to take the game severely, however he does. Give him some credit score for going through a former fight athlete in his third professional bout. Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a once-in-a-lifetime expertise, born right into a preventing household (his father a former contender, his uncle a two-division champ), actually grew up boxing, had a stellar newbie profession capped by an Olympic medal, and he fought a man making his professional debut in his FOURTH combat. Edgar Ayala, who retired with an 0-4 report, had higher approach and mobility than poor Ben Askren however I doubt he had far more expertise. And even when he did, his punch-resistance was about the identical because the MMA fighter/wrestler. Backside line: Most younger boxers – even these as seasoned and proficient at Mayweather – are spoon fed in the course of the first 12 months of their professional growth.

I tuned in to this broadcast, simply out of a form of morbid curiosity. Did you pay for it?

However I feel, after studying some Individuals’ feedback on Twitter, that possibly they’re not seeing or understanding the product that Triller is constructing. I can’t actually maintain that towards them. From what I noticed – and I admit that I in all probability took in a single whole hour of the present (the final couple rounds of Cunningham-Mir, Prograis-Redkach, a little bit of Bieber, and the principle occasion) – it was all over.

Completed proper, it actually may very well be a profitable technique – particularly provided that many former UFC stars have an even bigger identify than a financial institution steadiness, because of the underpayment that they obtain in that firm in comparison with boxers; and, after the pandemic, folks might be actually craving for a terrific night time out. I feel you’re proper on each counts. I ponder if in some unspecified time in the future Triller Combat Membership will welcome MMA matches as a substitute of getting MMA fighters tackle boxers in boxing matches. I feel they in all probability will (in addition to have boxers combat MMA fighters in MMA matches). From what I’ve learn, they like Oscar De La Hoya to face an MMA/UFC fighter.

 

TRILLER TRASH

Dougie,

That Triller occasion was perverse. I needed to be open-minded to what might have been an modern boxing occasion, but it surely was terrible. The concert events felt like an imposition to the combat motion (as a substitute of an intermission), and the commentary was vulgar.

The Tyson/Jones affair labored for essentially the most half, as a result of it no less than felt like they had been attempting to take it severely, however this one felt faux and practically unwatchable.

And within the one actual boxing match, Redkach ended up faking a low blow to maintain from getting completely dismantled by Prograis.

The entire night time was embarrassing. I hope reputable boxers refuse to do enterprise with them sooner or later, and simply relegate them to the margins of the game.

Thank goodness DAZN had some actual motion on earlier within the day. Let’s get Boo Boo in there with an getting old GGG, since Andrade can’t appear to get any identify fighters to combat him. Who you bought in that match up? All the very best. – JC, Dallas, TX

Demetrius Andrade takes it to Liam Williams. Might he do that to GGG? Picture by Ed Mulholland/Matchroom.

I feel it’s a good middleweight matchup at this level in Golovkin’s profession. I like Andrade and I feel he’s received so much expertise, however I consider the 2021-2021 model of GGG would have stopped him late in a one-sided combat. Now, I feel it’s a distance bout that might go both manner, however I’d favor Golovkin, who has extra expertise than Andrade, extra all-around sport than Liam Williams (who had his moments vs. Boo Boo), and, after all, extra punching energy than Williams (who buzzed Andrade a number of occasions), to win an in depth unanimous determination.

That Triller occasion was perverse. Rattling, it was that dangerous? I didn’t tune-in till mid-way via the Cunningham-Mir bout and solely paid consideration to bits and items of it from that time till Paul-Askren. (I had Triller Combat Membership on a laptop computer whereas The Godfather was on TV on the similar time, and even with the sound down the Coppola basic commanded my consideration.)

I needed to be open-minded to what might have been an modern boxing occasion, but it surely was terrible. The concert events felt like an imposition to the combat motion (as a substitute of an intermission), and the commentary was vulgar. From what I paid consideration to, the commentary and presentation was simply an excessive amount of/too loud/over-the-top. I respect everybody who was a part of the crowded broadcast sales space, however I feel it might have been higher had they approached the fights the way in which the commentary crew did in the course of the Tyson-Jones present. In that inaugural Triller presentation, Snoop Dogg was the “Class Clown” who made folks snicker and stored all the pieces unfastened and non-traditional whereas, for essentially the most half, the opposite commentators stayed of their lanes and performed it straight. With the Paul-Askren present it appeared like everyone (aside from Al Bernstein) was attempting too arduous to be like Snoop, thus straying out of character and their strengths as commentators/analysts. It had a chaotic vibe, however possibly that’s precisely what the producers needed and possibly that appealed to numerous demographics that don’t embrace hardcore boxing followers over 30.

The Tyson/Jones affair labored for essentially the most half, as a result of it no less than felt like they had been attempting to take it severely, however this one felt faux and practically unwatchable. I agree. They captured lightning in a bottle with Tyson-Jones. I’m unsure why they needed to stray from that chemistry/method. My guess is that they needed to attraction to Paul followers, not Tyson followers, and my guess is that Paul followers appreciated all of the cursing and yelling and drug use. I may very well be mistaken. I do know Paul has quite a lot of followers/followers however I don’t know a lot (if something) about them. It was all very bizarre and sometimes cringey to me, however I stored in thoughts that none of it was aimed toward me, a 50-year-old longtime hardcore fan. The DAZN and FS1 reveals that aired on Saturday had been for me. Showtime’s nine-card summer season schedule is for me. That specific Triller Combat Membership, not a lot, however I did need to see Regis Prograis in motion, and I used to be a bit inquisitive about how Paul-Askren would play out (it went the way in which I anticipated). I’ll be into the principle occasion of the June 5 TFC present (Teofimo Lopez-George Kambosos Jr. light-weight championship).

And within the one actual boxing match, Redkach ended up faking a low blow to maintain from getting completely dismantled by Prograis. Nicely, you possibly can’t blame Triller for that.

The entire night time was embarrassing. Possibly I’d really feel that manner had I watched the complete present, however I didn’t, and when the music numbers had been on I turned the sound up on the TV and watched what was enjoying there (The Godfather); I’m not a Bieber or Doja Cat fan. However I didn’t take any of it severely sufficient to really feel embarrassed for anybody who was a part of it.

I hope reputable boxers refuse to do enterprise with them sooner or later, and simply relegate them to the margins of the game. Bro, conventional boxing is within the margins of the final sports activities world. The world class/elite boxers don’t combat sufficient, don’t problem themselves sufficient, and the business can’t ship the massive fights that followers demand. Past that, the present sport lacks character and showmanship other than a number of standouts. On the finish of the day, informal followers simply need to be entertained. Triller’s attempting to try this. It didn’t work for me otherwise you but it surely did for others. Concerning the “reputable boxers” boycotting Triller, if TFC gives them more cash and publicity than they’d obtain preventing on conventional platforms, they’d be silly to show down the chance.  

 

LUIS ORTIZ

Ortiz ranked @5 with no profession wins and no achievements.

Incompetence or corruption? – J.H.

Neither. Oldman Kong is simply fortunate to be part of a division that’s evenly matched (and fairly shallow) beneath the highest three. He’s received 32 profession wins, together with stoppage of a then-world rated Bryant Jennings and seasoned gatekeeper Tony Thompson. However his two losses to Deontay Wilder (The Ring’s No. 2 contender on the time) earned his lofty spot, for now. He got here near stopping the Bronze Bomber in bout No. 1 and was forward on the scorecard earlier than getting starched in bout No. 2 (in 2021). That counts for one thing. Might Joseph Parker or Andy Ruiz be rated forward of the Cuban? Arguably, yeah. However Parker’s finest win was a break up nod over Ruiz in 2021, and as sensational as Ruiz’s stoppage of Anthony Joshua was, the Californian laid an enormous fats lazy egg within the rematch.

If Parker beats the division’s prime gatekeeper, Dereck Chisora, in spectacular style or if Ruiz blasts the light Chris Arreola (each fights are on Might 1), possibly the Ring Scores Panel will see match to advance one or each over Ortiz. We’ll see.

 

PROFESSIONAL PREPARATION

What’s occurring Doug?

I’m watching a few Jose Ramirez fights and I began to think- Ramirez is an over achiever resulting from his skilled preparation. He’s a great athlete however, greater than that, he all the time comes with an iron will and is tremendous ready.

  • So, Doug, right here’s my query: who do you price as essentially the most persistently ready and targeted fighters out of right now’s stars?

Finest – Alan (You may’t say Adrian Broner!)

Aw, no truthful!

Anyway, Ramirez is within the prime 15, for certain. The WBC/WBO 140-pound titleholder is the epitome of tenacious, and his conditioning and focus is an enormous a part of that. I’d embrace Canelo Alvarez, Roman Gonzalez, Naoya Inoue, GGG, Shawn Porter, Terence Crawford, the Charlos, Artur Beterbiev, Caleb Plant, Teofimo Lopez, Gary Russell Jr., Stephen Fulton and Ramirez’s Might 22 foe, Josh Taylor, to that record.




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Jake Paul wins TKO1 win over Ben Askren within the PPV Triller

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Atlanta – Tonight’s predominant Triller PPV occasion didn’t attain the two-minute mark. Jake Paul improved to 3-0 (3 knockouts) with a primary spherical knockout over Ben Askren with the primary robust punch he landed on the Mercedes-Benz Area in Atlanta, Georgia, successful a PPV Triller.

Paul began with a measured and disciplined tempo. The Cleveland native, Ohio, touched Askren on the physique a number of instances within the opening moments. He additionally failed with some wild overhand rights, however he approached every one.

Nearly two minutes handed, Paul threw a one-two textbook, hitting a tough proper that knocked the previous MMA champion onto the canvas first.

Paul mentioned he obtained that energy by doing agricultural duties in Ohio.

Though Askren stood up, referee Brian Stutts didn’t like what he noticed and waved to the battle. Similar to that, the 36-year-old boxer’s skilled debut in boxing is over.

From the start, it appeared like Askren merely didn’t know methods to defend himself from somebody who knew methods to punch correctly and immediately.

Boxing purists could criticize Jake Paul’s present as a circus act, however he proved three issues throughout his transient boxing profession. One, it has an plain star energy and attracts numerous views. Two, he takes coaching severely and has proven enhancements. And three, he appears to have reputable energy in his proper hand. That very same proper hand left former NBA star Nate Robinson unconscious on the display final November in Los Angeles.

That mentioned, if the fighter-turned YouTube star desires to win over boxing’s most diehard followers, he’ll need to step into the ring with an actual boxer. English businessman Joe Fournier, a really skilled boxer who scored a victory in tonight’s tie, known as Jake Paul out tonight. Maybe a battle with Fournier (9-0, 9 KOs) close by might fill that hole for Paul.

Michael Montero may be discovered on social media by way of @MonteroOnBoxing. His podcast “The Impartial Nook” may be seen each Monday on TheRingDigital on YouTube and heard on audio podcast platforms around the globe.




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Andrey Fedosov falls, stops Mahammadrasul Majidov within the first spherical upset KO

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Mahammadrasul Majidov was injured in his proper ankle after being knocked down by Andrey Fedosov. Ed Mulholland / Matchroom’s picture.

HOLLYWOOD, Florida – Andrey Fedosov was basically retired, having not fought since 2021, however the nice 35-year-old Russian confirmed he nonetheless carried a giant punch.

Fedosov crashed and stopped three-time novice world champion Mahammadrasul Majidov twice in a primary spherical victory on Saturday on the Seminole Laborious Rock Lodge and On line casino in Hollywood, Florida.

The primary knockdown got here when Fedosov (32-3, 26 knockouts) got here on the scene with a 1-2 mixture, inflicting all of Majidov’s 232 kilos to fall on his proper foot, breaking his ankle. Majidov (3-1, 3 KOs) was not chilly, however his ankle harm left him a stationary goal for Fedosov, who despatched Majidov again, this time for the rely. The official time was 1:24.

The result’s a shock as Majidov, 34, an Olympic bronze medalist from Azerbaijan in 2021 who beat Anthony Joshua as an novice, appeared on the quick monitor to a fantastic struggle. Majidov was faraway from the ring on a stretcher and had his harm confirmed shortly after leaving the sector.

Fedosov now has eight consecutive wins since his solely loss in 2021 towards Bryant Jennings.

The end result was simply one in every of a number of surprises within the knockout Demetrius Andrade-Liam Williams, which aired on DAZN.

Jorge David Castaneda (14-1, 11 KOs) recorded his largest win as knowledgeable to this point, outfighting beforehand undefeated prospect Otha Jones III (5-1-1, 2 KOs) for a win by majority determination eight spherical. One decide drew 76-76, whereas the opposite two scored 77-75 and 76-75 in favor of the native of Laredo, Texas, Castaneda.

Jorge Castaneda handed Otha Jones III his first defeat. Ed Mulholland / Matchroom picture

Jones III, a former novice spotlight from Toledo, Ohio, managed the primary two rounds along with his athletics, however Castaneda discovered his attain within the third, swinging Jones repeatedly along with his proper hand from a distance. Jones regarded like he wasn’t going to make it out of the spherical, however he discovered his legs once more within the room, taking Castaneda on counterattacks that introduced him again into the struggle.

Castaneda discovered success once more within the sixth and landed sufficient to stun Jones at some factors later within the struggle. The win is the fifth consecutive win for Castaneda since his defeat on the cease within the sixth spherical to Randy Moreno Ochoa in 2021.

Movladdin “Arthur” Biyarslanov (8-0, 6 KOs) handed over one other unbeaten fighter his first defeat when he outpointed Israel Mercado (9-1, 7 KOs) in a light-weight struggle spherical eight. Scores had been 76-76, 78-74, 77-75, with the Canadian-based Chechen fighter utilizing his left-handed counterattack to compensate for the aggression of the Pomona, California-based Market.

Beginning the motion, Aaron Aponte moved to 3-0 (KOs) with a medical victory over Javier Martinez (4-8, 3 KOs), with all of the judges scoring the 40-36 struggle in favor of the 19 12 months previous Hialeah, Florida.

Aponte used his vital top and attain benefit to color Martinez with jabs, forcing Martinez to dive, the place he would encounter opposing uppercuts. Within the third, the main proper hand landed commonly, one in every of which stunned Martinez on the finish of the third.

Aponte, a junior welterweight managed by Peter Khan, turned skilled final October after an novice profession that introduced him a 98-18 report.

Ryan Songalia wrote for ESPN, New York Day by day Information, Rappler and The Guardian, and is a part of the Craig Newmark Class of 2021 Graduate College of Journalism. He could be contacted at [email protected]




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