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Boxing 21 September 2017

One Step forward Two Steps back”

Big Jim takes a look at another black mark against boxing…read more

Just when Mayweather and McGregor offered the sport of boxing a lifeline, the sport came straight back with a left hook that has knocked out fans across the globe. My good mate and Australian boxing legend Jeff Fenech summed it up beautifully by saying that he felt sick after the decision in the Golovkin v Alvarez bout last weekend.

The fight never reached great heights but it seemed that Golovkin had done more than enough to secure the victory. The problem is Golovkin is nearing the end of his career and Alvarez is the far more marketable commodity. ESPN’s, Teddy Atlas didn’t mince his words. “I have no problem saying: they are corrupt! There is no way that you see 118:110 for Canelo.”

Then to make matters even more laughable Bob Bennett of the Nevada State Athletic Commission (after saying Ms. Byrd was a champion stalwart of the sport of boxing) said about the judge in question “she had a bad night. Its unfortunate…”.

What an out and out joke. The sport is back on its knees and it doesn’t deserve a standing 8 count. This was a much hyped fight, that delivered little and at the end of the night a fascicle decision was jammed down spectators throat just to rub salt into the wounds.

This is a prime example of a sport where so many greedy pigs have to eat each other in the process of sticking their greedy snouts even deeper into the slop bowl. I am a boxing fan, I think it has a place, but this fight may well go down as one of the fights that helped sink the sport of traditional prize fighting. Again the big winner is Mr. Dana White and the UFC. If you wanted to write a conspiracy theory you would be forgiven for blaming White for rigging the fight as he is the MASSIVE winner out of this whole sordid mess. The reality is that White runs a squeaky clean, one man show in comparison, where this kind of bull shite doesn’t happen. There is no wonder why every day more and more boxing fans are turning their support to the UFC.

Boxing 17 August 2017

“Is this the biggest match fight ever?”

Big Jim has all the latest in regards to the Mayweather-McGregor fight….read more

If you listen to the promoters then the obvious answer is YES. It will be the biggest fight in regards to money no doubt. Having said that, is that such a great thing? This whole exercise might give credibility to the argument that the fight game is dead and buried. To consider that this fight is more important in the history of boxing than a host of Cassius Clay’s fights or even modern day super fights like Mayweather v De La Hoya is laughable.

Maybe that is where Dana White is coming from? I have racked my brain thinking why White was keen to let this fight take place in the first place, but maybe the answer was staring me straight in the face. If this fight is a total joke, which it could easily turn out to be, then where does that leave the sport of boxing? If this is the beginning of the end for the sport of boxing then the UFC is left with the only creditable fight product in the market place. Dana is a smart man and it’s an angle that I have only recently considered but it seems more than plausible. Maybe if Mayweather dances around for 8 round and the angry Irish man grabs him and kicks him in the head a few times and then goes the ground and pound then the only winner would be the UFC. Got to love a good conspiracy theory!!!

For those of you that are only interesting in making money out of this so called “fight” then let’s have a look at your options. There have been some big moves in the last few weeks and all the money is for McGregor.

(Prices as of 15/8/2017)

Ladbrokes has the head to head betting as Mayweather $1.22 favourite and McGregor $4.20. If you don’t mind spending a lot to make a little then the $1.22 looks VERY sexy.

The fight going the distance at Yes $3.20 and No at $1.36 is pretty interesting. The NO has certainly shortened recently which brings the possibility of a McGregor DQ into play. It adds to my conspiracy theory.

The market which looks the best value, if you are looking to boost your odds is the “Method of Victory” market. It has 5 options, both fighters by points or KO and the draw. The two I would lean towards would be Mayweather on points at $3.50 or McGregor by KO at $5.00. If the fight is legitimate then that is the two most likely scenarios. Mayweather isn’t going to risk his record or pretty face with any heroics and the Irishman only has one chance to win. The plucky Irishman looks rock hard fit but you would think that he would have to knock the American out to win the bout. If it goes the distance Mayweather’s skill will prevail.

If you are a conspiracy theorist FANATIC then what about the draw at $26.00 at Ladbrokes? It was at $41.00 only a few weeks ago. A draw would be the biggest Vegas Jackpot in history with the winners being the two fighters and the promoters.

As I said months ago; The proof of this pudding is in the eating. It might be a joke but it’s certainly fun to speculate.

Boxing 31 July 2017

Roll up Roll up….good tickets left!!!”

Big Jim has all the latest in regards to the Mayweather-McGregor fight….read more

Well you wouldn’t know it but the hottest news regarding the fight at the moment is the fact that there are PLENTY of tickets still left for the fight. There were a handful of cheap nose bleed tickets that sold out early at just under $1,000 US a pop but for a ticket where you will actually be able to make out who is who will cost you a minimum of $3,500 US. That’s not anywhere near the ring mind you; Ring side is a $10K proposition at best.

All camps are still spruiking it up as a cash bonanza and in all likely hood the fight will be the biggest earning fight in history and anyone involved will end up with a big pay day. The just might not make as MUCH as they thought they were going to make. Its not a cheap night out, however, for a fight that resembles an exhibition circus act on nearly every level. The standard pay for view in the US starts at a C note ($100 USD) the first time it has hit that mark.

Ladbrokes has the head to head betting as Mayweather $1.18 favourite and McGregor $5.00. If you don’t mind spending a lot to make a little then the $1.18 looks pretty tasty. The fight going the distance at Yes $2.60 and No at $1.50 is pretty interesting. I would be leaning towards the yes there at the value as Mayweather certainly likes to dance around and protect that pretty little face of his.

The market which looks the best value if you are looking to boost your odds is the “Method of Victory” market. It has 5 options, both fighters by points or knock down and the draw. The two I would lean towards would be Mayweather on points at $2.75 or McGregor by KO or TKO $6.00.

The plucky Irishman looks rock hard fit but you would think that he would have to knock the American out to win the bout. If it goes the distance Mayweather’s skill will prevail. If you are a conspiracy theorist then the draw at $41.00 is your go as a draw would be the biggest Vegas Jackpot in history with the winners being the two fighters and the promoters.

Boxing  3  July  2017

“A tHORNy decision in Brisbane?”

Big Jim takes a look at the fallout from an Aussie Underdog Victory…read more

Well well well. What we know is that young Aussie Jeff Horn is the WBO Welterweight Champion of the world. It was a close fight but most of the experts analysing the round by round action around the world had the fight slightly going to Pacquaio. Horn won by a unanimous decision with two judges marking it 115:113 and one judge giving the Aussie the victory 117:111. If you are not one for conspiracy theories then the judges must have given the Aussie all of the early close rounds that appeared to be coin flips. Horn took the fight up to Pacquaio in the first half of the fight but that usually doesn’t result in winning rounds against a smarter older fighter who sits there and picks the aggressor off. How one judge came up with 117:111 (which amounts to a comfortable victory for the Aussie) seems pretty hard to fathom.

Controversy aside this is one of the biggest days in Australian boxing history. Horn won’t be heading back to the classroom and his future is secure. Even if he found himself behind when the judges cards were read out Horn still would have had promoters queuing up to sign him. This is a tough division as every big boxing community in the world has quality representation at this weight class. Plenty of little pocket rockets out there and lots of competition means lots of opportunity. Bruce McEvaney even compared the win and the young Aussie to the feats obtained by Cathy Freeman and Cadel Evans. Just settle down Bruce; If Horn beats up on Mayweather down the track then we can start throwing around those sort of claims then.

Brisbane and the people who got this fight together need a pat on the back. Big crowd, well run, good fights. The sporting public aren’t stupid. Give them mutton dressed up like lamb like the Green v Mundine 2 debacle and the product is hard to sell. Give them eye fillet and it will fly out the door.

So what now for the Pac-Man? Well he should hang up the gloves with the knowledge that he is one of the all time greats. The alternative is that the Philippine champion continues to travel the globe making millions if he chooses to do so. He will be doing it, however, for chicken feed compared to the coin he has amassed over the years. The big pay days are gone for good and unless he comes back and can defeat Horn so are any more marquee fights. The sad thing is that if they turn the Champ into an old tired and toothless “dancing bear”, his legacy will unfair

Boxing  3  July  2017

“A tHORNy decision in Brisbane?”

Big Jim takes a look at the fallout from an Aussie Underdog Victory…read more

Well well well. What we know is that young Aussie Jeff Horn is the WBO Welterweight Champion of the world. It was a close fight but most of the experts analysing the round by round action around the world had the fight slightly going to Pacquaio. Horn won by a unanimous decision with two judges marking it 115:113 and one judge giving the Aussie the victory 117:111. If you are not one for conspiracy theories then the judges must have given the Aussie all of the early close rounds that appeared to be coin flips. Horn took the fight up to Pacquaio in the first half of the fight but that usually doesn’t result in winning rounds against a smarter older fighter who sits there and picks the aggressor off. How one judge came up with 117:111 (which amounts to a comfortable victory for the Aussie) seems pretty hard to fathom.

Controversy aside this is one of the biggest days in Australian boxing history. Horn won’t be heading back to the classroom and his future is secure. Even if he found himself behind when the judges cards were read out Horn still would have had promoters queuing up to sign him. This is a tough division as every big boxing community in the world has quality representation at this weight class. Plenty of little pocket rockets out there and lots of competition means lots of opportunity. Bruce McEvaney even compared the win and the young Aussie to the feats obtained by Cathy Freeman and Cadel Evans. Just settle down Bruce; If Horn beats up on Mayweather down the track then we can start throwing around those sort of claims then.

Brisbane and the people who got this fight together need a pat on the back. Big crowd, well run, good fights. The sporting public aren’t stupid. Give them mutton dressed up like lamb like the Green v Mundine 2 debacle and the product is hard to sell. Give them eye fillet and it will fly out the door.

So what now for the Pac-Man? Well he should hang up the gloves with the knowledge that he is one of the all time greats. The alternative is that the Philippine champion continues to travel the globe making millions if he chooses to do so. He will be doing it, however, for chicken feed compared to the coin he has amassed over the years. The big pay days are gone for good and unless he comes back and can defeat Horn so are any more marquee fights. The sad thing is that if they turn the Champ into an old tired and toothless “dancing bear”, his legacy will unfair

Boxing  30  June  2017

Pac-Man soaking up the Sun”

Big Jim takes a look at the Horn v Pacquiao fight in QLD this Sunday…read more

Ladbrokes has an amazing Boxing Betstar Blast Market special on this fight with Manny “the Pac-Man” Pacquiao paying $4.00. NOW THAT IS AMAZING VALUE!!!

Make no mistake this fight looms as the biggest fight ever in Australian boxing history. We have had some great fights between two Australians and we have had the likes of Roy Jones Jrn come to our shores but he was well past his best. Jeff Horn v Manny Pacquiao is a huge fight on so many levels as both fighters have plenty to gain from a dominant performance.

Manny Pacquiao is one of the all time greatest. He is the biggest sporting star ever to come out of the Philippines where he is revered more as a God than a human being. Pac Man claims that he wants another crack at Mayweather and that his boxing career is far from over. For that to be true he has to win this fight and do it convincingly. For Horn the world is his oyster if he comes out on top. Even if Horn is competitive and puts on a good show the young Queensland teacher will instantly become hot property in the most competitive weight dividion in boxing.

Lets have a look at why both boxers feel they have a chance.

Why Horn can win by KO:

You can knock Pac-Man out. It aint easy but its not as if he has an iron jaw. He doesnt have a glass jaw by a long shot but if the young Aussie can hit him flush then he will go down. Also with Manny having quetionable motivation for this fight then the burning courage needed to pick yourself off the canvas might not be there.

Why Horn can win by points:

Horn appears rock hard fit. It appears that the coin has well and truly dropped with the young Aussie who understands just how big a chance this is. If he puts in a big effort then his future is secure. The problem with this option is that even an old under-done Manny will probably out box him over the distance.

Why Pacquiao can win by KO:

This is my favoured option. There has been a lot of talk about Manny’s inability to knock people out in the last 8 years. There is also a lot of talk about his Christian Faith stopping him from knocking out opponents. I think that if Manny outboxes the young Aussie then come late in the fight the 11 time World Champion is going to get his chance of putting Horn on the mat.

Why Pacquiao can win on points:

You dont do what the Pac-Man has done without being a rare talent. An amazing talent. He has all the smarts and all the experience and if this goes the distance you feel that he will be ahead on the judges score card.

Suggested Bet:

I am going for the Pac-Man to win by KO and I am going to be taking advantage of the Ladbrokes special. I think all this hype about Manny not wanting to put his opponents away is crap. If he is fair dinkum he can and should knock the Aussie out. It is also the value bet with Ladbrokes as Manny by points is shortening every day and appears to be too short. A Manny Pacquiao KO in the 8th or 9th ($17.00 and $19.00 at Ladbrokes) round seems about the right sort of time frame if you are wanting to back the round of victory.

Boxing 18 June 2017

The SHOW will go on!!!”
Big Jim takes a look at the Mayweather v McGregor boxing match up that appears to be a reality…read more

I have said it before and I will say it again. I have no interest in the debate about IF this is a serious fight or not. The real interest in this fight has to be about the WHY’s and HOW’s this all came about. That is what makes the whole hype fascinating.

Firstly I think Mayweather’s rationale for accepting this fight was more easy. He picks up a very big pay day and will see his boxing record go to an amazing 50 undefeated fights. I think Floyd is the sort of guy that would appreciate round numbers so the half ton would be an appealing number. There is also a very good chance he won’t even get hit once in the process which seems a better option than actually taking on an opponent that knows what he is doing.

The whole months of lead up will further fuel Mayweather’s profile as a loud mouthed moron. This has been an important mission for Floyd and will help him get more press when he finally decides to pull the gloves off for good. The only possible downside would be the whole “damaging” his brand argument but if it was good enough for Ali, Tyson and co then I am sure the “Pretty Boy’s” reputation will get through a circus style bout like this.

McGregor’s rationale is a little harder to work out. IF it is only about money for the Irishman then this is a smart move. No matter what he does in the octagon he is never going to get a pay day like this. The interesting thing is how much of this big bundle of cash is going to be his and how much will the UFC and Dana White be pocketing? Dana has stuck his snout into the whole process so considering the event isn’t going to make his product look good there must be a pile of cash in it for him.

If McGregor puts a good show then his reputation as a reckless Irish pit bull will remain in tact. He can then go back into the UFC or take his tens of millions and ride off into the sun set.

The other big question is what sort of back room conditions have been made. Is Mayweather going to dance around and jab away at him over 12 rounds or is he going to try and knock him out early? Mayweather tends to prefer the “death by 1000 cuts” approach and it would make for better theatre. The downside to that is that you don’t want to tease a rattle snake like McGregor as he isn’t going to die wondering and has precious little to lose. Dana White on the other hand has an amazing amount of vested interest in making his man at the very least appear semi competitive. So many vexing questions……this is why this fight is so appealing.

I don’t think this event is a joke. I don’t think it has much to do about the “sport” of boxing but it has a lot to do with the true professional entertainment that is prize fighting. If you treat this more like the theatre of WWE wrestling and less like a true test of two men coming together in a ring in the time aged tradition of hand to hand combat then I am sure you will be entertained. I am enjoying the show and you will too if you wear the right coloured glasses.

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