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Floyd Mayweather appeared in a cold open sketch on The Late Late Show, with host James Corden. Photo: CBS

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Floyd Mayweather has a disturbing history of domestic violence

You can’t criticize Donald Trump in one breath and cajole a serial domestic abuser in the next.

Last Tuesday night, Jimmy Kimmel dedicated his opening monologue on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to President Donald Trump, calling out the commander-in-chief for his appalling defence of the Charlottesville neo-Nazis and pleading with Trump voters to admit they were wrong. It was a fairly de rigueur performance when it comes to this new wave of politically conscious late-night hosts—a choir of voices that pride themselves on calling out social and political injustices.

And then, mere minutes after giving Trump a vicious tongue-lashing, Kimmel welcomed that night’s big guest: Floyd “Money” Mayweather, the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world. The undefeated (49-0) champion is currently making the rounds to promote his August 26 bout against UFC fighter Conor McGregor, an event that critics have labelled a shameless money grab.

Kimmel lightly ribbed Mayweather about his reputation for throwing around absurd sums of money (Mayweather confessed to once owning a Brink’s truck to haul all his cash) and, during a particularly cringe-inducing exchange, couldn’t contain his giggles while questioning why Mayweather doesn’t receive lap dances from the entertainers at his strip club.

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Duco’s Lonergan is picking fights he can’t win

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Dean Lonergan seems to be displaying all the traits of someone who has taken too many blows to the head.

Now he is taking on a senior Councillor at Auckland Council.

The Joseph Parker heavyweight world title fight is veering into a slugfest between promoter Dean Lonergan and Olympian Dick Quax.

Quax, who won silver over 5000m at the 1976 Olympics, and Lonergan, a former rugby league second-rower, have been trading blows over ratepayer money for the on-again, off-again, on-again Joseph Parker v Any Ruiz boxing fight in Auckland.

The latest round has seen Quax – an Auckland councillor these days – welcoming the prospect of sky high pay-per-view prices of between $70 and $100 as the “market price, not a price subsidised by the Auckland ratepayers”.

“That’s a problem?”, said the pro-market and Act Party member.

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Good, at least ratepayers are no longer on the hook

The Joseph Parker fight announcement that it would be held in New Zealand was somewhat premature. It was predicated on the belief that Auckland Ratepayers would help give a private company a profit.

That balloon has now been popped.

Pay-per-view prices for Joseph Parker’s heavyweight world title fight are set to go sky high, with punters and pubs expected to cop the fallout from Auckland Council’s refusal on ratepayer funding.

The Herald on Sunday understands from a well-placed source that the pay-TV price for Parker’s fight against Andy Ruiz Jr next month could now be set between $70 and $100.

That’s could be more than twice the price punters will pay to see global star Manny Pacquiao take on Jessie Vargas today, and a significant increase on the $39.95 fans were charged to watch Parker’s last fight against Alexander Dimitrenko a month ago.

It would also be way above the $49.95 some forked out to watch Parker face Carlos Takam in May – the fight which triggered public backlash over pay-TV prices being too high and controversy over illegal online streaming, as irritated fans tried to dodge costs.

And it doesn’t stop there. In what would outrage Kiwi sports fans, pubs and bars might have to resort to entry fees in order to try and claw back the inflated charges they could face to publicly screen the event. It’s understood those costs could rise from around $1400 to $2000-$2500.

Owner of The Fox sports bar in Auckland’s viaduct, Brett MacLean, said the price to screen Parker’s last fight already jumped significantly. Further costs would mean he’d have to consider charging at the door.

How is this a problem?

It is now a matter of personal choice whether or not you view the fight and pay for that privilege. Ratepayers and indeed taxpayers should not be on the hook for the private benefit of rapacious promoters.

 

-NZ Herald

Bob Jones on the Parker fight fiasco

Bob Jones writes at NBR:

For nearly seven decades boxing has been part of my life. That includes Joseph, who I sponsored in his amateur days and managed in his initial professional years.  Plus, I count as friends promoter Duco’s Runyanesque principals Dean Lonergan and David Higgins, who I contracted Joseph to, and also his Las Vegas-based trainer Kevin Barry, who I arranged to look after Parker.

So should I run along with the lapdog media and pretend this fairly non-descript matching is actually for the world heavyweight title, or instead care about the sport’s credibility?

I chose the latter path, more so after watching Trevor McKewen, the sports editor of NZME, owners of the Herald, Radio Sport etc. unbelievably tell television it will be the greatest event in Auckland’s history. God help us all. That remark is possibly the most stupid ever uttered in Auckland’s history and this contest wouldn’t rate in the first 10,000 events, sporting and otherwise in the city’s history.

When it comes to rugby, league, cricket, soccer and netball, our sports journalists are excellent. But with the exception of Joseph Romanos and Mark Reason, who always do their homework, they’re unprofessional, indolent slobs when commenting on minor sport, especially boxing.

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Bwahahaha: Lonergan tries emotional blackmail next

Boxing is essentially a corrupt sport, where even those at the top, doing the fighting, barely make a living. The promoters cream it all and the fighters get nothing.

Now one promoter is trying to use emotional blackmail to try and keep a fight in NZ.

The daily soap opera that is the heavyweight boxing scene has taken another twist with news Duco Events is struggling to get the financial backing it needs to host the impending WBO championship fight between Kiwi Joseph Parker and Mexican Andy Ruiz.

December 10 has been confirmed as the date the fight will take place in Auckland at either Eden Park, Mount Smart Stadium or Vector Arena, but reports this weekend have suggested that Duco require the event to be underwritten, and their current sponsorship deals don’t cover the seven figure number they need.

However Parker’s promoter, Dean Lonergan, disputes that they have asked for Government assistance and are in fact looking at other commercial opportunities.

“We are looking for commercial partners who want a return of their investment, and that’s what we are offering to a number of other partners and companies that could potentially come on board,” he said.   Read more »

It happens rarely, but Labour and I agree on something

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via Stuff

 

The government shouldn’t help Joseph Parker’s bid for the world boxing title in Auckland in December, Labour says.

Parker’s promoter Dean Lonergan has asked the government to help pay the bill for hosting the event.

Lonergan is reported as saying the bout may need seven-figure contributions from sponsors and the government if the fight for the WBO world heavyweight title was to go ahead.

The government said the application was being assessed and it didn’t yet have a view on it. Read more »

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A Mysterious Beam of Light Shines down on the Body of a Boxer Killed in the Ring

 As the referee began the count, a beam of light encircled Luther… the referee declared ‘Ten … you’re out!’

The shaft of light suddenly vanished … and Luther was dead

“Calgary’s new Manchester arena was packed to the rafters with fight fans, the air thick with hubbub and cigar smoke as the city basked in the spotlight of the boxing world. No one was more excited than promoter Tommy Burns, the famous former world champ who had moved to Calgary in 1910. Here was the slugfest he knew would put the city on the map: Canadian brawler Arthur Pelkey versus Luther McCarty, a handsome, fleet-fisted Nebraska boy touted as the next “Great White Hope.” Spectators and sports writers travelled from near and far to attend. A $10,000 purse and a potential title shot were on the line.

What happened in the ring the afternoon of May 24, 1913, would indeed change fortunes, but not as expected.”

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Muhammad Ali, aka Cassius Clay, the greatest champion ever, leaves the ring for the final time

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Muhammad Ali, the silver-tongued boxer and civil rights champion who famously proclaimed himself “The Greatest” and then spent a lifetime living up to the billing, is dead.

Ali died Friday at a Phoenix-area hospital, where he had spent the past few days being treated for respiratory complications, a family spokesman confirmed to NBC News. He was 74. Read more »

Fight Against Obesity Fight Night

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My mate Monty Betham has asked me to promote this for him. I can certainly testify to the positive effect boxing training has on fighting obesity.

Please support Monty.


 

SATURDAY 23 MAY, 2015 – TRUSTS ARENA, AUCKLAND
STARTS 7.00PM – DOORS OPEN 6.30PM

The ‘Fight Against Obesity’ is back in 2015. A Black Tie event that will be the highlight of the year for many. Our first charity fight night in 2013 was a huge success for all involved.This time round we are raising the bar and will ensure this event is bigger, better and more glamourous then the last!    Read more »

Comment of the Day

The other day Brian Rudman took a break from imploring ratepayers to pay for his hobbies to attack Super 8 and the charity boxing matches that go along with the sport.

John McRae had this to say on Super 8’s Facebook page.

Ryder vs Slater generated the most pr, tab bets and raised the most funds for the cause. Not the result Cameron wanted but he won some hearts and minds and dropped 17kg’s on the way. The professional athletes benefitted from the additional profile. Funnily enough it was a leading sports editor who said we should add in a celebrity fight to get into general news. I’m told by my lawyer Rudman’s comments against me are personally defamatory. His statement on Jessie’s “head injury” are incorrect and generally he’s kicking the sport we love because of his political bias. It’s sad that people in a privileged position such as him do not focus on the positive aspects of the sport. Bet he wasn’t calling for the banning of cricket when Philip Hughes tragically died. Slater has indicated his desire to enter the ring again – this time we will look to match him against someone within media or politics…. pity Rudman is a light weight. 

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