My Champion Clients

My Champion Clients
Clockwise from top left, Sam Soliman (the night he won the IBF Middleweight Title, May 31, 2014), Cory Spinks (the night he won the IBF Welterweight title, March 22, 2003), Paulie Malignaggi, myself, Johnny Bos and Jeffrey Resto (press conference NYC summer 2002).

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Official Boxing Esq. World Boxing Ratings - July 2018

Presenting the July 2018 Boxing Esq. World Boxing Ratings:

Movements:

Heavys – Dillian Whyte moves up from 6 to 3 with his gutsy win over former WBO Champ Joseph Parker in an excellent fight.  Dereck Chisora enters at 15 after his thrilling 8th round TKO win over Carlos Takam.  Takam drops from 10 to 16.

Cruisers – NO CHANGES (Usyk and Gassiev remain 1 and 2 after their superfight for all the belts.) 

Light Heavys - NO CHANGES.

Super Middles - Rocky Fielding moves from 21 to 13 with his win on the road over previously unbeaten "regular" WBA Champ Tyron Zeuge.  Zeuge falls from 14 to 18.  Fedor Chudinov moves from 15 to 14 with his close win over Nadjib Mohammedi.

Middles - NO CHANGES.

Jr. Middles - Jaime Munguia moves from 7 to 6 with decisive win over Liam Smith.  Konstantin Ponomarev moves from 15 to out with split loss to relative novice Sergey Vorobiev.  Vorobiev enters at 25.

Welters – Manny Pacquiao moves from 6 to 5 with impressive win over "regular" WBA Champ Lucas Matthysse.  Matthysse moves from 7 to out due to apparent retirement.  Omar Figueroa moves from 12 to out due to inactivity.  Francisco Santana and Felix Diaz enter at 24 and 25.

Jr. Welters – NO CHANGES.

Lights – NO CHANGES.

Jr. Lights - Masayuki Ito moves from 20 to 11 with exciting win over Christopher Diaz for the vacant WBO title.

Feathers - Nonito Donaire moves from 11 to out after move down to Bantamweight.  Jhack Tepora enters at 22 after his come from behind TKO win over Edivaldo Ortega for the "interim" WBA title.  Matias Carlos Adrian Rueda moves from 24 to out due to move up to Lightweight.  Eduardo Ramirez enters at 25.

Jr. Feathers – Shingo Wake moves from 17 to 9 with win over Yusaku Kuga.  Kuga drops from 14 to 18.  

Bantams – Nonito Donaire enters at 10 after signing up for the WBSS at 118.  Shohei Omori ends his inactivity with a win and enters at 25.  Stuart Hall and Aaron Alameda drop from 24 and 25 respectively to out.

Super Flys - NO CHANGES.

Flys – NO CHANGES.

Jr. Flys – NO CHANGES.

Straws – Victor Saludar moves from 20 to 7 after winning the WBO belt from Ryuya Yamanaka. 

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Boxing Podcast With Author Thomas Hauser

My guest on this podcast is, Thomas Hauser, acclaimed author of Missing, The Black Lights and Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times.  Tom is one of the foremost boxing writers in the business and his work has won multiple Boxing Writers Association of America awards as well as nominations for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.

We spoke about the state of boxing in 2018 including Eddie Hearn's broadcast deal with DAZN, the Joshua-Wilder negotiations, and the World Boxing Super Series.  It was an insightful and informative conversation.

You can find Tom's boxing articles at The Sweet Science, Boxing Scene and The Ring.  His latest boxing books are There Will Always Be Boxing (2017) and the soon to be released Protect Yourself At All Times (2018).

Enjoy the podcast.  You can listen to it on Soundcloud or subscribe on either iTunes or Stitcher.  Please leave a comment or a rating, I would very much appreciate it.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Fox Settles With Muhammad Ali Enterprises To End False Endorsement And Right Of Publicity Suit

On Monday, July 16, in the United States District Court, Northern District of California, Fox Broadcasting Co. ("Fox") filed a Notification of Settlement of the $30 million suit filed against them by Muhammad Ali Enterprises, LLC ("MAE"), the company that owns the intellectual property rights of former Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali.  The suit alleged that Ali's likeness was used in a Super Bowl commercial without the MAE's permission.

MAE, which is owned by Authentic Brands Group and the Muhammad Ali Family Trust, alleged that a three minute ad, played as a lead-in to the 2017 Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons, featured images of Ali and audio of him shouting "I am the Greatest!"  The Ali images and audio clips were juxtaposed with images of past Super Bowl stars whose greatness was equated to Ali's.

The suit was originally filed in federal court in the Northern District of Illinois in October 2017.  The complaint alleged two different causes of action, a Federal Lanham Act claim for False Endorsement, and a Right of Publicity claim brought under an Illinois state statute.  The case was transferred to the Northern District of California in November 2017.

Fox filed both a Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings as well as a Special Motion to Strike the Complaint in January 2018.  MAE filed their opposition papers in April 2018.  The parties argued the motions before the Court in May 2018.  A minute Order from the May proceedings stated that the parties agreed to private mediation.  The settlement comes a few months later before the Court had made a decision on the motions.  No terms of the settlement have been released.

See Settlement filing below:

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Official Boxing Esq. World Boxing Ratings - June 2018

Presenting the June 2018 Boxing Esq. World Boxing Ratings:
Movements:

Heavys – David Haye drops from 18 to out due to retirement.  Tyson Fury enters at 18 with win ending his inactivity.

Cruisers – Kevin Lerena moves up from 10 to 9 with win over Golovashchenko.  Krzystof Wlodarczyk moves from 13 to 12 with win over Durodola.  Andrzej Fonfara moves up from Light Heavyweight and enters at 17 with win over Sillah. 

Light Heavys - Fonfara moves from 13 to out due to move up to Cruiserweight.  Yarde moves up from 21 to 17 with impressive stoppage over Sek.  Blake Capparello enters at 25.

Super Middles - Robin Krasniqi enters at 23 with win over Kashtanov.  Vincent Feigenbutz moves from 25 to out.

Middles - Maciej Sulecki enters at 10 after tough loss to Daniel Jacobs.  Jack Arnfield moves from 25 to out.

Jr. Middles - Sulecki moves from 9 to out after move up to Middleweight.  Antonio Margarito moves back in to 25.

Welters – Thulani Mbenge enters at 22 with impressive 7th round stoppage of Diego Chaves.  Jose Benevidez enters at 23 with impressive 1st round stoppage for Frank Rojas.  Chaves drops from 21 to out.  Francisco Santana moves from 25 to out.

Jr. Welters – Josh Taylor leaps from 13 to 1 with impressive win over Victor Postol.  Postal drops from 1 to 3.  Maurice Hooker enters at 9 with tough win over Terry Flanagan for the vacant WBO title.  Flanagan drops from 6 to 10.  Jose Zepeda moves from 21 to out due to move down to Lightweight.  Ohara Davies moves up from 23 to 22 with impressive win over Paul Kamanga.  Alex Saucedo moves up from 25 to 23 with a TKO 7 in a war with Lenny Zappavigna.

Lights – Dejan Zlatcanin drops from 10 to 20 with upset TKO2 loss to Roberto Ramirez.  Ramirez enters at 19.  Lewis Ritson moves from 21 to 16 with impressive 1st round blowout of previously unbeaten Paul Hyland, Jr.  Jose Zepeda enters at 17 after move down from Junior Welterweight and stoppage win over Carlos Diaz Ramirez.  Diaz Ramirez drops from 22 to out.  Hank Lundy drops from 25 to out.

Jr. Lights - NO CHANGES.

Feathers - NO CHANGES.

Jr. Feathers – Daniel Roman moves up from 6 to 5 with win over Moises Flores.  Gavin McDonnell moves from 17 to 15 with win over Stuart Hall.

Bantams – Stuart Hall drops from 19 to 24 with loss to McDonnell.  Hiroaki Teshigawara moves up from 24 to 19 with impressive stoppage win over Kinoshita.

Super Flys - NO CHANGES.

Flys – NO CHANGES.

Jr. Flys – Angel Acosta moves up from 10 to 9 with impressive stoppage of Carlos Buitrago.  Buitrago moves up from Strawweight to 22.  Gilberto Pedroza drops from 18 to out after getting stopped by novice Masamichi Yabuki.  Suriyan Satorn drops from 20 to out after losing to Siridech Deebook in their rematch.  Deebook enters at 25.  Reiya Konishi enters at 24.  Abraham Rodriguez drops from 25 to out.

Straws – Buitrago moves from 10 to out after moving up and challenging for WBO Junior Fly title.  Vince Paras enters at 25. 

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Boxing Podcast With Writer Adam Abramowitz

My guest on this podcast is Adam Abramowitz, a writer for the excellent boxing blog Saturday Night Boxing.  Adam is also on the board of the independent media run Transnational Boxing Ratings, as well as The Ring ratings panel.  

We spoke about his recent article on the influx of streaming networks into the sport of boxing, titled "Hearn, Top Rank and the New American Boxing Paradigm".  We also got into where cable broadcasting in general is going and how that affects the sport.  It was a great conversation.

To check out Adam's work on boxing go to www.saturdaynightboxing.com.  You can also catch up with Adam on Twitter at @snboxing.

Enjoy the podcast.  You can listen to it on Soundcloud or subscribe to the podcast on either iTunes or Stitcher.  Please leave a comment or a rating, I would very much appreciate it.


Sunday, May 27, 2018

Official Boxing Esq. World Boxing Ratings - May 2018

Presenting the May 2018 Boxing Esq. World Boxing Ratings:
Movements:

Heavys – Kubrat Pulev moves from 7 to out due to inactivity.  Jarrell Miller moves from 11 to 9 with win over top 25 fighter Johann Duhaupas.  David Haye drops from 15 to 18 due to crushing loss to Tony Bellew.  Artur Szpilka enters at 25.

Cruisers – Andrew Tabiti moves from 9 to 8 with win over Lateef Kayode.  

Light Heavys - Jean Pascal reenters from retired to 11 with announcement of comeback.  Lucien Bute moves from 17 to out due to inactivity.  Chad Dawson moves from 19 to out due to inactivity.  Thomas Oosthuizen moves from 22 to out due to inactivity.  Yunieski Gonzalez moves from 24 to out due to inactivity.  Callum Johnson, Felix Velera and Enrico Koelling enter at 23, 24 and 25 respectively.  

Super Middles - Jesse Hart moves from 12 to 10 with win over Demond Nicholson.  Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. moves from 18 to out due to inactivity.  Azizbek Abdugofurov enters at 23 with win over Dmitrii Chudinov.  Vincent Feigenbutz enters at 25.  J'Leon Love moves from 24 to out after struggling with Jaime Barboza.

Middles - Tommy Langford moves from 18 to out after dropping split decision to Jason Welborn.  Vanes Matirosyan moves from inactive to 19 after KO loss to GGG.  Jack Culcay enters at 20 after moving up from 154 division.  Curtis Stevens moves from 21 to out due to inactivity.

Jr. Middles - Sadam Ali drops from 6 to 13 after crushing TKO loss to Jaime Munguia.  Munguia enters at 7 with WBO title win.  Jack Culcay moves from 12 to out due to move up to 160.  Tony Harrison moves from 14 to 12 with win over Ishe Smith.  Smith drops from 13 to 17 with the loss.  Konstantin Ponomarev enters at 16 after moving up from 147 division.  Dennis Hogan moves to 25 with win over Jimmy Kilrain Kelly.  Terrell Gausha moves from 23 to out. Antonio Margarito moves from 25 to out.

Welters – Konstantin Ponomarev moves from 13 to out due to move to 154.  Bradley Skeete moves from 14 to 23 due to knockout loss to Kermin Lejarraga.  Lejarraga enters at 15.  Egidijus Kavaliauskas moves from 16 to 10 on reconsideration.  Carlos Adames moves from 22 to 19 with win over Alejandro Barrera.  Francisco Santana enters at 25 with upset win over Felix Diaz in WBC Welterweight Tournament.  Carlos Ocampo drops from 25 to out.

Jr. Welters – Mikey Garcia moves from 1 to out as he's decided to vacate his 140 lb. belt and move back down to 135.  Felix Diaz moves from 7 to out with his upset loss at 147 to Francisco Santana.  Argenis Mendez enters at 16 after moving up from 135 and convincingly beating prospect Eddie Ramirez.  Alex Saucedo enters at 25.

Lights – Vasyl Lomachenko enters at 1 with win brilliant TKO win over Jorge Linares.  Isa Chaniev enters at 15 with unanimous win over Ismael Barroso.  Barroso moves from 15 to out.  Francisco Rojo moves from 24 to out due to move up to 140.  Simpiwe Vetyeka enters at 23 after move up from 126.  Hank Lundy enters at 25.

Jr. Lights - Vasyl Lomachenko moves from 1 to out due to move up to 135.  James Tenneson enters at 23 after come from behind TKO victory over Martin Joseph Ward.  Ward moves from 24 to out.  Christopher Diaz enters at 25.

Feathers - Josh Warrington moves from 8 to 6 with upset win over Lee Selby for the IBF crown.  Selby drops from 6 to 7.  Tugstsogt Nyambar enters at 12 with impressive TKO win over Oscar Escandon.  Escandon drops from 12 to 19.  Simpiwe Vetyeka moves from 14 to out due to move up to 135.  Takenori Ohashi moves from 19 to out after getting stopped by Taiki Minamoto.  Minamoto enters at 20.  Claudio Marrero moves from 22 to 18 with devastating 1st round KO of previously unbeaten Jorge Lara.  Lara moves from 24 to out.  Shun Kubo enters at 25.

Jr. Feathers – Isaac Dogboe moves from 7 to 2 with impressive stoppage of Jesse Magdaleno to capture the WBO title.  Magdaleno drops from 2 to 4.  Julio Ceja drops from 5 to 15 after upset stoppage loss to Franklin Manzanilla.  Manzanilla enters at 7.  Jonathan Guzman moves from 12 to out due to inactivity.  Evgeny Gradovich moves from 14 to out due to inactivity.  Shun Kubo moves from 19 to out due to move up to 126.  Edivaldo Ortega moves from 21 to out due to move up to 126.  TJ Doheny, Ryo Matsumoto, Albert Pagana and Thomas Patrick Ward enter at 22-25 respectively.

Bantams – Naoya Inoue moves from 5 to 2 after devastating blowout of Jamie McDonnell for the WBA Regular belt.  McDonnell drops from 2 to 6.  Emmanuel Rodriguez moves from 16 to 5 with dominating win over Paul Butler for the IBF belt.  Butler drops from 8 to 10.  Shohei Omori moves from 17 to out due to inactivity.  Jason Moloney moves from 25 to 17 with impressive stoppage of former world title holder Kohei Kono.  Aaron Alameda enters at 25.

Super Flys - Donnie Nietes enters at 6 after moving up from 112.  Miguel Gonzalez moves from 25 to out.

Flys – Donnie Nietes moves from 1 to out due to move up to 115.  Juan Hernandez Navarrete moves from 10 to out due to inactivity.  Froilan Saludar moves from 17 to out due to move up to 115.  Mirco Martin, Muhammed Waseem and Thomas Masson enter at 23-25 respectively.

Jr. Flys – Hekki Budler moves from 7 to 2 with upset win over unified WBA-IBF champion Ryoichi Taguchi.  Taguchi moves from 2 to 3.  Ganigan Lopez drops from 4 to 6 after 2nd round blowout loss to WBC Champ Ken Shiro.  Ryuji Hara moves from 14 to out due to move up to 112.  Alejandro Villasenor Hernandez enters at 24 after upset win over previously unbeaten Abraham Rodriguez.

Straws – Ryuji Hara moves from 17 to out due to move up to 112.  Osvaldo Novoa moves from 20 to out due to inactivity.  Reiya Konishi moves from 22 to out due to move up to 108.  Shin Ono, Toto Landero and Mark Barriga enter at 23-25 respectively.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Eric Molina Suspended for Two Years by UKAD

The UK National Anti-Doping Panel ("NADP") upheld the two-year suspension levied by UK Anti-Doping ("UKAD") on two-time heavyweight world title challenger Eric Molina, who tested positive for the banned substance Dexamethasone ("Dex") after his December 10, 2016 title challenge against Anthony Joshua.  Molina had appealed the provisional suspension that UKAD handed down on October 28, 2017.

Molina was cooperative with UKAD in that he did not request his B sample to be tested and admitted to using a supplement that contained Dex.  Molina stated in an interview with UKAD in September 2017, that he had a member of his team inject him in his "rear" with a product called Tribedoce DX.  Molina further stated that his brother purchased the supplement in Mexico and he thought it was just an ordinary shot of B12 vitamin.  Dex was clearly listed on the label as one of the ingredients. 

Dex is an anti-inflammatory that comes under the category of Glucocortoids and is on WADA's banned substance list when used in-competition only.  It is generally used for treatment of allergic disorders, skin conditions and breathing disorders, so out of competition use would not be considered a violation.  However, studies have shown that it can have performance enhancing effects in regards to stamina, among other benefits.

Due to Molina's cooperation, UKAD did not assert that his actions were intentional or that he was looking to cheat.  Due to the lack of intent, the starting point for a suspension would be two years under the WADA Code.  The case hinged on whether Molina's actions could reduce that penalty by falling under ADR article 10.4 where there is No Fault or Negligence or 10.5 where is No Significant Fault or Negligence.

The NADP determined that 10.4 was not applicable as, under the commentary to the WADA Code, this section is only applicable where there has been "some type of spiking or sabotage."  Molina did not claim any spiking or sabotage.

The NADP also held that 10.5 did not apply.  The UKAD actually helped the NADP out by pointing them to a CAS case between tennis player Marin Cilic and the International Tennis Federation where the range of sanctions a panel may consider for a No Significant Fault or Negligence reduction is laid out. 

Because the NADP determined that Molina "simply ignored all risks, failed to act with the utmost caution and shows 'a significant degree of or considerable fault'" - this put him in the 16 to 24 month bracket.  The "standard" sanction, according to the Cilic case, was 20 months.  But the NADP did not believe this case was "standard".  Instead, because Molina used a new source in Mexico and made "absolutely no checks whatsoever as to what was in that supplement" and Molina chose not to actively participate in the appeal - the NADP determined that it had no material evidence to consider dropping him below the standard suspension of two years.  Thus, the NADP upheld UKAD's two-year suspension of Molina.

The suspension was backdated to when the provisional suspension was enacted, October 28, 2017, so Molina will only have to sit out until after October 27, 2019.

TAKEAWAYS
  • This is a classic case of a boxer using a supplement without any regard for the WADA code.  Molina had been drug tested before and knew the procedure but still used a product that listed a banned substance on its label.  Boxers should not use supplements unless they have someone on their team who is very familiar with WADA protocol.  Alternatively, they can reach out to VADA or an affiliated organization who can answer any questions about the supplement.  Things like Vitamin B12 shots are very common in the sport but unless you are dealing with a medical professional who is well-versed in the WADA code, it's not something you should do on your own.
  • It obviously hurt Molina quite a bit that he had no legal representation and presented no evidence.  Even though he had some very bad facts against him, a competent doping lawyer probably could have gotten the suspension reduced down to 20 months or lower. 
  • Adjudication of this case was ridiculously slow by UKAD.  The decision does not go into the specifics of when Molina was notified of his positive test but he gave the sample in the early morning of December 11, 2016.  They apparently interviewed him in September 2017 and then provisionally suspended him in late October 2017.  His appeal was not adjudicated until late May 2018.  That's nearly 18 months after he gave his sample.  That's way too much time.  Contrast that with how quickly Canelo's case was resolved (sample given in February, settled in April).  There were folks who complained that Canelo's case dragged on too long - no comparison to Molina's.
See NAPD opinion below:

Official Boxing Esq. World Boxing Ratings - July 2018

Presenting the July 2018 Boxing Esq. World Boxing Ratings: Movements : Heavys  – Dillian Whyte moves up from 6 to 3 with his gutsy win ov...