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:

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.


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. 

Great Show At The Hammerstein Tomorrow