One of the first bits of news from the new week was that China's Qiu Xiao Jun (21-3, 10) was set to have a rematch with Venezuelan Nehomar Cermeno (25-5-1-1, 15), with Cermano defending the WBA Super Bantamweight title. The bout is set to take place on December 17th and see Cermeno defending the title he actually claimed when he beat Jun back in June, with a 12th round stoppage win against Jun.
The worst kept secret in boxing became official during the week as Watanabe officially announced the rematch between Jezreel Corrales (20-1-0-1, 8), and Takashi Uchiyama (24-1-1, 20), with Uchiyama looking to reclaim the WBA "super" Super Featherweight title. The bout, announced for December 31st, is one of two world title bouts that Watanabe announced for the show with a bout between WBA Light Flyweight champion Ryoichi Taguchi (25-2-1, 11) and unbeaten Venezuelan puncher Carlos Canizales (16-0, 13).
Staying with New Year's Eve is seems like Tomoki Kameda (32-2, 20) is also eyeing his ring return on the same date, with Kyoei said to be trying to get him a license in time to make a Japanese return before the year is over.
One of the most disappointing bits of news was that Knockout CP Freshmart (13-0, 6) would be defending his WBA Minimumweight title against Go Odaira (12-5-3, 1) on December 14th. Odaira, who has been stopped in 2 other world title bouts, has done nothing to deserve this shot and will likely suffer his third loss at this level, whilst Knockout gets and easy first defense of the title he won earlier this year, when he over-came Byron Rojas.
An even bigger disappointment was the news that the highly anticipated showdown between Takashi Miura (30-3-2, 23) and Orlando Salido (43-13-4-1, 30) was off, due to Salido picking up a back injury. Many had expected this to be a FOTY contender so the news of the bout's cancellation is a major disappointment.
Some good, albeit expected, news is that boxingraise will stream the November 1st crd live over their pay service. The show, headlined by Hiroki Okada (13-0, 10) defending his Japanese Light Welterweight title against veteran Valentine Hosokawa (20-5-3, 9), isn't a huge one but is an interesting one and give us another chance to see Okada in action, in what will actually be his second bout on Boxingraise.
Another good announcement is the announcement of a bout between Suguru Muranaka (24-2-1, 8) and Hiroyuki Hisataka (24-15-1, 10), with the two men to fight on December 4th. If you've never seen these two in action the bout won't be one to lick your lips over, but those who have seen the two will know what to expect, and that's a potential 8 round war. A treat that will go over-looked by those who don't follow the Japanese scene.
Sad news from Thailand is that Denkaosan Kaovichit (63-7-1, 26) is in hospital following an attack. Originally the details surrounding this were a bit muddled but new reports now suggest that he was attacked by his neighbour following a complain in regards to the neighbours dog, and where the dog was going to the toilet. The former fighter, who was working as a trainer in Thailand, he seemingly lost a good portion of a finger as a result of the attack.
The week also saw the announcement that Kaiju Yuba, the son of former Japanese 5-weight champion Tadashi Yuba, would be turning professional in 2017, with his debut expected to come in Tokyo.
The past week hasn't been one that has made big headlines with bouts from Asia but there was several interesting bouts.
The day kicked off with two notable bouts in Tokyo. The more significant of those saw Australian Jayde Mitchell (10-1, 4) defeat Japan's Shintaro Matsumoto (13-5, 9) to claim the OPBF Super Middleweight title. The bout was Matsumoto's first defense following a hugely surprising upset win over Yuzo Kiyota earlier this year and few were surprised to see him being out boxed by Mitchell here, with the Aussie being well up when the bout was ultimately stopped to a head clash, giving Mitchell the technical decision win.
On the same card we saw the under-rated Reiya Abe (13-2, 7) score a surprising stoppage win over the heavy handed and teak tough Tsuyoshi Tameda (13-3-2, 11). Abe used his southpaw stance to out box Tameda who was eventually stopped in the 8th round. What makes this result particularly notable is the fact Tameda had gone 12, very one sided, rounds Simpiwe Vetyeka which makes the stoppage for Abe even more impressive.
On Thursday Tokyo played host to two former world title challengers. The more notable of those was Hisashi Amagasa (31-6-2, 20), who claimed a wide decision victory over Filipino tough guy Carlo Demecillo (6-3, 1). Demecillo had his moments, but couldn't match the taller, longer, Amagasa overall.
The other former world title challenger was female fighter Tomomi Takano (9-2, 6), who fought for the first time since her 2015 loss to Daniela Romina Bermudez. The gorgeous and wonderfully leggy Takano had been told that she'd have to retire if she lost, and that pressure showed early, but she easily overcame Thailand's “Wondergirl Sithsaithong”, AKA Natchakamon Chanthasri (0-3), who was stopped in the 6th round.
On Saturday we got both action in Japan and on the road.
The Japanese action came form the “Strongest Korakuen” card, which was a show based on finding mandatory title challenged for Japanese national titles.
The most interesting of the bouts saw the heavy handed Yusaku Kuga (13-2-1, 9) score a surprise stoppage win against Japanese based Filipino veteran Jonathan Baat (32-8-5, 14). Kuga's win has seen him set up a rematch with Japanese Super Bantamweight champion Yasutaka Ishimoto, in what should be a thrilling match up.
At Super Featherweight the mandatory challenger is Satoru Sugita (12-3-1, 7) after he claimed a decision win over veteran Tsuyoshi Tojo (13-14-5, 2). Sugita is getting his second chance at a title following a loss earlier this year to Kenichi Ogawa, though he was much more competitive than the scorecards suggested, and a rematch in 2017 could well see the title change hands.
At Light Flyweight veteran Tetsuya Hisada (27-9-2, 17) stopped Hayato Yamaguchi (14-7-1, 2) to earn his first shot at a Japanese title. This was a minor surprise given that Yamaguchi had mixed at a higher level, and had been looking at getting himself a third shot at the Japanese title.
On the same card Ryuichi Funai (26-7, 18) scored a straight forward win over Surasit Khiankhwao (1-1) in a stay busy win ahead of a title fight of his own next year.
Later on Saturday we saw upset minded Filipino fighter Ricky Sismundo (31-9-3, 13) score his first win of the year as he took a decision win over Ghislain Maduma (18-3, 11). Although this was Sismundo's first win of the year he should well have had victories over Jose Felix Jr and Dierry Jean and could well be the most under-rated fighter in, and around the Lightweight division.
Sadly it wasn't all good news for travelling Filipinos as Mexican Luis Nery (21-0, 15) battered the under-sized Richie Mepranum (31-6-1, 8) in just 2 rounds.
When someone has a problem with EVERYONE, chances are pretty good that the cause of the problem rests with that one person and not with everyone else.
And that’s what we seem to be seeing with Tom Loeffler, K2 Promotions, and Team Gennady Golovkin.
Fans constantly, non-stop, never-endingly hear about Team Golovkin’s burning hot desire to corral a big, challenging fight because, if press releases and sound bites are to be believed, “Triple G” is ALL about fighting and kicking ass. And according to the Kazakh man-beat, himself, being all about business is “not respectful of boxing” because, to him, “it’s about who’s the best…Second is money.”
So, then what’s up with the kamikaze dive every time K2 has to deal with someone who won’t just roll over and sign a contract for a hot sandwich and a cold drink? Whenever someone has some leverage in negotiations with Golovkin, things get sour real fast.
It COULD be that everyone is so scared of getting punched in the nose by Triple G that even when they enter into negotiations, they eventually run away in terror. Or, maybe, people at K2 and HBO (and whoever else has a stake in the Golovkin business) are SO confident that their guy will get a pass on any possibility of bad press that they feel entitled to lowball opponents and/or make demands beyond what is realistic for the fight. After all, it’s not like Triple G will take any flak for busted negotiations when the narrative is now set that EVERYONE is shitting their pants in fear over having to fight him.
There's always been a sense of entitlement to Golovkin that some fans and writers (myself included) are put off by. And it's not a case of Golovkin having earned that sense of entitlement ala Mayweather or Pacquiao. From the beginning, fighters were goaded to step towards Golovkin, to concede leverage, to disregard money issues or be branded cowards. The media fell so deeply in love with the guy that his people were acting like he was a long-reigning champ/star before he even had an HBO main event under his belt. And it's still going on. Even when Golovkin is the “A-side,” the biggest “drama show” seems to take place behind the scenes—and at this point, there’s enough evidence out there, hidden amid Team Golovkin talking points and other propaganda-as-news, to fairly say that Triple G’s people are doing their fair share to poison the well water when it comes to making big fights. What we’re hearing from the ongoing Golovkin-Daniel Jacobs talks is more than a bit revealing:
From October 7:
“Per WBA president Gilberto Mendoza (by way of RingTV.com)-- Golovkin promoter Tom Loeffler requested that Golovkin-Jacobs go to purse bid.
What does going to purse bid mean to making Golovkin-Jacobs? In this case, it would probably kill any chance of making the bout because 1) Jacobs is not going to go with the mandatory 75-25 split against him, per WBA rules. As a matter of fact, Jacobs and his team have already tried changing the terms to 60-40...and 2) Team Jacobs and PBC probably wouldn't win a purse bid at this point, so they lose out on everything from network to venue to the actual size of the purse.
Going to purse bid essentially takes away any leverage Jacobs may have had coming into negotiations. On the other side, if the bout doesn't get made, Golovkin losses nothing. They can blow it off as yet another fighter "afraid" to fight GGG...and then move on to mandatory Alfonso Blanco, which the WBA has already mentioned as an option should Jacobs not respect the call for a purse bid.
So, by tying Team Jacobs' hands with a purse bid, Team Golovkin is inviting, practically daring, Jacobs to walk away.”
Since the above report, the WBA has ruled against Jacobs’ 60-40 split request and they’ve given both parties a fifteen day extension to continue negotiations, although many feel that this round of talks is pretty much DOA at this point.
By most fair and informed estimations, Golovkin-Jacobs is a $6 million fight. 60% of the Jacobs fight would then leave Golovkin with a payday of $3.6 million, which would nearly double his largest recorded payday to date (excluding the Kell Brook fight last September). The WBA purse bid split would bring Golovkin $4.5 million, leaving Jacobs with the same $1.5 million payday he got for facing Peter Quillin in a smaller, less risky fight last year—and that’s making the HUGE assumption that the winning purse bid is going to be $6 million. Regardless, the Jacobs fight is probably the second biggest middleweight fight available to Golovkin (after the Canelo bout) and no worse than third (after a WBO unification with Billy Joe Saunders) . It's definitely one worth sacrificing a few bucks and some pride if the objective is to get a big money legacy fight.
But by pushing for the purse bid, Team Golovkin has leveraged their status as legitimate WBA champ (versus Jacobs’ “regular” champ status) to not only get the bigger, better deal, but to make sure they control all the particulars when it comes to the fight, should it happen. Jacobs’ adviser Al Haymon seems to be reeling back the spending, so he may not even be a factor in the purse bid, and other promoters may be scared away from bidding due to the restrictions coming from Golovkin’s exclusive contract with HBO.
All of this is good, sound business from Team Golovkin. You WANT control over as much of the business aspect as possible when making a bout—especially if you’re the “A-side” in the match-up. But isn’t this type of “businessing” the same stuff currently earning Canelo Alvarez so much scorn? And if we demand that Alvarez concede leverage in negotiating with Golovkin, then why don’t we do the same for Golovkin when dealing with Jacobs? Canelo may be catching all hell because he’s “Mexican and doesn’t fuck around,” but Golovkin, as the he-man protagonist of boxing’s biggest macho fairytale, should be catching an equal amount of flak, if not more. He’s not, of course…and it’s easy to figure out why.
Golovkin’s well-crafted image as the throwback pug a “real” fan should love, who only exists to kick ass and scare the bejesus out of sissy millionaire fighters, makes him Teflon for any failed negotiations and his team acts accordingly, trying to make others bend to their whims or face the wrath of enthralled media and angry true believers.
And while untouchable Team Golovkin is free to negotiate however the hell they like, they simultaneously bombard the media with stories about their fighter’s burning desire to get some of these scared punks into the ring for a bloody comeuppance.
If Jacobs doesn’t sign up for whatever Golovkin’s team proposes, Jacobs will take all the blame, regardless of the circumstances or situation.
That’s how the Triple G game has been set up. And it’s definitely a good game for everyone making money from the Golovkin business.
You can email Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org or catch his live act: “Joe Hipp: The Musical!” at the Hacienda Bar & Grill in Ciudad Hidalgo, Michoacan, Mexico Tuesdays-Saturdays (two shows Saturday)…Oh yeah, and buy his book: Notes from the Boxing Underground! Paul is a full member of the Burger King Kids’ Club, a born iconoclast, and an ordained minister in the Universal Life Church.
“Like” us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for exclusives and other bonus material from Boxing’s Independent Media.