The Ducking Game: Boxer Vs Promoter

Introduction- Ali Act

Over the last couple of decades, the boxing community has routinely placed the blame on boxers for not booking big fights promptly. A perfect example of this is when members of the boxing community accused Saul “Canelo” Alverez of ducking Gennady Golovkin because he waited several years to make the fight. For instance, Liam Smith, a former opponent of Alverez told ESPN in 2016 that Canelo made the right decision in ducking the fight because he wasn’t “big enough.” However, the boxing community should spread the blame evenly among the boxer and promoter for not making big fights in a timely manner. This is because the United Government enacted a federal law called the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act on May 26th, 2000. According to Boxing Insider, the Ali act was put in place “to protect the rights and welfare of professional boxers… to promote honorable competition in professional boxing”.

Boxer Vs Promoter

Due to this, if a boxer chooses to hire a manager and promoter, he or she must split the role between two people due to a conflict of interest with both roles. A boxing manager is hired to represent the interests of a boxer during contract negotiations with a promoter. For example, a manager informs the promoter when the boxer is available to fight and what amount of compensation he wants for the fight. On the other hand, the promoter wants to maximize profits for every contracted fight. For example, a promoter will often attempt to lower the boxer’s compensation during negotiations with a manager to maximize profits. As a result of this, there are several factors taken into consideration when it comes to making a fight. A boxer must determine if he is interested in taking the fight, ready to face the opponent and see the amount of compensation he is getting for the match. Once the boxer evaluates all these factors, he will give an answer to his manager who will relay it to the promoter. On the other hand, the promoter will assess the compensation his client is asking for, what kind of money the fight can generate and whether his client has an easy path to victory. If the opponent can check all the boxes for the boxer and promoter, the fight will be made. On the other hand, if the fighter and promoter disagree, the contest will be taken off the table or delayed until it checks the boxes for both parties.

Anthony Joshua Vs The Hearn Family

A perfect example of this is the battle between Anthony Joshua and Eddie Hearn on when is the right time to accept a bout with Deontay Wilder. During an interview with IFL TV on April 13th, Joshua stated that he would take the fight tomorrow if he were given a guaranteed purse of 50 million dollars. Twelve days later, Deontay released a video on all his social media platforms stating that he managed to gather the money and sent an offer to his team. Later that day, Anthony responded to the video in Deontay Wilder’s Instagram comments by saying lets roll. Unfortunately, Anthony Joshua has yet to formally accept the bout because Eddie Hearn and his father don’t think it is the right time for the match. According to the Daily Mail, Barry Hearn told Joshua that if he had about six months to live he should fight him. However, “if you’re saying to me that you’ve got a legacy plan then I’m saying let’s capitalise on it properly.”

Brian Ortega’s Obsession With The Guillotine Choke Should Lead To His Demise Vs Frankie Edgar

Throughout his UFC career, Brian Ortega has shown a tendency to walk down his opponents in an attempt to get them into striking range. If Ortega is successful, he will throw the left jab followed by an occasional straight right hand or lead left hook. Once Ortega throws the initial combination, he would retract his arms back towards his body and place his hands at about chest height. Brian intentionally puts his hands at about chest height because he wants to give the illusion that his head and body are wide open to be countered. If the opponent takes the bait, he will throw a counter strike from the edge of the pocket or take a step in an attempt to throw the counter. When the opponent decides to take a step in, Ortega will reach out to get a body lock or duck under to shoot for a takedown. If he is successful, Brian will slowly start moving his arms up the back of his opponent until he reaches the neck to lock in a guillotine choke. For instance, in the first round of the Cub Swanson fight, Cub stepped in to throw a counter left hook to the body, but in the process, he got caught in a body lock. Once this happened, Brian slowly started to move his arms up the back of his opponent until he reaches the neck to lock in a guillotine choke.

Cub Swanson vs Brian Ortega fight on UFC Fight Night 123

However, Frankie Edgar has most likely been made aware of Brian Ortega’s tendencies by his coach Mark Henry. As a result, Edgar will look to engage with Ortega in short spurts where he can land his strikes and immediately get out of range. For instance, he will feint or throw the left jab followed by the straight or overhand right. After Edgar finishes his striking combination, he should take a couple of steps back and circle out to the left away from the power hand of Brian. The strategy should force Ortega to reset by having to chase Edgar around the octagon constantly.

The UFC Should Book Jose Aldo vs Anthony Pettis In 2018

Moments ago,  Jose Aldo was defeated by Max Holloway in their rematch for the UFC Featherweight championship. The second straight loss to Holloway signifies the 3rd loss in four fights as well as a dead-end in the division. This is because there is no realistic way for him to showcase how he has improved his skills by facing fighters who he already beat.

Due to the current state of Jose Aldo’s career, the company should look to book him at lightweight vs. an opponent who is on a prolonged losing streak and will allow him to showcase his fighting style. During his UFC tenure, Aldo has shown a tendency to walk down his opponents in an attempt to get them into striking range. If Jose is successful, he will feint or throw the left jab followed by a straight/ overhand right to get the opponent to raise their hands to block the punches. When the adversary raises their hands, it gives him an opportunity to use the right leg kick without having to worry about the opponent catching the kick. For instance, during his fight against Ricardo Lamas, Jose feinted or threw the left jab followed by a straight/ overhand right. The strategy forced Lamas to elevate his hands by a couple of inches to shield his face from the punches. As a result, Jose had an open window to throw and land the right leg kick because Lamas’s hands were out of range to catch the kick. Eventually, the strategy helped Jose Aldo pick up a unanimous decision victory over Ricardo Lamas.

Jose Aldo vs Ricardo Lamas Fight Video – UFC 169

Therefore, one can argue that Anthony Pettis is the perfect opponent for Jose Aldo to face in his next fight. During his career, Pettis has developed a pattern of stocking his opponents until he is within striking range. If Pettis is successful, he will repeatedly throw the straight right to get the opponent to raise their hands to block the punches. Once this happens, Pettis begins to target the midsection of his adversaries with a right knee or kick to the area. As a result of Pettis’s fighting style, Jose Aldo doesn’t have to worry about kicks being caught which will allow him to showcase his fighting style. Not only is Anthony Pettis a favorable matchup for Jose Aldo but he is also on a prolonged losing streak. According to Sherdog.com, Anthony Pettis has lost five of his last seven fights in the UFC.

Jim Miller vs. Anthony Pettis Full Fight

Furthermore,  Jose Aldo was previously scheduled to fight Anthony Pettis at UFC 163 because there were no real challenges in the featherweight division. Unfortunately, Pettis was forced to pull out of the fight due to a knee injury he sustained. As a result, the UFC can use their history to showcase how they were scheduled to meet in a super fight, but injuries derailed the opportunity. However, since that moment,  their respective careers have taken a nose dive, and now they’re once again in need of each other, but this time it is merely to get their careers back on track.