The Friday Five: September 14th 2018

1.Canelo-GGG II

With one more sleep separating Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin from their highly anticipated middleweight championship rematch, Canelo Alvarez has one thought in his mind before bed… Knocking Golovkin out.

With Golovkin’s taunts and prods towards Alvarez testing positive for Clenbuterol prior to their originally scheduled rematch in May, the usually calm Alvarez has turned furious.

Alvarez leading up to fight week refused to be in the same room as Golovkin, even foregoing the traditional stand off at Wednesday’s press conference.

“I’m angry but I’m going to use it in my favor in this fight,” Alvarez said. “I’m bothered by all the stupid things they’ve been saying.”

“I’m going to go in there to knock him out. Every night before bed I visualize what I’m going to do, which is to get a knockout.”

2. Adrien Broner Banned From Uber

After sending his Uber driver on a ride from hell, controversial boxer Adrien Broner has been banned from the ride sharing service.

In a report from TMZ, Broner would go overboard on a driver in a video posted to his social media earlier this week, reaching into the front of the vehicle at one point to blast Drak and Travis Scott’s song “Sicko Mode.”

Prior to turning the knob all the way up, Broner would scream right in the driver’s face and then attempting to dance in the car.

The driver would have enough and kick Broner and his crew out of the car after slamming on the breaks.

TMZ spoke with Uber officials, who viewed the incident and considered Broner’s behavior unacceptable and have banned him from the service.

3. USADA Denies Bribery In Jon Jones Case

It has been over a year since Jon Jones tested positive following his UFC 214 victory over Daniel Cormier, and there has still not been any resolution in his case with USADA.

While USADA has shown its usual restraint and silence during the results management phase of this case, a rumor has spread that Jones had in fact paid off the UFC’s anti-doping partner in an attempt to resolve an alleged second offense.

USADA spokesperson Danielle Eurich told MMAjunkie in a written statement that, “In relation to some media and social media comments we have observed, USADA wishes to clarify that under no circumstances do we receive payments as part of the resolution of cases.”

In July, Colby Covington insinuated to the You’re Welcome podcast that Jones’ management team may be trying to do a financial workaround.

“They’re probably trying to pay off the UFC or USADA somehow to get him back earlier,” Covington said of his former roommate. “You never know the UFC’s side, they want to do business and make money, so if he’s available, and USADA clears him, then they’’re gonna want to do business and put him back out there to fight and make that company money.

“They’ve got a $4 billion installment on that loan to pay back, so they’re gonna do whatever it takes to make money and pay back that loan.”

In what could be his second violation in the USADA era of UFC drug testing, Jones faces a maximum four-year suspension for testing positive for turinabol against Daniel Cormier in 2016.

While Jones awaits a USADA decision, he had his license to fight invalidated by the California State Athletic Commission earlier this year, but has hinted at a potential return to the Octagon this year.

4. Canelo Alvarez May Leave HBO

Days away from the biggest fight of his career and what many consider to be the biggest fight of 2018, Canelo Alvarez is looking at a life after HBO.

The Mexican superstar’s fight against Gennady Golovkin is to be the final fight of his current deal with HBO, and per his promoter Oscar De La Hoya, he may walk to a new broadcast outlet.

“It makes me wonder if HBO even wants to be in boxing,” De La Hoya told the Los Angeles Times regarding a lack of a deal before fight night.

With Alvarez slated to fight in December at Madison Square Garden, Showtime, ESPN, DAZN, and now FOX paying millions in rights fees to fighters and promoters, De La Hoya is interested to see what HBO brings to the table.

“Given the circumstances that boxing is in line at this moment, with ESPN, DAZN and the fact that Fox television has paid millions and Showtime’s doing many things, it’s going to be very interesting for us and Canelo to see what HBO can do to keep him,” De La Hoya said.

“HBO’s been my family since I started boxing and it has been my family up until today. I’ve always given HBO the first and last opportunity, but this is a business and I must do what’s best for my fighters. I want to do what’s best for Canelo’s career, and right now particularly, boxing is big business on television, with more than 200 fights on a year.”

5. Gervonta Davis Arrested

Early Friday morning, WBA super featherweight champion, Gervonta Davis, was arrested by Washinton D.C. police for engaging in a street fight outside a bar.

Davis spent Thursday evening at the Rosebar Lounge, where according to TMZ he spent $10,000 on a bar tab.

A dispute about the $10,000 bill would lead to Davis and an unknown person fighting in the street outside the establishment.

According to police, numerous individuals tried to stop the fight, with both men attempting to flee when police arrived, charged for disorderly conduct and transported to a local D.C. police station.

Davis had a run in with the law in 2017, when he assaulted a close friend in a Baltimore boxing gym following Davis having a confrontation with the victim’s brother.

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