The Friday Five: November 15th, 2019

1.  NSAC Claims Hearn Violated Ali Act

Bob Bennett of the Nevada State Athletic Commission is furious at Matchroom Boxing Chairman Eddie Hearn following the actions of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

Bennett accused Hearn of ‘potential violations of federal law’ and ‘violating the Ali Act’ in his dealings with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, who avoided a VADA test prior to the announcement of Chavez’s December fight with Daniel Jacobs which moved from Las Vegas to Phoenix, Arizona.

In a statement, Bennett blasts Hearn for working with Chavez, who was suspended for evading the drug test, even though a fight between Jacobs and Chavez was not signed.

“Based on Matchroom’s ongoing dealings with Chavez while he has been on suspension, it is apparent that Matchroom has violated Nevada law,” Bennett wrote in the statement.

“Further, given that Chavez’s suspension is based on his refusal to submit to a drug test requested by the NSAC. Thus an anti-doping violation. It is apparent that the event scheduled to occur in Arizona on December 20, 2019, is in violation of the Ali Act.”

Bennett took things further, claiming that Matchroom went beyond the limits of the law.

“As such, Matchroom is promoting an event that potentially violates federal law,” Bennett continued.

 

2. Ortiz Hopes Time Away From Family Pays Off

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After training and living out of a one-bedroom inside his trainer’s gym, Luis Ortiz felt the need to cut out distractions even further and take his training camp to Las Vegas.

“It was a team decision,” trainer Herman Caicedo remarked during Tuesday’s media conference call for the November 23rd rematch between Ortiz and WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder. “We were mulling it over for some time with all the back and forth in getting the fight signed. We were considering different places, California and a few other places.”

“The main thing was to get away from the distractions back home. Luis is a family man. His kids are in school, he wants to be there, attend their events and everything. All of that is very important of course, but we just wanted to create an environment where he only has to focus on the fight.”

“I’m the same weight, just lean and cut,” Ortiz noted of his progress as he prepared to get revenge against Wilder, who knocked him out in the tenth round of their 2018 classic. “It was a conscious decision to get into better shape. It’s been a productive 10, 11 weeks of training and we’re putting on the finishing touches.”

3, Masvidal Will Fight Whoever Gets Him The Biggest Check

Following the controversial ending to UFC 244, Nick and Nate Diaz have blasted Jorge Masvidal and now the BMF champion is firing back at the sons of Stockton.

“If you’ve seen me fight, you know I’m a surgeon in there,” Masvidal told Dan LeBatard on his radio show on Tuesday. “I’m always thinking a couple steps ahead and you can see the work that was being laid out, not just to the head but to the body as well. His strategy that he wasn’t in that good of shape so he was saving it for the fourth and fifth round, that’s crazy. Does that make sense to you?”

“Against McGregor [he came back] but we’re talking about a tiger from the wild and an animal that’s been domesticated. It’s a huge difference,” Masvidal said of Diaz’s UFC 244 performance. “I don’t get tired and shy away from anybody. I’ve lost fights and been out-pointed or I’ve been out-skilled in a position but I’ve never lost a fight because my fatigue was in question and I was hurt and I was tired and I was backing up. My nickname dictates I’m not going to take a step back. Whether I’m tired or hurt, you’re just going to get more of a dog out of me.

“Diaz knew that but he’s got to sell the rematch. He’s got to say things. I saw him put out something ‘the moment that you thought about quitting’ when I’m on top of him punching him in the face. This guy’s a mind reader man.”

The elder Diaz told ESPN Masvidal shouldn’t threaten to “baptize” (knock out) Nate, and if he keeps talking, he’d handle it himself.

“Is he asking to fight?” Masvidal said of the former Strikeforce champion who has not fought since 2015. “I was confused or are we going for a walk some place? He’s asking for a fight? He’s asking for a fight or to go for a walk? Does he know who he’s asking for a fight?

“Cause I love to fight, especially when I get a little something on top of that.”

“We don’t know who’s next but everybody’s looking like cash symbols, cash money to us right now,” Masvidal explained. “The next person is going to be the one that puts the most zeros in the bank account, who that [is].

“A lot of people are saying my name now. They didn’t want to fight me before, like a year or two [ago], they didn’t want to fight me. Everybody wants to call me out now. So it’s funny to me because these same guys didn’t want to fight me two or three years ago.”

4. Canelo-Kovalev Draws Less Than Jacobs Fight

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Canelo Alvarez’s return to Las Vegas can be considered a successful venture, but not as successful as his first foray into Sin City this year.

Alvarez returned to action on November 2nd in his first attempt to become a four-division world champion, knocking out Sergey Kovalev in the 11th round of their DAZN broadcasted main event inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Per numbers released by the Nevada State Athletic Commission on Tuesday, 10,005 tickets were sold for the Golden Boy Promoted card, for a live gate of $8,173,920 with only 1,643 comps for Alvarez’s light heavyweight debut.

Alvarez’s return to action drew less than his first fight of 2019, a much-anticipated middleweight unification fight against Daniel Jacobs that saw a live gate of $8,685,750 with 15,740 tickets sold for the T-Mobile Arena for a more hyped card that saw a media tour in New York. Los Angeles, and Mexico.

5. KSI-Paul Outdraws Joshua-Ruiz

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The power of YouTube was fully on display Saturday night, as KSI’s controversial win over Logan Paul drew millions of eyes.

Eddie Hearn, who promoted the card from Los Angeles’ Staples Center, told Sirius-XM’s Fight Nation that the  “mind-blowing” numbers were more than June 1st’s unified world title upset when Andy Ruiz knocked out Anthony Joshua.

“The first fight did 1.2million pay-per-view buys globally. This was much, much bigger this time around,” Hearn said of KSI and Paul’s 2018 amateur fight which aired on YouTube Pay-Per-View. “It’s the biggest pay-per-view in the UK of the year so far. That includes the first Joshua-Ruiz Jr fight from America. This fight was cheaper, was half the price of that.”

“I believe DAZN will announce some numbers this week but I understand it was the most-viewed fight on DAZN so far,” Hearn continued. “It was a big subscription driver as well.

“You don’t realise the audience these guys have. They brought our sport to reach new ground and reach new territories, new demographics and new markets.”

 

 

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