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Ryota Murata shatters Fuji TV fight ratings with monstrous 20.5%, creating “Top of Top” plan vs. Golovkin

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

Bob Arum’s biggest ace isn’t Terence Crawford or Vasyl Lomachenko. His biggest ace is Ryota Murata, who just shattered ratings records in Japan.

Bob Arum’s big bet on Ryota Murata exposed UFC’s struggles in winning over Japanese fans

Sunday, October 22nd, 2017

UFC and WWE treat Japan as an important market but one they will only do business with on their own terms. Bob Arum just showed them up.

Liability panic for California commission, fighters after Jerry Brown signs Scott Wiener no-felony HIV bill

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

In California, it’s no longer a felony to intentionally give someone HIV. And that’s very dangerous.

A simple four-point Battle Plan to upgrade officiating in boxing & mixed martial arts

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

There is a major crisis in officiating championship fights in the United States. A new four-point battle plan is circulating to address this problem.

Undefeated Andre Ward’s boxing legacy is full of what ifs, could & should ofs

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Andre Ward announced his surprise retirement from boxing. His legacy in the ring was overshadowed by his bad judgement outside the ring.

Lessons from Canelo/GGG: Bob Bennett secured likely rematch but did casinos lose enough $ to punish him?

Monday, September 18th, 2017

Nevada casino sportsbooks are refunding bets placed on the GGG/Canelo Alvarez fight. Will this risk Bob Bennett’s job security?

Post-Floyd Mayweather, Conor McGregor’s marriage with UFC demands a piece of ownership

Saturday, August 26th, 2017

Conor McGregor proved that he is as big, if not bigger than the UFC after his fight with Floyd Mayweather.

Self-financing is accelerating manipulation & political pressure on Nevada’s athletic commission

Friday, August 18th, 2017

The state of Nevada cutting its athletic commission off of general funding has relegated the AC from upper echelon to ham-n-egger status in bending over backwards to high stakes manipulation.

Unusual anxiety about the biggest “money” fight ever not selling out in advance

Friday, August 11th, 2017

There’s a chance that the Floyd Mayweather fight with Conor McGregor may not be sold out come fight time and Mayweather’s camp is sending mixed signals in public about it.

Conor McGregor proves to be Floyd Mayweather’s lifeline to the IRS

Monday, July 10th, 2017

We knew money was the root of Floyd Mayweather’s motivations in fighting Conor McGregor. What we didn’t know was what role Uncle Sam and the IRS played into the equation.

The spin stops here: ESPN underachieves with Manny Pacquiao vs. Jeff Horn drawing 3M viewers

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

The Manny Pacquiao/Jeff Horn fight on ESPN drew less than three million viewers. It bombed… but you wouldn’t know that reading the spin from ESPN and other sports media sites proclaiming that it was ESPN’s best boxing rating in a decade.

ESPN’s telecast of Manny Pacquiao-Jeff Horn was the clearest warning to UFC not to leave Fox

Sunday, July 2nd, 2017

ESPN’s telecast of the Manny Pacquiao/Jeff Horn fight from Australia gave UFC every warning sign possible not to jump ship from Fox Sports.

Golden who? ESPN labels Bob Arum, Top Rank “the NFL of boxing” and recycles Al Haymon spin on exposure

Friday, June 30th, 2017

Four months ago, ESPN decided to play footsie with Golden Boy. Now they’ve turned on a dime and are going all-in promoting Bob Arum’s Top Rank.

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