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Roach not impress with Thurman, praises Pacquiao`s aggression

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posted June 21, 2019 at 04:00 pm

Manila Standard Digital

https://manilastandard.net/sports/fightsports/298000/roach-not-impress-with-thurman-praised-pacquiao-s-aggression.html

By Ponciano Melo Jr.
In preparation for the upcoming Manny Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KOs) and Keith Thurman (29-0, 22 KOs, 1 NC) welterweight clash, Pacquiao’s trainer-coach Freddie Roach is not impressed on how WBA Super World Welterweight Champion\’s perform in his previous bout.

Thurman\’s last fight was against the tough Josesito Lopez, where Thurman won with a majority decision after returning from a long 22-month lay off due to elbow and hand surgeries.
But the win did not come easy for the undefeated Thurman as Lopez pressured the champion from the get-go and rocked Thurman many times before \”One Time\” shook off the rust and poised out a victory.
A very vocal Roach showed his confidence that Thurman is way past of his old self.
“I thought I was watching a four-round fighter,” Roach told BoxingScene.com following a Pacquiao training session this week at Roach’s Wild Card Boxing Club.
“I mean, he was terrible. He didn’t do well at all. But if you look at each of his last three fights, he’s faded in each one. I’m not sure if it’s the biceps injury or whatever they’re crying about, but he hasn’t looked good in the three fights that I’ve seen and I do have his last seven fights on tape.”
It would be the biggest fight for the 30-year-old Thurman and this fight will bring him back in the boxing spotlight, and for Pacquiao, he would be the first one to blemish the immaculate record of the WBA Super Welterweight champ and prove that he still can compete on a high level.

Pacquiao\’s longtime trainer and coach felt that the Filipino fighter had this one in the bag after seeing PacMan\’s renewed aggression as they enter the last phase of their training for the July 20 showdown at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Roach praised the never-changing work ethic of the fighting-senator, as Pacquiao showing no sign of slowing down in their training sessions.
For the past weeks, the American pugilist has been very consistent on throwing verbal jabs directed to Pacquiao as he vowed to \”crucify\” the boxing icon and put an end to the legendary career of Pacquiao.
Asked for his response to Thurman\’s retirement jibes, Pacquiao replied: \”My response to him is we\’ll see. He is giving me more motivation and determination to work hard and prove that it\’s not true.
\”I\’m happy that he\’s saying that … It gives me inspiration to focus and do the best that I can in the ring.\”
But reports from PacMan\’s camp contrasted with the 40-year-old eight-division champion interview, as Former Australian heavyweight Justin Fortune, Pacquiao\’s strength and conditioning coach, said the Filipino icon was \”pissed off\” by his opponent\’s tirades.
\”Manny\’s motivated for all his fights and this time, this guy\’s talking a little trash,\” Roach said.
\”So that helps. Manny has got a bit upset. He wants to win this one a little bit more than usual.\” he added.
Pacquiao has carried that sense of grievance into his training sessions. For the first time in several fights, Roach is wearing protective padding around his torso during his mitt sessions.
\”I was really happy I brought my padding back,\” Roach said. \”Because I haven\’t worn that in a while. I came up with that idea because I didn\’t want Manny to go easy on his opponents.
\”We went 10 rounds yesterday and he was really happy to see I had the padding. It does make a difference. I want him going full blast on the mitts.\” With AFP

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Ruiz downs Ortiz in heavyweight title eliminator

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Ruiz downs Ortiz in heavyweight title eliminator

Andy Ruiz Jr. is slowly getting back as a heavyweight title contender after dominating Luis Ortiz.

The former unified heavyweight world champion knocked down “King Kong” Ortiz thrice to win via unanimous decision.

Next in line for the boxer who had one of the greatest upsets in boxing history is to face the former WBC king Deontay Wilder.

Wilder, who has been out of the picture since being destroyed by Tyson Fury in their rematch, will make a return to face Robert Helenius before eventually fighting the Mexican Ortiz.

The Ruiz-Wilder bout is a big chance to happen as both heavyweights are under the boxing promoter Al Haymon.

“We’re always looking for great exciting fights we love to give the fans,” said Wilder, who was on ringside during the Ruiz-Ortiz clash.

“So if that’s what is lined up next, I’ve got to handle business and after that, we can get it on.”

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KSI returns and wins two fights in one night

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KSI returns and wins two fights in one night

Famous YouTuber KSI returned to the boxing ring after some time and he announced it by dominating two fights in one night.

Olajide Olatunji, his real name, first defeated Swarmz, a Briton rapper who happened to be his friend as well. The match ended in the second round and then after several other matches, KSI stepped up once more to TKO Luis Alcaraz Pineda, a true professional boxer.

But despite these wins KSI’s pro record remains at 1-0 as both fights were not given a green light as officially-sanctioned bouts.

One of the undercards in the event was Salt Papi, a Tiktok star that is a Filipino. He won easily in his first fight with an impressive knock out.

Salt Papi became famous for his fake run videos and since then went on a fitness journey that led to his boxing debut

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Philippines left with no boxing world champion

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Philippines left with no boxing world champion

2022 is not yet over but we’ve already seen the fall of our boxing world champions one
by one.
And with Mark Magsayo failing to defend his WBC featherweight belt in his first title
defense, it left the Philippines with no more current world champion in the sport.
Magsayo went through a heartbreaker with a split decision loss against Rey Vargas of
Mexico.
Rene Mark Cuarto also lost the IBF minimumweight title to another Mexican boxer
named Daniel Valladares.
Just last month, it was Nonito “The Filipio Flash” Donaire who surrendered his WBC
Bantamweight belt to the Japanese Monster Noaya Inoue, his second defeat to the now
unified bantamweight champion.
Jerwin Ancajas likewise suffered the same fate while Johnriel Casimero got his WBO
bantamweightbelt stripped from him due to violation in the weight cut guidelines.
Now, the questions afloat are who will be the next Pinoy champion? Will there be
another Pinoy champ?
With Manny Pacquiao retired from professional boxer after losing his belt as well to
Yordenis Ugas, who will be the next boxer that will give the Philippines back its pride?
Up and coming star Eumir Marcial is on the list after capturing the bronze medal in the
Tokyo Olympics. Magsayo is not off the chart as well as he is still young, it’s just a
matter of bouncing back.

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