It was another interesting week in boxing. Here are the highs and lows of the last seven days.The Good- Adam Kownacki and Chris Arreola put on an old-school heavyweight fight. What people remember about heavyweight boxing is two guys unloading the heavy artillery on every shot. You get that to some degree these days, but more often than not, one guy crumbles and gets finished. Not on Saturday when Kownacki and Arreola stood toe-to-toe in the pocket for 36 minutes with Kownacki winning by unanimous decision over the former three-time heavyweight title challenger. The bout was a record-setting affair as they broke a CompuBox record most combined punches thrown (2,172) and punches landed (667). Kownacki and Arreola left everything they had inside the ring, but the native of Poland landed the more massive blows and came out on the better end of the majority of the exchanges to remain undefeated and inch closer to possibly netting a crack at WBC champion Deontay Wilder.You have to give Kownacki and Arreola a ton of credit. They could have folded their tents and buckled to some of the hard punches. Instead, they bit down on their mouthpieces and gave the fans inside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn a fight to remember as they reminded people that old-fashioned heavyweight wars still exist.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a year- Jean Pascal is turning back the clock. The consensus among boxing pundits was that Pascal had seen his better days when he held the WBC light heavyweight title and was regarded as one of the best in the division. And no one was wrong in that assessment considering Pascal was 3-3 in his last six bouts and not looking remotely close to what he used to be. The calls were for the 36-year-old to hang up the gloves. Whether people associated with Premier Boxing Champions will admit it or not, the bout on Saturday night between Pascal and interim WBA champ Marcus Browne was supposed to be Browne adding a veteran name to his resume.Pascal had other plans in mind and found the fountain of youth in dropping Browne to the canvas three times to earn a technical decision and win the secondary belt after an accidental headbutt opened up a gruesome cut above Browne’s eye,and the fight went to the judge’s scorecards.Browne was the better boxer, but showed disrespect to Pascal’s power by keeping his hands low and thinking he could finish the fight whenever he wanted. That’s the crazy thing about boxing. Your skills may not be what they used to be, but the power is always the last thing to go. And for at least one night, Pascal showed he still has something left to offer the sport. The Bad- Tyson Fury disappoints in selecting his next opponent. On Friday, it was revealed that the lineal heavyweight champion would be taking on Otto Wallin on Saturday, Sept. 14 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. You might be wondering, who is Otto Wallin? A simple Google search normally would show his Wikipedia page and explain what’s he done up this point. But Wallin doesn’t have one of those. So, who is he?Wallin is from Sweden and sports a 20-0 record with 13 knockouts. He’s fought only one time in the United States and has faced no one that even the hardcore boxing fans would know of. I can get if Fury and his promoter Frank Warren and co-promoters at Top Rank wanted Wallin to be the first opponent for Fury’s U.S. debut. But we already saw it when Fury blasted through another unknown in Tom Schwarz in June. You get the game being played by Fury and his team. Pick the easiest foe possible until the Deontay Wilder rematch in the first quarter of 2020. The tomato aspect of this was already tossed in the can at the beginning of the summer. No one expected the charismatic Brit to face a top-five heavyweight. No reason to risk losing the lucrative fight against Wilder. But at least take on someone of note who the fans know because now fewer people are likely to watch on television and buy tickets when they already know what the outcome is going to be. In turn, this will end up hurting Fury’s value when it comes to building the Wilder rematch.The Dirty- It has been a tough week at Golden Boy Promotions. Things appeared to be on the upswing of the promotion founded by the legendary Oscar De La Hoya. They have the face of boxing, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, on their roster and a great deal that aired their fights on DAZN. However, things have been shaky of late. A trilogy bout with Gennadiy Golovkin didn’t materialize. Then Golden Boy was not able to reach a deal for Canelo vs. Sergey Kovalev, who moved forward with a clash against Anthony Yarde on Aug. 24 in his native Russia.It appeared Alvarez would take on the IBF mandatory challenger Sergiy Derevyanchenko. Talks were underway, but they stalled once again. A deal still wasn’t agreed upon after an extension, resulting in the sanctioning body stripping Alvarez of the title.That forced Alvarez to go to his Twitter page, where he blasted his promotional team for doing something he didn’t know about. I’m very upset and ashamed with my fans, to be unfairly stripped of my belt by the IBF, but specially when i did not have the knowledge of the agreement that GBP match maker had signed.— Canelo Alvarez (@Canelo) August 2, 2019Jumping up two weight classes to beat a top-notch light heavyweight in Kovalev to become a four-division world champion is nothing to sneeze at.And while Alvarez apparently didn’t want to fight Derevyanchenko, it would have at least been a way for him to remain a unified champion.It could all be rectified if a unification bout with WBO titlist Demetrius Andrade can get made. But with the way things have been going as of late, it’s tough to know what will come next.
LIME and Flow are now major partners of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) and will sponsor all its national championships and teams as they have inked a two-year deal worth $28 million.The announcement by the merged entities took place at Terra Nova All Suites Hotel yesterday.LIME manager for sponsorship and events Stephen Miller revealed that the agreement will encompass all junior and senior athletic programmes and events owned or associated with the national track and field athletics body.This will include national junior and senior trials, CARIFTA trials and championships, Junior Central American and Caribbean Games, Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association development meets, and the Jamaica Invitational meet. Other support for the association will include providing telecommunications infrastructure and products over the stated period.”LIME and Flow will power the JAAA and all its events over the period … and we will make sure the fans feel our presence at these events,” Miller told the gathering.However, he warned entities to respect their rights as exclusive telecoms sponsor of the JAAA or suffer the consequence.”We respect the rights of all those who support athletics, and as such, we expect that our rights as exclusive telecoms sponsor for all JAAA events will be fully respected. Our exclusive advertising right as telecoms sponsor at all these events will be safeguarded and fully enforced,” he urged.Dr Warren Blake, the JAAA president, said that the team to the World Championships in Beijing in under a month’s time could be the largest and most diverse Jamaican team to ever participate at the Games and said that every contribution towards the programme is appreciated.”The cost to Beijing is formidable. The cost for airfare alone runs into five or six million. The needs of the JAAA go a far way than that ($28 million), but this goes a significant way towards meeting our needs, and we are quite happy for this partnership,” he said.”The $28 million is quite a boost for us, and it will put the JAAA in a position to better look after and support our athletes,” Blake stated.partnershipsMinister without portfolio with responsibility for sports Natalie Neita-Headley said the merger exemplified what private-public sector partnerships can achieve.”I am very happy to be part of every and any occasion where the private sector and the public sector can come together for the benefit of the development of sports in Jamaica. Without the partnership of the private sector, it just does not work,” she said.LIME has been a major sponsor of the JAAA, sponsoring high school development meets, the Jamaica Independent Schools’ Association (JISA) national Prep Champs, ISSA/Grace Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships, as well as several outstanding athletes.”This move is a bold one and I know we will benefit wholeheartedly,” said Neita-Headley.
As we move into the summer, the best players in the world are becoming subject to transfer bids as the top sides in Europe attempt to strengthen their teams.Players are being given huge price tags as their current clubs look to hold onto their star men.Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling is just one footballer likely to move for a princely sum in the next few months.But while teams quibble over a fee, some boffins over in Switzerland have done some number crunching to figure out what a reasonable figure would be.So, thanks to the guys over at the *CIES Football Observatory, a reserach group affiliated to the University of Neuchatel in Switzerland, we can tell you the most valuable players in the world.Click the right arrow to find out which superstar is worth the most… 17 17 17 17 17 15. Harry Kane (Tottenham) is valued between €53.5m-€58.9m – Click right to find out the world’s most valuable players… – Its been a sensational season for the Spurs starlet. A relatively unknown player outside the club, Kane didnt start his first Premier League game of the campaign until November but ended it as the divisions second highest scorer with 21 goals. His incredible performances have seen his value rocket but he will need to prove he isnt a one-season wonder. 14. Isco (Real Madrid) is valued between €57.2m-€62.9m – Click right to find out the world’s most valuable players… – While Gareth Bales value is dropping, Iscos is rising in the Spanish capital. Hes much-loved by the clubs fans and while hes not really prolific when it comes to scoring, hes true skill comes with his dribbling and ability to retain possession. 3. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) is valued between €113.3m-€124.7m – Click right to find out the world’s most valuable players… – A shock at No.3, the Portuguese superstar may have had another stellar season in the Spanish capital but his age, and a trophyless campaign, mean his value is slowly beginning to drop at the Bernabeu. 17 17 17 4. Neymar (Barcelona) is valued between €89.6m-€98.5m – Click right to find out the world’s most valuable players… – After a tough start to life in Spain, with his transfer from Santos under investigation and his performances and slight frame facing scrutiny, Neymar has gone on to prove himself as one of the best players on the planet. Winning the treble this season after his talismanic performances for Brazil at last years World Cup will be a huge relief for the 23-year-old. 10. James Rodríguez (Real Madrid) is valued between €62.5m-€68.8m – Click right to find out the world’s most valuable players… – The Colombian playmaker has had a decent first season in La Liga, despite Real Madrid finishing without a single trophy to their name. Second only to Cristiano Ronaldo when it comes down to the most goals and assists for the club, hes settled well and will hope to kick on next year. 17 17 8. Diego Costa (Chelsea) is valued between €69.9m-€76.9m – Click right to find out the world’s most valuable players… – An instant hit in the Premier League for Chelsea, Costa has replaced Luis Suarez as the English top flights pantomime villain. Hated for his histrionics, his rough-housing of opponents but praised for his old-school centre forward play, the Spain international was a key member of the Blues title winners. 17 9. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) is valued between €67.8m-€74.6m – Click right to find out the world’s most valuable players… – Arsene Wenger struck gold when Barcelona decided to ditch Sanchez and sign Luis Suarez. The industrious Chilean has been a superb addition to the ranks at the Emirates thanks to his goals and his work rate. A thunderous effort in the Gunners FA Cup final win over Aston Villa summed up his season. 7. Paul Pogba (Juventus) is valued between €70.3m-€77.3m – Click right to find out the world’s most valuable players… – Probably the hottest prospect in European football, Pogba is wanted by Barcelona and Manchester City, amongst others, after some monstrous performances for the Italian giants over the last two campaigns. Expect this to be the longest running transfer saga of the summer if clubs can afford this huge fee. 17 17 12. Antoine Griezmann (Atlético Madrid) is valued between €59.0m-€64.9m – Click right to find out the world’s most valuable players… – One of the biggest hits in La Liga last season was France star Griezmann. Brought in from Real Sociedad for £24m after impressing at the World Cup, hes gone on to prove himself one of the brightest talents in Europe. Under Diego Simeone he scored 22 league goals as they fell short of retaining their title in Spain. 6. Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) is valued between €73.7m-€81.0m – Click right to find out the world’s most valuable players… – It seems almost certain the England winger will be leaving Anfield this summer, despite his destination being unknown. The Reds will need to be suitably compensated for the 20-year-old sensation and if the CIES Football Observatorys figures are anything to go by they can expect a huge sum. 17 11. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) is valued between €60.0m-€66.0m – Click right to find out the world’s most valuable players… – After being the star turn in Liverpools SAS, hes now a worthy member of MSN over in Catalonia and a Champions League final goalscorer for five-time champions Barcelona. Strangely, the striker who was sold by the Reds for £75m has lost some value but, after winning the treble, his current club wont care a jot. 5. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) is valued between €78.2m-€86.0m – Click right to find out the world’s most valuable players… – As the Premier Leagues top scorer, its understandable the Argentine forward is valued so highly by CIES. His clinical performances across the last four seasons, despite injuries restricting his appearances, see him rated as one the top five most valuable stars in world football. 17 17. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) is valued between €50.4m-€55.5m by the CIES Football Observatory* – Click right to find out the world’s most valuable players… – Rated as one of the top six players in the Premier League by his peers, and arguably Brendan Rodgers best signing at Anfield, Coutinho has come a long way in his two and a half years at Liverpool. Signed for £8.5m hes now rated well above that and would make the Reds a tasty profit. 17 16. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) is valued between €51.3m-€56.4m – Click right to find out the world’s most valuable players… – After a tough second season in Spain, the Welsh winger has seen his value begin to diminish. Signed from Tottenham Hotspur for around £85m, the 25-year-old is reportedly worth just over 50m now, and while the wealth of Real means it wont bother them too much, it is indicative of his waning influence at the Bernabeu. 17 1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) is valued between €255.3m-€280.8m – Its unsurprising to see Messi on top of this list. The Argentine wizard, after becoming a bit leaner, has gone from strength to strength following a slight dip in performance levels midway through the campaign. In total he hit 43 La Liga goals and set up his team-mates on 18 occasions, but despite being valued so highly its unlikely anyone will every be able to afford his services until later in his career. 13. Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) is valued between €58.7m-€64.5m – Click right to find out the world’s most valuable players… – Landing the Spanish star from Barcelona was a masterstroke from Jose Mourinho last summer. His sensational early season form put the Blues well out ahead of their Premier League title rivals and having lifted the trophy come the end of the campaign, Roman Abramovich will consider his transfer fee £30m well spent, especially as the CIES Football Observatory rate him at double that now. 2. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) is valued between €135.4m-€148.9m – Click right to find out the world’s most valuable players… – The second most valuable player in the world is, in fact, Belgian star Hazard. His peers rate him as the best footballer in England after helping Chelsea to the Premier League title and although he might not get the amount of goals and assists as someone like Cristiano Ronaldo, his input is more vital at Stamford Bridge.