Boxing briefs: Golovkin vs. Adama preview; Ortiz loses; Mayweather Super Bowl bet?

Gennady Golovkin and Osumanu Adama at Friday's weigh-in.
Gennady Golovkin and Osumanu Adama in Monte Carlo at Friday's weigh-in.

SAN DIEGO, January 31, 2014 – Gennady “Triple G” Golovkin looks to add a little more shine on his star Saturday in Monte Carlo against Osumanu Adama of Ghana.

Golovkin (28-0, 25 KOs) will put his WBA and IBO middleweight titles on the line against Adama (22-3, 16 KOs), but he isn’t risking a lot. Adama isn’t a complete unknown at this level, but lost a unanimous decision to Daniel Geale of Australia in 2012. Both fighters hit the scales at the same weight on Friday, 159.2 pounds.

With one of the highest knockout percentage rates in boxing, Golovkin looks to add his 16th straight knockout victory with a win over Adama. The only suspense in this fight is whether Golovkin will be the early front runner in the “Knockout of the Year” sweepstakes after the bout is over. In his last fight, Golovkin took out Curtis Stevens in the eighth round, dropping him with a left hook in round two, and punishing him for six more rounds to follow with more relentless hooks and body shots.

The fight will be shown in 100 countries around the world from Monaco, but the U.S. isn’t one of them. HBO wasn’t able to broker a deal to carry the broadcast. Boxing fans will have to get creative to see the fight. Otherwise, there should be plenty of real time reports via Twitter.

Golovkin can’t overlook Adama, but it should be a tune-up fight for the rest of 2014 which should produce some bigger name competition with the likes of Miguel Cotto, Sergio Martinez, or perhaps Julio Caesar Chavez Jr., who fights on March 1 against Brian Vera.

Vicious night for Victor Ortiz

Victor Ortiz's comeback was stalled with a second round knockout by Luis Collazo. Photo: Hoganphotos/Rich Kane
Victor Ortiz’s comeback was stalled with a second round knockout by Luis Collazo. Photo: Hoganphotos/Rich Kane

Welterweight Victor Ortiz spent last summer filmed the movie “The Expendables Three.” After Thursday night in Brooklyn, Ortiz’s career in the ring might be expendable.

Attempting a comeback after 18 months, Ortiz (29-5-2) was knocked out at 2:59 of the second round by hometown favorite Luiz Collazo (35-5, 18 KOs). Collazo had Ortiz in the corner when he landed a right hook, and that was all it took.

Ortiz has spent 18 months recovering from a broken jaw suffered in a fight against Josesito Lopez in June 2012. In the meantime, he competed on “Dancing With The Stars” and pursued numerous projects in Hollywood. Ortiz is 27 years old. It’s not impossible for him to continue in the sport. But for someone who once fought Floyd Mayweather as a viable opponent, he’ll have to adjust to his current reality.

Mayweather’s Money on a Super Bowl winner?

Floyd Mayweather enjoys putting some eye-popping money down in bets on football.  But reports of mega-million dollar bets on the Denver Broncos to win the Super Bowl this Sunday circulating on Twitter appear to be mere rumors at this point. Mayweather isn’t shy about sharing his bets via his Twitter account. He bragged about betting $50,000 on Michigan State in the Rose Bowl, which won him a cool $112,500. That helps put some fuel in his private jet.

Mayweather Michigan State bet
Floyd Mayweather displayed his winning bet ticket for the Rose Bowl on his Twitter account.

Chances are if Mayweather does place a bet, it won’t be $10 million, and he’ll let fans know about it himself. In the meantime, Mayweather is too busy talking about all the new products on his website, and showing support for his buddy Justin Bieber. Follow him at @floydmayweather if you want to be the among the first to know.

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +

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