Every year we see NBA free agency filled with talents that have us wondering, “how is he not signed” and wondering why our favorite teams are not filling these voids. I think I figured out the solution to this problem.
During All-star weekend the NBA should have a game that features the top available free agents and there are two ways this could happen or free agents that drew the most interest from the NBA Teams
-3 Game Tournament. 4 Teams of 10. Team A Vs Team B, Team C Vs Team D and those winners play one another. You get to see 40 players between those two teams & 8 coaches between the teams.
2 Teams of 12-13 Players
Benefits of this addition?
-NBA gets the other event they have been looking to add to All Star Weekend which will add more revenue to the weekend.
NBA gets the other event they have been looking to add to All-Star Weekend, which will add more revenue to the weekend.
Fans get a competitive meaning event to enjoy to begin All-Star Weekend
Teams get to checkout players that could potentially fill gaps and improve their team post All-Star weekend.
We have these players working their tails off during the summer waiting for their opportunity; they do not truly have a platform to showcase their improvements.
As of now, the most exciting event we have is the 3PT contest with the dunk contest constantly becoming a hit or miss, I feel that this will bring the viewers back while drawing new viewers to check out this event.
*Disclaimer – Do not come into this article hoping to read a professionally written article. Just an article that makes so much sense
Currently the women’s division is in a interesting place, we have two new fresh faces as champions with Bianca Belair and Nikki A.S.H. and they are doing terrific jobs this far. However, with the release of so many women superstars, having a women’s tag team division on the main roster does not make much sense at the moment. Tamina & Natalya as a tag team seemed random at first but they ended up meshing well. It would be great if the roster still had other tags such as; Iconics, Bella twins, Riot Squad, Fire & Desire, Bayley & Sasha, Kabuki Warriors, Alexa & Nikki. The thing is, none of those tag teams exist anymore either from breaking up or no longer being with the company. Instead of forming random tag teams that don’t compliment one another WWE should replace the women’s tag team division with a mid-card singles belt. I am a fan of women’s division but having a tag division with the current constructed roster it does not benefit the company at this point.
Committing to someone as world champion is a big deal. Adding this title would allow WWE to test the waters of their women superstars to see if they are built for the responsibility of a champion and would allow the company to push women who they do not see as world champions but still see them as championship worthy, fan favorite superstars especially. In a tag division there are only so many rivalries you can have before you are repeating storylines or throwing random tags together. Women superstars such as; Naomi, Tamina, Sonya Deville, Mandy Rose, Liv Morgan, Dana Brooke, Natalya, Zelina Vega, Carmella, Eva Marie and so many more who may not be in the title picture anytime soon because management does not have evidence or confidence in them to be an successful title holder would benefit from this enormously. This mid-card belt could be that stepping stone for the superstars while still being a huge achievement within itself.
Other benefits of adding a mid-card single’s belt include:
Allowing women to stay relevant without being a world champion
You can have tag team matches without having a tag title and they don’t lose much meaning. Mid-card singles matches would mean more by having the title involved
Having a way to develop or discover mid-card talent as world champion talent
Allowing fans to see fan favorites hold a title.
Allowing the women who will always be mid-card to stay motivated to put on good shows and get better because they still have a chance to be a realistic title holder
If you are bringing a new superstar into the company or bringing a superstar from NXT and want them to hit the ground running but do not want to commit to them a world champion this allows that to happen.
It gives the women who feel that have already achieved their goals as world champion a new milestone to look forward to. Such as Charlotte Flair & Sasha Banks.
Giving fans a fresh reason to want to tune in.
Lastly, It’s just time. The women’s division has had some huge milestones in the last decade; from ‘Evolution’, wrestling in Saudi, being the Wrestlemania main event, women’s rumble and so many other achievements. I think we all can agree that for many reasons WWE main roster has had one too many stale storylines or repeated rivalries and too many missing superstar pushes. The historic history of the men’s IC and US title is legendary with some of the names who held that title from; Terry Funk, Ricky Steamboat, Razor Ramon, Jake Roberts, Bret Hart, HHH. It is time to offer that opportunity to the women.
Boy are we getting blessed with some amazing fights in the months of June, July, and August! If you are a boxing fan then you could not be happier with these next couple months and if you are looking to get into boxing, these next few months are the time to do that. Check out the fights lined up and my predictions for the key fights.
Predictions in Red
June 5: Shropshire, England
Title fight: Daniel Dubois vs. Bogdan Dinu, 12 rounds, for the vacant WBA interim heavyweight title–Dubois, coming off his last loss I feel like Dubois is on a mission to redeem himself. Also, Bogdan lost vs Big Baby Miller and I feel like Dubois is more active and a heavier striker than Big Baby
Nathan Heaney vs. Iliyan Markov, 10 rounds, middleweights-
Liam Davies vs. Stefan Slavchev, 6 rounds, bantamweights-
Daniel Buciuc vs. Naeem Ali, 6 rounds, junior middleweights-
Tommy Fury vs. Jordan Grant, 6 rounds, light heavyweights-
George Bance vs. Des Newston, 4 rounds, welterweights
Adan Mohamed vs. Luke Fash, 4 rounds, featherweights
Caoimhin Agyarko vs. TBA, 6 rounds, middleweights
June 6: Miami (Showtime PPV)
Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul, 8 rounds, “special exhibition” – I am not a fan of this fight, OR The ‘celebrity exhibition boxing’ wave that is going on because I do feel like professional boxing is back. Collectively, boxing has some of the most depth of great boxers in a long time. Boxing is at one of it’s peaks and I feel like these kinds of fights take away from that.
Badou Jack vs. Dervin Colina, 10 rounds, light heavyweights- Badou Jack
June 12: Las Vegas (ESPN/ESPN+)
Title fight: Shakur Stevenson vs. Jeremiah Nakathila, 12 rounds, for the vacant WBO interim junior lightweight title–Shakur Stevenson picks up a statement win in this Title fight
Jose Pedraza vs. Julian Rodriguez, 10 rounds, junior welterweights
Xander Zayas vs. Larry Fryers, 6 rounds, welterweights
Tyler McCreary vs. Manuel Rey Rojas, 8 rounds, junior lightweights
John Bauza vs. Christon Edwards, 8 rounds, junior welterweights
Bryan Lua vs. Frevian Gonzalez, 6 rounds, junior lightweights
Troy Isley vs. LaQuan Evans, 4 rounds, middleweights
Kasir Goldston vs. Maurice Anthony, 4 rounds, welterweights
Jahi Tucker vs. Ysrael Barboza, 4 rounds, welterweights
June 12: Newcastle, England
Lewis Ritson vs. Jeremias Nicolas Ponce, 12 rounds, junior welterweights
Cyrus Pattinson vs. TBA, rounds TBA, junior middleweights
Scott Fitzgerald vs. TBA, rounds TBA, junior middleweights
June 19: Las Vegas (ESPN and ESPN+)
Title fight: Naoya Inoue vs. Michael Dasmarinas, 12 rounds, for Inoue’s IBF and WBA bantamweight titles-Naoya Inoue
Title fight: Mikaela Mayer vs. Erica Farias, 10 rounds, for Mayer’s WBO women’s junior lightweight title- Erica Farias
Adam Lopez vs. Isaac Dogboe, 10 rounds, featherweights
June 19: Miami (Triller PPV)
Title fight: Teofimo Lopez vs George Kambosos Jr, 12 rounds, for Lopez’s WBA, WBO and IBF lightweight titles- Teofimo Lopez picks up a dominating win over Kambosos in his first title defense
Charles Conwell vs. Mark DeLuca, 10 rounds, junior middleweights
Title fight: Franchon Crews Dezurn vs. Elin Cederroos, 10 rounds, for Crews Dezurn’s WBC and WBO women’s super middleweight titles, and Cederroos’ WBA and IBF women’s super middleweight titles- Elin Cederoos
Andy Vences vs. Jono Carroll, 10 rounds, junior lightweights
Michael Hunter vs. Mike Wilson, 12 rounds, heavyweights
Willie Monroe Jr. vs. Juan De Angel, 10 rounds, middleweights- Willie Monroe Jr
Zhilel Zhang vs. Daniel Martz, 10 rounds, heavyweights
Aaron Aponte vs. Gerardo Contreras Gonzalez, 4 rounds, junior welterweights
Ray Robinson vs. Ramal Amanov, 8 rounds, junior middleweights
Haven Brady Jr. vs. Manuel Lara, 4 rounds, featherweights
Nikoloz Sekhniashvili vs. TBA, 6 rounds, junior middleweights
Arnold Gonzalez vs. Gabriel Gutierrez, 4 rounds, welterweights
June 19: Houston (Showtime)
Title fight: Jermall Charlo vs. Juan Macias Montiel, 12 rounds, for Charlo’s WBC middleweight title- Jermall Charlo will have a dominating win as he tries to make his point that he needs to see GGG or Canelo next.
Kudratillo Abdukakhorov vs. Cesar Miguel Barrionuevo, 10 rounds, welterweights
Angelo Leo vs. Aaron Alameda, 10 rounds, junior featherweights-Angelo Leo
Isaac Cruz Gonzalez vs. Francisco Vargas, 10 rounds, lightweights
June 19: Jalisco, Mexico (PPV)
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Anderson Silva, 10 rounds, cruiserweights
Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. vs. Hector Camacho Jr., 6 rounds, middleweight exhibition
Omar Chavez vs. Ramon Alvarez, 10 rounds, middleweights
Damian Sosa vs. Abel Mina, 10 rounds, junior middleweights
Kevin Torres vs. Jorge Luis Melendez, 8 rounds, junior welterweights
Manuel Jaimes vs. Francisco Arturo Ramirez Martinez, 8 rounds, lightweights
Mario Alberto Ramirez vs. Pedro Castro, 8 rounds, featherweights
Erik Inzunza vs. TBA, 6 rounds, junior lightweights
Karen Rubio vs. TBA, 4 rounds, women’s junior flyweights
June 19: El Paso, Texas (DAZN)
Jaime Munguia vs. Maciej Sulecki, 12 rounds, middleweights
Bektemir Melikuziev vs. Gabriel Rosado, 12 rounds, super middleweights
Title fight: Ibeth Zamora vs. Marlen Esparza, 10 rounds, for Zamora’s WBC women’s flyweight title- Ibeth Zamora
Blair Cobbs vs. Brad Brad Solomon, 10 rounds, welterweights
June 26: Las Vegas (ESPN+)
Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Masayoshi Nakatani, 12 rounds, lightweights- Lomachenko
Rob Brant vs. Janibek Alimkhanuly, 10 rounds, middleweights
June 26: TBA (Showtime PPV)- The best card from start to finish
Title fight: Mario Barrios vs. Gervonta Davis, 12 rounds, for Barrios’ WBA “regular” junior welterweight title- Boy this will be an interesting fight. While Tank is the obvious favorite, Barrios size difference could be a big problem for Tank if he can’t manage to close the distance. I do believe Tank overcomes the size difference for the win
Erickson Lubin vs. Jeison Rosario, 12 rounds, WBC junior middleweight title eliminator- Rosario, I do feel Rosario will redeem himself after his last fight
Batyr Akhmedov vs. Algenis Mendez, 12 rounds, junior welterweights-
Julian Williams vs. Brian Mendoza, 10 rounds, junior middleweights- This will be one amazing fight to watch but tough fight for both fighters. I feel as if this is a must win for Julian Williams career, I think he understands that and will get the job done.
june 27th: pbc, live on fox:
Title fight: David Morrell Jr vs Mario Cazares, 12 rounds, WBA Super Middleweight Championship – David Morrell stays unbeaten in his title defense, giving Cazares his first loss.
July 3: Carson, California (Showtime)
Title fight: Chris Colbert vs. Yuriorkis Gamboa, 12 rounds, for Colbert’s WBA interim junior lightweight title– Chris Colbert, I feel as if Gamboa’s days are numbered. Gamboa is a tough fighter and will not be a cake walk but ultimately I think he loses in a stoppage.
July 9: Los Angeles (DAZN)
Gilberto Ramirez vs. Sullivan Barrera, 12 rounds, light heavyweights
Joseph Diaz Jr. vs. Javier Fortuna, 12 rounds, lightweights– Fortuna
July 17: TBA (Showtime)
Title fight: Jermell Charlo vs. Brian Castano, 12 rounds, for Charlo’s IBF, WBC and WBA junior middleweight titles and Castano’s WBO junior middleweight title- Jermell Charlo – Jermell Charlo with KO of the Year candidate
July 17: Germany
Tina Rupprecht vs. Katia Gutierrez, 10 rounds, for Rupprecht’ WBC women’s strawweight title
July 24: Las Vegas
Title fight: Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder, 12 rounds, for Fury’s WBC heavyweight title- This one is hard for me. With Wilder having a new trainer he has shown actual boxing skills and not just being a slugger. If Wilder changes up his fighting style to what his training has looked like alongside his KO Power then I have a hard time betting against him. Fury is so skilled and agile for a fighter of his size. However I am nervous that he is doubting Wilder’s ability to beat him. By the skin of my teeth I have to go with Deontay Wilder. I feel a loss for Wilder would be more detrimental to his career than if Fury lost.
August 14: TBA (Showtime)
Title fight: John Riel Casimero vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux, 12 rounds, for Casimero’s WBO bantamweight title- John Riel Casimero
August 21: Las Vegas (FOX PPV) (Fight of the year until further notice)
Title fight: Errol, Spence Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao, 12 rounds, for Spence’s WBC and IBF welterweight titles- Errol Spence Jr, Boy is this fight huge for the boxing world. We have Manny Pacquiao trying to cement his legacy against arguably the top boxer of today’s boxing generation. Errol Spence Jr has been calling Manny out for some time, so to add a win over Manny Pacquiao to his resume would be amazing. Please disregard Manny Pacquiao’s age, he will be even more prepared than he was for Thurman, however Errol Spence is no Thurman. Coming off a huge win against Danny Garcia, Spence says he currently feels 100% again and did not during Danny Garcia’s fight. I do not seeing 100% Errol Spence losing to Manny Pacquiao.
August 28: TBA (Showtime)
David Benavidez vs. Jose Uzcategui, 12 rounds, WBC super middleweight title eliminator- David Benavidez Winner