Just streaming along…

Featherweight Joseph Diaz Jr. Photo credit: Tom Hogan/HoganPhotos/Golden Boy Promotions

Featherweight Joseph Diaz Jr. Photo credit: Tom Hogan/HoganPhotos/Golden Boy Promotions

 

It was a hard-fought and grinding affair this past Saturday night, at the Avalon, in Hollywood (which was hosting its second boxing event in three days), between Joseph Diaz Jr. and Jesus Rojas, in what was supposed to be a WBA title fight (yeah, there is an overabundance of those) in the featherweight division. But when Diaz was unable to make the 126-pound limit, he became ineligible to win this “regular” belt.

 

Unfortunately it wasn’t the only glitch associated with this event.

 

This was the kick-off to Golden Boy Promotions’ debut of its series “Golden Boy Fight Night” on Facebook Watch and the fights themselves were pretty solid. Welterweight Aaron McKenna and junior middleweight Ferdinand Kerobyan notched victories and Junior welterweight Jonathan Navarro scored an eye-opening seventh round KO of Damon Allen.

 

The main event was a tough and competitive fight that the audience inside the venue and watching online was enjoying. But then around the seventh round, tweets from various people around the globe indicated that the stream was suddenly no longer flowing like the Nile.

 

Featherweight Joseph Diaz Jr. (right) vs. WBA "regular" titlist Jesus M. Rojas. Photo credit: Tom Hogan/HoganPhotos/Golden Boy Promotions

Featherweight Joseph Diaz Jr. (right) vs. WBA “regular” titlist Jesus M. Rojas. Photo credit: Tom Hogan/HoganPhotos/Golden Boy Promotions

 

Pretty much at that point, unless you were inside the Avalon, it was the only way to watch the main event, which was won by Diaz via unanimous decision.

 

Yeah, not the most ideal way to start off a series and it’s odd that Facebook, of all outlets, couldn’t get this right on its own platform. (Maybe Russian bots did the dirty deed. I kid; I kid.) However it’s clear that there will be growing pains to this still. But you can make something free (or as I say, “FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!”) and it still better be functioning properly or you’re gonna get a bad Yelp rating.

 

Tweets like this began to show up on my timeline in the middle rounds of Diaz-Rojas:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s said that you only get one chance to make a first impression but the bottom line is they will have another chance to get this right on September 1, when they go again from the Fantasy Springs Casino, starring undefated junior lightweight contender Ryan Garcia. Now with all the teeny-bopper fans of “KingRy/The Flash” (who utilize social media platforms 24/7/365), they better bring in extra servers or whatever doodads are needed because if there was ever a boxer who was made in the social media era, it’s this young man, who has over a million followers on Instagram.

 

Facebook needs to get Facebook Watch right.

 

The reality is the streaming of fights and non-traditional platforms being utilized by boxing aren’t the future – they’re the present and are here to stay. This upcoming weekend, Showtime Sports (which has utilized its Facebook and YouTube pages to stream international bouts) gets back at it with bouts featuring former two-division titlist Carl Frampton and former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury in Ireland. (And it has to be noted that their past streams have been of very high quality, with no real issues.)

 

Saturday night wasn’t the first technical glitch we’ve suffered, as followers of boxing, and it won’t be the last.

 

Yeah, it’s a new world and this tweet perhaps sums it up best:

 

 

 

FINAL FLURRIES

 

So has anyone read the rather curious tweets, this past weekend, of Mia St. John, who basically went from putting the onus on WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, for speaking out on Saul Alvarez’s alleged PED usage, to then admitting she used them herself, as this thing went upside down on her?…Former two-division champion Sergio Martinez isn’t really returning to the ring; is he?…Speaking of streams, it looks like ESPN+ will be airing the Ryosuke Iwasa-TJ Doheny fight, for the IBF 122-pound title from Japan, on Thursday…Great to have “Insecure” back on HBO…So what’s going on with the Maryland football program?…I can be reached at k9kim@yahoo.com and I tweet (a lot) at twitter.com/steveucnlive. I also share photos of stuff at instagram.com/steveucnlive and can also be found at tsu.co/steveucnlive.

 

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