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Research institute questions German second-pillar pension reform

first_imgThe survey was carried out by social research institute TNS Infratest and co-authored by academics Klaus Hurrelmann and Christian Traxler, and Heribert Karch, managing director at Metallrente and also chair of aba, the German occupational pension association.A Metallrente statement summed up the study as showing that “midway through the pension reform process that began in 2002 … it has failed to reach its goals”.In 2002, the German government introduced state-subsidised private pension schemes, the Riester Rente.Its impact has been the subject of various comments from politicians in recent weeks, with its namesake (Walter Riester, the former labour minister) coming out to defend the initiative after claims it had “failed”.Karch said the results of the latest study were “deeply distressing”, with the younger generation in an “increasingly precarious position with regards to pensions policy”.For the first time, the survey asked young Germans about what “nudges” – an increasingly popularised behavioural economics concept – could lead them to contribute more towards their retirement.The majority (65%) of those surveyed approve of the introduction of automatic enrolment in savings plans, with approval ratings rising to 89% for plans that incorporate opt-out clauses and subsidies, according to Metallrente.Co-author Traxler said “the near unanimous approval of a default savings scheme was very surprising”.Automatic enrolment is featuring among pension reform ideas being discussed in Germany.An expert study commissioned by the German labour and social affairs ministry (BMAS) recently concluded that German industries should be free to introduce auto-enrolment into any future industry-wide pension plan.The latter are arrangements proposed by labour and social affairs minister Andrea Nahles in spring of 2015, and would involve establishing defined contribution (DC) schemes through sector collective labour agreements – this is also referred to as the social partnership model of occupational pension provision.Auto-enrolment also features in a “Deutschland Rente” proposal for a state-backed supplementary pension provision, formulated by regional state ministers in December last year.The Metallrente-commissioned study also found that occupational pension plans are becoming more popular among young adults in Germany, with 40% of those surveyed having opted to join a company pension plan versus 31% in 2010; the percentage of young people using third-pillar Riester-Rente schemes fell from 50% to 42%.Still, said Karch, more needs to be done to make company pension plans more attractive.“If we truly want to strengthen occupational pension plans, obstacles have to be removed and better conditions created,” he said.“This means subsidies for employers and employees need to be simplified and the more serious problems of fairness between the generations solved.”Under these kinds of conditions, added Karch, “models that capitalise on social partnerships could also be promising”.Policymakers must act to prevent the younger generation from old-age poverty, said Karch, calling for a “summit” of decision-makers to discuss further measures.Unemployment the problemFor researchers at a private economics research institute, however, the focus on promoting occupational pension provision risks missing the mark.The Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft Köln (IW, pictured) earlier this week said the biggest obstacle to ensuring financial security in old age was unemployment and that this was where political action was needed most.Martin Beznoska, a tax expert at IW, said: “That is a problem politicians will not be able to solve with occupational pension provision proposals alone.”The institute also said reliable data was lacking in the debate around occupational pension provision and that studies “often yield more questions than answers”.This is why the institute questions the point of the industry collective DC proposal under discussion in Germany at the moment, it said.On the basis of existing household data, IW analysed occupational pension coverage in the country.It found that the prevalence of occupational pension schemes varies between 40% in one-adult households and 66% in those with couples, although researchers Beznoska and Jochen Pimpertz argue that other sources of retirement provision also need to be taken into account.In this case, nearly 90% of households in couples have supplementary pension provision.Their study calls for scepticism with respect to calls for mandatory participation in occupational pension schemes, even auto-enrolment that includes an opt-out feature, and also says a social partner-based model does not seem up to the task of ensuring old-age financial security.Compulsion will not make a difference to households hit by unemployment that have limited financial resources, it said, and in other cases risks triggering “substitution effects”.The social partnership model, meanwhile, also does not seem up to the task, according to the institute.For one, it would not have application in case of unemployment.Also, according to IW, there is little evidence for the assumption that, in small and medium-sized companies, a lower rate of second-pillar coverage is accompanied by a systematically low savings rate by employees.Overall, the institute stresses the need for further research, saying that this, in the name of evidence-based economic policy, should have priority over “hasty political decisions”. There is strong support for auto-enrolment in pension plans among young adults in Germany, according to a study commissioned by MetallRente, while researchers at an economics institute have said reform proposals focussing on occupational pensions risk missing the mark.The Metallrente survey is the third the multi-industry pension scheme has commissioned to look into German young adults’ expectations and attitudes about retirement.The first was carried out in 2010, and the second in 2013.This year, 2,500 young adults between the ages of 17 and 27 were surveyed.last_img read more

St. Mary’s principal receives award

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Eileen HoranGREENSBURG, Ind. — St. Mary’s Catholic School principal, Nancy Buening, has been chosen as a winner of the 2017 National Catholic Education Association’s Lead, Learn, Proclaim Award.Audio Playerhttp://wrbiradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Buening.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Buening is 1 of 42 teachers and administrators chosen nationwide out of a pool of over 150,000 nominees.last_img

Leadership seminar offered in Lawrenceburg

first_imgLawrenceburg, In. — A seminar on leadership is being offered by the Southeast Indiana Community of Character on Friday, March 1, 2019 from 8 a.m. until noon at Ivy Tech Community College in Lawrenceburg. This is the first in a four-part series offered quarterly in 2019.The first in a four-part series, “Becoming a Leader of Character” focuses on what it means to be a character- based leader, the key characteristics of effective leaders, and why some leaders fail. As Jacqueline Schmucki, Executive Director of the Character Council said, “Every one of us is a leader in some facet of our lives, whether in the home, at school, in the workplace, or as a volunteer. The ‘Impactful Leadership’ seminar is for those who want to grow and develop as a leader.”Participants at the seminar will learn how to:succeed as a leaderclarify their valuestake their leadership to the next levelmanage changebattle negativityprevent problem employeesContinuous education and professional credits are available. Please contact the Character Council at 513-973- 6984 for help with submitting paperwork for approval. Seating is limited, ticket includes complimentary continental breakfast.Tickets are available online here. A single seminar ticket is $25, but the series can be purchased for a discounted $85 for all for seminars.The Character Council is a local nonprofit, non-religious organization whose mission is to foster character development in children and adults as a foundation for success in life. In Southeast Indiana, the council includes Ripley, Franklin, Dearborn, Ohio and Switerland Counties. With an unwavering focus on good character, the Character Council works with organizations to facilitate positive cultural change, contributing to an enhanced society in which individuals and families are strong, homes and streets are safe, education is effective, business is productive, faith communities are enriched, and citizens care for one another.For more information, contact Jacqueline Schmucki at 513.973.6984, email jschmucki@charactercincinnati.org or visit the website for more information.last_img read more

Europa League: Man U edge past Partizan

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Anthony Martial scored the only goal of the match as Manchester United recorded a 1-0 win over Partizan Belgrade in Thursday’s Europa League contest in Serbia.A first-half penalty from the French forward proved the difference between the two teams as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side recorded their first away victory in any competition since March.The Red Devils have now moved to the top of Group L on seven points, meaning that they are just one win away from booking their spot in the knockout round of the competition.On-loan Roma forward and Nigeria’s Umar Sadiq was the standout player in the early stages of the contest with the number nine causing United’s back three – which consisted of Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Harry Maguire – plenty of problems.The visitors were awarded a penalty when Brandon Williams was brought to the ground by Nemanja Miletic, and Martial stepped forward to send Solskjaer’s team 1-0 ahead in the 43rd minute.Partizan had an opportunity to level the scores moments after the break with Jones’s rash challenge on Sadiq handing the home side a free kick in a very dangerous position, but central midfielder Bibras Natcho could only fire wide of Romero’s post.The Red Devils are back in Premier League action away to Norwich City on Sunday, while Partizan will continue their league campaign at home to Spartak Subotica on the same afternoon. Tags: Europa LeagueManchester Unitedlast_img read more

Bermuda coach forced to make changes for Mexico trip

first_imgHAMILTON, Bermuda, (CMC) – Bermuda’s national coach Kyle Lightbourne has been forced to make three changes to his squad for their final group game against Mexico in League A of the CONCACAF Nations League in Toluca next week.Bermuda face a daunting task having lost last month’s home leg 5-1 and are on the verge of relegation to League B as their goal difference is four worse than second-placed Panama’s.The Bermudians lost 4-1 at home to Panama before springing a shock by winning the away leg 2-0.Missing from the 23-man squad are Tre Ming, Jaylon Harvey and Calon Minors, who have been replaced by the recalled Kilian Elkinson and Jahkari Furbert, while Eusebio Blankendal has earned his first call-up.“Calon can’t make it because of school commitments and Jaylon is injured from the Mexico game and he’s not recovered from that,” Lightbourne said. “Tre has asked to be excused for personal reasons.”Lightbourne said of the three new faces, two are left-footers who replace two left-footers, adding:. “Eusebio is more of a utility player. He can play defence, can play in midfield, but we’re looking at him more of a defender.”Bermuda will warm up for next Tuesday’s match against Mexico, the Gold Cup champions, during the international break with a friendly against Major League Soccer side DC United in St Croix, US Virgin Islands, on Friday.English-based professionals Nahki Wells and Reggie Lambe, as well as non-League players Justin Donawa, Osagi Bascome, Milan Butterfield and newcomer Knory Scott, are also in the Bermuda squad, along with winger Zeiko Lewis, who plays in America for United Soccer League side Charleston Battery.Wells, 29, who equalled his club tally of last season when he scored his ninth goal of the term at the weekend for English Championship outfit Queens Park Rangers, where he is on loan from Premier League club Burnley, scored both goals in Bermuda’s 2-0 win in Panama and also fired the consolation goal in the 5-1 defeat against Mexico.Bermuda secured a top seat at the Nations League table by finishing fifth in the qualifiers, which also led to them reaching the Gold Cup for the first time last summer.last_img read more

Injured goaltender Elliott recovering ahead of schedule

first_imgWhile the Wisconsin men’s hockey team continues to try to build up confidence in freshman goalie Shane Connelly, junior standout Brian Elliott is on the mend ahead of schedule, UW head coach Mike Eaves said Tuesday.Elliott, one of the premier goaltenders in the nation, went down in practice two weeks ago with a left leg injury that was expected to sideline him for three to four weeks.Although he said last week that he didn’t expect to play Elliott when the Badgers take on Ohio State at Lambeau Field next Saturday, it sounds like the chances of the goalie being close to ready by that point might not be so far-fetched.”[He’s] ahead of schedule, I would say so,” Eaves said. “That’s a positive.””The doctors have been reassuring in that area that I’m coming along quicker than expected,” Elliott said. “Every day it’s been getting better and better.”Elliott has been making progress by working in a pool and on a stationary bike, which doctors told him he could do about a week ago.The Newmarket, Ontario native said the plan is to lace up the skates today and return to the ice for some light work just to test out the strength of his leg.”Should be doing that and see how it feels, nothing too hard or too special, but go out there and see how it feels,” Elliott said. “I’ll have to be careful not to catch a rut or something.”With that said, Eaves said that he was not going to risk bringing Elliott back before he was 100 percent ready, so seeing Elliott between the pipes in Green Bay may not be very likely.”That’s a best-case scenario. Even in that best-case scenario, we would have to take a look at very clearly, he would have to be 95 percent to 100 percent to be ready to go,” Eaves said.”The only thing is not to rush it, to be careful not to re-injure it,” Elliott said.Elliott knows all about being patient in regards to injury. He will benefit from the fact that he had to return from a foot injury before this season started.”I think I learned a lot from that experience,” Elliott said. “Waiting six weeks to start going again was hard, but you learn to respect that your body has to have time to heal, especially things like a knee or small bones at the start of the year.””Remember when he came back from his foot he just stepped right in there and didn’t miss a beat,” Eaves said.Eaves reminisced about his days of playing in the NHL, at venues such as Madison Square Garden, which is used for basketball, among other events.He said he remembered guys being injured in warm-ups because the quality of the ice had been hampered by other events.”I’d have to take a look at that ice system, for one thing, and see how it is.”Regardless of whether he is ready to go for the game against Ohio State, Elliott’s progress bodes well for the Badgers, who are 0-4-0 without their starting backstop.”The further ahead of schedule [he is] — even if we don’t play him at Lambeau — then we know he’s that much further being ready to play at Michigan Tech,” Eaves said.After the Frozen Tundra Hockey Classic, the Badgers’ next stop is against the Huskies, where Elliott would play a key role in UW’s stretch run.Elliott will be home resting his leg and watching his teammates take on Minnesota-Duluth at the DECC in Duluth, Minn. this weekend.Connelly’s confidence remains high: While the team continues to try to build confidence in Connelly behind them, the rookie goalie remains confident in himself.Despite being 0-4 with a 3.29 goals against average and a .865 save percentage in his first four games, the Cheltenham, Penn. native is keeping his head high.”[My confidence] is pretty good actually,” Connelly said. “Obviously, [when] you don’t win people might think it’s going down, but I’ve made a lot of strides and got better in practice each day and I’m just more comfortable in there, so I think my confidence level is pretty good right now.”He has given up 13 goals in four games, but like Eaves said Monday, it was like throwing him into the Pacific Ocean as they took on two of the toughest teams in the league, if not the country, the last two weeks.”Obviously I want to be better than I was. There are a few errors that I feel I’ve made on a Saturday that I haven’t made on a Friday night conditioning-wise,” Connelly said. “I think I need to keep doing what I’m doing Friday night and concentrate as I get worn down more throughout the weekend.”Minnesota-Duluth currently sits at ninth out of 10 teams in the WCHA.last_img read more

Marek Dolezaj blossoms into Syracuse’s best player in a 57-52 win over TCU

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ DETROIT — Marek Dolezaj sat in front of his locker in the Orange tank top he wears under his jersey, taken aback and frustrated. Moments earlier he’d been grinning from ear to ear as he recounted how he scored a team-high 17 points on the biggest stage of his young career.Now, he was being asked to flash back to a moment two-and-a-half weeks earlier. When Syracuse lost its second-to-last game of the season at Boston College on Feb. 28. When Dolezaj ended the game without even attempting a shot. When after the game, head coach Jim Boeheim publicly stated that Dolezaj, forward Matthew Moyer and center Paschal Chukwu — the secondary players on SU’s team — couldn’t score.“I was really mad,” Dolezaj said. “I didn’t shoot any baskets. I was really mad that I didn’t shoot.”Like most freshman, Dolezaj has grown and adjusted throughout his first experience playing at the highest collegiate level. But his transformation from timid freshman to Syracuse’s Slovakian star occurred right as college basketball’s most important month began, helping will a team to victory that all season had been led by three others.It reached its pinnacle on Friday night as No. 11 seed Syracuse (22-13, 8-10 Atlantic Coast) dispatched No. 6 seed TCU (21-12, 9-9 Big 12), 57-52, in the Round of 64 of the NCAA Tournament. Dolezaj scored 13 first-half points and was Syracuse’s only consistent option on offense for nearly the entire game. The Orange improved to 6-0 in games that Dolezaj scores in double figures and will play third-seeded Michigan State on Sunday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Marek was unbelievable tonight,” Boeheim said postgame. “The only reason we were in the game was the way he played early. He made some really hard shots … you can’t play better than that as a freshman.” Published on March 17, 2018 at 2:43 am Contact Tomer: tdlanger@syr.edu | @tomer_langercenter_img The games first points were scored when Dolezaj made a wide-open layup under the basket off an out-of-bounds play. Later on, he took a short floater, got his rebound after missing it and then put up another floater. He knocked down his second-ever 3-pointer with the shot clock expiring and hit a running floater in the second half off the wrong foot.Orange fans in attendance started yelling “get Dolezaj the ball” even when Tyus Battle, the team’s leading scorer, was bringing it up.Dolezaj realized after the BC game that he needed to change the way he plays. Fellow forward Oshae Brissett came up to him and told him that he needed to shoot the ball more.“‘We need you,’” Brissett told Dolezaj. “‘You’re a star on this team, you can’t go a game without shooting. That’s just unacceptable. Coach starts you because he trusts you, so then you’ve got to go out there and do something.’”For so long, Dolezaj had been content playing the role of the glue guy. The forward who found the open spots in the defense and made the right pass. The one who hustled on defense and kept balls alive.It wasn’t sustainable. Teams stopped guarding him completely, throwing extra defenders at Battle, Frank Howard or Brissett, knowing that Dolezaj wouldn’t shoot.So Dolezaj became more aggressive, starting with the Clemson game. In the last regular season game he wowed the crowd with spin moves and a soft touch that had been hidden all year.Still, teams didn’t seem to pay attention. They kept devoting attention to the Orange’s big three. So Dolezaj kept scoring, notching a career-high 20 points in an ACC win over Wake Forest in the process. His per-game points average at the end of the regular season was 4.2. In four postseason games, he’s averaging 12 points a game.“I felt like I wasn’t really doing (being aggressive),” Dolezaj said. “And I see, when I’m doing that, we can win.”Dolezaj still plays his role. He hustles for rebounds and loose balls. He caused TCU’s point guard Alex Robinson to travel after Dolezaj went for a charge near midcourt on a Horned Frogs fastbreak.Boeheim said that Dolezaj’s offensive game flourishes in the right situations and that Dolezaj “gets into some really good situations,” when he’s left wide open.Leaving him open used to be the way to beat Syracuse. Finally, Dolezaj proved that won’t work.“Trust me, Michigan State will play him,” Moyer said with a chuckle. “They’re gonna learn.” Commentslast_img read more

India’s Pankaj Advani wins Asian Snooker Championship to complete career grand slam in cue sports

first_img 1 year ago Priyanka Chopra Jonas joins UTA post her exit from WME “Having won all that there is, I’d like to continue competing with the objective of deriving personal growth through the medium of sport and to also share my knowledge with budding cueists,” he added. After a shaky start against Thanawat, Advani found himself with yet another deficit.At 1-3, the Indian went into overdrive and won 5 frames on the trot to capture the Asian 15-red snooker title.Thanawat started off with a bang leading 2-0 in no time. Advani responded with a 54 break to make it 1-2 but the Thai was in no mood to concede another frame and continued his brilliant potting display.He came up with a 75 break and reached the halfway mark with three frames in his pocket.READ | As One Of The Great Sporting Rivalries Ends, Lee Chong Wei’s Retirement Leaves ‘Super Lin Dan’ Ploughing Lonely In Olympic FurrowAdvani, who was running a fever, grinded it out one frame at a time. By the time he drew it at 3-3, Thanawat lost his momentum and confidence to only see his 21-time world champion opponent race to the finish line.Pankaj will now take part in IBSF World Cup next week.Results: Final: Pankaj Advani (India) beat Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon 6-3 10-52, 1-97(97), 95(54)-1, 110(75)-1, 69-43, 71(60)-44, 80-49, 72-42, 67(50)-1 Semifinal: Pankaj Advani (India) defeated Asjad Iqbal (Pakistan) 5-4 31-68, 1-54, 40-76, 1-96(81), 78-8, 89-33, 55-14, 89-24, 52-26. Last Updated: 22nd June, 2019 18:48 IST India’s Pankaj Advani Wins Asian Snooker Championship To Complete Career Grand Slam In Cue Sports  India’s Pankaj Advani won the 35th men’s Asian Snooker Championship to complete a career grand slam in cue sports. WATCH US LIVE COMMENT WE RECOMMEND India’s Pankaj Advani won the 35th men’s Asian Snooker Championship to complete a career grand slam in cue sports.With his triumph here on Friday, Advani conquered the ACBS Asian Snooker events – 6-red (short format) and 15-red (long format) – along with the IBSF World Championships in both formats too.Having already accomplished it in billiards, Advani had this elusive 15-red Asian Snooker title missing from his silverware collection.Advani defeated Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon 6-3 in the final to become the only one to win the Asian and World championships in all formats.READ | Disappointed At Shooting Axe, IOA Says Pulling Out Of 2022 CWG Cannot Be Ruled Out FOLLOW US SUBSCRIBE TO UScenter_img Press Trust Of India “With this title, I’ve done everything I could when representing my country in both the sports. This win completes my trophy cabinet so I now know I will be sleeping well for a very long time.” Advani said. LIVE TV 1 year ago ‘Mamata, TMC are not able to accept political defeat, unleashed a reign of political terror,’ says BJP’s Chandra Kumar Bose on violence in Bengal Written By First Published: 22nd June, 2019 15:39 IST 1 year ago IMPACT: Bihar Health Ministry forced to order probe after skeletal remains found behind SKMC Hospital in Muzaffarpurlast_img read more

Countdown begins to Palm Beach Jerk and Caribbean Culture Festival

first_imgThe countdown has begun to the 15th annual 1-800-411-PAIN Palm Beach Jerk and Caribbean Culture Festival.This year’s diverse and authentic Caribbean jerk festival is set for Monday, May 28th, 2018 at the South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33411, from 2-10 p.m. and will include talented culinary personalities, who will take center stage to compete for the Caribbean’s top culinary honors. There will also be an opportunity for patrons to take part in live cooking demos conducted by internationally renowned Chef Noel Cunningham, alongside specially invited guests. Attendees will also have an opportunity to indulge in succulent dishes and tasty libations, music, and more. The festival honors the cultural richness, heritage and flavor that the Caribbean Jerk Seasoning lends to food and traditions. The dizzying variety of Caribbean Jerk can be found in the many food offerings that include succulent Jerk Lobster, Juicy Jerk Chicken, the Spicy Jerk Shrimp, the Sensational Smoked Jerk Pork and the popular Jerk Ice Cream. For the young and young at heart, the day party within the Jerk Fest, dubbed the Jerk Explosion Party Pavilion, is sure to entertain, featuring popular DJs and a dance contest on Memorial Weekend.  To complete the taste of the islands, Fulla -Vybez Inc has created a fantastic lineup for the mainstage performance and that will announced shortly. Tickets can be purchased at palmbeachjerkfestival.com or popular local Caribbean community locations or by calling 866-232-0001. Children 12 and under will be admitted free.last_img read more

Eleider Alvarez vs. Sergey Kovalev 2: Fight date, time, price, how to watch and live stream

first_imgJoin DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearIt didn’t take long for Kovalev (32-3-1, 28 KOs) to exercise a contract clause for an immediate rematch. Before suffering the first two losses of his career — to Andre Ward in back-to-back fights — Kovalev had bounced back with two stoppage victories, regaining the WBO belt, before losing it to Alvarez.Can Alvarez show the boxing world what they saw six months ago wasn’t a fluke? Or will the “Krusher” redeem himself and take back the title? Here’s everything you need to know about Alvarez-Kovalev II.(All times Eastern.)When is the Alvarez vs. Kovalev 2 fight?Eleider Alvarez vs. Sergey Kovalev 2 commences on Saturday, Feb. 2. The main card begins at 10 p.m. Alvarez and Kovalev are expected to make the walk to the ring for the main event at around 1:00 a.m.How do I watch Alvarez vs. Kovalev 2?The Alvarez vs. Kovalev 2 fight card will be streamed on ESPN+ at 7 p.m., before switching over to ESPN at 10 p.m. The last two fights, including Alvarez vs. Kovalev 2, can be seen on the ESPN streaming service. Where is the Alvarez vs. Kovalev 2 fight?Eleider Alvarez and Sergey Kovalev will fight their rematch at the Ford Center at the Star in Frisco, Texas. This marks both boxers’ first time fighting in the “Lonestar State.”Alvarez vs. Kovalev 2 betting oddsAccording to ProBoxingOdds.com, Eleider Alvarez is a -170 favorite, which means you’ll need to bet $170 to win $100. Meanwhile, Kovalev is a +144 underdog, meaning if you bet $100, you could win $144. Eleider Alvarez record and bioName: Eleider Alvarez Nationality: ColombianBorn: April 8, 1984Height: 6-0  Reach: 75½”Total fights: 24Record: 24-0 with 12 knockouts.Sergey Kovalev record and bioName: Sergey KovalevNationality: RussianBorn: April 2, 1983Height: 6-0  Reach: 72″Total fights: 36Record: 32-3-1 with 28 knockouts.Eleider Alvarez vs. Sergey Kovalev 2 fight cardMatchupClassBeltEleider Alvarez vs. Sergey KovalevLight HeavyweightWBOTeofimo Lopez vs. Diego MagdalenoLightweight…Oscar Valdez vs. Carmine TommasoneFeatherweightWBORichard Commey vs. Isa ChanievLightweight IBF (vacant)Patrick Day vs. Ismail IlievJr. Middleweight…Bakhram Murtazaliev vs. Elvin AyalaJr. Middleweight…Enriko Gogokhia vs. Vitor Jones FreitasJr. Welterweight…Jason Sanchez vs. Daniel OleaFeatherweight…Janibek Alimkhanuly vs. Steven MartinezMiddleweight…Alvarez vs. Kovalev 2 latest news- Sergey Kovalev is in a must-win situation and is fighting for his boxing career.- Meet boxing’s next rising star: Teofimo Lopez. A matchup that saw one of the biggest upsets in 2018 will go down one more time when Eleider Alvarez defends the WBO light heavyweight championship against former two-time titleholder Sergey Kovalev on Saturday, Feb. 2, live from the Ford Center at the Star in Frisco, Texas.Alvarez (24-0, 12 KOs), a native of Colombia fighting out of Montreal, was behind on all three scorecards heading into the seventh round of that initial August 2018 fight, when he knocked Kovalev down three times in the stanza to pull off the shocker and capture his first major world title.  – Kovalev’s promoter at Main Event, Kathy Duva explains to Sporting News that Kovalev has to have a sense of urgency against Alvarez to regain his title.- Oscar Valdez returns for the first time in 11 months on Saturday. The WBO featherweight champ tells SN how he wouldn’t gotten to this point of his career if it wasn’t for his father. – After two tough back-to-back losses, Richard Commey reveals to SN that he wasn’t if he’d ever get anothet crack at a world title.last_img read more