By Gerardo Granados: I asked a friend if he would pay one million notes to Guillermo Rigondeaux to hear the crowd boo him for 12 rounds, but I guess nobody would. Last Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, USA, former WBA/WBO super bantamweight champion Guillermo Guillermo Rigondeaux (16-0, 10 KOs) defeated 33-year-old journeyman Drian Francisco (28-4-1, 22 KOs) by a 10 round unanimous decision on HBO pay-per-view on the undercard of the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Miguel Cotto card.
After having been inactive since December 2014, and having been stripped of his WBA-WBO belts, and also have stayed over two years away from the main events, Rigondeaux received another chance on the undercard of the biggest boxing event of the year but failed miserably to impress the audience with his win over Francisco. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: It might prove very difficult to get WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) to move away from his own special weight class of 155lbs that he’s been fighting at for his last four fights, as he says he feels very strong at this specific weight and he makes it easily for some reason.
Oddly enough, Canelo isn’t showing signs of being weakened despite him rehydrating to the mid-170s for his fights. Last Saturday, Canelo didn’t elect to be weighed before his fight against Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs), but needless to say, he looked positively huge compared to the Puerto Rican fighter, and arguably the biggest he’s been in his entire career. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: After Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) defeated Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) tonight by a 12 round unanimous decision to win the vacant WBC middleweight title, Canelo said that he’ll fight IBF/IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (34-0, 31 KOs) next if that’s what the boxing fans want from him.
However, it looks now like Canelo spoke too soon, because his promoter Oscar De La Hoya, the CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, said at the post-fight press conference that there are other fights for Canelo at 154 and 160. De La Hoya said they’ll be sitting down with Canelo to decide on who his next opponent should be. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Trainer Freddie Roach thinks that his fighter Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) did enough to deserve the win tonight in his fight against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The younger 25-year-old Canelo won the fight by a 12 round unanimous decision, but more and more boxing fans are emerging who feel that the fight should have been either scored a draw or a close victory for Canelo. I had Canelo winning the fight 7 rounds to 5, but it was pretty close. It wasn’t what the judges scored the fight. They had it 117-111, 119-109 and 118-110 for Canelo. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s promoter Oscar De La Hoya has been saying for weeks now that boxing fans shouldn’t push Canelo to fight Gennady Golovkin because Canelo’s fight against Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) might be competitive or it might bring in a ton of pay-per-view buys on HBO.
Now that we know that the fight wasn’t competitive tonight after Canelo’s easy win over a much lighter looking Cotto, it pretty much undercuts any argument that De La Hoya has for pushing for an immediate rematch between the two fighters. Read the rest of this entry »
By Carlos F. Rivera: Moments ago, the 25-year-old Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) defeated Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) by a 12 round unanimous deicsion to win the vacant WBC middleweight title at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. I scored the fight 8 rounds to 4, 116 – 112, for Canelo. The official scores were 117-111, 119-109 and 118-110.
Canelo boxed and fought a smart fight. My only hope now is that he will start getting the respect he deserves. Many writers and analysts have tried writing him off as a manufactured champion. This win over the 35-year-old Cotto should put that to bed. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: The much bigger Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) used his huge size advantage over Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) to win a one-sided 12 round unanimous decision on Saturday night to win the vacant WBC middleweight title in their catch-weight fight at 155lbs at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The final judge’s scores were 117-111, 119-109, 118-110.
Canelo simply had too much size for the smaller Cotto. It’s unclear how much Canelo rehydrated for the fight, but he looked at a career high in terms of weight. Canelo looked at least 180 tonight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Tim Fletcher: Cuban two-time Olympic gold medalist Guillermo Rigondeaux (16-0, 10 KOs) won a one-sided 10 round unanimous decision over the 33-year-old Drian Francisco (28-3-1, 22 KOs) tonight in a fight that was booed from start to finish at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Like a lot of people who saw Friday’s weigh-in, IBF/IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin thinks Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) took too much weight off to get down to the 155lb catch-weight for his fight tonight against Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs) on HBO PPV from the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Canelo looked painfully thin in coming in at 155lbs for the catch-weight, and had the look of someone who had to cut a lot of weight to make the limit. Considering that Canelo tends to rehydrate into the mid-170s, he possibly lost as much as 20 pounds. Cotto looked great, like he was ready to step inside the ring and fight hard for 12 rounds. You could tell that Cotto wasn’t going to regain much weight after he rehydrates because he looked pretty much like he always does for his fights. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: In a surprising upset win, the light hitting #8 WBA contender Anthony Crolla (30-4-3, 12 KOs) scored a 5th round knockout win over WBA World lightweight champion Darleys Perez (32-2-1, 20 KOs) on Saturday night to win the WBA title in front of a huge crowd of pro Crolla supporters at the Manchester, Arena in Manchester, UK. Read the rest of this entry »