By Dan Ambrose: Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 Kos) suffered a fractured right hand in his 9th round knockout win over WBO junoor middleweight champion Liam Smith last Saturday night, and the injury will keep the Mexican star outside of the ring for the remainder of 2016.
This is certainly bad news for Canelo and for his promoters at Golden Boy, as they were hoping to squeeze in one more fight this year, possibly against WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders. Canelo will likely be fighting next in May 2017 on the Cinco de Mayo holiday weekend. This is supposedly the last fight for Canelo until he faces unbeaten IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) in September 2017.
Here’s the press release from Golden Boy: Read the rest of this entry »
By Patrick McHugh: It looks like Willie Monroe Jr. (21-2, 6 KOs) is out of the equation for Saul “Canelo’ Alvarez’s next fight in December, according to his trainer Eddie Reynoso. He doesn’t appear to fancy the fighting style of the 29-year-old former world title challenger Monroe Jr., who defeated #10 WBO Gabriel Rosado (23-10, 13 KOs) by a 12 round unanimous decision last Saturday night to capture the vacant World Boxing Organization Inter-Continental middleweight title.
It was believed that the winner of the Rosado vs. Monroe fight had a chance to fight Canelo in December, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen judging by Reynoso’s comments. Perhaps Monroe was someone that was never really considered for the fight in the first place against Canelo. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions revealed to the media last Saturday night that he had offered Gennady “GGG” Golovkin an eight-figure offer to fight his guy Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. De La Hoya complained that Golovkin’s management hadn’t called him back to respond about the offer, which De La Hoya seems to believe is a fair one. Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffer reportedly said that the offer from De La Hoya wasn’t enough, according to RingTV.
“There were some preliminary discussions,” said Loeffler to RingTV.com about a fight between Canelo and Golovkin. “But nothing of substance that was turned down. (Golovkin) would have fought Canelo last May if that would have been possible.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: If WBA World light welterweight champion Ricky Burns (40-5-1, 14 KOs) can get past his dangerous mandatory challenger Kiryl Relikh (21-0, 19 KOs) in their fight next month on October 7, then a fight between Burns and former four division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner (32-2, 24 KOs) is possible in December in the United States.
Broner, 27, recently sent a Tweet of encouragement to the 33-year-old Burns, saying “Go out and get the job done and then me and him are going at it,” about his upcoming fight against the hard hitting 26-year-old Relikh for their fight at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland. Burns doesn’t want to look past the fighter from Belarus Relikh, because he realizes how tough this fight potentially will be.
Burns has turned his sagging career around in his last three fights against Michele Di Rocco, Josh King and Prince Ofotsu in winning all three fights to capture the vacant WBA 140lb title. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former WBO junior middleweight champion Liam “Beefy” Smith says he would be open to a fight against the recently beaten welterweight Kell Brook if the money is right for a fight against him. Smith, 28, lost his title last Saturday night in getting stopped in the 9th round by Saul
“Canelo” Alvarez at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Smith was dropped three times in the fight, and really did nothing to distinguish himself other than fighting hard in the 4th. The rest of the fight saw Smith putting pressure on Canelo in a sporadic manner rather than consistent pressure. Even though Canelo looked flawed, beatable and limited, Smith’s uneven pressure and low work rate sunk any chances he had in winning the contest. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: If WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders is serious about wanting to fight the talented IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin in the near future, then the fight is there to be had as soon as GGG gets done with his WBA ordered fight against Daniel Jacobs.
Golovkin’s representative Oleg Hermann is interested in having him face Saunders if the interest is serious on the part of the British fighter. Hermann isn’t sure if Saunders really wants the Golovkin fight or if he’s just talking. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Fresh off his defeat to IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, Kell Brook says he would like to now fight newly crowned WBO junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Brook got a taste of what it’s like in being in a huge fight with Golovkin, and now he wants another big fight against Canelo.
A fight of that nature would have to take place in 2017, being that Canelo can’t sit around waiting for Brook’s broken right eye socket to heal. Canelo needs an opponent to be selected SOON for his December 10 fight on HBO pay-per-view. It won’t do Canelo any good if he’s waiting for Brook to lick his wounds for four or more months before he can fight again. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gerardo Granados: Last Saturday at the AT&T, Arlington, Texas, as expected Saul “Canelo” Alvarez defeated an inexperienced and over-matched but brave Liam Smith to win the light middleweight WBO belt. So in an era in which a group of so called big names care only to take the fight fans money but not for giving their money worth a new king have arrived.
Years ago we saw a World Champion engage in ten round bouts against not so dangerous opposition. It was a common practice among many of the most famous fighters. Now a day instead of have a titlist or a mere belt holder fighting on a stay busy fight at ten rounds, we get to see a mismatch sold on pay per view. But that is not the worst thing happening in prize fighting. No, the worst thing is that many fan boys are not only unable to notice it but are even less willing to acknowledge it. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Liam Smith was blasted out in nine rounds last Saturday night in losing his WBO junior middleweight title to #1 WBO Saul Canelo Alvarez at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Smith was outgunned from the very first round of the fight by the younger, faster, stronger and smarter Canelo Alvarez.
The only chance Smith had in the fight was to throw a lot of punches and force Canelo to fight for a full three minutes of every round. Smith proved incapable of doing that though, as he only fought in spurts and gave Canelo plenty of rest breaks. Read the rest of this entry »
By Wilmar Patino: From “Kid Dynamite” to “Iron Mike”, Mike Tyson has always been revered for his Boxing skills and knockout power. He holds the record for being the youngest heavyweight champion and is the youngest to unify the division.
From his meteoric rise to his eventual downfall one thing that remained with Tyson was his ferocious power. He’s listed as one of the hardest punchers ever, and will go down in Boxing history as the baddest man on the planet. Today we take a brief look at Tyson’s awesome concussive power. Read the rest of this entry »