By Dan Ambrose: IBF junior middleweight champion Carlos Molina (22-5-2, 6 KOs) was kind of the forgotten man last Saturday night when Erislandy Lara and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez went at it in a fight where many boxing fans assumed was a battle between the two best fighters in the 154 pound division. But don’t tell that to the 31-year-old Molina, as he feels he already beat Lara in their fight in 2011 which was ruled a 10 round draw.
Some fans feel that Molina did enough to deserve a win in that fight, although Lara did land the harder and cleaner landing shots like he did against Canelo last Saturday. Read the rest of this entry »
By Mauricio Carranza: Last Saturday night we saw Junior Middleweight Saul “Canelo” Alvarez win a 12 round split decision over the once considered top junior Middleweight Erislandy Lara, in what fans thought was a very boring fight due to Lara’s constant running and avoidance of any action at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Don’t get me wrong I understand boxing is a sweet science and a hit and don’t get hit sport, without undermining the brawlers which make up the exciting side of boxing the boxer punchers which are the guys that make boxing exciting. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robert “Big Moe” Elmore: I re-watched Erislandy Lara’s fight with Alfredo Angulo and then re watched then his fight with Saul Alvarez. The one big difference that I saw in the Angulo fight was; he let his hands go. He stuck to his usual stick and move style, but he was punching when he saw the openings. There was no hesitation on Lara’s end and Angulo’s face showed the results. Even when he was knocked down twice he continued the same level of activity he started out with. Where was this Lara against Canelo? Where? Angulo, like Canelo, is best when he sits down on his punches.
The difference between Canelo and Angulo is Canelo’s ability to cut the ring off. Angulo comes straight ahead which makes it easier for him to be punched. Fighters like that hope, while eating punches and willingness to stalk, would get a fighter to start thinking “I’m hitting him with everything and he’s still coming”. Read the rest of this entry »
By DA: Last Saturday night the boxing world erupted after Saul “Canelo” Alvarez won a 12 round split decision over Erislandy Lara which many believed was controversial at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. That fight was indeed close and both fighters had their moments. Though it wasn’t as exciting as I thought it would be. You have to give credit for Canelo for taking the fight instead of just avoiding Lara.
My scorecard was 115-113 for Alvarez, and the reason was I felt Lara gave away rounds he could’ve won and instead did more movement than fighting. He had a good start, but he failed to make any adjustments after Canelo started pressuring the Cuban boxer. Canelo on the other hand made adjustments to try and cut the ring off and work Lara’s body. If history tells us anything folks it’s told us judges do not like when a fighter stays on his bike for large amounts of time. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Idris Erba/Mayweather Promotions) By Chris Williams: Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) is so confident that he’ll beat Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) in their rematch on September 13th that he’s willing to bet him his purse for their fight. It’s unknown how much cash that Maidana will be making for the fight, but you bet it’ll be somewhere in the neighborhood of $5 million.
In contrast, Mayweather will be making in the neighborhood of $32 million, and that’s just the guaranteed green stuff. It’s definitely going to be a number well above that hefty figure. Read the rest of this entry »
By Anthony Mason: Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) got a win over Erislandy Lara (19-2-2, 12 KOs), but it was far from legitimate. Alvarez had his chance to prove himself, but once again he failed to legitimately win against a truly elite boxer. Canelo, regardless of what the judges said, in reality has lost to the only two elite boxers that he has faced.
Lara clearly won the early rounds, but Canelo came back to make it an even fight after eight rounds. However, Lara definitely won the majority of the later rounds with his footwork and counterpunching. Canelo did land the harder shots, but the majority of them were in the middle rounds. There were also times where Lara was retreating without throwing many punches, but again, those were in the middle rounds, and there were not enough of those rounds to give Canelo the victory. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Erislandy Lara (19-2-2, 12 KO’s) isn’t playing nice by keeping silent about his 12 round split decision loss to Golden Boy Promotions’ No.1 fighter Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) last Saturday night on Showtime pay-per-view. Lara feels that Canelo was given a gift decision by two of the judges that gave him the win.
Lara says that he landed more shots than Canelo did in the fight, and that the majority of the best punches that Canelo did land were in the 7th round after Lara suffered a cut. Canelo poured it on in that one rare in throwing a huge amount of shots while Lara had blood leaking from his cut into his left eye. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Tickets for the September 13th rematch between WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) and Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) will go on sale this Tuesday for their rematch at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather is a current 8/1 favorite to beat Maidana, according to Bovada.lv.
Here is the prices for the Mayweather-Maidana 2 tickets. As you can see, they’re quite reasonable and well worth it. $1,600, $1,200, $850, $600 and $350.
The tickets will likely be sold fast, so boxing fans interested in seeing this fight should plan on trying to get them as quickly as possible before they sell out.
Mayweather beat Maidana two months ago in winning a 12 round majority decision on May 3rd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. One just scored the fight 114-114, while the other two had Mayweather winning by the scores 116-112 and 117-111. I agree with the 117-111 score. Mayweather won a comfortable decision in negating Maidana’s best power shots by blocking most of them on his gloves and shoulders. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions surprisingly mentioned Gennady Golovkin’s name as one of the potential opponents for his fighter Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) for his next bout in November. Golovkin’s name was mentioned along with James Kirkland and Miguel Cotto, but you can dismiss Cotto because he definitely isn’t available for November.
De La Hoya said this as quoted by Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated: “Gennady Golovkin. ‘GGG’ is a dangerous fighter. That’s what Canelo is about.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: Erislandy Lara 19-2-2 (12), you tried and you failed. You can forget a rematch against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs), you can forget another big payday, your life at the top table of boxing could be all but over. This opinion is no reflection on Lara’s ability, some of the shots he picked against Canelo on Saturday were brilliant.
At times he even made Canelo look worse than Floyd Mayweather Jr did in his 12 round majority decision win over him last September. This is not about ability its about ‘marketability’ and Lara lost that on Saturday night as well as the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions wants to move his fighter Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) for bigger and better things following his 12 round split decision win over Erislandy Lara (19-2-2, 12 KOs) in their middleweight fight last Saturday night, but there are still quite a few people who feel that Canelo was given a bogus win over the Cuban fighter.
Former two division world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero is one of many people who believe that Lara did enough to deserve a win over Canelo last Saturday night.
“I watched @Laraboxing fight in Mexico yesterday and mostly everyone including me thought he beat Canelo. #Boxing #Rematch,” Guerrero said on his twitter. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Kell Brook (32-0, 22 KOs) still hasn’t even fought IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter (24-0-1, 15 KOs) for his IBF title and yet Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn can’t keep thinking about a much bigger fight between Brook and Amir Khan that he wants to put together later this year.
Brook faces Porter on August 16th at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. The favorite to win the fight is Porter, who will not only be fighting in front of his own fans, but he’ll also have the advantage in power, inside fighting skills and experience. The deck is heavily stacked in Porter’s favor for this fight, and it’s clearly not looking good for the 28-year-old Brook. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robert “Big Moe” Elmore: Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has said he wants to reclaim the Cinco de Mayo and the Mexican Independence holidays and wants to challenge current pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather for those dates. His star power is without a doubt rising and it will only get bigger with each fight. Many of Canelo’s fans have bragged that Canelo is accomplishing more at 23 than Floyd has at 23.
What is lost in this translation is how the fighters came up. Let’s deal with Canelo first. Golden Boy is doing the right thing by putting Canelo in environments where his own fan base (Mexicans) will come out to support in record numbers. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Dereck Chisora (20-4, 13 KO’s) and Tyson Fury (22-0, 16 KOs) met today in a London press conference to promote their rematch in 12 days on July 26th at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester, UK. As you would expect, both fighters were in fine form talking trash back and forth. Fury offered to put his purse on the line for the Chisora fight. Obviously that’s not going to happen, but Fury did his best acting job to make it sound believable as he said it.
With less than two weeks to go before their rematch, Chisora and Fury badly need to somehow drum up interest in their fight because there’s very little buzz about the fight for some reason, whether that be because the two guys have already fought before or because some fans don’t see them as relevant heavyweights. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: The reported target date for Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s next fight is November in San Antonio, Texas. There isn’t an opponent yet, but #5 IBF, #5 WBO, #11 WBC James Kirkland (32-1, 28 KOs) is high on the list for the possible opponent to face the 23-year-old Canelo.
A fight against WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto will need to wait until next year in May in order to take advantage of the huge Mexican holiday that month. Read the rest of this entry »