(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Dan Ambrose: Former WBA/WBC light middleweight champion Saul “Canelp” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KO’s) defeated Erislandy Lara (19-2-2, 12 KO’s) by 12 round split decision on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The final judges scores were 115-113, 117-111 for Canelo and 115-113 for Lara.
Canelo reported rehydrated to 171 pounds from the 155 that he weighed in at on Friday.
The judge that scored the fight 117-111 for Canelo appeared to be watching a completely different fight tonight because there’s no way Canelo won the fight by that score. I had Lara winning the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Jim Dower: Former three division world champion Abner Mares (27-1-1, 14 KO’s) defeated the bigger and stronger Jonathan Oquendo (24-4, 16 KO’s) by a 10 round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The final judges’ scores were 96-94, 98-92, 98-92.
Mares dominated the action with his quicker combinations after having a rough first three rounds. In the 4th round, mares suffered a cut over his left eye from what appeared to be a head-butt. Mares’ new trainer Virgil Hunter had Mares focus on his boxing in the last 6 rounds of the fight to minimize the amount of punishment that he absorbed, and it worked well for Mares. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former WBC Silver light heavyweight champion Tony Bellew (22-2-1, 14 KO’s) stopped 36-year-old Brazilian Julio Cesar Dos Santos (26-3, 23 KO’s) in the 5th round on Saturday night at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, UK. Bellew connected with a left hook that dropped Dos Santos in the 5th. Dos Santos staggered to his feet, but the referee halted it anyway.
Dos Santos was nailing Bellew with monstrous shots in the 3rd and 4th rounds. Going into the 5th, Dos Santos looked like he was on his way to victory. He looked like he was going to get to Bellew. Fortunately for Bellew, Dos Santos threw a left hook at the same time that Bellew threw his own left hook. Bellew’s left hand got there first and sent Dos Santos down. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar De La Hoya says that he spoke with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KO’s) at Friday’s weigh-in and Canelo promised him at that time that he’s going to punish WBA junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KO’s) in tonight’s fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
De La Hoya says Canelo is worked up over Lara supposedly insulting his countryman, as well as his insults about him and his lack of boxing skills.
De La Hoya says he’s never seen the 23-year-old Canelo this upset before during his career. De La Hoya doesn’t say what Lara specifically said to him at the weigh-in other than looking at Canelo in a dismissive manner that suggested that Canelo is well beneath him in talent. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBO International cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew (21-2-1, 13 KO’s) will be in the ring tonight defending his WBO strap against big punching Brazilian Julio Cesar Dos Santos (26-2, 23 KOs) at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, UK.
For Bellew, 31, this will be his second fight in the cruiserweight division after moving up in weight recently following a 6th round knockout loss to WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson last November.
Bellew said that it was too difficult for him to make weight for the 175 pound division, and that cruiserweight was more of his natural weight class. However, since moving up in weight to cruiserweight, Bellew has looked visibly flabby around the midsection area, and the weight that he’s put on to fight at cruiserweight doesn’t appear to be useful muscle. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly (27-1, 13 KOs) has a lot riding on his fight tonight against little known cruiserweight Alejandro Emilio Valori (15-4, 11 KOs) at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, UK.
A loss to Valori will erase what could be a career-high payday in a rematch against Tony Bellew for later this year. Cleverly obviously wants to get to that rematch because it very well could be the last huge payday that Cleverly gets if he Valori or Bellew dismantles him in the same fashion that Sergey Kovalev did last August.
Kovalev tried Cleverly like a ragdoll in giving him a beating before the plug was finally pulled in the massacre in the 4th. Cleverly hasn’t go anywhere near a talented fighter since that loss, and you’ll still be able to say the same thing after tonight’s fight, because Valori looks to be little more than a lamb being brought in for slaughter by Cleverly. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KO’s) has wisely decided to include a 5-city tour to promote his September 13th fight against the always tough Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KO’s) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The absence of a long tour to promote Mayweather’s previous fight against Maidana last May, and his fight against Robert “The Ghost’ Guerrero, obviously hurt the pay-per-view sales for those fights.
Don’t get me wrong; those two fights still did remarkably well in terms of pay-per-view sales, I’m sure, but they could have done much better had they had a tour of 5-10 cities. The Mayweather v. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez fight toured 10 cities and brought in 2.2 million buys on PPV. The huge number of press tours obviously had a lot to do with the success of the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Dan Ambrose: WBA junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KO’s) says he’s going to pick his opponent Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KOs) apart tonight and leave him on the canvas among the dirt at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Lara says he always likes to fight guys that plod towards him the way that the Canelo will be likely doing tonight, because it gives him the opportunity to nail them with straight left hands and right hooks to the head while they’re marching forward.
Lara expects Canelo to walk into a lot of shots when they meet up in their catch-weight fight at 155 tonight on Showtime pay-per-view. If Canelo chooses not to pressure him and instead tries to box him, Lara feels that will make it just as easy because boxing is his game. He feels that he does well equally against boxers as well as pressure fighters. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: In a sign that he could wind up as the likely opponent for either Adrien Broner or Lucas Matthysse, former world title challenger Josesito Lopez (32-6, 19 KO’s) says that he’ll be fighting on September 6th. The venue and the opponent still haven’t been revealed by Golden Boy Promotions, but Broner, Matthysse and Andre Berto have all said that they’ll be fighting on the same card.
Showtime vice president Stephen Espinoza ruled out Broner fighting Matthysse on the card. He says both guys will be in separate fights on the card. However, it’s not likely that Berto will be fighting Broner or Matthysse, because he’s coming off of a year-long layoff after having shoulder surgery. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Chris Williams: In looking at how heavy Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KOs) has been in his last several fights in rehydrating to over 170 pounds, and how he’s asked to fight his last two fights at a catch-weight of 155 [middleweight], the question that you have to ask is why isn’t Canelo moving up to middleweight to compete with guys in that division? 155 = middleweight, and it seems strange that Canelo is melting off 20 pounds to continue to fight against guys that he’s heavier than in the junior middleweight division.
I’m just curious about what’s the problem Canelo has in fighting guys his own size in the middleweight division as Gennady Golovkin? I know they sparred together in the past, and Golovkin said afterwards that Canelo was a “Good boy,” but is there some kind of problem with Canelo not wanting to face guys in this division? Read the rest of this entry »