Danny Garcia: I’ll fight Canelo after Thurman


By Dan Ambrose: After wasting the last three years of his career fighting largely weaker, WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia is now saying he wants Keith Thurman and Saul Canelo Alvarez in back to back fights after he gets past contender Samuel Vargas (25-2-1, 13 KOs) in their fight on November 12.

Garcia is already slotted to face Thurman in a unification fight in early 2017. What’s interesting is that Garcia is now looking past the Thurman fight towards a match against former WBC middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez. The unbeaten Garcia (32-0, 18 KOs) thinks he can beat Canelo. He says he’s a better fighter than the last guy Canelo fought in Liam Smith.

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Canelo STILL saying fans will get “big surprise” for Smith fight

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By Dan Ambrose: Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) is starting to sound like a parrot with the way he’s repeating over and over that his boxing fans will be getting a “big surprise” when they tune in for his title shot against WBO junior middleweight champion Liam “Beefy” Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) on September 17 on HBO pay-per-view.

Smith is an underdog in this fight, so it’s hard to see it as kind of surprise if Canelo beats him. A surprise would be Canelo losing the fight or if him making a big announcement of a fight against IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. But beating Smith won’t be a surprise.

“I think people are going to be very surprised that day,” said Canelo to Fighthpe.com. “We are going to put on a great event and a great fight. We will give everyone a big surprise. I want people to be happy because these are very important dates for me. Mexican Independence Day is very important to me to represent my country and we will give everyone a big surprise. It’s very important for me,” said Canelo.

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Rodriguez Defeats Alvarez

By Sam Gregory: In the main event Delvin Rodriguez 24-2 with 14 KO’s took on southpaw Shamone Alvarez 20-2 with 11 KO’s in a scheduled 12 round welterweight IBF title eliminator bout.

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Clottey Decisions Alvarez – Is Cintron next?

clottey543355.jpgWelterweight Joshua Clottey (33-2, 20 KOs) put in a workmanlike performance on Thursday, if not impressive, in winning a 12-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Shamone Alvarez (19-1, 11 KOs) at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The final judges’ scores were 115-113, 116-112, 118-110. Clottey, 30, fought most of the fight in a relaxed manner, rarely exerting himself except to throw an occasional pot shot at Alvarez.

Still, however, Clottey faded in the last two couple, as he usually does, allowing Alvarez to make the fight closer than it normally should have been. The victory earns Clottey a shot at International Boxing Federation welterweight champion Kermit Cintron, if he’ll choose to fight him, that is. At the present time, Cintron is nursing an injured hand, but after that, he’ll possibly opt to take a match against WBO welterweight champion Paul Williams rather than Clotty, mainly because the bout would give him a much bigger payday.

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Alvarez Decisions Sanders

alvarez-sanders2.jpgWelterweight prospect Shamone Alvarez (19-0, 11 KOs) defeated Germain Sanders (27-4, 17 KOs) on Friday night by 12-round unanimous decision at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, new Jersey. At stake, was Alvarez’s NABO welterweight title, which he retained by defeating Sanders. The bout was from interesting, however, as both fighters lacked any real power to speak of and thus spent much of the bout landing rather weak looking combinations. Going into the bout, Alvarez was the fighter to keep an eye on, as he’s being hyped for a potential challenge for the WBO title at some point in the near future, but after watching him fight on Friday night, I’m hoping he avoids fighting for the title for a little while longer, because he’s not ready at this point.

Though, at 30, it’s hard to say how much better he’s likely to get in the next year or two, but whatever the case, he needs to work on his power before he takes on better fighters and risks losing badly. Against Sanders on Friday night, Alvarez stayed busy in the early rounds, focusing on throwing combinations to Sander’s head and midsection.

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