In a fight of two completely different styles, Joseph Parker (24-0-0, 18 KO's) retained his World title with a unanimous points victory over Brit Hughie Fury (21-1-0, 10 KO's). The scorecards read 114-114, 118-110, 118-110 with the latter two scores being in favour of - and slightly flattering - the Champion Parker.
Fury started the bout better of the two, but Parker's relentless pressure on the front foot seemed to impress the judges more than the fluid counter punching on the back-foot by the challenger. Ringside observers were split 50/50 as to who they thought had won the bout.
For Parker, a lucrative unification with Anthony Joshua or Deontay Wilder looks like a good option, as well as potential bouts with Tony Bellew and Dillian Whyte. For Fury - who failed to appear at the post-fight media press conference - he will surely look for a rematch, after feeling aggrieved with the decision, and it is now up to his promoter Mick Hennessy to deliver a second shot at the WBO crown.
Elsewhere on the undercard, Joe Murray recorded a debatable points victory over Matty Fagan as they clashed at Super Lightweight. Fagan dropped Murray during the second round with an overhand right, though the Mancunian seemed to recover well. The rounds were very close through out the contest, and Murray had a point deducted in the eight round for holding.
The referee scored the contest 96-93 in favour of Joe Murray, although the general consensus around ringside was that the man from Ellesmere Port should have got the nod.
Josh Wale successfully defended his British title after a convincing eleventh round stoppage of challenger Don Broadhurst. Although the bout was close at times, Wale also seemed to have an extra gear and forced the stoppage with a thundering combination in the penultimate round that left Broadhurst flat on the canvas.
Jimmy Kelly continued his recover from the loss suffered during his first World title attempt by stopping Stiliyan Kostov in four. Kostov did well to recover from a heavy knockdown in round one, but Kelly kept up the pressure and forced the referee to halt the contest after a body shot crippled his opponent for the second time in the round. With the win, Kelly picked up the WBO Inter-Continental title for a second time in the process.
Peter McDonagh and Shayne Singleton faced off in a war in the Light Middleweight division. The fight was a very close one, but it was McDonagh who was awarded the decision on the referees scorecard (96-94) due to his relentless pressure on the front foot.
The exciting Yusuf Safa continued his unbeaten run with a 60-54 victory over Simas Volosinas. Safa looks impressive in parts as he fought for the first time in Manchester, and he certainly looks like one to look out for in the future.
Jack Cullen continued to develop on the big stage as he looked good in his stoppage victory over Callum Ide. After a vicious uppercut that dropped Ide to the canvas, Cullen followed up with a three punch combination to forced the referee to halt the contest after two minutes eighteen of the second round.
The first few bouts on the night resulted in wins for the home fighters as Lee Carter defeated Blaise Mendouo (40-36), Alex Dickinson stopped his opponent in the third round and Mickey Ellison won via stoppage on his return to the ring.
Article by: Luke Madeira
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In the lingering aftermath of the Canelo-Golovkin scoring controversy, the announcement of Wilder-Ortiz and Andre Ward’s unexpected retirement, an interesting and intriguing matchup between a Cuban and a Russian taking place in the United States has flown under the radar. Once when the three nations’ paths converged, it nearly led to nuclear war. It’s virtually guaranteed on Saturday night in San Antonio when Yunier Dorticos and Dmitry Kudryashov duke it out for the former’s WBA Cruiserweight Title and a place in the semi-finals of the World Boxing Super Series. Between them, the two big men possess an eye-popping 41 KOs from 42 wins, so it can be said with confidence that this fight is not going the distance. However, the nature of the path leading to this outcome and which man will have his hand raised at the end remain open to question.
Yunier Dorticos is a skilled boxer puncher and a product of the much-vaunted Cuban amateur boxing system. He competed over 250 times in the unpaid ranks, was runner up three times in the Cuban national championships and represented his country on the international stage. He is undefeated as a professional and coming off a career-best win, against former world title challenger Youri Kalenga who he stopped in the 10th round of a barnburner in May of last year, winning the interim WBA Cruiserweight Title, later upgraded to full titleholder.
As might be expected of a student of the Cuban school of boxing, Dorticos boasts very good boxing skills and defensive movement. He showcased this in the Kalenga fight, making the Congolese fighter miss badly at times while connecting with his own crisp, punishing blows at an impressive rate of accuracy. His gigantic 80-inch wingspan made it very difficult for the shorter-limbed Kalenga to get on the inside, ensuring that he paid a price whenever he tried to do so. Against Kudryashov, he will likewise enjoy a significant reach advantage which could prove telling. Despite the fact that all bar one of his wins as a professional have come inside the distance, Dorticos does not possess one punch knockout power. His stoppage of Kalenga resulted through an accumulation of punishment, while in 2014 an old and under-sized Edison Miranda was able to take him the distance. These two also happen to be the best names on Dorticos’ resume.
In contrast to Dorticos, Dmitry Kudryashov did not enjoy a distinguished amateur career in his native Russia. However, the man known as ‘Sledgehammer’ has carved a path of destruction in the professional ranks, sporting a record of 21-1-0 with all 21 of his wins coming by way of knockout. The sole blemish on his record came when he ran into an iron-chinned and iron-willed Olanrewaju Durodola back in 2015. Durodola recovered from being badly hurt in the opening round to come roaring back and stop Kudryashov on his feet in the second. In his last fight, Kudryashov gained brutal revenge on Durodola, decking the durable Nigerian slugger twice and buzzing him far too many times for comfort until the referee had seen enough.
Kudryashov is the less athletic man in this matchup and does not possess anything remotely close to Dorticos’ level of technical boxing craft. To say that the Russian’s defence leaves much to be desired is putting it mildly, as demonstrated in the Durodola fights. In the first fight he left himself a sitting duck for Durodola’s right hand and his embarrassingly bad attempt to emulate a Mayweather shoulder-roll failed to provide him with any solace. He is a plodder in the ring and painfully slow but does compensate for this with solid timing. Kudryashov’s stamina is also open to question having never gone the full distance so far in his professional career. But that is because he possesses boxing’s great equaliser. Bob Foster had it. Julian Jackson had it. Dmitry Kudryashov has it. Unworldly, God-given power. Of the lights out, go straight to hospital and do not pass go variety. When he hits you flush to the head and sends you down, it’s straight into hibernation as unfortunate former world title challengers Francisco Palacios and Santander Silgado found out. No struggling to your feet to beat the count of 10 here.
Dorticos demonstrated a willingness to go into the trenches in the Kalenga fight, despite being the vastly more skilled fighter, and the crude Kalenga was able to land enough leather in the middle rounds to make the fight competitive. If the Russian Sledgehammer can do the same, it could prove disastrous for Dorticos. Furthermore, Dorticos is coming off a break of almost one year and a half since that victory. Will ring rust and a lack of sharpness prove to be issues? Kudryashov, who has proven to be very dangerous in the early rounds, is emphatically not a man who you want to be off-point against. If he connects with something big, all bets are off. That being said, you can be certain that Dorticos and his team are aware of this and will have readied themselves for the occasion. They know exactly what they bring to the table and what they are up against here. Their man is by far the more versatile and well-rounded fighter while Kudryashov has demonstrated throughout his career that he has only has one gear and a singular seek-and-destroy mindset. There’s no reason to believe that he will demonstrate new wrinkles to his game on Saturday night.
Ultimately, I feel that this fight may prove less competitive than expected and more of a boxing lesson than the fight of the year style slobberknocker that hardcore fans might be anticipating. I expect an extremely cautious start from Dorticos. Tension will be on a knife-edge in the first few rounds, and there may be a few anxious moments in the Cuban’s corner as Kudryashov stalks with mean intentions. Eventually however Dorticos will settle into a rhythm, befuddle Kudryashov with movement and pick him off from a distance. Kudryashov will gamely continue to press forward, but tiredness and continuous punishment will take their toll, resulting in victory for Dorticos by a mid-to-late rounds technical stoppage.
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Luke Campbell MBE believes the time is right for him to rule the world as he prepares to challenge Jorge Linares for the WBA, WBC Diamond and Ring Magazine World Lightweight titles at the Forum in Inglewood, California on Saturday, live on Sky Sports and HBO.
Campbell is gearing up for his first World title fight and the 29 year old is relishing taking on the outstanding Venezuelan star who dazzled in three fights on UK soil against Kevin Mitchell and Anthony Crolla.
The London 2012 Olympic Gold medal hero knows he’s up against a great fighter on away turf, but the Hull ace is embracing the challenge and says he always steps up to the task on the big occasion.
“This is why I turned professional, for big nights like this to test myself,” said Campbell. “I’ve had a great camp, preparation has been spot on. We’ve worked hard and we’ve worked smart. I’m physically and mentally ready for this, I believe in my own ability.
“He’s strong and durable with plenty of experience but this is my time. It would be incredible to bring home the World title. I’ve made history in Hull before, a couple of times as an amateur so let’s go for it again.
“Fighting on such a big stage doesn't change the preparation. Motivation is a massive thing. It's a fantastic way to introduce myself to the American market and this is my opportunity to show what I've got.”
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Undefeated Super-Lightweight Jack Catterall is fast approaching the biggest test of his young career, facing British Champion Tyrone Nurse for his belt at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on October 21st, live on BT Sport and BoxNation.
The fighter exudes the confidence of youth, unfazed by his experienced foe. ‘El Gato’ has sparred with the best in the business, joining Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Canelo Alvarez in their training camps and according to reports he held his own.
Speaking at a recent press conference, Catterall explained how his talent will carry him over the line: “More than anything, I believe in my ability and on October 21st I’m coming to take that title.
“I’m coming to knock him out, I’d be a fool not to! I think more so for the fans, everyone wants to see the knockout. If I can’t knock him out I’ll beat him over the 12 rounds.”
Nurse will be heading into his 40th fight, Catterall just his 19th, but the Champion has not been at his best recently, something the 24-year-old southpaw is taking no notice of.
“I’ve watched the last couple of Tyrone’s fights and he hasn’t been impressive. But I’ve watched him over the years and I know he will be training hard and preparing well for this fight,” he added.
Haroon Hedley, Catterall’s trainer, chimed in with his confident prediction: “We all believe that Jack will get to Tyrone Nurse and knock him out!”
Main event on the card sees Leeds hero Josh Warrington (25-0, 5 KOs) take on the undefeated Dennis Ceylan (18-0-2, 8 KOs) in a Final Eliminator for the IBF Featherweight World Title.
Rising Manchester Super-Featherweight star Zelfa Barrett (18-0, 11 KOs) has a chance to win his first professional title when he takes on Chris Conwell (9-2, 2 KOs) for the Vacant English strap.
Undefeated Liverpool Super-Welterweight talent J.J Metcalf (16-0, 8 KOs) takes on Leeds native Damon Jones (15-1, 3 KOs) in an official eliminator for the British title currently held by Warren stablemate Liam Williams.
An action-packed undercard also features British Middleweight Champion Tommy Langford (18-1, 6 KOs); former Commonwealth Games bronze medallist and GB squad standout Sam Maxwell (Super-Lightweight, 3-0, 2 KOs); Bradford Welterweight Darren Tetley (14-0, 5KOs); Chapel-en-le-Frith Cruiserweight Jack Massey (12-0, 6 KOs); Doncaster Featherweight Reece Mould (6-0, 2 KOs); Leeds Flyweight Jack Bateson (1-0, 1 KO) and the professional debut of Leeds fighter Jack Daniels.
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BROOKLYN (Sept. 20, 2017) - Undefeated WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay "The Bronze Bomber'' Wilder will make his sixth title defense when he meets hard-hitting Cuban southpaw Luis "The Real King Kong'' Ortiz on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions on Saturday, Nov. 4 live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™.
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and TGB Promotions, are on sale now and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, barclayscenter.com or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.
An exciting lineup of undercard attractions will be announced soon to support this titanic heavyweight matchup. True heavyweights in every sense of the word, the 6-foot-7, 228-pound Wilder and the 6-foot-4, 240-pound Ortiz have 60 combined knockout victories.
"I've been waiting for this moment for a long time and I'm excited that the time has come to meet Luis Ortiz,'' said Wilder. "Ortiz is considered the boogeyman of the sport and I am the hardest hitter in boxing. When you put us together in a ring, you will get one of the best heavyweight fights in a long time. I will unify the division. This I promise. This is the first step towards unifying. Any heavyweight that gets in my way is getting knocked out.''
"Wilder has been doing a lot of talking about me and this fight," said Ortiz. "I'm tired of hearing it. I'm not that big on talking. I like to do all my talking in the ring and that's what I plan to do. I respect him. I know he hits hard, but I hit hard too. It's going to be a great fight. I can't wait to get in the ring and shut him up in front of everybody at Barclays Center on SHOWTIME on November 4.''
"This fight is happening because Deontay Wilder wants to beat the best, regardless of the risk," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "He will knock 'King Kong' off the Empire State Building for the world to see on November 4 at Barclays Center."
"The resurgence of the heavyweight division is going to be on full display at Barclays Center and on SHOWTIME on November 4," said Tom Brown, president of TGB Promotions. "Deontay is facing his toughest challenge yet in the undefeated Cuban, giving him the opportunity to really prove himself. We are thrilled to be a part of the action and can't wait until fight night."
"Deontay Wilder vs. Luis Ortiz is one of the highlights of what has been an exceptional year for boxing on SHOWTIME," said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports. "We have consistently delivered the biggest names in boxing in their most important fights. The main event on Nov. 4 features two dynamic punchers with a 92-percent knockout ratio between them. It will be the 21st world championship fight on SHOWTIME this year and the 16th time we've seen undefeated fighters going head-to-head. It is clear that no other network is more committed to delivering the most significant bouts directly to its subscribers than SHOWTIME."
"On November 4 Barclays Center will once again host one of the year's best fights," said Brett Yormark, CEO of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment. "Deontay has made his mark in Brooklyn, and I am thrilled to welcome him back to our ring alongside a tough competitor in Luis Ortiz, who will be fighting here for the first time."
The 31-year-old Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs), the only reigning American heavyweight world champion, won his WBC title with a dominant 12-round unanimous decision over Bermane Stiverne on Jan. 17, 2015 -the birthday of legendary heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali.
Wilder, a Bronze Medal winner for the U.S. Olympic boxing team at the 2008 Beijing Games, has successfully defended the title five times. In his previous defense at Barclays Center, Wilder scored a memorable ninth-round knockout over Artur Szpilka back in Jan. 2016. In his most recent defense, Wilder, of Tuscaloosa, Ala. stopped Gerald Washington via fifth-round technical knockout before a hometown crowd at Legacy Arena in Birmingham on Feb. 25.
The 38-year-old Ortiz (27-0, 23 KOs), of Camaguey, Cuba by way of Miami, Fla., will make his SHOWTIME and Barclays Center debut when he meets Wilder for his first title shot. The hard-hitting southpaw turned pro seven years ago after defecting from Cuba and has since been steadily climbing the heavyweight ladder. He cemented his standing in the division with victories over veteran contenders Bryant Jennings, Tony Thompson and Malik Scott and is the No. 1-ranked contender by the WBC.
If Ortiz wins, he will become the first Cuban born fighter to win a heavyweight world championship.
Dereck Chisora has signed a promotional deal with Matchroom Boxing.
The former World Heavyweight title challenger returns to the ring in Liverpool next Saturday before attempting to regain the European title when he challenges Agit Kabayel for the title with a date and venue to be announced later this week.
Chisora’s last action was a fight of the year contender against Dillian Whyte in Manchester in December, with Whyte edging out ‘Del Boy’ via split decision after 12 relentless rounds of action.
The Finchley star is gunning for a rematch with ‘The Bodysnatcher’ but his immediate focus is rounds in the bank on Merseyside before getting his hands on the European crown once again.
“I'm looking forward to getting back in the ring after a frustrating period of injury, starting in Liverpool next Saturday,” said Chisora. “Then we are going to win the European title in November, and then I'm going to punish that punk Dillian Whyte and move on to a shot at the World title.”
“I'm pleased to welcome Dereck to the team and look forward to being involved in some big fights with him over the next year,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “You know what you are going to get with Del Boy, plenty of drama and a load of heart – he will return to action in Liverpool and challenge for the European title on November. We will work towards a Whyte rematch for early next year, it's a fight that I think boxing needs to see again.”
Chisora returns on a stacked card in Liverpool topped by the rematch between Paul Butler and Stuart Hall in an eliminator for the WBA World Bantamweight title.
Liverpool's Rocky Fielding defend his British Super-Middleweight title for the first time against Scotsman David Brophy, who puts up the Commonwealth strap he won in fine fashion in Australia in March.
Controversial Hackney man Ohara Davies looks to get back to winning ways as he challenges Tom Farrell for the unbeaten local favourite’s WBA International Super-Lightweight belt.
Birkenhead’s Sean ‘Masher’ Dodd defends his Commonwealth and WBC International Lightweight titles against former Team GB captain and Liverpudlian Tom Stalker.
Two more Team GB Olympians Anthony Fowler and Natasha Jonas fight on home turf for the first time in their second fights in the paid ranks, and there’s also action for Craig Glover.
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Oun Abbas Hussain (@ouney86) - Managing Editor
It has been really tough picking a winner.
I think we will know early on if the power of Golovkin will trouble Canelo and if it does then I feel Golovkin can stop him or stop him from effectively attacking. We have not seen Canelo face anyone with the power of GGG and haven't really seen him take any heavy shots in recent times. That heavy Golovkin jab is also vital in this fight.
Canelo has continued improving and feel like the body attack could be key in this fight while maintaining his high-level of lateral movement.
While Golovkin seemed troubled by Jacobs' foot movement, Canelo won't give him that trouble as he uses more head movement than footwork. If Canelo can soak up Golovkin's power and avoid the Kazakh from establishing that jab then he will win. I can't see Canelo stopping GGG so I can only see him winning via points.
If I had to pick one outcome, I'd pick the younger fighter in Canelo via a tight points decision.
(@RobTebbutt) – Writer and Interviewer
Golovkin by mid-to-late stoppage.
In my opinion, the fight hinges on Golovkin's jab. He has a ram-road, power jab that can systematically break an opponent down and subdue their offense entirely.
On the other hand, Canelo's ability to counter his opponents jab is one of his main strengths.
My theory is not "if" but WHEN Canelo lands his counter right hand over Golovkin's jab, he needs to have sufficient pop to make Golovkin think twice about letting his lead hand go.
If he can get Golovkin's respect, the dynamic of the bout changes. If Golovkin brushes his counters off and continues to come forward, I think the fight is already over.
It sounds relatively simple, but I think the fight will be won and lost by the response to that one shot...
My gut feeling is Canelo doesn't have either the power to keep Golovkin from coming forward or the footwork to stay out of harms way. I predict Canelo will box smartly, but eventually break under the pressure of Golovkin's jab and suffocating footwork in the middle rounds.
Golovkin by mid-to-late stoppage.
Armaan Hussain (@armaticc) – Writer
Canelo via split decision
Golovkin will start the fight strong on the front foot, hunting Canelo down with his jab and throwing combinations to the body. In the later rounds Canelo will find his range and will begin to press Golovkin. Canelo will start to counter Golovkin whilst on the ropes and will hurt him with big shots. Both fighters will stand toe to toe in the championship rounds and Canelo will pull through to win via a split decision.
Charlotte Prior (@CharlotteLily89)
Golovkin 9th Round Stoppage
GGG in the ninth. This is going to be an out and out war and I cannot wait to watch. Canelo is so strong and so skilled, and I think he will knock Golovkin down, but the baby faced assassin will come back triumphant for a stoppage in the later rounds (9?). There's life in the old dog yet!
William Lott (@WillLott27) - Writer
GGG depends too much on his own chin and as solid as it is he is there to be hit. Due to Canelo’s intelligence and work to the body I'm going for a Canelo points victory.
Jake Slater (@JakeySlater) – Writer
Said Canelo from the day it was made. His counters will be key. Hell of a fight either way
Mike Rueda (@wolf2988) - Writer
I've gone back and forth in this one. About two years ago I had Golovkin by a mile, but now I honestly see it as 50/50.
We know what they both bring and we know their strengths play into each other.
Canelo has improved immensely and Golovkin has maybe slipped a bit and Canelo has a big chip on his shoulder for people thinking he was scared of this fight.
Not one outcome would surprise me I can see any of them taking place.
I will go with Canelo by TKO round 11 I think it will be a great fight, but I think Canelo eventually breaks Golovkin down and stop him.
Sebastian Blunt (@SebastianBlunt) – Writer
Canelo on points
Emmily Simcock (@EmmilyJane) - Writer
A very exciting and genuine 50/50 fight which if pushed to make a decision I would pick GGG to win by UD.
Luke Madeira (@LukeMadeira15) - Writer
I think Golovkin wins on points but have to get off the floor to win.
On Saturday night at the Copper Box Arena in London, the WBO world middleweight title will be on the line as champion, Billy Joe Saunders (24-0, 12 KOs) defends his belt against Willie Monroe Jr (21-2, 6 KOs).
This will be Saunders second defence of his title having won it against Irishman Andy Lee in 2015 with an irrefutable performance – dropping Lee twice and winning via a majority decision. Saunders is highly ranked in the tough middleweight division and has a belt that can be used as bait towards the other middleweights. Willie Monroe Jr, based in New York, is a rigid fighter who does not shy away from any challenge. Monroe Jr is known for his technical ability and his awkward southpaw stance. He has been in with the likes of Gennady Golovkin and Gabriel Rosado and is a fighter that Saunders cannot underestimate.
Billy Joe Saunders last fought in December 2016 against Artur Akavov and won by decision. Despite the close called outcome of the fight, Saunders promised to improve and dispatch Avtandil Khurtsidze in July. However, Khurtsidze was arrested in New York and the bout was called off. Billy Joe Saunders hopes to end his period of inactivity when he steps into the ring on Saturday.
It is here Saul Canelo Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin fight week. This is the biggest fight in Boxing this year and the most anticipated fight since Mayweather- Pacquiao.
BTG's Mike Rueda puts down his top 5 Victories of Canelo’s
April 20th, 2013 154lb Unification Vs Austin Trout
Many of Canelo’s handlers at the time did not want him to take this fight. Austin Trout was a tricky southpaw who had beaten Canelo’s brother previously and also had a victory over Miguel Cotto. Many people believed that this could be too much for Canelo at that age against a fellow undefeated champion. The face was close too, with many believing Trout won. It was a competitive fight and the big moment of the fight was when Canelo landed a solid right hand that dropped Trout in round 7.
It was a close fight, but Canelo was given the decision though one of the scores was very wide. The fight showed that Canelo was truly a star he asked for a tough fight against the want of some his people and came out on top.
March 8th, 2014 TKO vs Alfredo Angulo
Following his loss to Floyd Mayweather, Canelo came back against a tough but limited opponent. It was an all Mexican affair, but the perfect type of fighter to come back for Canelo. Angulo was a durable tough fighter who would give Canelo rounds, but was nowhere near his skill level. Canelo showed his superior skills throughout the fight and was in complete control he allowed Angulo to throw and would land counter shot after counter shot. Finally in round 10 Canelo landed a hellacious uppercut and the ref had seen enough quickly jumped in and stopped the fight. It was the perfect comeback fight for Canelo as he wanted to show he wasn’t going anywhere following his 1st loss.
July 7th, 2014 Split Decision Victory vs Erislandy Lara
At the post fight press conference after Canelo’s victory over Alfredo Angulo, Lara showed up and demanded a fight with Canelo. Canelo at the press conference showed composure and told Lara his time would come. Behind closed doors Canelo was enraged and again against the advice of his handlers he said to give him the fight.
Lara was a tricky southpaw who was more a defensive fighter, which caused many to think Canelo was in over his head. In Canelo’s fight against Mayweather he was absolutely outclassed so taking on a similar fighter in Lara caused worry. The fight lacked action as Lara showed his skill of the sweet science, but didn’t try to engage as Canelo did try and make the fight. Lara used a lot of movement and jabs, but did not try and make a fight as at time he looked to run.
The fight was in doubt when it was announced Canelo was given the nod which caused some outrage, but Canelo did show some improvement from his loss to Mayweather.
November 21st, 2015 Middleweight title vs Miguel Cotto
The history of Boxing is filled with championship fights between Mexico and Puerto Rico. This fight was the 2nd big fight of the year following Mayweather and Pacquiao. This fight though not as action packed as many would’ve liked was still a good fight in which showed the mass improvement from Canelo.
Canelo showed his defense and counter-punching had been improved more and more. Cotto tried to get in, but Canelo was better on this night and he took the victory home and brought home another victory for Mexico against Puerto Rico.
May 6th, 2017 Unanimous decision vs Julio Cesar Chavez Jr
This fight had been built up for years in the Mexican media and after Canelo had not set a fight with Golovkin many people didn’t know what he would do next. The fight with Chavez, Jr was at a catch weight of 164.5 and would be the biggest Canelo had ever been. Most, if not all knew Canelo was the superior fighter, but the question to many was the sheer size advantage of Chavez Jr if it would be a big factor. The question was answered very quickly as Canelo dominated Chavez from beginning to end with ease. Chavez was lethargic and threw very little punches even when Canelo would go to the ropes and allow him to throw.
Most thought Canelo would win, but even most were impressed with how easy he did it. He also didn’t sit in between rounds showing his conditioning was at it’s peak. In the end Canelo took home the obvious decision which set the stage for the showdown with Triple G and leads us to Saturday night.
By Michael Rueda. You can follow him on Twitter on @wolf2988
Canelo vs. Golovkin takes place Saturday, September 16 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at a special time of 8:00 p.m. ET/ 5:00 p.m. PT.
A pair of undefeated heavyweights will face-off on Saturday afternoon, September 23 , as World Boxing Organization (WBO) Heavyweight World Champion Joseph Parker takes on WBO No. 1 contender Hughie Fury , airing on Pay Per View in the United States, starting at 3:00 p.m. ET / 12:00 p.m. PT, live from Manchester Arena in Manchester, United Kingdom.
"Parker vs. Fury", promoted by Hennessy Sports, is presented in the United States by Integrated Sports Media and Protocol Sports Marketing, Ltd., in conjunction with an internet-based YouTube PPV that is available at www.youtube.com/parkerfury. .
Integrated Sports Media will distribute "Parker vs. Fury" live in the United States on cable and satellite PPV via iN Demand, Vubiquity, and DISH for a suggested retail price of only $24.95.
Outside of North America, "Parker vs. Fury" is being distributed to broadcasters worldwide by leading boxing television rights distribution firm, Protocol Sports Marketing Ltd.
"The Heavyweight Championship of the World is still the biggest priize in sport and it can capture the imagination of the public like no other sport," promoter Mick Hennessy said. " In my career as a promoter, this is right up there and very personal to me, and we look forward to delivering a fantastic event for the fans."
Parker (23-0, 18 KOs) and Fury (20-0, 10 KOs) have a combined record of a prefect 43-0 with 28 knockouts. Parker succeeded Fury's unbeaten cousin, Tyson Fury , who vacated the WBO heavyweight title in 2016.
The 25-year-old Parker, fighting out of New Zealand by way of Las Vegas, captured the vacant WBO heavyweight title in 2016, taking a 12-round majority decision from previously undefeated Andy Ruiz, Jr. (29-0) in New Zealand. Parker, who stands 6' 4", made his first world title defense this past May in New Zealand, winning a 12-round unanimous decision over Razvan Cojanu (16-2).
Parker's other notable victims include Frans Botha , Brian Minto , Sherman Williams , Jason Pettaway , Kali Meehan , Carlos Takam and Alexander Dimitrenko .
"I'm excited that the next defense of my WBO World title will be in England because it is now the home of heavyweight boxing and I need to be fighting there regularly," Parker remarked. "Fighting away from home holds no fears for me. I will arrive having previously fought on the undercard of a Wladimir Klitschko world title fight in Germany, also twice in America. I believe that with so many Kiwis and Samoans living in the UK, I may even have more supporters in the crowd on fight night than Hughie Fury."
Fury has fully recovered from the back injury that postponed the original May 6 date for him to challenge Parker to Sept. 23 in Manchester.
In 2012, Fury became the first British super heavyweight to capture a gold medal at the World Youth Amateur Boxing Championships and he hasn't missed a beat as a professional since making his pro debut in 2013.
The 6' 6" Fury, who celebrates his 23rd birthday on Sept. 18, will be fighting at home in Manchester. Last year in his two most recent fights, both in London, Fury won a 10-round unanimous decision against former U.S. amateur standout Dominick Guinn (35-10-1), as well as a seven-round technical decision over Fred Kassi (18-4-1).
"I've waited so long for this chance and my team have worked very hard to get me this fight," Fury commented. "I'd like to thank everyone involved. I'm going to shock the world and prove all my doubters wrong and what better place to do it than in my home city of Manchester. Parker is a good fighter and I've no doubt we'll both bring our A-game on fight night. I can't wait to be crowned world champion.
"Parker is the biggest challenge of my life and he will bring the very best out of me, but I aim to deliver a knockout performance. I've prepared like never-before for this fight and pushed myself to the limits and beyond. There's no way Parker is leaving Manchester with that World title. I will do everything to make sure that belt stays here with me."
Also airing live is the 12-round vacant WBO Intercontinental super welterweight title fight between hometown hero Jimmy "Kilrain" Kelly (21-2, 9 KOs) and Stilliyan "Still Kill" Kostov (21-7, 16 KOs), of Bulgaria.
All and/or highlights of additional PPV fights will air pending time restraints.
Fights and fighters subject to change.
On September 16 fight fans will be treated to one of the biggest fights in the past couple of years, as Canelo Alvarez takes on Gennady Golovkin for middleweight and box office supremacy. Yes I know we just had a “big fight” with Mayweather vs Mcgregor, but that was more of a spectacle than a legit big fight.
I’m not here to bash that event, it made sense business wise for both fighters and the sports world stopped to watch. September 16 brings a different kind of big fight; the two biggest active names in boxing will go toe to toe in a true pick em fight. I personally wouldn’t bet money on either fighter, as both are in their prime and both are tremendous fighters.
Canelo is the box office star of boxing now that Mayweather retired again and to his credit fought every legit challenger he possibly could. GGG has been billed as the boogey man of boxing, the fighter everybody in the sport fears. This fight wasn’t supposed to happen, and Canelo has taken a lot of flak for not making this fight a year ago. But history told us Canelo would step up to the plate, and should be applauded for not only fighting GGG, but for how he went about it.
Canelo Alvarez has been the biggest box office draw this side of Floyd Mayweather and has been a big draw for the past 4 years including his big fight with Floyd himself. Canelo has never backed down from a tough fight; risking his young stardom many times taking fights that were extremely risky. His 1st big risk came against Austin Trout on April 20, 2013. Trout was undefeated and coming off a huge victory over Miguel Cotto in Madison Square Garden. Beating Cotto at the Garden was a huge deal at that time, so Trout was seen as a very dangerous fighter.
A year later Canelo took on yet another very dangerous fight, this time Erislandy Lara. Lara was seen as even more of a dangerous fight than Trout, and whether you thought Canelo won or lost that fight there is no denying the respect the boxing world had for Canelo for taking such a big risk with little financial reward. Of course the biggest risk was dropping in weight to take on Floyd Mayweather, a decision he probably doesn’t regret but what shaped his thought process in taking on GGG.
Even though Canelo has a history of taking on the most dangerous fights out there, his reluctance to move up in weight to fight GGG right away has been a point of criticism for the past year. Many will point to the fact that although Canelo had never fought at 160, he was the WBC Middleweight champion and should defend that title at 160. What many people forget is that he won that belt from Miguel Cotto, a fighter too small to be a legit 160 pounder. Canelo didn’t even move up in weight to fight Cotto, they agreed to Canelo’s preferred 155 pound limit, aka Canelo weight. This fight was never made for the Middleweight title; it was made because these were two of the biggest names in the sport. Neither was a legit middleweight and saying Canelo “had to” fight GGG at 160 just because he held a belt there is silly.
In late 2015 Canelo’s trainer Eddy Reynoso stated Canelo was willing to fight GGG at his preferred weight of 155 pounds. This is where Canelo started to feel the public backlash, all of a sudden sports fans demanded Canelo move up in weight to fight GGG. Canelo was confused as to why GGG, the man that claimed he’d drop to 154 to fight Floyd would not move down to 155.
You see, Canelo was just going by recent boxing tradition of a hungry fighter moving to the box office champ’s preferred weight. Canelo had fought Floyd Mayweather at a catch weight, and Canelo felt if GGG wanted the fight bad enough he would do the same. Problem was GGG didn’t budge, but instead claimed Canelo was the one who was scared. Give GGG credit, his narrative was adopted by most fight fans, and the pressure was on Canelo to move up in weight even though he is the box office star, or “A side” as Floyd has coined.
So after a year of negotiating, Canelo has agreed to fight GGG at 160lbs. Canelo did it in the smartest way possible, first by moving way up in weight and tested himself with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. The fight itself wasn’t much of a test, but it did give Canelo two big opportunities. First, it let Canelo test himself at a larger weight.
Second, it made Canelo the undisputed king of Mexican boxing. This fight was the perfect set up in every way possible for a Canelo/GGG match up, and announcing it officially right after the fight was a brilliant move. Mayweather officially retiring (again) a month early also means the winner of Canelo/GGG will be the new face of boxing. Win or lose nobody will remember the year of unfair criticism Canelo suffered while waiting for the right time to fight GGG. What we’ll all remember is a huge fight, and the crowning of a new king of Boxing.
By John Dyer. You can follow him on Twitter on @johnjohndyer
Billy Joe Saunders insists he would consider a move to super-middleweight if he fails to nail a showdown with Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez or Gennady Golovkin.
Saunders, 28, makes the second defence of his WBO middleweight title against Willie Monroe Jr at London’s Copper Box Arena on Saturday night, live on BT Sport and BoxNation.
An impressive win could land him a shot at the winner of Canelo v GGG who meet in Las Vegas a few hours after his showdown with American Monroe Jr.
Hatfield’s Saunders has seen potential showdowns against the middleweight divisions two biggest stars fall through over the last 12 months.
Saunders who hasn’t boxed since last December said: “I signed to fight Golovkin and Canelo, but none of them have come off. If it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen.
“The inactivity has been stressful, but you crack on and deal with it. My last opponent, Avtandil Khurtsidze got arrested and the fight was cancelled. You just have to deal with it.”
If Saunders did make the move to 168lb he would be relying on his outstanding skills against naturally bigger men.
He added: “I am a big middleweight and don’t want to give my advantage away, but there is not a super-middleweight that I fear.
"Most of the top super-middleweights I have sparred and they will tell you I did well. Callum Smith is the only top British one I haven’t worked with.
“I will go to that weight, but when I have done my work at middleweight.”
Billy Joe Saunders defends his WBO Middleweight World title against Willie Monroe Jr in the evening's main event; Ilford Light-Heavyweight Anthony Yarde takes on Norbert Nemesapati for the WBO Intercontinental and European belts; teenage Heavyweight sensation Daniel Dubois takes on AJ Carter for the Vacant Southern Area strap in only his fifth contest; knockout artist Joe Pigford fights for the Vacant WBO European Super-Welterweight title.
Some of the very best up-and-coming prospects in the country including Welling Super-Featherweight Archie Sharp; Ilford Super-Bantamweight Lucien Reid; Fulham Super-Middleweight Zak Chelli and Erith Flyweight Jake Pettit feature. Ilford Welterweight Hamza Sheeraz, Tamworth Light-Heavyweight Ryan Hatton and Ilford Super-Middleweight Umar Sadiq all make their highly-anticipated pro debuts.
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