Canelo unhappy with Oscar De La Hoya, dismisses Gennadiy Golovkin III

Canelo Gennady Golovkin

Pound for pound star and current middleweight king Canelo Alvarez has dismissed a notion by promoter Oscar De La Hoya that a Gennadiy Golovkin trilogy will happen in 2020.

De La Hoya made the claims during a DAZN broadcast, stating Golovkin will be sharing the ring with the Mexican superstar next year.

“Well, he (Golovkin) will be one of the opponents for next year. He has to be!

“Obviously the people want to see it. The world wants to see it and Golovkin deserves it,” the ten-time world title holder told Chris Mannix.

Upon hearing the quotes from the Golden Boy Chairman, Canelo made a point to rule out GGG as a future opponent.

Canelo has only recently confirmed his light-heavyweight test against Sergey Kovalev and wants to fully focus on November 2.

“I do not know why he brings that up. Sometimes he says things that he should not say or talks about things that he should not talk about, things that cannot happen,” Canelo told ESPN Deportes.

“We have a very dangerous fight first, what he is saying does not make any sense.”


NO TRILOGY

Elaborating on his reasoning for ruling out ever facing Golovkin again, Canelo added: “The truth is that I did not visualize that fight right now.

“I am taking these risks (fighting Kovalev), these fights for my career. Right now (Golovkin) does not represent anything to me. I beat him twice (it was a draw and victory).

“He does not represent a greater challenge for me to fight with him.”

Going further to given his former foe some career advice, the 29 year-old concluded: “For the same reason I am taking these challenges, I think (GGG) should take these challenges in his career. But he has not taken any risks.

“It really does not represent any challenge to fight him again. So I am doing this (Kovalev), big fights, big challenges for my career and the love of boxing.”

Despite Canelo’s words, the general consensus is that Golovkin holding a world title belt could change his opinion.

Golovkin faces Sergei Derevyanchenko for the IBF version in October. A win there would place the pair back in contention for a unification in 2020, possibly on Cinco de Mayo.

 

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Tyson Fury leaves Las Vegas with Canelo’s belt, and his reputation…just

Tyson Fury Frank Warren Bob Arum

A week on from Tyson Fury defeating Otto Wallin and it seems the Briton can now fully focus on facing Deontay Wilder in February.

The only thing Fury has to worry about is those terrible cuts healing completely. Fury has to keep them sealed for the rest of his career.

In regards to his United States reputation, Fury can thank cutman Jorge Capetillo for a large portion of his standing being saved from repair.

A loss to Wallin would have been unthinkable to Fury. Especially when it had nothing to do with the evident skills on show in the ring.

Not one to usually be susceptible to cuts, there have since been murmurings of Fury’s lifestyle during his retirement causing some fragility.

Whatever the reason was for ‘a punch’ – from a fight not know for his excessive power – opening up one of the worst cuts ever seen in a boxing ring, Fury rode it well and didn’t panic.

He showed the heart of a champion once again. Traits the American public will lap up in spades.

Coming back from adversity will keep Fury in the limelight. Keep him talked about on US shores until he finally gets back in the ring with his number one nemesis.

Tyson Fury Mayan
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LINEAL

Taking home the Mayan Belt originally made for Canelo’s September outing (then delayed until November), Fury can still claim to be the number one in the division.

That’s until somebody proves him otherwise.

Since that victory over Wladimir Klitschko, and a two-year retirement or not, Fury cannot be overhauled as long as he’s active.

Four fights since June 2018 proved that is fully the case, meaning promoters Frank Warren and Bob Arum can continue with the ‘Lineal’ tag for the Wilder build-up.

Whispers coming out of Sweden that Wallin wants an immediate rematch can be ignored for now. But who knows whether Fury will want to revisit his last opponent in the future.

Wallin extended his own standing in the sport, potentially to the fringes of the top tier, and facing Fury again may just have some merit once the dust settles on the Wilder saga.


WBN HEAVYWEIGHT TOP 10 RANKINGS

1/ Tyson Fury

2/ Deontay Wilder

3/ Andy Ruiz Jr.

4/ Anthony Joshua

5/ Kubrat Pulev

6/ Luis Ortiz

7/ Alexander Povetkin

8/ Dillian Whyte

9/ Otto Wallin

10/ Oscar Rivas

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Andy Ruiz Jr. disses AJ/Tyson Fury, expects to face Deontay Wilder next

Andy Ruiz Jr.

Heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr. inadvertently dismissed Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury in a recent interview regarding his future. 

Discussing the possibility of fighting for the undisputed crown, Ruiz Jr. pointed to a massive battle with stablemate Deontay Wilder.

Ruiz must get past Joshua for a second time on December 7. Wilder firstly has to defeat Luis Ortiz and then Fury in back-to-back rematches.

That didn’t stop Ruiz, whether mistakenly or not, expecting Wilder to be the one in the opposite corner for all the belts.

“I don’t want to look past Anthony Joshua,” said Ruiz, according to Spire FM. “My eyes are on the prize with him.

“So after I win that fight, then I can fight Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury. We’re in the same team, so I think it will be good.”

The key phrase Ruiz stated was ‘were in the same team’ – which certainly isn’t the case with Fury.

Only Wilder is assigned to the same stable under Al Haymon, meaning Ruiz is ultimately aiming for an in-house encounter with Wilder.

Andy Ruiz Jr. Deontay Wilder
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Mexico’s first ever top division title holder is aiming high on the back of a shock win over ‘AJ’ in New York. But faces a daunting challenge in Saudi Arabia.

The 30 year-old will be far from home, as will Joshua, when the pair collide. With Ruiz hell-bent on eventually winning ever strap on offer.

“Of course, I’m just missing one belt. One belt to be the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.

“That’s the goal, but I don’t want to look past Anthony Joshua. I want to defeat him one more time.

“There’s a lot of critics saying that it’s a lucky shot, that I’m going to lose. I’m using all the negative energy to positive energy, so we’re going to win,” concluded the IBF, IBO, WBO and WBA ruler.


SUMMER

Wilder is set to make a formal announcement on his clash with Ortiz next week. Whilst Fury II is pencilled in for February 22nd of 2020.

Any future Ruiz v Wilder unification will be on cards for around June or July, potentially in New York or Las Vegas.

All depends on how well Fury heals from serious cuts suffered when defeating Otto Wallin last weekend.

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DAZN becomes the NUMBER ONE sports app in the world in after a year

Canelo

Ahead of the one-year anniversary of their United States launch, DAZN has now become the number one sports app on the planet in terms of worldwide revenue.

DAZN bulldozed into American homes with the Anthony Joshua v Alexander Povetkin fight on September 22, 2018. It has been steadily building subscriptions ever since.

Signing the likes of Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin to the roster, already adding to heavyweight force Joshua, has seen the streaming service go from strength to strength.

Executive Vice President of DAZN North America, Joseph Markowski recently revealed the achievement via a graphic by SensorTower.

It shows how DAZN has overtaken Major League Baseball after entering the charts at number two last year.

ESPN, thanks to success from their ESPN+ service featuring the likes of Vasyl Lomachenko. Terence Crawford and Tyson Fury, is now in second place.

MLB drops to third. NBA Basketball’s offering is fourth and remaining consistent.

DAZN

Speaking about their schedule, which rivals anyone’s for the remainder of 2019, Markowski lauded securing a deal between Canelo and Sergey Kovalev.

“In one year’s time, I believe we’ve managed to assemble the best schedule in the history of boxing,” he stated.

“Let’s just look where we are. Canelo vs. Kovalev – boxing’s biggest star jumping up two weight classes. Ruiz vs. Joshua II – the rematch of the biggest heavyweight upset in some year.

KSI Logan Paul 2 DAZN

“KSI vs. Logan Paul, bringing millions of new fans to the sport of boxing. GGG, back in title contention from MSG – the list goes on for DAZN.

“To our subscribers, you’re in for a tremendous end to 2019 and tremendous year to come,” added Markowski.

Predictions DAZN would fail miserably have now fallen by the wayside as Mexican superstar Canelo continues to drive new viewers.

His clash with Kovalev on November 2nd is set to further bolster an already impressive start for ‘DA-ZONE’.


DAZN LINE-UP – REMAINDER of 2019:

Sept. 13 – Devin Haney vs. Zaur Abdullaev & Amanda Serrano vs. Heather Hardy

Sept. 14 – Jaime Munguia vs. Patrick Allotey & Ryan Garcia vs. Avery Sparrow

Oct. 5 – Gennadiy “GGG” Golovkin vs. Sergiy Derevyanchenko

Oct. 12 – Oleksandr Usyk vs. Tyrone Spong

Oct. 26 – Regis Prograis vs. Josh Taylor (WBSS Junior Welterweight Final)

Nov. 2 – Katie Taylor, Anthony Crolla, Buatsi v Caparello

Nov. 7 – Naoya Inoue vs. Nonito Donaire (WBSS Bantamweight Final)

Nov. 9 – KSI vs. Logan Paul II

Dec. 7 – Ruiz vs. Joshua II Schedule is subject to change.

Further bouts and events will be confirmed.

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Career-altering cut swings Tyson Fury rematch in Deontay Wilder’s favor

Tyson Fury Deontay Wilder

The chances of Deontay Wilder defending his WBC heavyweight title successfully against Tyson Fury have increased significantly, thanks to Otto Wallin.

A terrible cut opened up by the Swede in his match-up against Fury in Las Vegas means serious consequences for the Lineal ruler.

Fury needed almost 50 stitches in the horror gash and will require constant plastic surgery throughout the remainder of his boxing career.

Any full-blown pressure on the patched-up eyebrow is sure to mean re-opening of the cut moving forward.

It’s bad news for ‘The Gypsy King’ as he pushes on to facing the biggest puncher in the division for a second time.

In the first meeting, Fury was down twice. There’s no telling how the Briton will be able to survive should his face go again early in the fight.

Referee Tony Weeks and Mexican cutman Jorge Capetillo effectively kept Fury’s undefeated run intact at the T-Mobile Arena, but the long-term effects can be devastating.

The situation leaves Fury in a very exposed for February 22nd, when Wilder has promised to fully target that area in their rematch.

“He’s very vulnerable. When he gets hit on the chin, it’s a wrap,” Wilder told ThaBoxingVoice.

Deontay Wilder punch Tyson Fury
📸 Esther Lin

“Otto Wallin was doing a great job up to that point, especially when he cut him over the eye. I thought he was going to get a stoppage.

“It looked like it was three inches wide and two inches deep. That’s the worst cut besides the (Vitali) Klitschko and Lennox fight. That was the worst cut I’ve seen in my life.”

On how the cut will play during the contest, Wilder added ominously: ”I can’t wait. I hope it heals well, and I can’t wait to see Mr. Fury.

“No matter what he does, when he fights me, it is going to open right back up. I’m going to pop it right back open.

“He can get plastic surgery, duck tape or staples, Super Glu or Hot Glu, Cement Glu. S***, he can go get some of that Flex Glu. It ain’t even going to matter.”


DELAY

Asked whether he’s willing to delay the February date to help Fury out, ‘The Bronze Bomber’ stated: “That’s not my problem if he’s ready or not. He signed the contract. That’s his problem. He better get ready.”

Bookmakers have squeezed Wilder’s odds in considerably since Fury’s last fight. Nine of the 27 major betting companies now have Wilder the favorite to win.

Fury was at far shorter odds before Wallin came along, and will need the best surgeon in the business in order to avoid a repeat of last weekend against the American.

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‘Selfie’ respect as starstruck Sergey Kovalev dwarfs Canelo in first meeting

Canelo vs Kovalev

It was all smiles and selfies as Sergey Kovalev ditched any intimidation tactics for his forthcoming super-fight with Canelo Alvarez.

The pair went face-to-face at a kick-off press conference at Union Station in Los Angeles, California.

Kovalev was more interested in taking snaps and shaking Canelo’s hand, rather than staring him down for their light-heavyweight meeting.

As Canelo and Kovalev formally announced their twelve-round fight for the WBO Light Heavyweight World Title, the media interest was massive.

No trash-talking took place. The champions proved respect can overshadow bad blood at an amicable gathering of both sides.

The event will take place on Saturday, Nov. 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Canelo v Kovalev will be streamed live on DAZN.

Speaking about his challenge to become a four-weight champion, Canelo said: “I’m very grateful to all the fans as always. I’m very motivated here. It’s an honor for me to share the ring with a fighter like Kovalev who I met in 2012. Now we’re about to make history.

“I know it’s going to be the most difficult fight of my professional career. I will give the best I have in the ring and that day we can yell “Viva Mexico.”

KOVALEV

Three-time light-heavyweight title holder, Kovalev, who was visibly huge compared to Canelo, was clearly happy to be involved.

“I’m very happy to be here back in Los Angeles,” he said. “Thanks to God and thanks to Canelo and his team for making this opportunity to get this fight.

“I think this is a big test for me in my boxing career because this is one of the best fighters in the world in boxing right now.

“I’m happy and I am excited. Thank you very much for your support.”


Canelo vs. Kovalev is a 12-round fight for the WBO Light Heavyweight World Title presented by Golden Boy, Main Events and Krusher Promotions.

The event is sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING.” Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle” and Brand-New Grapefruit Crush, Knockout Flavor.

The event will take place Saturday, Nov. 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

It will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN.

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HUGE pro vs amateur KO branded ‘brutal and criminal’ by WBC President

Jalolov Pro vs Amateur

Controversy has already been created in the World Amateur championships in Russia as Bakhodir Jalolov scored a massive knockout against Richard Torrez.

A match-up in the 91+kg category at the AIBA worlds in Ekaterinburg saw Jalolov pitted against young Torrez in the Quarter-Final.

Jalolov, a 25 year-old professional with six KO’s from six starts, is due back in the ring only this month on September 29th.

The US-based Uzbek has taken time out of his paid schedule in order to take advantage of what seems a ludacrous rule.

Southpaw Jalolov is allowed to compete against the amateurs. Which on the evidence of the Torrez fight can make the decision look a bad one.

World Boxing Council President, a staunch opposer to the new AIBA allowance, made his feelings quite clear. Sulaiman wasn’t happy.

“Brutal and criminal to allow a professional boxer Jalolov from Russia with 6-0 as a pro to fight outclassed, outweighed and far smaller USA 20 year old amateur Torrez at the AIBA world championship in Russia,” pointed out Sulaiman.

“Jalolov is scheduled for his 7th pro fight in 11 days in USA,” he added.


REACTION

Some fans agreed with Sulaiman and echoed his sentiment.

One said: “That is disgusting and a terrible thing. A sad day when the people on top corrupted. Shame on them.”

A second stated: “Despicable. Jalolov needs to be put in the ring with (WBC champion) Deontay Wilder. To have his block knocked off by a real champ.”

In equal amounts, there were those who took the opportunity to point out Torrez is a good fighter in his own right.

They included respected UK journalist Ron Lewis, who replied to Sulaiman: “He was a super-heavyweight. The AIBA weights for heavy/super heavy (91kg) are basically same as WBC weights cruiser/heavy (200lb). I didn’t realize (the) WBC was pushing for new classification by height.

Lewis added: “Torrez is also a full-time athlete who has been boxing internationally for five years. Torrez has actually had around 120 bouts. Which is the vast majority. So he is hardly some raw kid. You are doing him a huge disservice to suggest he is.

“Facts are amazing if you bother to do any research.”

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