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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EXCLUSIVE: Ricky Hatton’s son Campbell in no rush to turn professional

Ricky Hatton Campbell Hatton

Following in the footsteps of not only a former world champion father but also a European champion uncle, Campbell Hatton is looking to learn as much as he can from both before turning professional.

Hatton trains with both his father and uncle, Ricky and Matthew and feels he is improving all the time.

“Training with my dad and Matt is going really well,” Hatton exclusively told World Boxing News. “They are bringing me on with every training session.

“The experience they have from their careers, both boxing at the very top level means their advice is the best I could get.

“One thing I’ve noticed with them is that they see small things and mistakes that make a big difference. Most people wouldn’t notice which is what I think is improving me the most.”

WBN recently spoke to uncle Matthew Hatton, who told us Campbell was close but not quite ready for the paid ranks.

“I think Campbell needs a little bit more experience in the amateurs,” Matthew said. “One of my regrets as an amateur, I had a similar amount of bouts as Campbell has now.

“One of my regrets is I think I turned professional too soon really. I think I should have got a bit more amateur experience behind me.

We have got to learn from the past.


PROFESSIONAL

Hatton agreed with this assessment.

“Yeah I am really looking forward to turning pro but I do realise I wouldn’t be ready to turn over right now,” said Hatton.

Big things are expected from the younger member of the Hatton clan and it won’t be long before we see him in the professional game. He has unfinished business in the amateurs first.

“Coming up I’ve got two sets of championships in November and February so there’s an opportunity for me to get lots of experience. Fights there which would be daft not to go for.

“So at the minute there’s no time of when we plan for me to turn professional yet I’ve got plenty of time. There’s no rush so even though it is the goal we are working towards we are concentrating on now and what I’ve already got coming up.”

Campbell will continue his development under both Ricky and Matthew, with a potential view to looking at a pro move in late 2020.

Mick Kane is a Staff Writer to World Boxing News. Follow Mick on Twitter @MickKaneMMA

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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
📸 Mikey Williams

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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Steven Donnelly crowned Ultimate Boxxer 5 champion in London

Steven Donnelly

Ballymena fighter Steven Donnelly took the next step in his professional career on Friday night. Donnelly emerged victorious amongst the super welterweights at Ultimate Boxxer 5, after an enthralling night of action at a sold-out Indigo at the O2 in London.

The 2016 Rio Olympian saw off the gutsy challenge of Lenny Fuller in the final. Donnelly followed up on a first-up victory over Ish O’Connor and a semi-final win over the teak-tough Sean Robinson, after he, in turn, had defeated Lewis Syrett in their opening clash.

‘It’s just unbelievable. The training has paid off. It’s been a tough six or seven weeks.’ the Golden Robe winner told Layla Anna-Lee, live on BT Sport after securing the tournament win.

‘We sparred hard in training, three or four rounds, then a 10-minute break by the side of the ring. Then we go again.

“We were prepared for anything that came our way. I proved that. I used my jab well. My boxing ability shone through in the end.

“It’s hard to switch from the amateurs to the pros, it’s a different game. I’m learning and I’m getting there,’ he added.

Donnelly, 31, made short work of O’Connor in the quarter-final. He secured the win via KO within the opening round.

A sterner test awaited in the last-four against former Southern Area title holder Robinson. Each of the three judges awarded the contest to the Northern Irishman, scoring the bout 29-28 to set up the final with Fuller.

In the other half of the draw, Fuller brutally dispatched Kingsley ‘Obi’ Egbunike within 32 seconds in the opening quarter-final of the night, while Joshua Ejakpovi saw off the gritty Kaan Hawes on points in their last-eight encounter.

However Ejakpovi – the more experienced fighter – could do little to stem the tide against a rampant Fuller in the semi-final with the Maidstone man awarded the contest by all three judges.

That set up a final against the three-time Commonwealth Games contender Donnelly. It proved to be one fight too many for the brave Fuller, who succumbed to a flurry of punches from the Northern Irishman halfway through the second round.

Donnelly left the arena as the Ultimate Boxxer 5 champion.


Results

QF1: Lenny Fuller bt Kingsley Egbunike (TKO)

QF2: Josh Ejakpovi bt Kaan Hawes (UD)

QF3: Sean Robinson bt Lewis Syrett (UD)

QF4: Steven Donnelly bt Ish O’Connor (KO)

SF1: Fuller bt Ejakpovi (UD)

SF2: Donnelly bt Robinson (UD)

F: Donnelly bt Fuller (TKO)

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Errol Spence sends ominous warning to Shawn Porter, promises ‘calculated knockout’

Errol Spence Jr. has promised a destructive performance against Shawn Porter before taking out the WBC champion in a calculated fashion.
Unbeaten IBF Welterweight Champion and Dallas hometown hero “The Truth” Spence Jr. hosted a media workout for fans Thursday at Texas Live! In Arlington as he nears his welterweight title unification clash against “Showtime”.

The event is headlining a FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View on Saturday, September 28 from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.

Tickets for the September 28th event, which is promoted by Man Down Promotions, TGB Promotions and Shawn Porter Promotions, are on sale now and can be purchased at AXS.com.

Spence met with fans and showed off his skills along with head trainer Derrick James at Thursday’s open to the public event, which also featured DJ Bay Bay from KKDA-FM in Dallas.

ERROL SPENCE JR.

“Anyone who doubts me just motivates me to keep grinding and go even harder. They can keep doubting me but I’m going to stay focused and train hard.

“Everything I said I’d do in a fight I’ve done so far. I expect a knockout and that’s what’s going to happen on September 28.

“There are parts of Shawn’s game that I know I can exploit. We work hard to be ready for any kind of style he tries to bring. I’m mentally preparing to break him down and make it a calculated knockout.

“The winner of this fight is definitely going to be the best welterweight in the world. There’s no way around it. Being a unified champion and stamping my place in the division makes me even hungrier to win.

“I’m looking to make a statement by being the first person to knock Shawn out. I showed people that I have the great boxing skills against Mikey Garcia, and now I’m going to remind everyone about my power on September 28.

“I’m different than anybody Shawn’s ever fought. I’m not Keith Thurman and I’m not Danny Garcia. Shawn has been in a lot of close fights with great fighters, but I’m going to bring something he’s never seen before.”

“I’m going to listen to my coach and stick to the game plan he’s giving me. None of the outside noise and nothing Shawn can say is going to knock me off track.

“Kenny Porter has been an assistant coach for me in the past during the amateurs, but I don’t think it’s going to have an impact on this fight. You can see a fighter’s strengths and weaknesses on film without having to be in the gym with them.”


DERRICK JAMES, Spence’s Trainer

“Both fighters are very familiar with each other and that should make this a really exciting fight for boxing fans. Shawn and Errol are both going to have to make adjustments on the fly and whoever executes better is going to be victorious.

“Errol is ready to go 12 rounds if he needs, but we know that we have a game plan to get this knockout. It’s definitely something that Errol is looking for to make the statement that he wants.

“I know that Errol is focused only on what he has in front of him. He knows the style that Shawn brings into the ring and because of it, you have to be mentally there 100 percent. Or he can wear you down. I don’t expect Errol to have any trouble with any aggressive tactics from Shawn.”

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Billy Joe Saunders explains decision to fight on YouTube star bill in Los Angeles

World Champion Billy Joe Saunders has explained his decision to compete on the undercard of a fight involving two YouTube stars on November 9.

Saunders will make his long-awaited US debut when he defends his WBO Super-Middleweight World title for the first time on the blockbuster KSI vs. Logan Paul 2 show at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.

The event is live on the world’s number one sports app, DAZN.

Saunders (28-0, 13 KOs) became a two-weight World Champion with a shutout points win over Shefast Isufi in Stevenage earlier this year, outclassing his Serbian opponent over 12 rounds to land the WBO 168lbs title.

The Hatfield southpaw’s first World title came against Irish fight legend Andy Lee at Manchester Arena in December 2015 when he floored the former champion twice in the third round on route to a majority decision to claim the WBO Middleweight crown.

Saunders signed a promotional deal with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing in August and is out to impress on his big DAZN debut later this year as he aims to secure megafights with the likes of Callum Smith, Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez.

“It feels like my professional debut all over again,” said Saunders. “I’m very excited to fight in front of the American fans for the first time in my professional career. The STAPLES Center is an unbelievable venue and I’m hearing that 20,000 people are expected to be packed in on the night.

“It’s a great chance to get some new fans onboard and a chance to capitalise on putting my name in the big lights in America. The KSI vs. Logan Paul rematch has really captured the imagination of the British and American public and it’s something that sells. Fair play to them both, it’s going to be a great show.

“People say, ‘oh you’re on the undercard’, but I feel like we’re all sharing the show, we’re all absorbing that energy off the fans. I’ve seen the numbers they attract, over six million people watched the press conference alone, and all eyes will be on us on November 9.

“I’m looking forward to making my debut with Matchroom Boxing live on DAZN. There’s been some brilliant names signed to DAZN recently and there’s some big names on the platform. It’s time to really put my impressing shoes on and put my name out there for those big fights to be made.”

“I’m really pleased for Billy that he will get to make his US debut on November 9 at the superb STAPLES Center,” said Eddie Hearn. “Everyone in the sport knows that he is one of the best out there at 160lbs and 168lbs and he wanted the opportunity to prove that he IS the best.

 

“This event will be huge with a chance for Billy to box in front of a massive global audience of boxing fans and a casual audience that we hope will fall in love with our sport. A strong performance in November can set up all the mega fights for him in 2020.”

Saunders’ opponent will be announced next week.

General sale tickets are available to purchase now via www.axs.com

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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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