Mikey: There’s still a lot more of Mikey Garcia left

Former three-division world champion Mikey Garcia (39-1, 30 KOs) spoke about his future plans on Friday’s ShoBox telecast from Midland, Texas. “I wanna do something before the end of the year and look for something BIG early next year. There’s still a lot more of Mikey Garcia left,” Mikey told Steve Farhood.

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Garcia unsuccessfully moved up two divisions to challenge IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence back in March, but the 31-year-old says he may stay in the higher weight class. “If the fight is available with the right guy I’ll do 147,” stated Mikey, “but 140 is a better suited fit for me.”

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Petrov demolishes Bell in two, targets Kingry

Former lightweight title challenger Petr “El Zar” Petrov (41-6-2, 22 KOs) destroyed journeyman Dedrick Bell (23-31-1, 11 KOs) in two rounds on Friday night at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. The 36-year-old Petrov outclassed Bell from the get-go and a left hook to the belly finished him. Time was 2:48.

After the fight, Petrov called out Ryan “Kingry” Garcia. Petrov was prepared to step in as a late sub against Garcia last Saturday night, but the bout was never finalized.

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Spence Jr.: I’m looking for the stoppage

By Jeff Zimmerman
Photos: Stacey Verbeek

Undefeated IBF Welterweight Champ Errol Spence Jr. (25-0, 21 KOs) entertained his hometown fans Thursday night outside at Texas Live in Arlington, Texas, as he wraps up camp to face WBC champ Shawn Porter (30-2-1, 17 KOs) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Saturday, Sept. 28 in a mega unification bout. Spence Jr. looked in tip-top shape as he snapped the mitts of trainer Derrick James in a light workout.
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“I feel good. I already trained earlier today. I feel good, I’m hungry. I’m ready to fight. I’m glad it’s only a week and some change to my fight.”

Trainer Derrick James echoed that sentiment as he believes Spence Jr. is as good as ever.

“He’s great. He’s rotating on the punches. You’ll see, I am looking forward to it as it has been a really good training camp, he’s very focused, poised, very precise. He’s ready.”

Spence Jr. and James, one of the best trainer, fighter combos in the game today have typically stuck to what has worked to this point, which means not making drastic changes to their preparation. Although they are always looking to add new wrinkles to their arsenal, they have usually relied on the same sparring partners to prepare Spence Jr, but for this camp, they brought in some new blood.

Both Spence Jr. and James like the work they got from it.

“It helped me a lot, a kid named Miguel, who is really good,” said Spence Jr. “He can really fight, tough, strong and can throw combinations and everything, so he helped me out a lot.

“I got some good sparring sessions in and I enjoyed sparring him a lot. It’s something fresh too, instead of sparring the same guy over and over again. It’s something different, so it got me more excited to spar.”

“We brought in a new guy to spar with him, a tough, really skilled young guy,” James said.

“He’s a phenomenal fighter and someone to look out for. He’s from Mexico and when I say great, he put a lot of pressure on EJ, boxed, backed him up. We didn’t have to mimic Shawn, we let him be himself.”

Spence Jr. and Porter have both shared the ring with former champion Kell Brook. Brook outboxed Porter for the IBF welterweight title back in 2014 and eventually lost it to Spence Jr. in 2017, giving Spence Jr. his first world title.

Spence Jr. took a few notes from the Porter-Brook clash but isn’t relying on it for his battle next Saturday night.

“I take a little bit from it, but I got my own style, my own gameplan, so I’m not going to take too much from it,” stated Spence Jr.

“Kell did outbox him, outpointed him and beat him up, but we got something else going, something else cooking, something else in the works that’s going to blow your mind.”

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James is more concerned on what he has seen of late and not so interested in what happened in Porter-Brook.

“I haven’t watched it one time,” James said. “I think he has probably gotten better since he fought Kell Brook, so I watch the more recent fights.”

And now that Porter has shown a tendency to box more of late, James is preparing Spence Jr. for multiple styles.

“We prepare for both styles, boxing or brawling. You see me moving around, EJ cutting the ring off and doing everything else. Porter may get a couple of shots in boxing, but we focus on what the probabilities are, that’s what we are thinking about.”

For all of Spence Jr. accomplishments, a U.S. Olympian, world champion and considered one of the top 5 pound for pound boxers in the world, there still seems to be doubters out there on whether he is “The Truth” or not. Spence Jr., to his credit, takes it all in stride and lets his fists do the talking.

“People just don’t believe it, so I just got to keep punching, keep making it look easy,” Spence Jr. explained. “I don’t know, you have to ask them. I guess they feel like it’s not true and I’m not the real deal, so they want to keep doubting me, so when something happens, they can say I told you so.

“I am going to keep dominating, keep looking good, keep winning in spectacular fashion and later on they may give me my credit, we’ll see.”

James shared his thoughts on the doubters of his prized pupil.

“You can’t worry about that,” stated James. “People are going to doubt him until the end of his career, so I think you just got to stay focused on who you are, keep trying to be better, keep working towards your personal goals and not worry about what the people say.”

And although the Spence Jr. fight with Garcia got a little heated at times, for the most part, both fighters showed their respect. However, Spence Jr. and Porter pre-fight banter has been amped up a bit more and seems to be more personal with Porter than it was with Garcia.

“A little bit. It’s definitely personal,” said Spence Jr. “For me, I just do my part, put on a devastating performance where I just shut him out, I just beat him up and get the stoppage so I’m just going to be calculating in there, smart in there, not do anything crazy.

“I’m looking for the stoppage, definitely.”

And in the world of Spence Jr., Porter is just another stepping stone in his quest for greatness. Spence has stated in the past his goal was to clean out the welterweight division and then move up to 154 and do the same. A victory on Saturday, Sept 28th in Los Angeles, Spence Jr. will be halfway there at 147.

“My goal is to be undisputed welterweight champion of the world, so hopefully I can make that happen next year.”

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Uzcategui returns Saturday in Tijuana

Former IBF super middleweight champion Jose “Bolivita” Uzcategui returns Saturday in Tijuana in a special feature that Zanfer Promotions will present in a new venue for boxing: La Casa de los Zonkeys, in the Unidad Deportiva af the Comandancia “Santos Meza.” Uzcategui (28-3, 23 KOs) will face Roberto “Hércules” Valdez (15-9, 7 KO) in a ten rounder. It will be Uzcategui’s comeback fight after losing his world title to Caleb Plant last January.

For Uzcategui, a Venezuelan based in Tijuana, this will be a tune-up fight after eight months without a fight. After having two international dates fall through, Zanfer scheduled Uzcategui this Saturday in Tijuana against an opponent who likes to mix it up and often participates spectacular fights with plenty of action and excitement.

In the main event, jr welterweight Omar “Pollo” Aguilar (12-0, 11 KOs), one of the most exciting prospects of Mexican boxing, meets Jorge Arturo Labonia (9-1, 7 KOs) in a duel of power punchers.

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Canelo: It’s important to be 4-division world champ

By Miguel Maravilla

Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) will have the biggest challenge of his career when he takes on three-time light heavyweight world champion and current WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (34-3-1, 28 KOs) on November 2nd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and live on DAZN.

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“I feel great about this fight. Kovalev is a great fighter. This is what motivates me taking a risk,” Canelo told Fightnews.com®. “Anything that represents a challenge is great for me. I feel that my abilities will be the key to victory.”

Coming off a unanimous decision over former world champion Daniel Jacobs in May, Alvarez was impressive in edging out the Brooklyn fighter and unifying the IBF middleweight title.

“I felt great in that fight and I came out with the victory. It was after that fight, about two weeks after that fight when I began looking at Kovalev as a potential opponent,” Canelo said.

The 29-year-old, Alvarez was recently stripped of his IBF middleweight title for not fighting number one rated Sergey Derevechenko. What followed was a series of finger-pointing amongst camp members as Canelo expressed his disappointment.

“It’s an unfortunate situation. I just felt I had my hands were tied and I couldn’t do nothing about it,” Canelo said on being stripped of the IBF title

Canelo will be moving up in weight as he will attempt to win his fourth world title in four weight classes.

“It’s important to be a four-division world champion,” Canelo said. You need to take risks to build a legacy.”

Winning his first world title at 154, Alvarez has also won titles at 160 defeating Miguel Cotto, unifying the middleweight title with a win over Gennady Golovkin in their rematch. Last December he added more to his resume when he stopped Rocky Fielding at Madison Square Garden, winning the WBA World super middleweight title.

“This is a challenge for my legacy,” Canelo said.

Now Canelo goes up against the hard-hitting Russian slugger, Kovalev.

“I respect Kovalev. We met back in 2012 and I never thought I would fight him,” Canelo stated. “He has a very difficult style.”

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Just when it seemed that Kovalev was done after being stopped by Eleider Alvarez last summer. The Krusher has since bounced back, avenging his K.O loss in winning a unanimous decision over Eleider Alvarez. Kovalev is coming off a stoppage over top-rated Anthony Yarde last month. Now he looks to add another Alvarez to his list of defeated opponents.

“Kovalev is the best at his division. He has fought a lot of great fighters and just defeated the number one mandatory challenger. He has fought Hopkins and did what he had to do. I thought Kovalev surprised Andre Ward in that first fight,” Canelo said.

With the fight over a month away, Canelo and his team, trainer Eddie Reynoso and his father, manager Jose “Chepo” Reynoso have been preparing for Kovalev in San Diego, California. Canelo talked about his camp.

“It’s been good. Eddie and Chepo always do a good job. I’m ready,” said Canelo, who is looking to become one of only four Mexicans to win four world titles in four weight classes. If victorious, Canelo will join the list with Mexican legends Erik Morales, Juan Manuel Marquez, and Jorge Arce.

“I want to go down as one of the best fighters in Mexican and boxing history,” Canelo commented.

Despite those accomplishments, the boxing fans and most particularly the hardcore Mexican boxing fans will not be satisfied until he steps in the ring a third time with his arch-rival former middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin.

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Promoter Oscar De La Hoya stated that “next year we will definitely see a third fight between Canelo and Golovkin. For now, let’s stay tuned for what’s next.”

“Oscar says lots of things that don’t make sense,” Canelo said. “Right now my focus is Kovalev and winning that fourth world title in four weight divisions.”

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Kovalev: Canelo is a great fighter

By Miguel Maravilla

Three-time world champion and current WBO light heavyweight champion, Russia’s Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (34-3-1, 28 KOs) will look to put a stop to the reign of Mexican superstar WBC, WBA middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) as pound for pound king on Saturday, November 2nd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas live on DAZN. Fightnews.com® caught up with the Krusher as he talked about his upcoming showdown with Canelo.

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“This is the biggest fight of my life. This is a huge fight and huge test for me November 2. Canelo is a great fighter,” Sergey Kovalev said. “I respect Canelo, one hundred percent. He is taking a risk. My name is the biggest name at light heavyweight.”

Since being stopped by Eleider Alvarez last summer. The Krusher has since bounced back, avenging his KO loss in winning a unanimous decision over Eleider Alvarez and regaining the WBO light heavyweight title. The champ is coming off a stoppage over mandatory challenger Anthony Yarde last month. Now he looks to add another Alvarez to his list of defeated opponents.

“Big breaks killed me in between fights. Now I rest and get back to the gym and get ready to fight. I rested 3 weeks after my last fight,” Kovalev said. “Over-training also hurt me for those fights that I lost.”

The Krusher will be in his second fight with respected trainer and former world champion Buddy McGirt to his corner. McGirt was very instrumental in guiding Kovalev to avenge his defeat and polishing up his boxing style.

“I have a real professional in Buddy McGirt. He is a real pro trainer. What I had before was someone just holding a towel. After my last loss, I was looking for a trainer. After one workout, I liked him and he is the right one.”

Kovalev and McGirt have been grinding it out in training camp as they prepare for Canelo.

“I feel confident with Buddy. He has taught me to be more patient, to box, and to look for the knockout,” Kovalev said. “We will be working on what Canelo brings.”

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The Mexican superstar has won three world titles in three weight classes as he looks to dethrone Kovalev. Winning titles at super welterweight (154), middleweight (160) and most recently added the WBA super middleweight world title with a stoppage over Rocky Fielding last December.

“I have known Canelo since 2012. Him and I, we have the same mentality. He is young and dangerous with lots of skills,” Kovalev said. “He saw my comeback fight and decided to challenge me. He is the best boxer and has decided to challenge me.”

Since suffering back to back defeats at the hands of Andre Ward, a controversial decision and a stoppage in the rematch. Kovalev has definitely moved on from Ward as the champ feels that a win over Canelo, will definitely serve his legacy.

“Canelo is a better fighter than Ward. 100 percent,” Kovalev responded when asked by a reporter.

“A victory over Canelo will be a glory for my legacy.”

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