[VIDEO] Gennady “TRIPLE G” Golovkin vs. Saul “CANELO” Alvarez Aftermath: WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

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[VIDEO] WEIGHTS FROM VEGAS: CANELO, 160 TRIPLE G, 160!!! It’s ON!

The weights are in.   There were over 9,000 people at today’s weigh-in.

 

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennady “Triple G” Golovkin both made weight.  Golovkin looked to be in good shape, but Canelo looked absolutely ripped!  Both weighed-in at 160 pounds.

 

Folks, if you can’t afford the pay-per-view, the fight will be shown at movie theatres across the country.  Go to Fathomevents.com.  Tickets for the movie screens are in the $18 – $25 range.

 

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez & Gennady “GGG” Golovkin Stacked Pay-Per-View Card To be streamed live on RingTV.com, powered by Flipps Media

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez & Gennady “GGG” Golovkin
Stacked Pay-Per-View Card
To be streamed live on RingTV.com, powered by Flipps Media
 
Live this Saturday from Las Vegas
Fight Week activities and non-PPV fights to be
Streamed live for Free on FITE TV
      

          

NEW YORK, NY(September 12, 2017) – RingTV.com and Flipps Media today jointly announced the full “Supremacy” fight week streamed activities, headlined by this Saturday night’s (Sept. 16) super-fight between two-division, current The Ring magazine and lineal world middleweight titlist Canelo Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) and reigning IBF/WBA/WBC Middleweight World Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs), in the 12-round main event on Mexican Independence Day.
 
“Canelo vs. Golovkin”, presented by Golden Boy Promotions and GGG Promotions, will air live on www.ringtv.com Pay Per View ($79.99) in the United States and Canada, starting at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT, from an already sold-out T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The PPV broadcast will be available to watch in HD, in both English and Spanish.
 
Watch Canelo vs. Golovkin here
 
RingTV.com will be the online programming apparatus for purchasing and viewing the “Supremacy” PPV with Flipps Media providing technology to drive “Supremacy” programming.
 
The non-PPV undercard and other fight-week programming, including the “Supremacy” final press conference and official weigh-in, will be streamed live globally, FREE on the FITE TV app, available for iOS and Android devises, as well as on www.FITE.tv (see schedule below).
 
Tattoo Live and Ring TV Live feature live interviews about the latest from Canelo vs. Golovkin Fight Week from Las Vegas.
 
 
FITE TV “SUPREMACY” FIGHT-WEEK LINE-UP
 
TUESDAY, SEPT. 12
3:00-4:45 p.m. ET – Canelo vs. Golovkin Grand Arrivals
9:00-9:30 p.m. ET – Ring TV Live
10:00-10:30 p.m. ET – Tattoo Live
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 13
3:00-4:15 p.m. ET – Canelo vs. Golovkin Final Press Conference
6:00-7:30 p.m. ET – Canelo vs. Golovkin Undercard Media Workouts
9:00-9:30 p.m. ET – Ring TV Live
10:00-10:30 p.m. ET – Tattoo Live
 
THURSDAY, SEPT. 14
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET – Canelo vs. Golovkin Undercard Press Conference
6:00-6:30 p.m. ET – Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN Weigh In
10:00-11:00 p.m. ET – Live Between The Ropes
 
FRIDAY, SEPT. 15
3:30-4:30 p.m. ET – Canelo vs. Golovkin Official Weigh In
 
SATURDAY, SEPT. 16
6:00-8:00 p.m. ET – Canelo vs. Golovkin Undercard
8:00-12:00 p.m. ET – Canelo vs. Golovkin Live Pay-Per-View Event
 
 
The mythical pound-for-pound title is also at stake in the “Supremacy” main event as the Alvarez vs. Golovkin winner — both fighters are rated among the top 5 in virtually all polls used to rank fighters regardless of weight classes – will become the undisputed world middleweight champion and arguably the world’s best of the best.
 
RingTV.com, powered by Flipps Media, will live stream four pay-per-view fights and three preliminary bouts. The eight fighters in the four pay-per-view fights have a combined 217.3.3 (147 KOs) record, including the 86-1-1 (67) Canelo-GGG record.
 
The English language stream will have Golden Boy Promotions blow-by-blow announcer Beto Duran, while veteran boxing reporter and Ringtv.com editor Doug Fischer will serve as color commentator. In Spanish, commentary will be supplied by Jorge Milhe and Ernesto Amador.
 
In the 10-round co-feature, unbeaten featherweights Joseph “JoJo” Diaz, Jr. (24-0, 13 KOs) and Jorge “Pilon” Lara (29-0-2, 21 KOs) battle in the World Boxing Council (WBC) Title Eliminator to position the winner for a world title shot against WBC Featherweight World Champion Gary Russel, Jr.
 
2012 U.S. Olympian Diaz, fighting out of South El Monte, California, is the reigning North American Boxing Federation (NABF) and North American Boxing Organization (NABO) featherweight champion.   The slick southpaw is rated among the top 10 by all four major sanctioning bodies – WBO #1, WBC #2, IBF #4 and WBA #9 – as well as No. 7 by The Ring magazine. His Mexican opponent, Lara, is ranked No. 5 and 6, respectively, by the WBC and WBA, in addition to No. 9 by The Ring.

Gennady Golovkin Dodgers 1st Pitch Video

“NOW PITCHING FOR THE DODGERS,
GENNADY ‘GGG’ GOLOVKIN!”
 
Undefeated Unified World Middleweight Champion
Tapped For Ceremonial First Pitch
Before Dodgers vs. Rockies Game
 
Courtesy Golden Boy Promotions & GGG Promotions
            
         
LOS ANGELES (September, 2017) — Boxing’s No. 1 superhero and undefeated WBC/WBA/IBF/IBO Middleweight World Champion, GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN, kicked off Fight Week by serving up the hard cheese when he took the mound at Dodger Stadium.  Currently boxing’s longest-reigning world champion, Golovkin will be threw the ceremonial first pitch before the Dodgers vs. Rockies game this afternoon.  Golovkin, who completed his most rigorous training camp ever on Saturday, at The Summit Gym, the high-altitude training complex in Big Bear, Calif., pitched on just one day’s rest, but hey, that’s what superheroes do!
 “Gennady threw the heater today, just like he will on September 16 against Canelo,” said trainer Abel Sanchez.
 Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) who has been middleweight champion since 2010, is in deep training for his 19th consecutive title defense – one short of the all-time record – against lineal and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Champion and Mexican icon Canelo Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs).  Canelo vs. Golovkin is the long-awaited showdown to determine supremacy of the storied middleweight division and arguably the pound-for-pound rankings.
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 Canelo vs. Golovkin is a 12-round fight for the middleweight championship of the world presented by Golden Boy Promotions and GGG Promotions and sponsored by Tecate “BORN BOLD”; Hennessy, Never Stop, Never Settle; O’Reilly Auto Parts. Better Parts, Better Prices…everyday!; Fred Loya Insurance; Interjet; Thor: Ragnarok; Fathom Events; Tsesnabank; and Capital Holdings. Diaz, Jr. vs. Lara is 12-round WBC Featherweight Title Eliminator bout presented by Golden Boy Promotions. Caballero vs. De La Hoya is a 10-round fight for the NABF Super Bantamweight Championship presented by Golden Boy Promotions. Martin vs. Rojo is a 10-round lightweight fight for the WBC Continental Americas and vacant WBA Intercontinental Championships presented by Golden Boy Promotions and GGG Promotions in association with Cancun Boxing. The event will take place Saturday, Sept. 16 at T-Mobile Arena 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.
 
            
Episode #2 of 24/7 Canelo/Golovkin premieres Saturday, Sept. 9 on HBO immediately following the live Boxing After Dark triple header from the StubHub Center at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT.
           
Remaining tickets for the closed circuit telecast of Canelo vs. Golovkin at Bellagio Resort & Casino, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, The Mirage Hotel & Casino, Monte Carlo Resort and Casino, New York-New York Hotel & Casino, Luxor Hotel and Casino and Circus Circus Las Vegas are priced at $75, not including applicable fees. All seats are general admission and are currently on sale. Tickets may be purchased at any MGM Resorts International Box Office, by phone with a major credit card at 1-800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
 
            
Photos and videos are available for download by clicking here or copying and pasting the link http://bit.ly/CaneloGolovkin into a browser. Credit must be given to Golden Boy Promotions for photos and videos used.

For more information, visit www.goldenboypromotions.com and www.hbo.com/boxing; follow on Twitter @GoldenBoyBoxing, @Canelo, @gggboxing, @OscarDeLaHoya, @hboboxing and @TomLoeffler1; become a fan on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxing, www.facebook.com/gggboxing, and www.facebook.com/HBOBoxing; follow on Instagram @GoldenBoyBoxing,  @Canelo, @gggboxing, @HBOboxing and  @OscarDeLaHoya; and follow the conversation using #CaneloGGG.

Srisaket Sor Rungvisai destroys Roman Gonzalez… Estrada defeats Cuadras – Results

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Story:  Jeff Sorby

WBC super flyweight world champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (43-4-1, 39 KOs) dealt former multiple world champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (46-2, 38 KOs) a terrible defeat in knocking him out in the 4th round on Saturday night in the main event of the “SuperFly” Card on HBO Championship Boxing at the Stub Hub Center in Carson. California.

Rungvisai was hitting Gonzalez at will with huge power shots in rounds 1-3. In the 4th, Rungvisai knocked Gonzalez down hard with a big shot to the head. Gonzalez got back up but was quickly knocked down a second time.

This time there would be no getting back up for “Chocolatito,” as the referee Tom Taylor stopped the fight at 1:18. Gonzalez was not going to be able to get back up to continue fighting even if he wanted to. He was hurt, lying on his back and staring up at the ceiling.

There was nothing competitive about the fight. Rungvisai was unloading on Gonzalez in the first 3 rounds, and making a lot of noise each time he would land. The impact of Rungvisai’s shots to the head of Gonzalez was brutal. Rungvisai was hitting Gonzalez with shots that you would expect from a lightweight, not a super flyweight. But in looking at how big Rungvisai was after he rehydrated, he looked like a lightweight

 

For his part, Gonzalez still looked like a guy that belongs in the flyweight division. He was too small to be inside the ring with Rungvisai, and it was the same situation in the first fight. The fact that Gonzalez was able to hang with Rungvisai and lose a 12 round decision last March in fight No.1 between them is a testament to the huge talent of Gonzalez. But it was a size mismatch.

The victory for Rungvisai, 30, closes the show for the 2-fights between him and Gonzalez once and for all, I hope. Rungvisai needs to move on to face guys that are more his size at super flyweight like WBO super flyweight champion Naoya Inoue. Juan Francisco Estrada is now Rungvisai’s mandatory challenger after he beat Carlos Cuadras tonight. He’s an option for Rungvisai as well. I think the fans would like to see a unification fight between Rungvisai and Inoue. I’m not sure if Inoue’s management is interested in a fight against Rungvisai. It would have been better or Inoue if Gonzalez had beaten Rungvisai, as he’s a bigger name than Rungvisai. Gonzalez vs. Inoue would play out well in Tokyo, Japan. I don’t think Inoue-Rungvisai is nearly as big.

 

Gonzalez’s next move with his boxing career will be interesting to see. I don’t know what he’s going to do. If he stays at 115, he’ll likely get bludgeoned by the bigger fighters in this weight class no matter who he faces. If Gonzalez moves back down to the flyweight division, he could do well, as long as his punch resistance is still there. You never know. Gonzalez took a career’s worth of hard shots in his last 3 fights against Rungvisai and Cuadras. It was not a smart move on Gonzalez’s part to move up to super flyweight. Hopefully, it’s not too late for him to realize that mistake and move back down to 112.

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Former WBA/WBO flyweight champion Juan Francisco Estrada (36-2, 25 KOs) overcame a slow start to come on in the second half of the contest to defeat former WBC super flyweight champion Carlos Cuadras (36-2-1, 27 KOs) by a 12 round unanimous decision at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California.

The win for Estrada, 27, makes him the No.1 WBC mandatory challenger to WBC 115 lb. champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai. As good as Rungvisai looked tonight, Estrada might be better off moving back down to 112 and picking up where he left off in beating all comers.

The 3 judges scored the fight 114-113, 114-113 and 114-113, all for Estrada. It was definitely a close fight. Cuadras looked very good in the first quarter of the fight. He was too big, too strong and too active for Estrada during those rounds. If Cuadras had continued to fight at that level, he would have won the fight with ease. However, Cuadras started to tire in round 5, and Estrada was able to come on and take over the fight.

After the fight, the ringside announcer goofed up and announced that Cuadras had won the fight. The boxing crowd at the Stub Hub Center hated the decision, and they booed loudly. Cuadras was jubilant at thing he won the fight. He went to all around the ring, waving to the boxing fans in the crowd.

 

It was pretty funny when the ringside announcer corrected his mistake and said that Estrada was the winner. Poor Cuadras looked like he lost his best friend. He looked miserable. I don’t know how Cuadras could think he won the fight, as he was knocked down in round 10 by a hard-right hand from Estrada and dominated in the entire second half of the fight.

Cuadras did fight remarkably well in rounds 1 through 4. But starting in the 5th, you could see that Cuadras was tired, and unable to fight Estrada off. Estrada was attacking Cuadras constantly in the last 9 rounds.

Estrada didn’t always get the better of the action though. I thought Cuadras fought well enough to win rounds 9 and 12. It was pretty close as far as the rounds won by both fighters. The main difference in the fight was the knockdown. That really saved Estrada from losing the fight is he didn’t get the knockdown in round 10m he surely would have come up empty.

Estrada will need to make a lot of improvements in his game if he wants to beat Rungvisai, because right now he looks too small and weak to do the job.

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WBO super flyweight world champion Naoya “The Monster” Inoue (14-0, 12 KOs) easily took care of Antonio “Carita” Nieves (17-2-2, 9 KOs) in beating him by a 6th round retirement stoppage on Saturday night on the “SuperFly” card at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California. Continue reading

[VIDEO] GENNADY “TRIPLE G” GOLOVKIN CONFERENCE CALL & TRANSCRIPT

Listen in as Gennady “GGG” Golovkin talks about his September 16 showdown with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.

The transcript is below the video.

 

TOM LOEFFLER: Thank you, Fred. We couldn’t be more excited about this fight coming up September 16. As Fred mentioned, it’s really the fight not only for the middleweight supremacy, but boxing supremacy. The winner of this fight, these two champions, world class fighters, the best middleweights in the world, I think the winner is really going to be considered the best fighter in the sport of boxing.

We had a tremendous kickoff media day on Monday at L.A. Live, where we had over 3,000 fans there, tons of media. The interest for this fight now is really reaching a fevered pitch. We’d like to thank HBO, who had a tremendous debut of 24/7 last Saturday after the Cotto fight. The Under the Lights show will be premiering this Saturday, and then the second episode, which everyone’s eagerly awaiting, will be after — September 9, when Chocolatito takes on Rungvisai in their rematch on the Super Fly show. So September 9 will be the second episode of 24/7.

It’s been a tremendous training camp. I know Abel is really pleased at how everything is going. I’ll just put on Abel to say a few words, and we can get straight into the questions for GGG, for Abel, or myself.

ABEL SANCHEZ: Thank you very much, Tom. Thank you very much to all the media that’s tuned in.

We’re having a great training camp as always. We’ve been at camp since July the 1st. Probably by fight time we’ll have two months and a couple weeks. We’re looking forward to a good fight, to a difficult fight, obviously, but that’s the way all these fights at this level should be. Thank you very much for tuning in. We’ll wait for some questions.

FRED STERNBURG: Gennady, before we open it up for questions, any comments? How’s camp going, and how do you feel with this fight finally coming up? We’re only 2 weeks away, 2 1/2 weeks.

GENNADY GOLOVKIN: Yeah, I feel great. Good morning, everybody. I’m very excited for this fight. I have, you’re right, like a couple weeks, like two weeks. My weight is good. I feel good. Everything is good. I’m okay. I’m okay. I’m ready.

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Q. As the trainer for Gennady, I’d like to hear your perspective on just basically how Gennady has been as far as like his excitement level. Because I know how much he’s wanted this fight, and I think you’ve wanted this fight for a quite a while. Is there like an additional spring in his step as he gets ready for the fight that he’s really wanted compared to some of the other ones that were maybe not as anticipated as this? And could you describe what you see in him.

ABEL SANCHEZ: Absolutely, there’s been a sparkle in his eye. It’s not so much because of this fight. It could have been any big name fight that was out there. It just so happens that this is the one that was made, that was able to be made.

He’s just been a little frustrated the last couple years that he hasn’t had that marquee name to step up and want to fight him. The names go on. But happy that it is finally here. It’s 2 1/2 weeks away. Couldn’t be more excited, myself or him. I have to say he has a sparkle in his eye. He’s a little bit different than he has been, and that’s exciting for me because I know we’re going to get a great fight.

Q. When this fight is over and if Gennady is victorious, what do you think that will mean for the way he’s remembered in boxing? Because a lot of people see he has this great record, great knockout streak, but it lacks for star power in terms of the names on the record.

ABEL SANCHEZ: I think that Canelo fighting Mayweather a couple years ago, whenever that was, I think stamps him as a bona fide elite fighter, let me just say. If Golovkin — or when Golovkin does to him on the 16th what I think he’s going to do to him, it will stamp Golovkin as a superstar because I think he’s going to dominate him and do what Floyd couldn’t do.

The 16th is a pivotal period, a pivotal day in Gennady’s career, and I think how people are going to remember it, but we still have the 16th to go. Hopefully after the fight, I’m telling you the same things.

Q. Can you describe to me what you think a victory would mean for your legacy in boxing. Because you’ve got a lot of wins, a lot of knockouts. As I said, you have that great knockout streak, but for a variety of reasons, you have yet to get the opportunity to face one of the true superstars in boxing until this point. So what would that mean for the way you’re remembered?

GENNADY GOLOVKIN: Right now maybe I’m not (indiscernible). Seriously, right now, I want to start and I want to win this fight because maybe for me this win will be like a history fight, like Leonard vs. Hagler. Like middleweight division, I believe the boxing division will come back. And Canelo, he’s a very special guy.

Right now for us it’s huge. Especially for me, it’s huge.

Q. Can you just describe — as I asked Abel about you’ve had — you’ve prepared yourself and always been in great shape for your fights, but sometimes they were fights that everybody sort of expected you to win very easily. I think this fight is a fight that there’s a division, that people think you’re going to win and some people think that Canelo Alvarez is going to win. So just give me your perspective on finally being in a fight that there’s some doubt in, that people think, hey, maybe the other guy might win, and how excited you are for that kind of competition.

TOM LOEFFLER: Dan, I can jump in on that. This is definitely the closest odds of any fight that Gennady’s been involved in, and I think that’s what makes this so intriguing is that 50 percent of the people think that Canelo is going to win and 50 percent think that Gennady’s going to win. That’s where, I think, the outcome is definitely in doubt, and it makes that much bigger of an event. Gennady can add to that, if he wants.

Q. Tom, do you have an opinion for what it would mean for people as they look back — his career is not over, obviously — but his legacy? Everyone needs that one big, big victory to kind of stamp themselves as a true great.

TOM LOEFFLER: Well, 100 percent. As Gennady said, it’s a legacy fight for him. He’s had so many knockouts in his career. He holds the highest knockout percentage in the middleweight division. If there’s any criticism that people have of Gennady, it’s the level of competition, but they have to look at the opponents, not at Gennady. We’ve had a terrible time getting people in the ring with him. And that’s why we had respect for all the people that had gotten in the ring with him previously.

This is clearly — you know, Canelo is a proven pay-per-view star. The event is sold out in Vegas. Gennady brings his fan base. This just brings — you know, the sum of both fighters is much bigger than themselves individually, both from an international level and just a competition level. And I think a win September 16 definitely puts that stamp on Gennady’s career.

Look, if he beats Daniel Jacobs in March and beats Canelo Alvarez in September, I don’t know too many fighters that have a better year than that.

Q. Hi, Gennady. I just saw you on 24/7, in the first episode of that. I know you talked there about the first part of your career that you spent over in Europe and kind of being frustrated that your career wasn’t going the way you wanted, that you weren’t getting the fights that you wanted. When you came over to the United States and you kind of got like a second go at it, so to speak, how confident were you that it was going to lead to something like this?

GENNADY GOLOVKIN: Right now is a very important time for me. I feel right now very comfortable. My family, everybody support me.

TOM LOEFFLER: This is the fight that we’ve been working for. Every fight in Gennady’s career, really since he made his HBO debut September 12 — this is almost five years to the day — and every fight since then, this is really the fight that we’ve been working for. It would have been great if he’d had this type of fight earlier in his career, but as I mentioned, the other named opponents, or the champions even, weren’t willing to get in the ring with him.

Now that Canelo has agreed, this is really — all the knockouts, all the training, all the hard work, all the sacrifice that Gennady’s made has been built toward this exact fight in his career.

Q. Tom, one question for you. When Gennady comes to you, obviously, he’s not a 22-year-old, 23-year-old boxer. You’re dealing with kind of a limited amount of time. What was kind of in your blueprint, I guess, to get him to this point? Obviously, I know you’ve taken him back East to maybe try to expand his foothold out there. What was kind of the plan to get him to this point?

TOM LOEFFLER: The blueprint was, when we met with HBO, we said Gennady will fight anyone. They had a list of 20 fighters, 20 names of different fighters, anywhere from 154 to 168, and Abel and Gennady didn’t turn down any one of those. That was just — that blew HBO away. They’ve never been used to someone willing to fight everyone. They realized, if there wasn’t a fight that was able to be made, it wasn’t on the GGG side. I was very transparent with all the negotiations, everyone that we reached out to.

The first step was Madison Square Garden took a very strong interest in GGG, and he had two fights at the Theater. He sold out those fights. And then we moved to the big room in Madison Square Garden. So that was really the plan is to build him in New York City at Madison Square Garden, then when he came over here to the StubHub Center in L.A., he broke the attendance record. So that was the blueprint, not to build him in small casinos that were obscure that really didn’t bring the type of media attention because I knew with someone of Gennady’s talent and his pedigree and just his willingness to fight, that we needed to build him in the biggest markets.

A lot of people are surprised, after he’s fought in seven countries and 22 different cities, that this will be the first time he’s fighting in Las Vegas, but this is really that type of an event, that type of crown jewel event to make his debut in Las Vegas, and we see the fan reaction. All the fans coming in internationally to come see him fight, both supporting him and supporting Canelo.

We followed the blueprint. And actually, I had all these plans outside the ring and Abel had his plans, as far as the training, but if Gennady didn’t perform inside the ring, the best laid plans wouldn’t have happened. So Gennady had to perform in the ring. He always was an exciting fight. That led to his performances in the ring, and all the hard work outside the ring led to building this fight right now.

Q. I wanted to get Gennady’s reaction to Conor McGregor’s comments that he wasn’t very impressed with either Canelo or GGG. He called them a bit boring and flat-footed. So I wanted to get Gennady’s reaction to that.

GENNADY GOLOVKIN: McGregor, he’s not a boxer. So his reaction is not surprising.

Q. Abel, do you have any reaction to that?

ABEL SANCHEZ: I think you have to consider the source. You’re talking about a guy who never fought an amateur fight, never been in the ring with an elite fighter, commenting on something he knows nothing about. Continue reading

Boxing Loses Three Greats to Retirement as Klitschko, Marquez, and Bradley say Goodbye to the sport… by Robert Uzzell

Story by:  Robert Uzzell

 

Wladimir Klitschko, Juan Manuel, and Timothy Bradley have decided to hand the gloves up on their outstanding boxing careers.  Both men are Hall of Fame fighters in my opinion.  Neither one can be accused of dodging any fighter and while neither may be considered the best, they would’ve given anyone trouble in any era of boxing!

TimothyBradleyLet’s start with Timothy Ray “Desert Storm” Bradley, Jr.  Timmy ends his career with 33 wins, only 2 losses, and a questionable draw.  He has 13 wins by knockout.  His only losses were to Manny Pacquiao, and there is no shame in losing to (arguably) the best fighter of this era.

Timothy Bradley won five world championships in two different weight classes.  There was a stretch from 2007 – 2016 when he took on the following fighters IN ORDER:

Former IBF World lightweight champion Miguel Vasquez.

Former WBC World light welterweight (junior welterweight/super lightweight) champion Junior Witter.

World title challenger Edner Cherry.

Former WBO World light welterweight  (junior welterweight/super lightweight) champion Kendall Holt.

Former unified World  WBA (Super), IBF, and WBO lightweight champion Nate Campbell.

Former WBA (Super) and IBF World light welterweight champion Lamont Peterson.

Undefeated welterweight Luis Abregu (29-0, 23 KOs).

Undefeated former WBC and IBF World light welterweight (junior welterweight/super lightweight) champion Devon Alexander.

Former WBA super featherweight and the WBC, Ring magazine, and lineal World lightweight champion Joel “El Cepillo” Casamayor 

The only eight-division world champion (11 world titles) in the history of boxing, Manny Pacquiao.

World title challenger Ruslan Provodnikov.

Former four-division champion (9 world titles) Juan Manuel Marquez.

The only eight-division world champion (11 world titles) in the history of boxing, Manny Pacquiao (Part II).

Interim WBA World welterweight titleholder Diego Chaves.

Former WBA and IBO World super lightweight, and  WBO World welterweight champion Jessie Vargas.

Former WBA World lightweight and  WBO World welterweight champion Brandon Rios.

The only eight-division world champion (11 world titles) in the history of boxing, Manny Pacquiao (Part III).

Bradley didn’t have the biggest punch in the world, but he always fought like he did.  His heart was unquestionable and he was a “dog” in the ring.  You came out always knowing you were in a fight and taking him out was almost impossible.

I’ll miss him.  My favorite parts of his career are when he punked Devon Alexander and made him quit.  Devon had cuts due to punches and a head-butt, but when asked which eye was giving him trouble he pointed to the one which didn’t have the bad damage.  Bradley took the fight out of him.

I also remember when Kendall Holt landed his money punch (the left hook) to Bradley and I thought the fight was over.  Check out the 40-second mark of the video below and then watch Bradley’s head and eyes on the slow motion replay at 44 seconds.  It still amazes me how Bradley popped right up afterwards and went on to win the fight.

 

JMMNext up is Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez Mendez, (56-7-1, 40 KOs), who help nine world titles in four different classes.  He fought in five total weight classes.  Marquez lost his first fight, then rolled off 29 wins in a row before losing his WBA featherweight shot against Freddie Norwood.  Less than four years later he got his second chance and won the vacant IBF featherweight strap.  Later that year, he unified and won the WBA title over Derrick Gainer.

In 2004, he fought the lineal champion Manny Pacquiao and despite being dropped three times in the first, the fight ended in a split-decision draw.

Over the course of the next few years he jumped between featherweight, super featherweight, lightweight, welterweight and took on all comers.

Marquez will be known for three things, being one of the best counter-punchers in boxing, his four fights with Pacquiao, and the shot heard across the world on December 8, 2012 (against Pacquiao).

Watch Marquez’s fights with Juan Diaz, “Smoke” Gainer, Julio Cervacio (brutal- see video below),  Casamayor, and many others.

And then came the shot that shocked the boxing world!  Marquez’s fourth and final fight with Manny Pacquiao.  Marquez didn’t get any breaks in the previous three fights so decided to create one for himself.

It was perhaps the most significant punch of the past decade.  “He’s not getting up Jim, he’s not getting up Jim, he’s not getting up Jim!”, exclaimed Roy Jones Jr.

His final fight was against Mike Alvarado.  Check out his career in professional boxing.  In it he fought:

Former WA World featherweight champion Freddie Norwood.

World title challenger Robbie Peden.

Former five-time World featherweight champion Manuel Medina.

Former WBA World featherweight champion Derrick “Smoke” Gainer.

The only eight-division world champion (11 world titles) in the history of boxing, Manny Pacquiao (four times).

Former IBF and WBO World featherweight and WBO World junior lightweight champion Orlando Salido.

Former four-time World champion Marco Antonio Barrera.

World title challenger Ricardo “Rocky” Juarez.

Former WBA World super featherweight champion and  WBC, Ring magazine, and lineal World lightweight champion Joel Casamayor.

Former unified WBA, IBF, and WBO World lightweight champion Juan Diaz.

Former multi-division champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

Former WBO World lightweight titleholder Michael Katsidis.

Former WBO World junior welterweight (light welterweight/super lightweight) champion Mike Alvarado.

Former five-time World champion (two weight classes) Timothy Bradley, Jr.

For young fans who don’t know, Marquez was a Hall of Famer before the Pacquiao knockout.

 

wladimirklitschkoFinally we have Wladimir Wladimirowitsch “Dr. Steelhammer”  Klitschko or Володи́мир Кличко́ who ends his career at 64 wins, 5 defeats, with 53 big wins by KO.

Many fans and media find it difficult where to play Wlad in the all-time heavyweight great category.  Whenever such a difficult task happens, you have to look at the accomplishments of the fighter in their era.

If you do that, Wladimir is in the Top 10.  He defended his title 23 times, second only to the great Joe Louis.

Klitschko had a polarizing style, as he was considered dull by man-a-fan and media member.  His circling jab and cerebral style wasn’t what fans of action fights wanted to see.  It was too “robotic” they would say.

How odd is it then that his final fight, a action-packed loss at age 41, gives fans something to remember for many years?

Klitschko lost to Anthony Joshua (19-0, 19 KOs) in a fight where 90,000 fans created an electric atmosphere.  The old man didn’t let them down in a fight   In the fifth round, Joshua came out and jumped on Klitschko, sending him to the canvas.  An angry Klitschko got up and dominated Joshua for the rest of the round.  We’ve never seen this from Wlad.  In the past,  if Wlad goes down, Wlad doesn’t recover to do anything of note.

In the case of the Joshua fight, Wladimir came out in the next round and landed a  straight right hand to drop Joshua hard.  Joshua was in trouble and the old man came to finish him off but couldn’t.  Joshua was gassed beyond description and the old man was one big punch away from ending it.

Despite not being able to finish, Klitschko won his share of rounds until the 11th round.  Joshua attacked Wlad and landed an uppercut that would’ve kept the younger version of Klitschko (and most heavyweights down for good.  Somehow the old man stood up but was badly hurt.  Follow up combinations, ending with a left hook dropped Wlad. Klitschko got up, and series of punches floored Klitschko another left hook. Wlad was up and as AJ came to finish him the referee stopped it.  The replay showed most of the shots missed and Wlad, though extremely tired, deserved an opportunity to finish.

If the knock on him was that he was boring, Wladimir Klitschko did more for some fans going out with that loss than he did in all of his wins.

Wladimir ducked nobody in his career.  Some of the notable opponents he fought:

Former three-time title challenger Axel Schulz.

Former title challenger Monte Barrett.

Former two-time World heavyweight champion Chris Byrd.

Former IBF World heavyweight champion Francois Botha.

Former WBO World heavyweight champion Ray Mercer.

Former four-time World heavyweight challenger Jameel McCline.

Former WBO World heavyweight champion Lamon Brewster.

Former WBC World heavyweight champion Samuel Peter.

World heavyweight title challenger Calvin Brock.

Former World heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman.

Former two-time World cruiserweight champion Jean-Marc Mormeck.

Former WBA World titleholder Alexander Povetkin.

Former World heavyweight challenger Kubrat Pulev.

World heavyweight challenger Bryant Jennings.

World title challenger Tyson Fury* – Fury failed drug tests before bout with Klitschko, without Klitschko’s knowledge. 

Current IBF, WBA. and IBO World heavyweight champion Anthony “AJ” Joshua.

Dr. Steelhammer (Wlad), Dinamita (JMM), and Desert Storm (Timmy), I wish all three of you the very best.

You will be missed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[VIDEO] Anthony JOSHUA vs Wladimir KLITSCHKO: Concerns for each fighter on April 29!

Anthony Joshua (18-0, 18 KOs) defends his WBA and IBF World heavyweight titles against Wladimir Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs) on Saturday afternoon (4:15pm eastern).  Also at stake is the vacant IBO title.

Is AJ being rushed into this fight with no world-class names on his resume?

Has the 41-year-old Dr. K too far gone at age 41 to compete or even dethrone Joshua?

Listen to concerns for each fighter leading up to Saturday’s mega-fight!

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VASYL LOMACHENKO ON JASON SOSA: VERY STRONG, MOTIVATED; WILL BE A HARD FIGHT

Undefeated champions and 2012 Ukrainian Olympic medalists VASYL LOMACHENKO, ALEKSANDR USYK and OLEKSANDR GVOZDYK hosted a Media Workout at World Boxing Gymnasium in Oxnard, Calif. on Wednesday.   All three are in deep training for their title defenses, which will take place Saturday, April 8, at The Theater at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, MD.  The event has been sold out for weeks.  Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Peltz Boxing Promotions, K2 Promotions, K2 Promotions Ukraine, Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and Kiddar, the three title fights will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Lomachenko, Usyk and Gvozdyk were joined at their media workout by two-time Lithuanian Olympian “Mean Machine” Egidijus Kavaliauskas, who will be on the April 8 non-televised undercard in a six-round welterweight bout.

Lomachenko (7-1, 5 KOs), of Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi, Ukraine, arguably boxing’s top pound for pound fighter, makes his 2017 debut coming off a year that saw him named “Fighter of the Year” by several media outlets.  Already a two-division world champion and a two-time Olympic gold medalist, Lomachenko will be defending his World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior lightweight world title against former World Boxing Association (WBA) super featherweight world champion JASON “El Canito” SOSA (20-1-4, 15 KOs), from Newark, NJ.  Usyk (11-0, 10 KOs), from Kiev, Ukraine, and a 2012 Olympic gold medalist, will be defending his WBO cruiserweight world title against Top-10 contender MIKE HUNTER (12-0, 8 KOs), from Las Vegas, Nev.  Gvozdyk (12-0, 10 KOs), from Kharkiv, Ukraine, a 2012 Olympic bronze medalist, enters this fight having won 10 of his last 12 fights by knockout.  He will be defending his NABF light heavyweight title against YUNIESKY GONZALEZ (18-2, 14 KOs), a native of Pinar del Rio, Cuba, who lives and trains in Miami, Fla.

Here are the fighters’ quotes:

Vasyl Lomachenko

“Jason Sosa is very strong, is motivated, wants to win and he can fight all of the twelve rounds.  It will be a hard fight.  That I know.

“My Top-Three pound for pound list is GGG, Kovalev and Crawford.  I don’t want to be Number One until I deserve it.  That means fighting and winning against two or three world champions.  After that I may be Number One but for sure not now.

“I like the weight division I am in.  I have no problems making weight.  I am not that anxious to leave my division and not sure I will ever fight at 140.  It’s hard to look ahead but right now I am comfortable in my division where I have plenty of champions to fight against.”

Oleksandr Gvozdyk

“I am going into a serious fight against Yuniesky Gonzalez.  He is strong, experienced, puts pressure on you, tries to drive you into the ropes.  He’s a tough guy and I have to deal with him.  I work hard every single day trying to be the best in my division.”

Alexsandr Usyk

“I have watched video of Michael Hunter and have a good idea of what he is all about.  It’s going to be a great fight.  As an amateur I was trained by the best – Anatoly Lomachenko – just look at who he has produced as great professional fighters.”

“Mean Machine” Egidijus Kavaliauskas

“I do get real mean the moment I leave the locker room, walk up the ring steps and get onto the canvas.  And this is going to a big year for me.  I am getting closer to my goal, a world title fight.”

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The HBO special 2 Days: Vasyl Lomachenko premieres This Saturday, March 25 at 12:10 a.m. (ET/PT) on HBO immediately following the replay of the two titles fights from Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.

In addition to Kavaliauskas, the non-televised undercard will feature undefeated No. 1 super middleweight contender JESSE “Hard Work” HART from Philadelphia, PA., and local favorites from the metro Washington, D.C. area, including undefeated prospects MIKE “Yes Indeed” REED and PATRICK HARRIS in separate bouts.

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