Boxing

Boxing

I reside in Los Angeles, specifically within a 60-mile radius said to have the most boxing gyms per capita in the world. There are boxing gyms everywhere, in backyards, plazas, indoor swap meets, corners, and stand-alone buildings. Being raised in this area, we grow a bias towards the American and Hispanic boxer, because they are among us, a part of our communities. My bias led me to watch the Vasyl Lomachenko vs Orlando Salido fight, cheering for the latter to teach Lomachencko a lesson.

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Former two division world champion Orlando Salido (43-13-4, 30 KOs) will be facing former WBC super featherweight champion Takashi Miura (30-3-2, 23 KOs) on December 17 on HBO at The Forum in Inglewood, California. This is good news. It means there could be three excellent fights coming up with the Salido-Miura fight on December 17, Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Nicholas Walters fight on November 26, and potentially Gennady “GGG” Golovkin vs. Daniel Jacobs on December 10. Those are all fights on HBO Boxing. It’s great stuff.

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It’s no secret that the boxing world wants to see Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin face each other in 2017. It’s a fight that is long overdue, and there’s no reason any longer for it not to take place. Golovkin and his promoters at K2 want the Canelo fight, because they don’t recognize it as growing bigger over time by letting it marinate longer. However, Golovkin and his team are not the ones that are making the decision when the fight will take place.

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Most boxing analysts and enthusiasts have pegged Manny Pacquiao as an overwhelming favorite in his upcoming fight with WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas at the Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas on November 5. In fact, the Pacman’s conditioning trainer, Justine Fortune, recently stated he “saw nothing special in him (Vargas) that will make him beat Manny.”

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I write this article because of the endless articles and comments blasting Saul “Canelo” Alvarez for not making a fight against Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. Like any other boxing fan, I too would like to see this fight. However, by continuously writing or talking about Alvarez. And, engaging in debates about who is the better fighter, predicting who will win, etc., falls you and I into the Promoter’s trap.

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Billy Joe Saunders will be defending his WBO middleweight title next month against an opponent still to be determined on October 22 at the Motorpoint Arena, in Cardiff, Wales. The fact that the 27-year-old Saunders still doesn’t have an opponent for the fight isn’t the greatest news for boxing fans, because it suggests that it might be an underwhelming name that he winds up facing.

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