Next September 10 and 17 there are three bouts scheduled at three different venues, but from those three, two are correctly billed as world championship title fights and only one is really competitive.
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) and Liam Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) can feel proud that the two of them have produced over 40,000 ticket sales for their match this Saturday at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will never fight Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, according to Sergey Kovalev’s trainer John David Jackson. He doesn’t see Canelo’s promoters at Golden Boy Promotions ever letting Canelo take the fight against Golovkin for fear that if he loses to the Kazahstan fighter, it will cause him to stop bringing in money to Golden Boy.
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin have history together with the two of them having sparred in the past in 2011 when Canelo was 20 and still learning. There were a number of flaws that Canelo showed during the sparing session that was noted by journalists. One of the flaws that were observed in Canelo’s game was his tendency not back off when he was hurt by Golovkin.
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez may not be ready to fight unbeaten IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin in a the ring, but one fighter that he does appear ready to face is MMA star Conor McGregor, albeit in a boxing match and not in his own sport.
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez isn’t ruling out a potential future fight against UFC star Conor McGregor if he beats Floyd Mayweather Jr. on August 26. However, Canelo doubts that McGregor will be able to pull off a “miracle” upset of the 40-year-old Mayweather in their fight on Showtime PPV at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Canelo probably smells opportunity knocking if he can get a crack at McGregor. There’s a lot of money to be made fighting the UFC star, and there’s very little threat.
Saul Canelo Alvarez will have his Ring Magazine middleweight title up for grabs in his fight against middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin in 2 months from now on September 16. Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) will put up his IBF and WBA middleweight belts. Canelo doesn’t want any part in fighting for Golovkin’s WBC belt.
That belt will fall vacant should GGG lose to Canelo (49-1-1, 34 KOs. The winner of the Canelo-Triple G fight will be viewed as the best fighter in the 160 lb. division. Triple G’s WBC belt will become vacant if he loses to Canelo. It won’t go to Canelo, because he doesn’t want the belt.
It’s becoming apparent that the fans might not see the much hoped for mega-fight between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and unbeaten middleweight star Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) in 2017 as previously mentioned by Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya. If he’s really serious about wanting to get Golovkin for Canelo to fight in 2017, then he’ll offer him a 55-45 deal.
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.
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.
Mexican star Saul Canelo Alvarez’s fight against against WBO junior middleweight champion Liam Smith last month on September 17 brought in an attendance of 51,240 fans at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. It was thought to be the most ever paid fans in the history at the stadium for a boxing event. However, according to Dan Rafael, the Canelo-Smith fight is No.2 drawing fans in the AT&T Stadium behind the Manny Pacquiao vs. Joshua Clottey fight that took place in 2010.
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) wasn’t allowed to showcase his boxing skills to the highest degree against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (50-3-1, 32 KOs) but he believes that Gennady “GGG” Golovkin will allow him to show everything in his arsenal. Canelo beat Chavez Jr. by an easy 12 round unanimous decision last Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
On September 16, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez says he wants to make it clear to the boxing world that he’s better than Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. Canelo doesn’t want the fight to be a close one, because he doesn’t want a second or third fight with him. He wants to dominate the way he’s been doing lately against guys like Amir Khan, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Liam Smith. Canelo hasn’t been involved in a close fight in the last 3 years since his 12 round split decision win over Erislandy Lara in 2014.
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez posted a message on his social media site saying that he won’t be fighting for the remainder of 2016, and when he does come back in 2017, he’ll be “hungrier” and ready for the big fights. What those big fights are is anyone’s guess.
Mexican star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez wants IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin to fully understand that he’s the A-side, and that the fight will happen only when he decides it will happen in the future.
Eric Gomez of Golden Boy Promotions wants middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler to sit down with him to negotiate a deal for a fight against Golden Boy star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez for September 2017. Gomez wants to get the Canelo-Golovkin fight negotiated right now for some reason. It’s not in Golovkin’s best interest to accept a lump sum deal. He’s about to fight Daniel Jacobs in December.
In a highly controversial decision, former IBF/WBA super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton (23-0, 14 Kos) defeated WBA featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (32-1-1, 18 KOs)
Former 2 division world champion Carl Frampton (23-1, 14 KOs) has split with his longtime manager Barry McGuigan, and his company Cyclone Promotions. It’s unclear what caused the 30-year-old Northern Ireland native Frampton to sever ties with McGuigan.
Frampton lost his last fight to Leo Santa Cruz on January 28 of this year in getting beaten by a 12 round majority decision. In Frampton’s fight before that, he won a controversial 1 round majority decision over Santa Cruz on July 30 last year in New York.
Fresh off his loss to Leo Santa Cruz, former two division world champion Carl Frampton sees action this Saturday night in facing featherweight contender Andres Gutierrez in a 12 round fight at the SSE Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
WBA Super World featherweight champion Carl Frampton (23-0, 14 KOs) was on target with his weight on Friday in coming in at 125 pounds for his rematch against #2 WBA Leo Santa Cruz (32-1-1, 18 KOs) this Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Santa Cruz also weighed in at 125lbs.
They looked on friendly terms during the face off with each other after weighing in. There were no attempts at intimidation by either guy.
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