Boxing

Avni Yildirim’s manager Ahmet Oner has already contacted adviser Al Haymon about starting negotiations to stage the Canelo Alvarez fight on Showtime rather than on DAZN.According to the German news site BILD, the WBC still wants the Canelo-Yildirim fight despite DAZN passing on it, and they’ll look to go to pure bids and then place it on Showtime.

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LAS VEGAS (August 22, 2020) — Joe "The Beast" Smith Jr. once again lived up to his moniker. The Long Island native, nearly four years since he knocked Bernard Hopkins through the ropes, knocked out Eleider "Storm" Alvarez in the ninth round of a WBO light heavyweight world title eliminator.

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The action continues Wednesday on ESPN+ at  2 p.m. ET, as MTK Global returns with a closed-door card from Production Park Studios in Wakefield, England. In the 10-round main event, Belfast’s Lewis “The Croc” Crocker will battle Louis Greene for the vacant WBO European welterweight title.

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LAS VEGAS (August 19, 2020) — The Dominican Republic’s most feared southpaw slugger since David Ortiz, Elvis “The Dominican Kid” Rodriguez, returns on the Jose Ramirez-Viktor Postol/Arnold Barboza Jr.-Tony Luis undercard Saturday, Aug. 29 for his third appearance inside the MGM Grand “Bubble." Rodriguez will fight Cody Wilson in a six-round welterweight bout as part of the exclusive undercard stream on ESPN+ (7:30 p.m. ET).

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In taking a swipe at the overweight David Benavidez, Jermall Charlo asked his fans on social media if they want him to go after the vacant WBC super-middleweight title.Benavidez (23-0, 20 KOs) lost his 168lb title last Friday when he weighed in at 170 3/4 pounds in what was supposed to be his defense against Roamer Alexis Angulo.

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