Boxing

Saul Canelo Alvarez (51-1-2, 35 KOs) surprised a lot of boxing fans recently when he said he has no interest in fighting other Mexican fighters during his career. This might have come to a shock to Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya, who is interested in matching Canelo against WBO junior middleweight champion Jaime Munguia (32-0, 26 KOs) in the near future after the unbeaten 154 lb champion moves up in weight in a year or two.

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After 10 years as a pro, James DeGale has officially retired from boxing following his recent loss to Chris Eubank Jr. in London, England. This was an expected move for the 33-year-old DeGale (25-3-1, 15 KOs), as he was soundly beaten by a fighter that many believe that he would have had a fairly easy time beating in his prime.

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“I want it all and I want it now.” Those lyrics by the rock group Queen describe the sentiments of boxing fans perfectly. With lack of institutional control and pre-made schedules (as opposed to leagues such as the National Football League or the Premier League), each time a bout is announced that does not match the perceived best fighters, that announcement causes a massive letdown among fans.

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George Groves says it’s time for former IBF super middleweight champion James ‘Chunky’ DeGale (25-3-1, 15 KOs) to hang up his gloves and retire following his 12 round unanimous decision loss to Chris Eubank Jr. (28-2, 21 KOs) last Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London, UK. Lesson learned: don’t overstay your career. When you’re shot, it’s time to walk away from the sport. DeGale stuck around a little too long, and got worked over and body slammed by Eubank Jr. tonight.

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