Boxing

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) might not be facing Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) next year on May 5, says Golden Boy Promotions boss Oscar De La Hoya. He says there are still other options out there that they’re considering in Daniel Jacobs and the winner of the Billy Joe Saunders vs. David Lemieux fight.

De La Hoya says Canelo will decide when they sit down and talk in the next few weeks. Canelo is the one that will be making the choice of who he wants. On one hand, De La Hoya says it’s up to the boxing public to decide who Canelo fights next, but on the other, he says it’s up to him. In other words, Canelo could elect to go against the wishes of the boxing public if they decide they want to see him face Golovkin in a rematch.

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Dana White, the UFC president, is planning on branching out and going into boxing promotion. White was recently involved in the mega-fight between UFC star Conor McGregor and former multi-division boxing star Floyd Mayweather Jr. on August 26 last summer in Las Vegas, Nevada.

While the fight was viewed as a joke by hardcore boxing fans, it still caught on with the casual fans and the diehard MMA fans. The fight brought massive numbers of PPV buys, hitting over 4 million, and raking in tons of dough for both fighters.

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WBC lightweight champion Mikey Garcia (37-0, 30 KOs) has turned down a unification fight against Jorge WBA lightweight champion Jorge Linares (43-3, 27 KOs), according to ESPN. Golden Boy Promotion president Eric Gomez says Garcia has another offer to fight another opponent. Ultimately, it was a business decision by Garcia to reject the Linares fight offer.

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Former heavyweight champion Bermane ‘B-Ware’ Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KOs) says he’s going to take away the jab of WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) in their rematch on Saturday night.

Wilder, 6’7”, was able to use his jab to control the fight with Stiverne in their previous bout 2 years ago. Stiverne says the only reason Wilder was able to land his jabs is because he allowed him to by standing directly in front of him the entire 12 round fight. On Saturday, Stiverne is going to neutralize Wilder’s jab, and take the fight to him to score an early knockout. Stiverne says he’s ready to go the distance if he has to.

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