Boxing

Miguel Cotto and David Lemieux could be facing each other on December 2 on HBO at Madison Square Garden in New York, according to Dan Rafael. If Cotto (41-5, 33 KOs) and Lemieux (38-3, 33 KOs) don’t face each other on that date, then Lemieux will still wind up on the undercard in the co-feature.

Cotto, 36, would obviously be in the main event still, but against another opponent. This would likely be on HBO pay-per-view for the Cotto vs. Lemieux fight.

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The results of the September 16th Saul Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin fight may have been unsatisfactory to fans with it being scored as a 12 round draw, but the fight was a huge success in terms of the money it made at the gate for their fight at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Of the 17,318 tickets sold for the Canelo-GGG fight, it brought in $27,059,850, according to Dan Rafael. That puts the Canelo vs. Golovkin fight at 3rd place in the biggest gates for boxing history.

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Trainer Freddie Roach says light welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford is his No1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world right now. Roach doesn’t see anyone better than the 29-year-old unbeaten Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs), who briefly unified the 140-lb. division last month when he defeated IBF light welterweight champion Julius Indongo by a 3rd round knockout on August 19 at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is said to be interested in matching WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez (23-0, 19 KOs) against former 2 division belt holder Carl Frampton (23-1, 14 KOs) in early 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada or Texas.

This is a great fight for Frampton, but probably not such a good one for Valdez. Frampton is fighting on another level than Valdez fight now in terms of talent. Valdez looks like an Arturo Gatti type of fighter without much defense, and with what appears to be deteriorating punch resistance.

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Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is reportedly interested in matching WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker (24-0 18 KOs) against former heavyweight world title challenger Bryant Jennings (20-2, 11 KOs) for December.

Parker had a very easy fight last Saturday night in beating mandatory challenger Hughie Fury (20-1, 10 KOs) by a 12 round majority decision at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. Hughie didn’t want to fight. He was more interested in moving around the ring, throwing jabs and tying Parker up to prevent him from unloading his big power shots.

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