Boxing

The World Boxing Council will present a special belt to the winner of next month’s rematch between Saul Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin on September 15. Canelo (49-1-2, 34 KOs) vs. Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KOs) will be awarded the Adolfo Lopez Mates belt.

The winner of the fight can hold it over their heads. It’s a beautiful belt, but it’s unknown whether there’s a sanctioning fee attached to the belt. Hopefully this isn’t another draw like the first fight. It’s unclear who gets the WBC’s special Adolfo Lopez Mates belt if it’s another tie between Canelo and Golovkin. It’s a different set of judges this time, so that at least minimizes the chances of another draw.

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GLENDALE, Ariz. (Aug. 23, 2018) – The stakes are high for WBO lightweight world champion Ray Beltran and challenger José "Sniper" Pedraza, with the winner expected to fight WBA lightweight champion Vasiliy Lomachenko later this year. Beltran and Pedraza met at the final press conference for the next edition of "Top Rank on ESPN", which will take place Saturday evening at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona (10:30 ET/7:30 PST).

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International Boxing Federation super featherweight champion Tevin Farmer vs. James Tennyson has been added to the Billy Joe Saunders vs. Demetrius Andrade card on DAZN on October 20 at TD Garden in Boston, Mass. Farmer (26-4-1, 5 KOs) won the vacant IBF 130 pound title earlier this month in beating Billy Dib by a one-sided 12 round unanimous decision on August 3 in Australia.

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WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders and Demetrius Andrade will have their first press conference this Friday, August 25 in Boston to announce their fight on October 20 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.

The fight will be streamed on DAZN, the new platform for Matchroom Boxing USA. Saunders (26-0, 12 KOs) will be defending his World Boxing Organization middleweight title against his WBO ordered mandatory challenger Andrade (25-0, 16 KOs). The WBO have finally clamped down hard on the often-injured Saunders by ordering him to defend against former WBA/WBO 154 pound champion Andrade.

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LAS VEGAS (Aug. 20, 2018) - Joshua “Don’t Blink” Greer Jr. is ready to wreak havoc on the bantamweight division. Greer (17-1-1, 9 KOs) has signed a multi-fight promotional contract with Top Rank, Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum announced today.

Greer, a Chicago native, will campaign as a bantamweight after fighting at both bantamweight and super bantamweight throughout his career. His debut under the Top Rank banner will be announced soon.

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Tyson Fury says Deontay Wilder’s immense punching power will be useless to him when the two of them fight each other in November in Las Vegas, Nevada. Fury (27-0, 19 KOs) says he’s going to neutralize Wilder’s punching power with movement and by rolling with the shots to keep him from being able to land anything with full force against him.

Fury beat Francesco Pianeta (35-5-1, 21 KOs) by a 10 round decision last weekend at Windsor Park in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Pianeta, 33, was the final hurdle for Fury to leap over for him to challenge Wilder in November. While it wasn’t the greatest performance from Fury, he did enough to win in a dominant fashion in winning all the rounds.

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Dillian Whyte lashed out at heavyweights Tyson Fury, Francesco Pianeta and Deontay Wilder last Saturday night, letting the fans know what little he thinks of the three fighters. Whyte (24-1, 17 KOs) was less than impressed with what he saw of Fury’s fight against former two-time heavyweight world title challenger Pianeta (35-5-1, 21 KOs) in their bout last Saturday night at Windsor Park in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Whyte said Fury and Pianeta looked like two “powder puff” heavyweights looking to pound each other. Whyte ended up saying that he thinks he could have knocked Fury (27-0, 19 KOs) out if he’d been the one fighting him last Saturday.

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (Aug. 18, 2018) — Bryant “B.Y.” Jennings’ climb up the heavyweight ladder continued, as the Philadelphia native got up off the deck to knock out Alexander “Sascha” Dimitrenko to win the vacant IBF International and NABO heavyweight titles in front of 2,543 fans at Ocean Resort Casino’s Ovation Hall.

Jennings (24-2, 14 KOs) was knocked down with a big right hand in the fourth round, but rebounded to knock down Dimitrenko (41-4, 26 KOs) twice in the eighth round. An uppercut in the ninth round sent Dimitrenko to the canvas again, and referee Allen Huggins immediately called a halt to the contest, much to Dimitrenko's chagrin.

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