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“Lightening” Rod Salka goes into today’s WFC 57 weigh-in preparing for a new foe in Justin Savi (28-6-2, 18KO) at the Meadows Racetrack and Casino tomorrow evening. His original opponent for the eight round, main event bout was Wilberth Lopez, who is unable to compete due to a medical issue. Savi is no stranger to coming in at the 11th hour, and did so to face Jhonny Gonzalez earlier this year. The 31 year old, former WBC Silver Featherweight Champion steps into the ring with with 36 bouts and 15 years’ experience as a professional boxer under his belt, and makes for a formidable opponent for Salka.
Salka was unfazed by the change. “The stakes haven’t changed. This opponent has been in with better opposition, but I’ve prepared and I’m ready. It’s not going to make a difference the outcome of the fight.” (more…)
Photos: Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank
Miguel Marriaga 126 vs. Guy Robb 126
(WBO NABO featherweight title)
Jose Felix Jr 137.6 vs. Robert Frankel 137.6
Oscar Vasquez 109.6 vs. Janiel Rivera 108
Jose Gonzalez 123.6 vs. Gelacio Cruz 122.6
Gelacio Cruz 122.6 vs. Jose Gonzalez 123.6
Venue: Churchill County Fairgrounds, Fallon, Nevada
Promoter: Top Rank
Alex Perez 146.2 vs. Juan Rodriguez 145.2
Tyrell Wright 242.2 vs. Nicholas Thompson 271.6
Magdiel Cotto 162 vs. Jermaine Corley 164
Egor Plevako 228.2 vs. Kenny Cruz 241.6
Caleb Hernandez 145.6 vs. Lamont White 141
Leon Johnson 199 vs. Alando Pugh 235
John Bauza 138 vs. Jose Carmona 138
Luis Perozo 129 vs. Christian Foster 130
Venue: BCB Pavilion in Bayonne, New Jersey
Promoter: LGM Promotions
Tickets: start at $40
Photos: Andy Samuelson/Premier Boxing Champions
Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero 146.8 vs. David Peralta 147
Alfredo “Perro” Angulo 164.8 vs. Freddy “Riel” Hernandez 163
Terrell Gausha 155 vs. Steven Martinez 154.6
Stephan Shaw 258 vs. Jonathan Rice 266
Luis Bello 139.8 vs. Omar Reyes 140.6
Victor Morales Jr. 125 vs. Erick Lainez 125.4
Abram Martinez 142.8 vs. Phillip Percy 137.4
Daniel Gonzalez 125.6 vs. Javier Cepeda 126.6
Neri Romero 132 vs. Luis Silva 130.8
Venue: Honda Center, Anaheim, California
Promoter: TGB Promotions
Aaron Pryor jr. and Avni Yildirim are fired up for their super middleweight clash on Saturday (August 27th) in Berlin, Germany. The American tipped the scale at 75.6 kg (166.6 lbs.) while Yildirim weighed in at 76.0 kg (167.5 lbs.). Pryor has a huge height and reach advantage but the unbeaten Turk made very clear that he is not intimidated by the size of his opponent.
“There is a saying: The taller they are, the harder they fall”, said Yildirim. “I don’t care if my opponent is smaller or taller than me. Once he lies flat on the canvas he is as big as everybody else. Of course, I will have to adjust my game plan. But I had good sparring sessions with tall guys. This is no problem for me.”
Pryor jr. vs. Yildirim is the main event of a seven bout card promoted by Ahmet Oener which will be broadcasted live in Germany (Sportdigital), Turkey (Aspor) and tape delayed on ESPN.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mariana “Barby” Juarez 117.75 vs. Daniela Bermudez 117.75
(WBC female bantamweight title eliminator)
Eduardo Hernandez 129 vs. Rey Juntilla 129
Venue: Arena Coliseo, Mexico City
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
TV: Televisa (Mexico)
Yazmin “Rusita” Rivas 119 vs. Jessica Gonzalez 119
Daniel Echeverria 154.3 vs. Alfredo Chavez 154
Jesus Silveira 135 vs. Carlos “Torito” Jimenez dio 135
Victor Olivo 120 vs. Ricardo “Bam Bam” Roman dio 118
Javier “Rusito” Gonzalez 131 vs. Omar Sifuentes 131
Hassam Valenzuela 148 vs. Dunnis Linan 148
Raymundo Rios 135 vs. Cesar Soriano Jr 135
Alberto Contreras 148 vs. Hugo Mendiola 148.5
David Escogido 128 vs. Luis Gerardo Perez 128
Venue: Palenque de la Feria, Gomez Palacio, Durango, Mexico
TV: Azteca 7 (Mexico)
By Rocky Morales at ringside
Fight Club OC returned to the OC Fair and Events Center with a five fight boxing and MMA card that included three action-packed boxing bouts.
In an explosive heavyweight bout, Enrique Gastelum (5-1, 3KO) sledgehammered Trent Rawlins (3-1-1, 3KO), dropping him hard in the second round and followed up with a relentless attack that culminated with a perfectly landed looping right cross to finish him off. The two battled toe to toe but, ultimately, Rawlins was handed his first loss. Time was 1:18. (more…)
Former IBF jr middleweight champion Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith (28-8, 12 KOs) is preparing to headline a Bounce TV card on September 16 against Frank “Notorious” Galarza (17-1, 11 KOs) from The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
“I’m not wasting my time focusing on what Galarza does or what he has done to his opponents,” stated Smith. “My opponent is myself and executing the game plan that we put forth. A lot of people think this is a big step up for him and they usually get hungrier when given the opportunity, but I have been in there with other hungry young fighters. I am going to go out there and show him there are levels to this. (more…)
By Ognian Georgiev
AIBA president Ching-Kwo Wu called an emergency meeting after Rio Olympics with his most trusted lieutenants. The gathering will take place in AIBA offices in Lausanne and will last two days (28-29 August). The high officials will discuss the future of the organization and what to improve in the next four years.
Wu summoned his five continental vice-presidents Osvaldo Bisbal (Arg), Franco Falcinelli (It), Kelani Bayor (Tog), Serik Konakbayev (Kaz) and Edgar Tanner (Aus). Two others will have very important roles. They are both Americans. (more…)
WBA super lightweight champion Ricky Burns (40-5-1, 14 KOs) will defend his title against Kiryl Relikh (21-0, 19 KOs) at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on Friday October 7.
“Relikh is a very tough fight as a first defense,” said Burns. “He’s got a high KO ratio so he will be very dangerous throughout. Trust me he has my undivided attention and I will have to be at my best to get through this. There are some massive fights out there in the future against some huge names in the 140lbs division – but we’re taking it one step at a time, and that starts on October 7 at the Hydro.”
Photo: Golden Boy Promotions
WBO junior middleweight champion Liam “Beefy” Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) didn’t pull many punches when he hosted an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit Boxing ahead of his clash with former two-division world champion Canelo Alvarez taking place September 17 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Here are the highlights…
On Canelo’s weaknesses:
I don’t want to give too many of his weaknesses away. Certainly not now. He’s got a lot of weaknesses. He doesn’t like fighting three minutes of each round. That’s one of them that’s not really hard to see.
On whether Canelo ducked Golovkin:
Yeah, ducked him massively. He went the wrong way about it. He’s being criticized a lot and losing a lot of fans about the way he did it. If he was open and honest about it, people would have understood. If he said, ‘look, at the moment I’m not 160. GGG wouldn’t come down.’ If he said, ‘look I’ll fight you in 12 months time, I’m going to build myself to 160’ he’d have bought himself grace. But the way he went about it after the fight with Cotto he got GGG in the ring and said he’d put the gloves back on. Then after the fight he said the thing about his balls, he built the fans up about fighting him next and then he gave the belt up. I just think he went about it the wrong way. (more…)
Former multiple division world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (33-4-1, 18 KOs) and Argentinean David Emanuel “El Pirata” Peralta (25-2-1, 14 KOs) went face-to-face Thursday at the final press conference before they enter the ring Saturday night in the main event on Spike from Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
Robert Guerrero: “I got a chance to size him up today. I saw how tall he is. Picking my spots – seeing where I have to go. After looking at him, I know he’s coming to fight. I’m expecting a war. Like all Argentine fighters, I know he’s got that hunger to prove he’s worthy of this big opportunity and make the most of it…I’ve seen some tape on him. He’s one of those guys that is durable. A durable tall, lanky guy. His height is going to help him. I am expecting a tough fight for sure. This is like a world title shot for him. I don’t know what he is going to bring to the table and that is exciting for me.”
David Peralta: “I want to go down the same path as Marcos Maidana and Lucas Matthysse. They were given great opportunities in their careers and took advantage of them. I am going to take advantage of this opportunity…I am well prepared. I came here to fight. I am prepared to go the distance. I am going to throw a lot of punches, move around and be ready to get the decision.”
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
Two-time world champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez (34-5, 31 KO’s) passes the specialized medical examinations required of him for his planned fight on October 8 at the Coliseo Roberto Clemente against former WBO super bantamweight monarch Wilfredo “Papito” Vazquez (24-6-1, 19 KOs). This was announced exclusively to The Sport Press by Rosilvia Muñiz, head of the Medical Commission for the Professional Boxing Commission.
“He is fit to fight and has complied with the exams, they’re already done. There were neurological exams and we asked Dr. Edgar Hernandez, who evaluated him after the fight with Orlando Salido. (Juanma) had six fights after that losing three by knockout and Hernandez was evaluating him. I also evaluated him in my office and found him to be very well. So he’s fit to fight,” she said. (more…)
Italian WBA super middleweight champion Giovanni De Carolis (24-6-1, 12 KOs) will return to Germany for the fourth consecutive time to take on a Sauerland Events-promoted fighter for the fourth consecutive time. In the latest installment on November 5, De Carolis will once again defend his title against Tyron Zeuge (18-0-1, 10 KOs) at the MBS Arena in Potsdam, Germany. The bout is a rematch of their July 16 draw. Prior to the back to back world title fights against Zeuge, De Carolis split two world title matches with Vincent Feigenbutz.
By Jesse Kelley
Philip Adyaka 123 vs. Brad Patraw 125.8
(Vacant MN State Featherweight title)
Ray Edwards 259 vs. Steven Tyner 208
Van Goodman 304 vs. Danyelle Williams 250
Ramiro Hernandez 128.5 vs. Homar Rios 128.5
Vincent Downwind 384 vs. James Roe 221
Venue: The Cabooze, Minneapolis, MN
Promoter: Driller Promotions
By Kurt Wolfheimer at the scale
Milton Santiago 140.4 vs. Ken Alvarez 141.4
Luis Lebron 125.9 vs. Tyrone Luckey 127.6
Christian Carto 117.3 vs. Johnathan Hernandez 118.7
David Murray 174 vs. Maurice Amaro 165.9
Ricky Lopez 125.2 vs. Josue Bendana 125
Angel Pizarro 121.8 vs. Marquis Pierce 121.4
John Joe Nevin 131.2 vs Jesus Lule 131.6
Alex Barbosa 124.5 vs. Edgar Cortez 123.5
Laurie Schiavo 110 vs. Mary O’Leary 107.6
Lamont Capers 210 vs. Pedro Martinez 270
Promoter: Hard Hitting Promotions
Venue: SugarHouse Casino
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Andy Samuelson/Premier Boxing Champions
Robert Guerrero: “We started off the year good with the Garcia fight. I thought I won that fight but after that fight we stayed in the gym. Camp was good we did a lot of good things in the gym. We sparred tall guys because this guy is really tall. He’s a tall lanky fighter. That’s all we know about Peralta. Sometimes those are the toughest fights. I want to give the fans a great show and let them know that I’m not done yet and will take care of business.”
David Peralta: “I feel this will be the most important fight of my career. This camp was good the preparation was great. I am nobody to judge Guerrero. He has given a lot to the sport and is always in good fights, but now it’s my time. I plan to show my style and show everyone what I’m about. I expect to give a great fight and leave it all in the ring!”
Two boxing events taking place in Chicago, on September 30 and the following day October 1, were announced within hours of each other this week.
On Friday, September 30, undefeated light heavyweight and “Subway sandwich boxer” Mike Lee (17-0, 10 KOs) faces Chris Traietti (21-3, 17 KOs) for the IBF-USBA title at the UIC Forum in downtown Chicago. The card, which will be televised live nationally on CBS Sports Network, is presented by Round 3 Productions in association with DiBella Entertainment.
On Saturday, October 1, at the nearby UIC Pavilion, unbeaten super lightweight Ramiro “El Lobito” Carrillo (11-0, 7 KOs) and unbeaten super welterweight Achour Esho (11-0, 7 KOs) will be facing opponents to be announced. The event resurrects the “Windy City Fight Nights” series of boxing shows and will be promoted by Warriors Boxing Promotions.
Featherweight contender Guy Robb assures he has the perfect plan and necessary confidence to control the action and come out with a big win on Saturday at the Churchill County Fairgrounds. Robb (18-1, 8 KOs), from Sacramento, California, will battle for the vacant North American Boxing Organization (NABO) featherweight title against Colombia’s Miguel Marriaga (23-1, 19 KOs) in the main event of the ‘Solo Boxeo’ card that will be presented by Top Rank, Let’s Get It On Promotions, and the city of Fallon.
“Marriaga has power and he likes to take control of fights. He also likes to fight at his pace, not mine. I will take control of the fight early with a hard jab and angles,” assured Robb. “My trainer is Ray Woods – Stepfather of Diego Corrales – and he has big pictures of ‘Chico’ at our gym in Fresno. Those photos from ‘Chico’ motivate me. Ray has been in big fights and he has trained me for a big fight this Saturday. Ray gives me all the necessary confidence for a fight like this.” (more…)
Hard-hitting welterweight standout Bryant “Goodfella” Perrella (14-0, 13 KOs) will face 2008 Olympic gold medalist Yordenis Ugas (16-3, 7 KOs) over ten rounds on Tuesday, September 27. The bout will air on Fox Sports 1 as part of Premier Boxing Champions’ “Toe-to-Toe Tuesday” series. Perrella and Ugas were slated to meet August 12 but the bout was scrapped by the athletic commission just days before the opening bell. “I’m really fired up for this because of the unfair circumstances causing the cancellation for the August 12 date,” said Perrella. “Now that we’ve got everything rescheduled, my frustrations will be taken out on Ugas. I’m looking forward to facing him and showing the world that I’m a serious player in the welterweight division!”
Update: The card will take place at the Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Undefeated welterweight Jose Benavidez Jr. — who’s 25-0 as a pro — was shot while out on a walk in Arizona early Tuesday morning … but we’re told he’s expected to survive. The 24-year-old Top Rank fighter is a rising star in the sport — and recently chalked up a high profile victory over Francisco Santana on the undercard of the Crawford vs. Postol fight in Vegas.
Sources tell us … Benavidez was out walking one of his pets near his home in Phoenix when he was approached by an unknown man who pulled out a gun and shot him in the leg. The Phoenix PD confirms the shooting and says the victim was transported to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries. However, one source with knowledge of the situation tells us Jose’s injuries pose a serious threat to his boxing career. So far, no arrests have been made.
Story developing …
By Ron Jackson
At a well-presented function at the Supersport headquarters in Randburg on Thursday afternoon, Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions announced details of the October 22 tournament to be held at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park. In the main event in the final of the cruiserweight Super Four, in an all southpaw clash, South Africa’s junior heavyweight champion 24-year-old Kevin Lerena (15-1, 8 KOs) goes in against the 23-year-old WBC International cruiserweight champion Micki Nielsen (22-0, 14 KOs) from Denmark. The winner will receive an amount of $60,000 US dollars and the loser $40,000.
In the main supporting bout, in another clash of southpaws, former IBO welterweight champion Chris van Heerden returns from America and meets the interim WBO Africa welterweight champion Namibian Sacky Shikukutu in a bout for the vacant WBA Pan African welterweight title.
Also, former WBA “super” minimumweight champion Hekkie Budler returns to action when he faces fellow South African Siyabongo Siyo in a fight for the vacant WBA Pan African minimumweight title. (more…)
Danny Roman 122 vs. Enrique Quevedo 121.4
LaRon Mitchell 244.8 vs. Mario Heredia 274.2
Robert Arriaza 147.8 vs. Benjamin Whitaker 146.4
Scott Alexander 231.8 vs. Sergio Ramirez 199
Michael Norato 130.8 vs. Eder Amaro 131.8
Rudy Garcia 116.5 vs. Jorge Perez 117.4
Venue: Omega Products Events Center, Corona, CA
Promoter: Thompson Boxing
Oscar de la Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, had a lot to say on Wednesday about the September 17 pay-per-view showdown between Canelo Alvarez and WBO junior middleweight champion Liam Smith at the famed AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys.
[On fighting in Texas] Texas has been a natural choice for us, and for all Texas fans who love Canelo Alvarez, and the fan base are some of the most loyal for every fight. The fans have shown up in huge crowds wearing red and green, cheering Canelo and chanting his name. Texas is Canelo’s home away from home, and Canelo versus Smith will be a homecoming celebration for Canelo. We have witnessed some of Canelo’s most epic fights in Texas, from his match with Austin Trout at the Alamo Dome where he filled up 45,000 seats, and obviously when he fought James Kirkland, which was named Knockout Of The Year, at the Minute Maid Park in front of 31,000 screaming fans.
[On fighting at AT&T Stadium] Cowboys Stadium is a stadium created for larger-than-life fighters, just like Canelo. And the two other fights that have been fought there were headlined by legendary Manny Pacquiao. We’re excited to announce that ticket sales are going extremely, extremely well. It’s outpacing Manny Pacquiao’s last two fights, which we’re extremely excited about knowing that we will have a full house at the Cowboys Stadium. Tickets are still available, priced from $750 all the way down to $40. (more…)
Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren yesterday announced the bout between Chris Eubank Jr and Tommy Langford is on for Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena on October 22nd. After the Eubank Team let a big money world title fight with unified middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin slip away, Warren snapped up the Eubank-Lanford clash at a purse bid for Eubank’s British middleweight mandatory.
The WBO #2 ranked Langford said: “We’ve sparred in the recent past and, though you can’t take too much into that, I know what he does well and what he doesn’t do well and believe my style exploits his. Sure, Chris Jr is dangerous but Billy Joe Saunders exposed his limitations with his quality and movement. I know I’ve got the tools to beat him. I’m delighted that he’s stepped up to face me after fears he could vacate.”
Fighters competing on Saturday night’s Spike card took part in a media workout Wednesday at RCVA Gym in Costa Mesa to officially begin fight week before they step into the ring at Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Among those on hand were exciting middleweight brawler Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo and his opponent Freddy “Riel” Hernandez, who meet in a ten round clash.
Alfredo Angulo: “I have the same hunger and passion that I had in the beginning of my career. ‘The Dog’ was asleep for a couple of years but he’s woken up now. Right now the only goal is to win this Saturday. I’m hoping that next year I can contend and fight for a world title. I have always fought the toughest fighters and I’ve never been afraid of a challenge. I feel strong and my weight is good. I hope my opponent had a great training camp. I want him to be at his best so that we can put on a great show for the fans. We are both tough Mexican fighters so you can expect us to stand and throw punches.”
Freddy Hernandez: “I had a good training camp and I’m going to surprise people in this fight. I know that I need a victory here to continue fighting at a high level. Everyone knows my style and everyone knows Angulo’s style. We both like to throw punches and we fight with our hearts. It’s going to make it a great fight Saturday night. I feel very strong at this weight and I think I have more to give to this sport. I’m going to leave my soul in the ring. I’m looking to hurt Angulo.”
The card is headlined by former multiple division world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero taking on Argentine slugger David Emanuel “El Pirata” Peralta in welterweight action.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Team Hawton
Newly crowned WBO light-flyweight female champion Louisa “Bang Bang Lulu” Hawton (7-0, 3 KOs) talks to Fightnews.com® about her world championship victory over Kei Takenaka in Hyogo, Japan four days ago and how her wish is to meet her idol Manny Pacquiao.
Tell me about your world title win in Japan…
It was a tough fight but I was in control in most of the ten rounds. Takenaka was very courageous boxing in her home country of Japan. I was strong in all the rounds and in round ten I had Takenaka down for an eight count but she finished the fight.
By David Finger
Photo: Paul Dogboe
Ghana Africa’s favorite son, undefeated WBO Africa Featherweight champion Isaac Dogboe (14-0, 9 KOs), returns to action tomorrow night at the Police Officer’s Social and Fitness Centre in Accra in what is already being called one of the most eagerly anticipated fights in Ghanaian history since the retirement of Azumah Nelson. The WBO #12 ranked featherweight will fight a regional unification fight with WBO #15 ranked Oriental Featherweight champion Neil John Tabanao (13-1, 9 KOs) in a ten round fight which will also be for the WBC Youth Featherweight title. Tabanao is seen as the first major test for the popular 21-year old former Olympian, as the Filipino is coming into the fight on the heels of a knockout over undefeated Ibrahim Balla back in June. However, there is no question that Tabanao will be coming into very hostile territory as Dogboe has already emerged as one of the most popular athletes in Ghana. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Thomas Oosthuizen and Daniel Bruwer meet in a scheduled 12 rounder for the vacant WBA Pan African light heavyweight title at the Birchwood Hotel and O R Tambo Conference Centre in Boksburg on Saturday night.
The 28-year-old former IBO super-middleweight and light-heavyweight champion Oosthuizen who has a record of 26-0-2, 14 KOs, won the vacant IBO super-middleweight belt with a ninth stoppage win over Evert Bravo, and made seven successful defenses before relinquishing the belt in April 2014 and moving up to the light-heavyweight division.
He captured the vacant IBO light heavyweight belt in March last year when he beat fellow South African Ryno Liebenberg. This will be Oosthuizen’s first fight since June 6, 2015, when he was scheduled to defend his IBO light heavyweight belt against Robert Berridge. Even though he outpointed Berridge, he came in overweight and was stripped of the belt. (more…)
Photos: Roy Englebrecht Promotions
Trent Rawlins 230.8 vs Enrique Gastelum 216.2
Curtis Millender 169.2 vs Ozzie Alvarez 169
Victor Ramos 127.8 vs Lupe Arroyo 128.2
Javier Garcia 154.2 vs Craig Plaskett 158
Gloferson Ortizo 138.9 vs Devonte Donaldson 137.8
Venue: The Hangar at OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa, CA
Promoter: Roy Englebrecht Promotions
Tickets: Sold Out – 50 SRO tix on sale, Show at 7pm
Photos: Michael Sterling Eaton, Neo Nostalgia
WBC, WBA, IBF middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin was unusually blunt during a media workout at The Summit High Altitude Training Facility in Big Bear Lake, California.
[On Kell Brook] “Right now my focus is on Kell Brook, he signed the contract and that’s who I’m ready to fight, I have a great deal of respect for him. This is my first fight in England and I’m very excited to fight in a new country.”
[On WBO champ Billy Joe Saunders] “Yes I want to unify the middleweight division titles but I don’t know if WBO Champion Billy Joe Saunders will fight me.”
[On moving to 168] “Move up to 168 for what? Who is going to fight me there? Which champion at that weight will agree to fight me for a big fight? Right now I make 160 easily so I’m comfortable here, look at me I’m regular size middleweight.”
[On other possible foes] “Just too much talking about fighting me, Canelo, Eubank, Saunders, Froch they are acting like clowns with no respect for the sport. I’m here now, sign the contract and fight me, any of them, doesn’t matter which one.”
Former two-time world champion Canelo Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) hosted a media conference call on Wednesday ahead of his showdown with WBO junior middleweight world champion Liam “Beefy” Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) on September 17 at the AT&T Stadium, home of the iconic Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas.
[Canelo on Liam Smith] I have looked at him, the style more than anything is what we look for. He’s a champion, is strong, he has a Mexican style. Part of the reason for choosing Liam was because he is a world champion, and I want to be the world champion in MY weight division…whether Liam Smith is a recognized name or not, he is still a very good fighter. I am preparing like I always do, giving 100%
[Canelo on a GGG bout being delayed] There are always going to be critics but at the end of the day, I have to do what is best for my career…I can’t be fighting this fight thinking of Golovkin, I have to stay focused on Liam Smith.
WBA lightweight champion Anthony Crolla and multi-division champ Jorge Linares faced off at a press conference in Manchester, UK, for their WBA and WBC Diamond lightweight world title clash at the Manchester Arena on September 24.
Anthony Crolla: “The Arena is going to be rocking and that’s my house, and I want to keep those three belts in Manchester. We’re working so, so hard in the gym because Jorge Linares is a phenomenal fighter, and I’m honoured to be fighting him in my house. I’ve done that ring walk so many times in front of a huge crowd and you can’t beat that feeling, the energy the crowd will give me is going to help me produce the career-best performance I will need to beat Jorge Linares.”
Jorge Linares: “It’s another big fight and big event that I’m grateful to God to be a part of. Anthony and I have similar styles, there’s lots of respect between us and we’re working very hard because I know it’s going to be a tough fight but I want to win those belts.”
Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao returned to the Elorde Gym in Pasay City, Philippines, to begin preparations for his November 5 world title challenge against WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Pacman posted a message on Instagram saying, “Back to training with my friend and trainer Buboy Fernandez.”