Rob Brant on Canelo: ‘I’d love a fight with him’

Rob “Bravo” Brant crashed the world boxing scene last October with a dominant decision over Ryota Murata to win the WBA middleweight title. For title defense number one, he returned to his home state and sent the partisan crowd home happy.

Brant (25-1, 16 KOs) cruised to an 11th-round TKO over Khasan Baysangurov (17-1, 7 KOs) Friday evening at the Grand Casino Hinckley, a short drive from Brant’s hometown of St. Paul.

A sold-out crowd of 2,225 watched as Brant overwhelmed Baysangurov with consistent, effective pressure. In the 11th, Baysangurov, who was knocked down in the second round, could not keep Brant at bay. A knockdown and a follow-up attack, punctuated by a right hand, forced referee Mark Nelson to stop the fight.

This is what Brant had to say in the ring after he retained the title.

“Today, I feel like a true champion. I was happy with my performance. I had some cramps later in the fight, but this shows I can carry my power later in fights.”

“Middleweight is one of the deepest divisions in boxing. There are fights to be made. We just have to keep pushing forward. Canelo Alvarez is recognized by many as the champion at middleweight, and I’d love a fight with him down the road.”

“{Baysangurov} had a good jab. I started a little sloppy, and my trainer (Eddie Mustafa Muhammad) told me in the corner to relax. I waited for the opportunity to come, and it came in the 11th round.”

Photo: Top Rank/Mikey Williams

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Canelo-Jacobs set for May 4

 Boxing’s biggest star will take a step closer to becoming undisputed champion as Canelo Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) defends his WBC, WBA, Lineal and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Titles in a 12-round unification fight against IBF Middleweight World Champion Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs (35-2, 29 KOs) during the celebratory weekend of Cinco de Mayo. The champion-vs.-champion event will take place Saturday, May 4, 2019 and will be streamed exclusively live on DAZN.

Additional details for the event, including venue and ticket information, will be announced shortly.

Canelo is a 28-year-old native of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico who became the top man in the sport by facing the best competition and making the best fights for the fans. At 154 pounds, Canelo captured several world titles and defeated the likes of Austin “No Doubt” Trout, Sugar Shane Mosley, Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo, Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara and Liam “Beefy” Smith. However, Canelo scored his most significant victory yet at 160 pounds, where he defeated Gennady “GGG” Golovkin in their highly anticipated rematch in September 2018 and established himself as the WBC, WBA, Lineal and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Champion. Canelo then made history by signing the most lucrative sports contract for an athlete in history to begin a groundbreaking, exclusive partnership with global sports streaming platform DAZN that saw the last king of pay-per-view boxing step into a new era as the new king of sports streaming.

In his debut performance, Canelo became a three-division world champion by knocking out Rocky Fielding in three rounds to capture the WBA Super Middleweight World Title in December 2018. Canelo will return to middleweight for this fight as he continues to clean out the 160-pound division.

“I’m happy to announce my next fight during the festive weekend of Cinco de Mayo,” said Canelo Alvarez. “I will unify my middleweight titles against Daniel Jacobs on one of the two most important dates that belong to me. I have no doubt that I will be victorious and that I’ll be one step away from becoming the undisputed middleweight world champion. And what better way to watch it than on as tremendous a platform as DAZN.”

Jacobs is a 31-year-old native of Brooklyn, New York who is widely considered as one of the best middleweights of this era. Despite being away from the sport for 19 months, due to a form of bone cancer that he courageously overcame, Jacobs rose up the middleweight rankings to win the WBA Middleweight World Title against Jarrod Fletcher in 2014. Jacobs made several successful defenses, including a thunderous first-round knockout of Peter Quillin the following year. Despite losing to Gennady Golovkin in a very close fight in 2017, Jacobs has remained undefeated since his return, defeating former amateur champion and middleweight contender Sergiy Derevyanchenko to capture the IBF Middleweight World Championship. Jacobs will look to capture more middleweight hardware in the biggest fight of his career.

“This is the opportunity I have been waiting for. The opportunity to achieve greatness inside the ring,” said Daniel Jacobs. “I have always believed I can beat Canelo, and on May 4 live on DAZN, I will get my chance to play it out. It’s been nearly four years since Canelo has faced an American challenger. It’s going to be a huge event where I believe I will cement myself as the best middleweight in the division.”

“Canelo Alvarez wants the best fights and the biggest challenges,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “That’s what he did as the 154-pound champion, and that’s what he’s doing now as the king of the middleweight division. We are also proud to demonstrate to boxing fans that this new partnership with DAZN means that fans will get pay-per-view level fights without the cost of pay-per-view. Golden Boy Promotions is continuing its promise to make the sport as accessible as possible by putting this champion-vs.-champion fight on the platform.”

“What a fight! I can’t tell you how happy I am that Danny Jacobs gets this opportunity to fight Canelo on Cinco de Mayo in a massive unification fight,” said Eddie Hearn, Managing Director of Matchroom Sport. “Victory would cap one of the most incredible, inspirational boxing stories of our generation, and Danny and the team will be putting everything in place to lead him to victory. Respect to Canelo and Golden Boy for accepting this challenge, and congratulations to DAZN and their subscribers for getting this incredible fight with no extra cost. Let’s go May 4! Let’s go Daniel Jacobs!”

Rocky on Canelo: ‘When we had the face-off, the first thing I saw were cuts from the GGG fight which were still fresh’

Rocky Fielding (27-1, 15 KOs) has ramped up his training efforts on home turf as he prepares for the opportunity of a lifetime against WBC, WBA, Lineal and Ring Magazine World Champion Canelo Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) for the WBA Super Middleweight Championship. Fielding has assembled the best team to pull off the upset of a career which could take him to the next level in boxing. The 12-round championship fight will take place Saturday, Dec. 15 at Madison Square Garden and will be streamed live on DAZN.

Fielding believes his height and weight will be a significant factor on December 15, and he believes that Canelo has not completely healed from his war with Gennady Golovkin back in September.

“When we had the face-off, the first thing I saw were cuts from the GGG fight which were still fresh,” Fielding said. “Also, there’s no way he’s going to be able to put eight pounds of muscle on since his last fight, but he’s elite, and I know that it’s my biggest test. I’m confident, though. I wouldn’t have taken it otherwise. It’s at my weight, and I am big for the weight. I can punch, I’m heavy-handed, and I can box.

“The height and the weight are significant. I am comfortable at the weight, and he’ll be the one stepping up. He was a beast at light middleweight, but he’s not the biggest middleweight out there, so he won’t be at 168lbs. That difference is going to make for a great fight. If I have to dig deep at times, as I expect to have to do, I know I can. My weight and height can definitely play a massive part. I’ve had six good wins since the Smith fight. I’ve won titles and then gone to Germany where nobody gave me a chance and knocked the hometown guy out to become world champion. He [Canelo] may be looking past me, but I am definitely not looking past him.”

The 31-year-old Fielding is doing everything in his power to be ready against Canelo, including getting the best possible sparring:

“We’re covering all bases in sparring. You aren’t going to get sparring partners that are exactly like Canelo, but we’re replicating the build, the height, slick boxing skills, and fast hands,” Fielding explained. “But it’s as much about what I can do on the night. We know that he [Canelo] is an elite fighter and an all-around class act, but there are little bits there that Jamie Moore and I are watching on tape and working on in the gym.

“This is my first camp training as a world champion, and I know that it’s harder to stay as a world champion than become one because it’s like there’s a target on your back. Everything about the fight is big, but we’re away from it all in Manchester. There’s no Madison Square Garden bright lights there, so we’re focused on the plan with Jamie.”

If Fielding can beat Canelo, he knows that it will open the door to bigger fights:

“If I win, I’ll be the king of New York and one of the biggest names in the sport overnight. I came from nothing, and now I’m headlining at MSG,’ Fielding said. “It’s a dream come true, but it’s a job, and the work will be done in the gym in Manchester. There’s a lot of talk about Canelo’s next fight after Dec. 15-that it could be with Danny Jacobs, Demetrius Andrade, the Charlos, or even Callum Smith at Anfield – let them talk. If I take Canelo out, I’ll have a massive fight at Anfield instead.”

Canelo vs. Rocky is a 12-round fight for the WBA Super Middleweight World  Title presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Matchroom Boxing. Lemieux vs. Johnson is a 12-round middleweight fight presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Eye of The Tiger Management. The event is sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,” and Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle.” The event will take place Saturday, December 15 at Madison Square Garden in New York City and will be streamed live on DAZN.

Canelo on fight with Mayweather: ‘It was experience who defeated me that night and that’s why it was a boring fight’

When Canelo Alvarez fought Floyd Mayweather back in 2013, many thought he could be the one that could give the undefeated Mayweather his first loss, but he received a boxing lesson and ultimately lost by majority decision.

Mayweather has since retired, but there is speculation he could return, while Alvarez gets ready to battle Rocky Fielding on December 15 at Madison Square Garden.

Recently, Canelo, who was 23 years old when he fought Mayweather, reflected on his fight with Mayweather, and he discussed his belief that a rematch would be much different:

“I’m a more complete fighter now. I would be much more competitive,” Canelo recently said. “I have a lot more experience. I have improved a lot, so it would be different.

“It was experience who defeated me that night, and that’s why it was a boring fight, as well, because he didn’t do too much to me, either. It was experience, and I’m a much more mature fighter. I’m a better fighter than the fighter that fought that night.”

Alvarez and his team had a bad game plan against Mayweather on that night, in which they tried to outbox one of the greatest technicians of all-time, but I do believe Alvarez is a different fighter at this point. However, in the end, he was not good enough on that night against Mayweather, and probably will never get a chance to avenge his only loss.

Lemieux will battle Tureano Johnson on Canelo-Fielding undercard

Middleweight knockout sensation David Lemieux (40-4, 34 KOs) will look to make a second potential Knockout of the Year performance before 2018 ends as he takes on Tureano Johnson (20-2, 14 KOs) in the scheduled 12-round co-main event of Canelo vs. Rocky. The card will also feature the return of Sadam “World Kid” Ali and will showcase some of Golden Boy Promotions’ best rising stars. The event will take place Saturday, December 15 at Madison Square Garden in New York City and will be streamed live on DAZN–which, at just $9.99 per month after a one-month free trial, means new subscribers to DAZN will enjoy the entire Canelo vs. Rocky fight night for free.

“Golden Boy Promotions will give fans early Christmas gifts this year as we offer yet another great card to close 2018 on a very high note,” said Oscar De La Hoya, CEO and Chairman of Golden Boy Promotions. “David Lemieux still has his eyes set on Canelo, and that night they will be in the same arena. Lemieux knows that if he loses against Tureano Johnson, he can forget about any shot with Canelo. Also, each of these undercard fights, even the ones featuring Sadam Ali, Ryan Garcia, Vergil Ortiz and Lamont Roach, Jr., could easily be the main attraction of any other event, so fans should not miss out on this great night of action – especially when it’s free for new DAZN subscribers.”

Lemieux is a 29-year-old puncher coming off a spectacular first-round knockout victory against Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan on the televised pay-per-view undercard of Canelo vs. GGG2. The native of Montreal, Canada will look to earn another shot at the middleweight crown in this bout against Johnson.

“I’m extremely ready and looking forward to my next fight against [Tureano] Johnson,” said David Lemieux. “I didn’t take a break since my last fight because I thought that I would be facing Canelo. Training camp has been great. Johnson is a solid opponent. I’m ready for an explosive performance and a great victory to end the year in a great way.”

Johnson is a 34-year-old contender who hopes to fight for a world title despite some setbacks. Johnson’s only losses were against Curtis “The Cerebral Assassin” Stevens and Sergiy “The Technician” Derevyanchenko. If the native of Nassau, Bahamas can get past Lemieux, he will join a short list of fighters who are worthy of a middleweight title shot.

“David Lemieux is a former world champion, so he’s the kind of guy I’ll have to defeat if I want a shot at the title,” said Tureano Johnson. “I’ve had some setbacks in my career, but I’m feeling better than I ever have before. I’m excited to be part of this platform and will take advantage of this opportunity with a victory against Lemieux this December.”

“We are happy to have David Lemieux fight on December 15 in the Mecca of boxing,” said Camille Estephan, President of Eye of the Tiger Management. “He is having a great training camp and is getting ready to bring two sledgehammers to the ring, one in his left hand and one in his right. He’s healthy and ready to go.”

Former WBO Junior Middleweight World Champion Sadam “World Kid” Ali (26-2, 14 KOs) of Brooklyn, N.Y. will make his welterweight return against the rugged and experienced Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera (24-7, 7 KOs) of Riverside, Calif. in a 10-round battle.

Ryan “Kingry” Garcia (16-0, 13 KOs) of Victorville, Calif. will fight for the first time under the tutelage of Eddy Reynoso, head trainer of Canelo Alvarez, in a 10-round lightweight battle.

Yves Ulysse Jr. (16-1, 9 KOs) of Montreal, Canada will return in a 10-round super lightweight fight.

Super lightweight knockout artist Vergil Ortiz (11-0, 11 KOs) of Dallas, Texas will return in a clash scheduled for 10 rounds. Opponents for Garcia, Ulysses and Ortiz will be announced shortly.

Lamont Roach Jr. (17-0-1, 7 KOs) of Washington, D.C. will defend his WBO International Super Featherweight Title against Alberto Mercardo (15-1-1, 3 KOs) of Humacao, Puerto Rico in a 10-round fight.

Bilal Akkawy (18-0-1, 14 KOs) of Sidney, Australia will take on Victor Fonseca (17-8-1, 14 KOs) in a 10-round super middleweight battle.

Eddie Hearn believes Danny Jacobs beats Canelo Alvarez(VIDEO)

The middleweight division is exciting right now. Unified middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez is the biggest name. Gennady Golovkin, who many believe beat Alvarez in both of their fights, is still viable; WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade is very skilled, and IBF middleweight champion Danny Jacobs is a tough night for anybody at 160.

Alvarez and Andrade are both fighting exclusively on DAZN; Jacobs and Golovkin are both television free agents. Jacobs is with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing, and according to Hearn, the fight he would like to see is Canelo vs. Jacobs. If the fight were to happen, Hearn believes Jacobs would get the nod.

Alvarez will move up to 168 to battle WBA  Rocky Fielding on December 15 at MSG.

Hearn addressed the state of the middleweight division, and his desire to see Jacobs fight Alvarez.

Listen below:

Canelo on Mayweather: ‘He wants to continue hurting boxing by making fights that don’t make sense’

Floyd Mayweather, even in retirement, finds ways to keep himself in the news. Last month, he announced via Instagram that he was looking to return in December to fight Manny Pacquiao. On Tuesday, he told TMZ Sports that he is interested in fighting UFC star Khabib Nurmagomedov in a boxing match. Recently, Nurmagomedov defeated Conor McGregor at UFC 229 in Las Vegas.

However, according to lineal middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez, who recently inked a 11-fight, $365 million deal with DAZN, these type of fights are not good for the sport of boxing.

“He(Mayeather) wants to continue hurting boxing by making fights that don’t make sense, by making fights that hurt boxing,” Canelo told TMZ Sports. “And not giving boxing the credibility it deserves, which is such a nice sport, which has given him so much. If he wants to return, I ask him to look my way to give a great fight to the fans.”

Mayweather dominated Canelo in their fight in 2013; a fight Mayweather won by majority decision.

For the 41-year-old Mayweather, it’s all about the money, and who can blame him at this point in his life. He is looking to fight individuals that are not significant threats and will make him the most money. Thus the reason he fought UFC star Conor McGregor in 2017.

If he is going to return, I like to see Mayweather fight Pacquiao, but if he fights Khabib, I guess I would be interested enough to buy it.

 

 

Twitter reacts to Canelo’s victory over Golovkin

It was a much closer fight this time around; however, this time someone walked out of the ring a winner and someone walked out a loser. On Saturday night, Canelo Alvarez(50-1-2, 34 KOs) defeated Gennady Golovkin(38-1-1, 34 KOs) by majority decision at T-Moblie Arena in Las Vegas to capture the WBC and WBA middleweight titles, while handing Golovkin his first loss. Golovkin’s streak of middleweight title defenses ends at 20, which leaves Golovkin tied with Bernard Hopkins for the division record.

Should be interesting to see if we get a third fight between these two foes.

Here is how Twitter reacted:

Photos: Canelo, GGG intense weigh-in

Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin both made weight on Friday as they get ready for their showdown on Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Alvarez came in at 159.4 pounds, and Golovkin weighed in at 159.6 pounds.

There has been a lot of trash talk from both sides leading up to this fight, and the weigh-in was intense.

Here are photos from the weigh-in:

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Photo Credit: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions 

Sanchez: ‘Canelo Con Carne is finally going to face the music from the man he has avoided most’

 T-Minus two days and counting until WBC/WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin makes his 21st and division record-breaking title defense. It’s taken nearly one year but Golovkin will finally get the rematch he and the world have craved, against lineal middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.  And what a long strange trip it’s been to get here.

“Triple G vs. Triple C is finally here,” declared Abel Sanchez, Golovkin’s trainer.  “Canelo Con Carne is finally going to face the music from the man he has avoided most, Gennady Golovkin.  All those months of excuses, the aiding and abetting and the enabling by Canelo’s team, will finally come to an end on Saturday night.  Gennady is boxing’s longest-reigning world champion (since 2010) but I don’t think he has really been appreciated until he stood up for the sport of boxing and boxing fans after Canelo flunked two random drug tests in February.  Instead of being upfront and honest about it, Canelo and his team trotted out an old wheeze about the Mexican beef industry.  Instead of apologizing to Gennady, Canelo and his team continued to dress themselves in clothes made of entitlement and arrogance.  No, Saturday night’s rematch isn’t about revenge, it’s about respect.  It’s about Gennady defending the heritage of a great sport and the honor of that sport’s great fans.  It’s about fairness, where two athletes compete on an even playing field, adhering to the rules and shining a light when others try to circumvent their own regulations.  Sunshine is a great disinfectant.”

“Gennady has trained hard for this fight.  He has had a different edge in this training camp and has trained with a purpose,” continued Sanchez.  “To win a fight you have to try to win the fight.  You win a fight by doing damage to your opponent and making it a battle.  Does Gennady want to knock out Canelo on Saturday night?  You betcha and it will be a public service to the sport and the Mexican beef industry he has selfishly maligned.”

Strong words from Sanchez, but something we are used to at this point when it comes to the promotion of this fight.