Golden Boy Promotions: Canelo will not fight in September

Unified middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez will not fight in September, Golden Boy Promotions announced today.

There were talks he could go up to 175 to fight Sergey Kovalev or possibly a third fight with Gennady Golovkin, but in the end, Alvarez and his team have decided that fighting in September, during Mexican Independence Day weekend, is not best for Alvarez.

Here is a statement from Golden Boy Promotions:

“Golden Boy and Canelo Alvarez have made the strategic decision to postpone their typical September fight. The decision was made in an effort to secure the right opponent and to do justice to the level of promotion required for a boxing star of his magnitude.  Though Canelo typically fights in May and September, it is not without precedent to fight later in the year as Canelo did fight in December of 2018 in Madison Square Garden. Canelo’s next fight will now take place later in 2019.

“As a Mexican, it’s a responsibility and an honor to represent my country in both May and September,” said Canelo Alvarez. “Those are my dates. However, as a world champion in multiple weight classes, I also have the responsibility of delivering the most exciting and competitive fights possible. That’s why Golden Boy and my team have decided to postpone the date in order to do right by my fans by promoting the best fight possible and with the best opponent possible.”

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Charlo on GGG, Canelo: ‘Those guys are at the top, but there’s always a young underdog’

In front of a sold out crowd of his hometown fans, WBC Middleweight World Champion Jermall Charlo defended his new title for the first time and kept his unbeaten record in dominating fashion against Brandon Adams Saturday night at NRG Arena live on SHOWTIME.

In a near-shutout unanimous decision, Charlo (29-0, 21 KOs) won by the scores of 120-108 (twice) and 119-109.

In his first defense since being elevated to WBC Middleweight Champion on Wednesday, Charlo methodically picked apart the much smaller Adams (21-3, 13 KOs), a Los Angeles native who earned his title shot by winning the 2018 reboot of The Contender. Despite an injury to his left hand, Charlo recorded double digit connects in every round but the first while limiting the resilient and durable Adams to single digit connects in all but the final round.

Charlo was unable to punctuate his dominating display with the knockout he craved in front of the 6,408 fans who saw him headline in his hometown for the first time in his career. Despite that, Charlo was even more active than usual and led 151-73 overall in total punches landed and 118-42 in power punches connected. Charlo also made a concerted effort to attack the body, landing more shots to the body than in any his last five fights.

“I wasn’t frustrated that I didn’t get the knockout,” Charlo told SHOWTIME’s ringside reporter Jim Gray following the fight. “This is boxing and he came out to box. I came out to fight. It was a good fight. The city of Houston, I’ll be back.

“My hand will be alright.  I hurt my hand in like the second round but I kept throwing it. It was obvious my jab wasn’t flowing.”

“I was coming up here to win,” said Adams. “I was coming to try to take him out in his hometown. He did what he was supposed to do. He’s a champ for a reason and I take my hat off to hm.

“He’s a much bigger guy, period. I just tried to put my best foot forward and tried to take him out at the end.”

Looking ahead to what’s next, Charlo fired a warning shot to his fiercest competitors in the middleweight division.

“Canelo has done a great job of being a champ, Golovkin also,” said Charlo. “Those guys are at the top, but there’s always a young underdog and a lion ready to take over. That’s me.”

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Hearn: Canelo should fight the winner of Andrade-Sulecki

WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade has become a very active fighter, and on Saturday, Andrade will be fighting for the third time in eight months. Before signing with Matchroom Boxing last summer, Andrade had not fought since 2017.

Now, Andrade(27-0, 17 KOs) has a belt and is looking to do big things at 160. On Saturday, he will make his second middleweight title defense, in his hometown, against Maciej Sulecki (28-1, 11 KOs) at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island, and live exclusively on DAZN.

“One thing that we have promised Andrade and his team is activity,” Hearn said on Thursday. “This is his third fight in eight months, and I believe we will see a very special performance from him.  In Sulecki, he brings it every single time. He is in great fights. He has a chance to thrust himself into life-changing, legacy fights with a win here. He will do everything he can to beat Demetrius on Saturday night because he understands those odds.”

Canelo Alvarez has all the belts at 160, except for one, and that is WBO belt that is held by Andrade. Therefore, it’s only logical that the winner of Andrade-Sulecki should fight Alvarez next, so says Andrade’s promoter, Eddie Hearn.

“Everyone keeps talking about Canelo-GGG for September,” Hearn said on Thursday. “I understand that people are interested in seeing that fight again, but what about Canelo against the winner of this fight for the undisputed status? That’s the biggest fight to make at middleweight.”

Andrade might not be the biggest fight for Canelo, but it is a fight that puts him in control of all the belts, so what that being said, Canelo should fight the winner of Andrade-Sulecki next. However, don’t be surprised if that does not happen.

Photo: Matchroom Boxing

Canelo on third fight with GGG: ‘If the people want another fight, we’ll do it again, and I’ll beat him again.”

Canelo Alvarez (52-1-2, 34 KOs) successfully defended his WBC, WBA, Lineal and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Titles and became the new IBF Middleweight World Champion by defeating  Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs (35-3, 29 KOs) via 12-round unanimous decision. Canelo with with two scores of 115-113 and one score of 116-112.

The champion-vs.-champion event took place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and was streamed exclusively live on DAZN

No controversy in this fight. The right guy won on Saturday night.

“It was just what we thought,” said Canelo Alvarez. “We knew he was going to be a difficult fighter, but thank God we did things the right way, what we were going to do. It was just what we thought because of the style of fight that he brings but we just did our job.”

On Daniel Jacobs switching to southpaw during the fight: “It’s normal. It’s obviously just a matter of adapting when they switch rightie to leftie.”

Who does he want next? “I’m just looking for the biggest challenge. That’s all I want.”

Is there unfinished business with GGG?  “No, for me, it’s over. But if the people want another fight, we’ll do it again, and I’ll beat him again.”

A third fight with Golovkin does not do much for me, but you can argue Canelo lost at least one if not both of those fights. So, that fight would still have some intrigue.

I would prefer to see Canelo try to unify all the titles at 160 and battle WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade, which would be a great fight. Andrade returns in June to battle Maciej Sulecki in Providence, Rhode Island.

In the end, it should be interesting to see what’s next for Alvarez.

Andrade: Jacobs can’t worry about all the things that are against him(VIDEO)

Canelo Alvarez(WBA, WBC) and Danny Jacobs(IBF) both control all the major belts at 160, except for one. The WBO middleweight champion is Demetrius Andrade, and that is a fight that could come down the line at some point for the winner of Canelo-Jacobs, who battle on Saturday night in Las Vegas.

Andrade and Jacobs are close friends, so for him personally, Andrade wants Jacobs to win on Saturday night. Regarding business, Alvarez is the cash cow of boxing. Therefore, a fight with Canelo is more lucrative for Andrade.

“It’s a 50-50 fight,” Andrade recently said about Canelo-Jacobs. “At the end of the day, I gotta look at it two ways, business, and like damn, I want to see my brother do good. At the end of the day, business is Canelo; my brother do good is Danny. Whenever, however, the best man show up wins. I’m just there to be like, next!”

Canelo is the favorite coming into this fight for many reasons, and one of those reasons could be what we have seen in the past. Alvarez seems to get the benefit of the doubt on the scorecards. Many bring up his two fights with Gennady Golovin, and even his loss to Floyd Mayweather, where Canelo was clearly dominated. However, one judge had the fight a draw. With all that being said, Andrade believes Jacobs has to do his best.

“Canelo is the face of boxing, and the middleweight division right now,” Andrade said. “He has the more popular people behind him, the judges of course. That’s what people are gonna say that’s what we’re talking about, the judges, right, and getting a fair decision. At the end of the day, you go in there, you do your best, and that’s all that matters. May the best man win. Danny gotta go in there and do what he gotta do and show how talented he is with all these things against him. You can’t let that play with your mind either.”

Jacobs can beat Canelo, but he has to be at his very best, and it has to be decisive. Anything close probably goes to Alvarez.

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Jacobs: ‘I have an 80% knockout ratio, so if I get a guy hurt, you know I can get him out of there’

WBC, WBA, Lineal and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez  and IBF Middleweight World Champion  Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs made their grand arrivals today at the MGM Grand Resort and Casino in Las Vegas ahead of their 12-round unification fight. The event will take place on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN.

Here is what Jacobs had to say:

On the Vegas crowd and energy: “It seems like a huge Canelo effect but I’m excited for it. It shows you boxing is bigger than ever, and hopefully after this fight, I can win some of these fans.”

“It’s the biggest fight that can be made, especially at the middleweight division. I’m looking forward to displaying great skill Saturday night and I’m looking forward to being victorious.”

“I don’t really feed into anything other than the positive – what I’ve done inside the ring, what I’ve done with preparation, my game plan with my team that we’ve formulated. All the odds, the he say, she say, I keep it to a minimum. I just focus on what the job has to be and that’s to be victorious Saturday night.”

What his loss against GGG taught him: “Well, numerous things. First, you have to go in there and win a fight decisively. I don’t want no controversy. I want to be victorious, and I want all the fans to know I’m the best middleweight in the world.”

“Styles make fights. If you’re any boxing person, you know that, you know that every fight is not going to be the same. You have to approach every fight differently. If I don’t apply my best, I don’t deserve to be there. But I look forward to being victorious.”

“I’ve always envisioned getting my hand raised, I’ve always been vocal about getting the knockout, about the knockout being possible. I have an 80% knockout ratio, so if I get a guy hurt, you know I can get him out of there.”

“I’m self-motivated. When everything was taken away from me, all I wanted was to get back to the sport of boxing. It’s nothing short of a miracle to get to this point. That motivates myself to be the best version of myself that I can be.”

Jacobs: Canelo lost both Golovkin fights

The two fights between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin were close. The first fight ended in a draw, and the second fight ended in a majority decision victory for Canelo. Many were unhappy with the outcomes of those fight, and some felt Golovkin got a raw deal, including IBF middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs.

According to Jacobs, who will battle Canelo on May 4 in Las Vegas, Golovkin should have gotten the decision in both of his fights against Alvarez.

“I give Canelo all the respect in the world,” Jacobs said today at a media workout in New York. “He’s definitely top-ten, pound for pound. There are some controversial fights that he’s had that where I thought he lost, including both Golovkin fights. But I respect any man that has the courage to fight as this is a kill or be killed sport, but that’s where the respect ends. As far as getting in the ring with him goes, I want to be the victor. I want to take his head off and prove that I am the best gladiator in the world. That’s my true intentions, so there’s no respect when it comes to that. But we’re both gentlemen, and in my opinion, we’re great ambassadors for the sport. But take that away, and it’s going to be a blood sport in the ring.”

Golovkin probably won the first fight against Canelo, but the second fight was much closer, and you could make a good case for Canelo winning that fight. If Canelo beats Jacobs, and GGG, who is now with DAZN, wins his comeback fight, expect a Canelo-GGG 3. However, Jacobs can prevent that from happening, but can Jacobs get a fair shake from the judges against Canelo? Who knows, but the Brooklyn native is not concerned.

“It’s a little annoying to have to keep talking about the judges and Canelo getting favoritism, but it’s also a fact in most people’s mind so that’s why it comes up so much,” Jacobs said. “I don’t mind answering the questions, but it can be annoying as I don’t want the mindset to be going in there to fight Canelo and the judges. I don’t need any more stress in this fight as Canelo is a force in himself and it’s going to take a lot to figure him out.”

 

Jacobs on Canelo: ‘I have all the weapons and components to beat him’

Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs (35-2, 29 KOs), IBF Middleweight World Champion, talked about his mental preparation ahead of his unification fight against WBC, WBA, Lineal and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Champion. Canelo Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs). The 12-round fight will take place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas Saturday, May 4 and will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN.

Jacobs, 32, feels he has the mental advantage after having overcome a tough battle with cancer. The native of Brooklyn, New York also noted that he has a strategic advantage over Canelo because he has studied him for his entire career and because of his unique blend of abilities.

Below is what Daniel Jacobs had to say after a recent workout:

“This is my opportunity to prove what I have been saying, that I am the best middleweight in the world. Doing the impossible is not new to me. Ten years ago, I was in a wheelchair in the hospital. Fast forward to now and I’m fighting for middleweight supremacy. You can’t make this story up, and I feel like this is my destiny.”

“I’ve looked death in the eyes. It happened when I was in the hospital bed with my back to the wall after doctors told me that I had cancer and would never box again. I’ve been through the toughest of all mental battles. I see it and feel it. Canelo hasn’t faced and beaten an opponent like cancer, but I have, so to me I am already a victor.”

“Canelo is a true champion with superstar status who has fought so many great fighters, so to step in the ring with him is an honor for me. But aside from that, my legacy is on the line here. I have so much to gain from this fight, and I look forward to doing that and giving the fans a great show. I want to be a Hall of Famer one day, and you only achieve that by fighting the best like Canelo.”

“I was surprised in a way when the fight was getting close, and I was still worried until the contracts were signed. I didn’t believe that I would get the fight even when we were negotiating because anything can happen in boxing. Sometimes you hear things. You hear people say that Canelo doesn’t want to fight the best guys out there. But I was confident in my team getting it done, and I take my hat off to Canelo and his team for taking the fight. Now it’s time to put on something great for the fans.”

“Canelo wanted to make history against Rocky [Fielding], and I respect that. It was an easy fight, but he’d had two hard fights with GGG before that, and they were tough and great matches. He’s a champion; you know he’s going to bring it and that just brings the best out of me.”

“To prepare for a fight, you have to study film and look at flaws and things you can exploit, but I’ve been studying Canelo for all of my career as I was a fan of him and still am. I know his style and I don’t need to watch his fights with Golovkin and compare them to my fight with Golovkin as every fighter is different and every fight is different. For me, it’s all about adjusting on the night because I can plan for the Canelo that fought GGG and he can be a completely different style on the night. GGG is not as fast as me and I’m bigger. I’m sharper.”

“Every fighter has a flaw or makes mistakes that you can exploit. I’m a longer fighter. I’m just as fast, I’m stronger and I have skills, too. I am not like the recent opponents that just come forward. I can go back and side-to-side and I can switch stances. I can do a bit of everything in the ring, so it’s going to be a challenging fight for him and I really believe my hand will be raised that night.”

“Andre Rozier is one of the greatest trainers of our generation, and I trust him 100 percent. We’re going to be in great shape and totally prepped. I just have to be the best me as I have all the weapons and components to beat him and prove I am the number one Middleweight out there.”

“My life and my story resonate with a lot of people all around the world, so I am not worried about becoming a bigger star, that’s not my focus. In my opinion, I am already a great person outside the ring and I set a great example for people that follow in my footsteps, especially from my neighborhood. I’m doing my job in that aspect.”

“We don’t need to talk trash. That’s not what I am about, and I don’t think he is either. I’ve done it before with some opposition because if it’s in them and if you want to be about it, I can be about it. Trust me. But truly I am a person who likes to show respect and I want the fans to see that because as fighters, we can have negative things placed on us from the past. I want to be a stand-up guy that represents the sport because that’s what we are doing; we are ambassadors for boxing and at the elite level.”

Canelo vs. Jacobs is a 12-round fight for the WBC, WBA, Lineal, Ring Magazine and IBF Middleweight World Titles presented by Golden Boy in association with Matchroom Boxing. The event is sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING” and Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle.” The event will take place Saturday, May 4, 2019 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN.

Photo: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom Boxing

Canelo on GGG-Jacobs: ‘For me, Jacobs won the fight’

IBF middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs(35-2, 29 KOs) was very close to giving former unified middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin his first loss back in 2017. Jacobs gave Golovkin all he could handle on that night at MSG, but in the end, Golovkin would win by unanimous decision. The fight ended Golovkin’s 23-fight knockout streak, and it showed that Jacobs was one of the best at 160.

After his fight with Jacobs, Golovkin would go on to fight Canelo Alvarez(51-1-2, 35 KOs) and that fight ended in a controversial draw. The two would have a rematch a year later, and Alvarez would win by majority decision.

Now, Jacobs will battle Alvarez on May 4 in Las Vegas. Alvarez knows Jacobs won’t be easy, and according to Alvarez, he believes Jacobs should have gotten the decision against Golovkin.

“Yes, I mean, the fight was close. Could have been to anyone,” Alvarez said on a conference call on Tuesday. “For me personally, boxing is an appreciation. For me, Jacobs won the fight.”

Jacobs and Alvarez are two of the best middleweights in the sport, and some believe that their bout could end in a controversial decision, but no matter what happens, we should get a competitive fight on May 4.

David Lemieux-John Ryder to headline Canelo-Jacobs undercard

David Lemieux (40-4, 34 KOs) will make his 168-pound debut when he takes on John “The Gorilla” Ryder (27-4, 15 KOs) in the scheduled 12-round co-main event of Canelo vs. Jacobs. The card will also feature the returns of Vergil Ortiz Jr., Pablo Cesar “El Demoledor” Cano, Joseph “JoJo” Diaz Jr., Sadam “World Kid” Ali and Lamont Roach Jr., in separate bouts. The event will take place Saturday, May 4 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN.

“There comes a time when every fighter must move up in weight, and now is that time for David Lemieux,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy. “Lemieux was the hardest-hitting puncher in the 160-pound division, and I’m absolutely certain he will be the biggest puncher at 168 pounds. John Ryder will be in for a tough fight on May 4. Also, this undercard will feature some of our brightest stars, including Vergil Ortiz Jr., who with only 12 fights will face a tough veteran in Mauricio Herrera. Golden Boy and DAZN have crafted an excellent night of action, so don’t miss out on this one!”

Lemieux, 30, was last seen on the televised pay-per-view undercard of Canelo vs. GGG 2when he scored a first-round knockout victory against Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan. The native of Montreal, Canada promises to be stronger than ever in his super middleweight debut.

“I’ve seen [John] Ryder fight,” said David Lemieux. “He’s a credible rival, but I’m going to make a statement out of what I’m going to do with him. At 168, I’m going to be the strongest that I’ve ever been.”

Ryder is a 30-year-old native of London who is the No. 1 contender for the WBA Super Middleweight Title. Ryder has faced tough opposition, including a close fight against Rocky Fielding and a tough battle against Billy Joe Saunders. The “Gorilla” is coming off a seventh-round technical knockout win against previously undefeated Andrey Sirotkin, and he’ll look to retain his shot at the title with a win against Lemieux.

“I’m fully focused on the fight with David Lemieux, but obviously there’s a massive pot of gold for the winner,” said John Ryder. “There’s the potential for a fight with Canelo or a fight with Callum Smith, which are both huge. Lemieux is a big puncher if you stand in front of him. I’m a boxer-fighter. I’ll box him at times and fight him at other times when it suits me. Our fighting styles are sure to gel for a great fight. I’m expecting to win and to win well. I’m there to keep my mandatory position.”

“We can’t wait for David to show that he can be a powerhouse in the super middleweight division. What better way to demonstrate this than by fighting the No. 1 contender in John Ryder!,” said Camille Estephan, President of Eye of the Tiger Management.

“This is a great fight on a great night of boxing,” said Eddie Hearn, Managing Director of Matchroom Sport. “John Ryder has been on a tremendous run, and now takes to the big stage in Las Vegas with the dangerous David Lemieux. It’s a huge fight for both with the winner being mandatory challenger for Callum Smith, and I fully expect that to be John Ryder.”

The undercard for this explosive co-main event will be filled with Golden Boy’s current and future stars.

Vergil Ortiz Jr. (12-0, 12 KOs) will face the biggest test of his career when he takes on Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera (24-8, 7 KOs) in a 10-round welterweight battle. Ortiz Jr. is moving to welterweight for this fight only, and if he’s successful in this tough challenge, he’ll be on the fast track to a world title at 140 pounds.

Pablo Cesar “El Demoledor” Cano (32-7-1, 22 KOs) will defend his WBC International Silver Super Lightweight Title against Michael “The Artist” Perez (25-3-2, 11 KOs) in a 10-round fight. Cano will return after his dominant knockout victory against former three-division world champion Jorge “El Niño de Oro” Linares.

Joseph “JoJo” Diaz Jr. (28-1, 14 KOs) of South El Monte, Calif. will fight against a soon-to-be-announced opponent in a 12-round battle for the vacant WBA Gold Super Featherweight Title. Diaz Jr. will return after a dominant victory against rugged warrior Charles Huerta.

Sadam “World Kid” Ali (27-2, 14 KOs) will return in a 10-round clash for the vacant USNBC Silver Welterweight Title against Anthony Young (20-2, 7 KOs) of Atlantic City, N.J.

Lamont Roach Jr. (18-0-1, 7 KOs) of Washington, D.C., will unify his WBO International Super Featherweight Title in a 10-round battle against NABO Super Featherweight Champion Jonathan Oquendo (30-5, 19 KOs) of Bayamon, Puerto Rico. The winner of this bout will earn the No. 1 spot for the WBO Super Featherweight World Title.

Alexis Espino (1-0, 1 KO) of Las Vegas, Nevada will participate in a four-round super middleweight fight against a soon-to-be announced opponent.

Canelo vs. Jacobs is a 12-round fight for the WBC, WBA, Lineal, Ring Magazine and IBF Middleweight World Titles presented by Golden Boy in association with Matchroom Boxing. Lemieux vs. Ryder is a 12-round super middleweight battle presented by Golden Boy in association with Eye of the Tiger Management and Matchroom Boxing. The event is sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING” and Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle.” The event will take place Saturday, May 4, 2019 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN.