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.”

Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME
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Gennady Golovkin stops Steve Rolls in 4

The “Big Drama Show” is back, and it was on full display on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden. Former middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin(39-1, 35 KOs) stopped previously unbeaten Steve Rolls(19-1, 10 KOs) in the fourth round.

With the victory, Golovkin, 37, puts himself in position to possibly get a third fight with unified middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez.

Before the stoppage in round four, Rolls had a lot of success against Golovkin in round two, which included snapping Golovkin’s head back. While Golovkin was not noticeably hurt, it did wake him up, and in the fourth round, he went to work. Golovkin initially hurt Rolls with a right hand on top of the head and would drop him with a left hook. Rolls tried to get to his feet, but he was unable to do so before referee Steve Willis counted to ten.

What’s next for GGG? He and his team made it very clear that they want Canelo, who gave Golovkin his first and only loss last September.

“I’m ready for September. I’m ready for Canelo,” Golovkin said after the fight. “Just bring him, just ask him. I’m ready. If you want big drama show, please tell him.”

Alvarez needs a dance partner for September, and in terms of what would be the biggest fight for Canelo, it has to be Golovkin. The fight makes sense for all parties involved, including DAZN, but who knows what will happen next.

 

Toronto boxer Steve Rolls: ‘Triple G is going to face boxing’s version of Kawhi Leonard on June 8’

Inspired by the Raptors run to the NBA Championship Finals, undefeated Top-10 contender Steve Rolls is determined to give his hometown of Toronto another reason to cheer.  Like the Raptors, who are ahead 1-0 in their challenge of the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors (Rolls attended Game 1), Rolls will be the underdog when he faces boxing’s pound-for-pound superstar attraction Gennadiy “GGG” Golovkin, who successfully defended his middleweight titles a record 20 consecutive times — 18 by knockout.

Golovkin and Rolls will go mano a mano in a 12-round rumble, which will be contested at a maximum weight of 164  pounds and streamed live on DAZN, next Saturday, June 8, from the Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden.

“You can look at me as an underdog but in my mind, I’m the best investment this side of Wall Street,” said Rolls (19-0, 10 KOs).  “Triple G is going to face boxing’s version of Kawhi Leonard on June 8.”

“Boxing is no game,” responded Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KOs), from Karaganda, Kazakhstan.  “I want a war. I have trained for a war.  That’s why boxing fans enjoy the Big Drama Show.  I come to fight.”

The Raptors have a better chance of beating the Warriors than Rolls does of defeating Golovkin, but anything can happen.

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.

Statement from Gennady Golovkin on the firing of Abel Sanchez

Statement from Gennady Golovkin on his decision to hire a new trainer:

I would like to announce that I have made a major decision for myself and for my career.  I want to build on what I have already achieved and continue to better myself.  Therefore, I will not be training with Abel Sanchez.  This was not an easy decision for me and it is not a reflection on Abel’s professional abilities.  He is a great trainer, a loyal trainer, and a Hall of Fame trainer.

I will be announcing my new trainer at a later date.  But today, I want to thank Abel for the lessons he taught me in boxing.

Golovkin is scheduled to return on June 8 at MSG against Steve Rolls.

Steve Rolls on GGG fight: ‘Make no mistake, this isn’t a tune-up. I’m coming to fight’

Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and undefeated Top-10 world-rated contender STEVE ROLLS kicked off their coast-to-coast media tour with a New York press conference April 22, at Madison Square Garden.

Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KOs), from Karaganda, Kazakhstan, will formally announce that he is bringing his Big Drama Show back to the “Mecca of Boxing” on Saturday, June 8, in a 12-round rumble with Rolls (19-0, 10 KOs), who hails from Toronto. The fight will be contested at a maximum weight of 164 pounds and streamed live on DAZN.

Golovkin vs. Rolls kicks off the exclusive six-fight, three-year global partnership between GGG Promotions and DAZN, the world’s fastest-growing sports streaming platform.

Boasting a resume that includes a record 20 consecutive middleweight title defenses (18 by way of knockout), Golovkin has consistently drawn packed houses to the five previous events he has headlined at The Garden, dating back to 2013.

Rolls(19-0, 10 KOs) who has stopped four of his last seven opponents, has vowed to ice the middleweight legend with his version of a Canadian cold front.

“Make no mistake; this isn’t a tune-up. I’m coming to fight,” Rolls said at a press conference on Monday. “With everybody getting to know me now, after June 8th, you won’t forget me. I got much respect for Gennady Golovkin, but I’m coming to shock the world.

If the 35-year-old Rolls does find a way to beat Golovkin, he will turn the middleweight division upside down, and of course, he would shock the world. He is undefeated, but obviously, he has not fought anybody as good as Golovkin. Anything is possible, but a Rolls’ victory would be absolutely stunning.

GGG: ‘I am very excited to be returning to the ring and bringing the Big Drama Show back to MSG’

It’s a whole new ballgame for boxing’s pound-for-pound superstar attraction GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN!  Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KOs), from Karaganda, Kazakhstan, brings his Big Drama Show back to the “Mecca of Boxing” — Madison Square Garden for the first time in over two years in his eagerly-awaited DAZN debut on Saturday, June 8.

Golovkin, whose resume includes a record 20 consecutive middleweight title defenses (18 by way of knockout), has consistently drawn packed houses to the five previous events he has headlined at The Garden, dating back to 2013.  He will rumble with undefeated Top-10 contender and Kronk Gym alumnus STEVE ROLLS (19-0, 10 KOs), from Toronto, Canada, in a battle, scheduled for 12 rounds, at a maximum weight of 164 pounds.  Golovkin vs. Rolls kicks off the exclusive six-fight, three-year global partnership between GGG Promotions and DAZN, the world’s fastest-growing sports streaming platform.

A two-city press tour, featuring both fighters, will take place next week, starting at Madison Square Garden on Monday, April 22, and concluding in Los Angeles on Tuesday, April 23.  Details on those events will be forthcoming.

Notably, this will be the second of two major boxing events The Garden will host on back-to-back boxing weekends – both of which will be live exclusively on DAZN.  England’s Anthony Joshua will make his United States and Madison Square Garden debut in a defense of his unified heavyweight title against Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller on June 1, just one week before Golovkin’s highly anticipated return on June 8.

“I am very excited to be returning to the ring and bringing the Big Drama Show back to Madison Square Garden.  The Garden’s fans are fantastic,” said Golovkin.  “I love boxing and I promise to bring the best of me to everyone who will be watching me in an all-action fight with Steve Rolls.  I am very happy that GGG Promotions has a new home at DAZN.”

Golovkin, 37, has reigned supreme in the Middleweight Division for nearly a decade.  Eighteen of his record 20 title defenses came by way of knockout — a 90% ratio — which is sure to remain the division’s highest knockout percentage for a world champion.  Golovkin’s tenure as champion ended when he lost a hotly disputed majority decision in a rematch with Canelo Alvarez last September.

A dominant amateur standout and Olympic Silver Medalist before turning professional in 2006, Golovkin’s career has been on a historic trajectory, including a 23-fight victory-by-knockout streak and unifying the WBC, WBA, IBF and IBO World Middleweight Titles.  Golovkin has also proven himself to be box office gold.  He has sold out the most iconic arenas of the world, including Madison Square Garden, T-Mobile Arena, O2 Arena, The Fabulous Forum, and StubHub Center.

Rolls, 35, making his debut at The Garden, will be looking to ice Golovkin with his version of a Canadian cold front.  In his most recent fight, he won the vacant USBA middleweight title last December, via unanimous decision, over KeAndrae Leatherwood.  World-rated No. 9 rated by the IBF, Rolls has stopped four of his last seven opponents while keeping his record perfect.

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.