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.

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Erislandy Lara wants Canelo or GGG

Former WBA super welterweight world champion Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara (25-3-2, 14 KOs), felt inspired by the state of boxing after watching last Saturday night’s main event between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KOs) in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin fought an amazing fight, it was a true classic.” said Lara. “I want to congratulate both of them for putting together such a tremendous effort to bring the spotlight back on boxing. It would be a great honor to fight either fighter, and I would love to challenge myself against them.”

Erislandy Lara has been training in Houston, Texas for his next fight with trainer Ronnie Shields, as he is working hard in the gym, getting ready for his next fight date.

“I am ready to make a statement and to challenge either fighter at middleweight, whether it is Gennady Golovkin or Canelo Alvarez in a rematch…I am ready!”

In 2014, Lara lost to Alvarez by split decision, which some believe Lara won.

The last time we saw the 35-year-old Lara was in April when he lost to Jarrett Hurd by split decision.

 

Photo by Stephanie Trapp – Showtime

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 

GGG: ‘If Canelo gives me a chance and fights like he claims he will, I will knock him out’

Middleweights Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez are days away from their big showdown on Saturday night in Las Vegas(HBO PPV).  This a rematch of their controversial draw from last September.

One thing that we have seen this time around is a lot of trash talk. Both sides don’t like each other, but fortunately for Alvarez and Golovkin, they have a chance to settle all their differences in the ring.

Golovkin knows how big this fight is for his career and for the fans. Also, the 36-year-old knows the excitement of fighting on Mexican Independence Day.

“Mexican Independence Day is a huge day for boxing and boxing fans. I am a professional.,” Golovkin said on Tuesday.  “I am not nervous, but I am very excited to be able to defend my titles on a major Mexican national holiday for the third consecutive time.  My Mexican fans like true fighters and true heroes. This may be a rematch, but it is a different story, a better story, a bigger story. This fight is the biggest level for me, 100%.  I am healthy and strong.  I had my best training camp, I have the fight I want against the fighter I want and on the biggest stage.  Why shouldn’t I be happy?”

Alvarez has said numerous times that he is looking to knock Golovkin out, which according to GGG, is good news.

 “If Canelo gives me a chance and fights like he claims he will, I will knock him out,” Golovkin said. “It is time for the Big Drama Show.”

On the televised undercard, Mexican star Jaime Munguia (30-0, 25 KOs), who will make the second defense of his WBO Junior Middleweight World Title against rugged Canadian contender Brandon “Bad Boy” Cook (20-1, 13 KOs) in a 12-round battle.Former IBF Middleweight World Champion David Lemieux (39-4, 33 KOs) of Montreal, Canada and Irish warrior Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan (28-2, 20 KOs) of Cork, Ireland will go head-to-head in a 12-round middleweight battle that has Fight of the Year candidate written all over it.Former pound-for-pound king and former four-division world champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (46-2, 38 KOs) of Managua, Nicaragua will make his highly anticipated return against experienced Mexican warrior Moises “Moi” Fuentes (25-5-1, 14 KOs) in a 10-round super flyweight battle that will open the HBO Pay-Per-View telecast.

 

Photo Credit: Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions

 

GGG on Canelo: ‘He always has a way of running’

The rematch between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin has become personal. The two are hoping to inflict some severe pain on each other.

“I hurt him in the first fight, and I’m going to hurt him even more in the second fight. My objective is the knockout, and I’ll be looking for that from the opening round,” Canelo recently said.

“I want to punish him. I want to have a fight and punish him for all the bad things that he and his team have done, so basically to put them — to size him down and to put him and his team in their place,” said Golovkin during a recent conference call.

In order for a knockout to happen, both fighters are going to have to take some chances. Something Golovkin believes Canelo did not do in their first fight.

“It was his fighting style earlier, not just in the September fight. Well, he was always — you know, he always has a way of running on the ring, but it was his style,” Golovkin said.  “However, what happened on our last fight, he was really avoiding fighting close to me. I think that’s exactly what happened, but what he’s trying to say right now, it just proves that he’s not keeping his word. He’s trying to deceive people again, and being dishonest. But it doesn’t matter what he said. Let him say whatever he wants.”

It should be interesting to see how much Canelo trades with Golovkin in the rematch. We know Golovkin has concussive power, but we also know that Alvarez has a solid chin, and we know that this time around it’s personal, which could cause these two to take a little more chances.

Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin will take place Saturday, Sept. 15 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at a special time of 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.

Team GGG responds to Oscar De La Hoya’s accusations

Tom Loeffler, promoter of undefeated World Middleweight Champion GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN has called out the team of Canelo Alvarez and specifically, its promoter Oscar De La Hoya.  On Sunday, under the headline “Oscar De La Hoya Boldly Claims Gennady Is Unpatriotic,” Niall Doran posted on the website Boxing News and Views a story based on a video interview De La Hoya had done with Villainfy Media which was posted on You Tube on Aug. 31.  The story also stated that De La Hoya  “…questioned his {Golovkin’s] support of his own country.”

“I have no idea what Oscar is talking about but it is not true,” said Loeffler.  “The truth is Team Golovkin had requested that the national anthems of Kazakhstan, Mexico and the United States be sung before the pay-per-view telecast began so that we could proceed with the fights seamlessly and uninterrupted.  HBO supported this position and has always preferred that the anthems take place before the HBO Pay-Per-View telecast begins.  To suggest that Gennady is unpatriotic and has no respect for the anthems of his Kazakhstan, Mexico or the U.S., where Gennady resides in southern California, is patently false.  Oscar and Canelo owe Gennady yet another apology.  This is just another example of why Gennady never believes anything from Canelo’s side.”

This link will take you to De La Hoya’s interview with Villainfy Media.  His statement about Gennady begins at 2:58 of this video which was posted on You Tube.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p15oRiI-hwU.  Below is a transcription of it.

“Look, I mean, they have to stop all this nonsense. I can tell you one thing for instance. Talk about not supporting your own country? The Golovkin people didn’t want to sing the national anthems before the fight. That’s a ritual. Having a national anthem before a championship fight is what you’re supposed to do. It makes it feel like a bigger event. Golovkin’s people didn’t want the Kazakhstan national anthem to be sang, the Mexican national anthem to be sung, the American national anthem to be sung. I mean what else are they going to demand? Jesus, are they going to cancel the fight? It’s ridiculous Just go out there and fight!”

Canelo on GGG: ‘I hurt him in the first fight, and I’m going to hurt him even more in the second fight’

Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin both fought well in their first fight last September, but some believe Golovkin fought a little better. However, the match ended in a controversial draw, so now, we get to do it again.

The rematch will take place on Saturday, Sept. 15 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at a special time of 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.

In the first fight, both Alvarez and Golovkin landed some heavy shots, but both fighters were able to weather the storm. However, Alvarez thought he hurt Golovkin in that first fight, and expects to inflict more damage in the second fight:

“Like I’ve said many times, the first fight gave me the guideline for the second fight,” Alvarez said at a media workout on Sunday. “I know that I can do many things in the ring against him. I know that I can hurt him. I hurt him in the first fight, and I’m going to hurt him even more in the second fight. My objective is the knockout, and I’ll be looking for that from the opening round.”

“Golovkin knows who I am. He knows who I’m about. Let me put it even better–he still doesn’t know how much more I have left to show. I’m looking forward to showing him that on September 15. I have to win convincingly. It has to be a knockout to erase any doubts. I’m very motivated for this win. I’m confident, but not overconfident about my opponent because I know who he is, but I’m confident in my preparation.”

Keep in mind, Golovkin has never been dropped in his entire career, including amateurs, so it won’t be easy for Canelo to knock GGG out.

 

Photo Credit: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

 

Munguia-Cook; Lemieux-O’Sullivan highlight Canelo-GGG undercard

Fans at T-Mobile Arena and millions watching at home will be treated to a stacked undercard featuring current world champions and returning contenders in support of the September 15 fight between Lineal Middleweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) and WBC/WBA/IBO Middleweight World Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KOs). The event will take place Saturday, Sept. 15 and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at a special time of 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.

“This historic rematch between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin can only be supported by an equally great undercard,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “That’s why some of the best champions and contenders from all over the world will be featured on this event of international proportions, while some of our brightest prospects will have the opportunity of a lifetime on this undercard so they can one day headline events of this magnitude.”

In the co-main event, breakout Mexican star Jaime Munguia (30-0, 25 KOs) will make the second defense of his WBO Junior Middleweight World Title against rugged Canadian contender Brandon “Bad Boy” Cook (20-1, 13 KOs) in a 12-round battle.

Also on the card, former IBF Middleweight World Champion David Lemieux (39-4, 33 KOs) of Montreal, Canada and Irish warrior Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan (28-2, 20 KOs) of Cork, Ireland will go head-to-head in a 12-round middleweight battle that has Fight of the Year candidate written all over it. Former pound-for-pound king and former four-division world champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (46-2, 38 KOs) of Managua, Nicaragua will make his highly anticipated return against experienced Mexican warrior Moises “Moi” Fuentes (25-5-1, 14 KOs) in a 10-round super flyweight battle that will open the HBO Pay-Per-View telecast.

On the non-televised portion of the card, super lightweight knockout artist Vergil Ortiz Jr.(10-0, 10 KOs) of Dallas, Texas looks to add another stoppage victory to his record as he takes on experienced warrior Roberto “Massa” Ortiz (35-2-2, 26 KOs) of Torreon, Mexico in a scheduled 10-round 140-pound fight.

Rising welterweight prospect Alexis “Lex” Rocha (11-0, 8 KOs) of Santa Ana, Calif. will risk his undefeated record against Carlos Ortiz (10-2, 10 KOs) of Torreon, Mexico in an eight-round welterweight clash.

Undisputed WBC/WBA/IBF/WBO Champion Cecilia Braekhus (34-0, 9 KOs) of Cartagena, Colombia will defend her titles in a 10-round welterweight fight.

Francisco Esparza (8-0-1, 3 KOs) of Las Vegas will take on a soon-to-be announced opponent in either a four or six-round featherweight fight.

Photo: Golden Boy Promotions

Canelo on fighting GGG: ‘Personally for me, I want it to end here’

In the first fight between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin, it was clear to some that Golovkin did enough to win the fight, but the bout ended in a controversial draw.

On September 15, both Golovkin and Canelo have an opportunity to prove who is really the best. Something that makes the 28-year-old Canelo very pleased.

“I’m very happy to have this tiebreaker. I’m very happy for this opportunity to make clear who is better,” Alvarez said during a conference call. “This is the opportunity to show who is better. So I’m happy, and I’m content, and I’m relaxed. I’m training 100% because, obviously, I know what I have in front of me. I know Golovkin is not an easy opponent, and I know what I have to add to my strategy. So, again, I’m happy to have the tiebreaker to make it clear who is the better fighter in the first fight.”

After the first, Canelo knew a rematch needed to happen, but he does not seem very interested in a third fight with Golovkin:

“As with the first fight, we have to see how this fight is going to take place and how it’s going to pass,” Canelo said. “After the first one, we needed the second one because it was a draw and because the fans wanted it. Personally for me, I want it to end here.  I want it to define very clearly who’s the best in this rematch.”

If it makes financial sense, I’m sure both Canelo and Golovkin would be interested in a third fight.

Canelo vs. GGG 2 is a 12-round fight for the middleweight championship of the world presented by Golden Boy Promotions and GGG Promotions. The event is sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,”Hennessy, “Never Stop, Never Settle,” O’Reilly Auto Parts, Fred Loya Insurance, Interjet, Venom, and Fathom Events. The event will take place Saturday, Sept. 15 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at a special time of 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.