Bernard Hopkins defies age again with victory over Beibut Shumanov

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Bernard Hopkins overpowered Beibut Shumanov with crushing blows after the third round. (Luis M. Alvarez/AP)

WASHINGTON — Three thoughts on Bernard Hopkins’ split decision win over Beibut Shumenov:

A Hopkins clinic – We’re running out of ways to describe Hopkins. At 49 years old –49!– Hopkins put on a clinic, boxing circles around the 30-year old Shumenov. Hopkins is a surgeon in the ring. For two rounds Hopkins poked and probed Shumenov, studying his style, timing his punches. From the third round on, it was vintage Hopkins. He landed a big shot and tied Shumenov up. He dropped Shumenov with a crushing short right hand early in the 11th round and proceeded to calmly continue to pick him apart for the rest of it. He moved around the ring expertly, confidently showing the stamina of a man 20 years his junior. It wasn’t the most aesthetically pleasing fight — per SHOstats, Hopkins landed 186 of 303 punches to 124 of 608 for Shumenov — but it was one controlled by Hopkins throughout.

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  • Published On Apr 20, 2014
  • Manny Pacquiao gains revenge, likely Marquez date in win over Tim Bradley

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    Manny Pacquiao (right) weathered Tim Bradley’s attack early and used an aggressive approach to win a unanimous decision for the WBO welterweight crown. (Jed Jacobsohn/SI)

    LAS VEGAS — Three thoughts on Manny Pacquiao’s unanimous decision win over Tim Bradley

    Pacquiao’s revenge. While most observers believed Pacquiao won his first fight with Bradley, officially, it was a loss. Pacquiao avenged that defeat Saturday night, outpointing Bradley in an entertaining slugfest that shifted the WBO welterweight title back to Pacquiao. Bradley looked comfortable early, taking advantage of Pacquiao’s aggression with crisp counterpunches. When he moved forward, he landed flush shots. It was clear from the last fight that Bradley has no fear of Pacquiao’s power and he showed that same fearlessness in the early rounds. Pacquiao was able to connect with combinations, but Bradley’s head movement gave him problems.

    The second half of the fight was a different story. Pacquiao’s aggression clearly took its toll on Bradley, who was consistently fighting on his heels. Pacquiao pressed the action, and though he wasn’t as active as his trainer, Freddie Roach, promised he would be, he was active enough to keep Bradley backpedaling and unable to mount a sustained attack. Per CompuBox, Pacquiao landed 198 of 563 punches (141 out of 627 for Bradley, including 148 power shots (109 for Bradley). It wasn’t vintage Pacquiao — unfortunately, we may never see that relentless brawler again — but it was enough to beat a very good fighter in Bradley. Read More…


  • Published On Apr 13, 2014
  • Live Blog: Pacquiao vs. Bradley II

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    Tim Bradley will look to win his second win over Manny Pacquiao this coming April. (Chris Carlson/AP)

    Tim Bradley is seeking his second win over Manny Pacquiao. (Chris Carlson/AP)

    LAS VEGAS — It’s fight night in Las Vegas, and as usual SI.com will provide round by round coverage of a major pay per view. At around 11:30 ET (give or take) Manny Pacquiao will attempt to win back the WBO welterweight title Tim Bradley took from him in 2012.

    It’s been a fairly quiet fight week. Pacquiao is never much of a talker and Bradley couched most of his trash talk with acknowledgments of Pacquiao’s greatness. Even the trainers–Freddie Roach and Joel Diaz–have been cordial. The only drama has involved Bob Arum, the promoter of the event, and executives at the MGM Grand, the site of Pacquaio-Bradley II. Arum has publicly (and repeatedly) rebuked casino execs for mixing signage for Floyd Mayweather’s upcoming fight in with Pacquiao’s. Mayweather fights Marcos Maidana on May 3rd at the MGM Grand. Suffice it to say, it may be a long time before Top Rank comes back to the MGM.

    Keep this page bookmarked: I’ll check back in as we get closer to the main event

    8:50 pm And we’re back. Three largely uneventful, uninteresting fights in the books. To recap: Bryan Vasquez scored a unanimous decision win over Joes Felix, Jessie Vargas outpointed Khabib Allakhverdiev in a mild upset and Ray Beltran easily decisioned  Arash Usmanee. Arum has made it clear he has little interest in investing big money on pay per view undercards. So I guess you get what you pay for.

    A few notes:

    -Pacquiao weighed in at 145-pounds yesterday, 151 on HBO’s unofficial scale tonight. Bradley tipped the scales at 145.5 yesterday, 152-pounds today.

    -In talking to Top Rank and HBO executives this week, the sense I get is if the fight does in the neighborhood of 850,000 pay per view buys, they will be happy. Arum has trumpeted that he expects the fight to exceed 1 million, but I don’t see it. My prediction: Somewhere in the 750,000 range.

    -Some early celeb sightings: Jack Nicholson, Charles Barkley, Dave Chappelle

    -In addition to blogging, I’ll be tweeting updates from my account (@ChrisMannixSI). My new colleague Greg Bishop is also ringside. Follow him at @GregBishopSI.

    8:55 pm Blog favorite and official boxing prognosticator Cheapo Tony (@CheapoTony) has weighed in: Bradley. As most of you know, Cheapo is the anti-oracle, the worst fight picker in Internet history. So take that for what it’s worth. Officially, per the MGM Grand, Pacquiao is a nearly 3-1 favorite (-280) while Bradley, the champion, is the underdog (+230)

    9:10 Here comes Manny Pacquiao. Pacquiao, the crowd favorite, walks to the ring to Katy Perry’s “Roar.” A “Manny, Manny” chant booms from the rafters when Pacquiao emerges from the tunnel.

    9:15 It’s Tim Bradley’s turn. A Bradley highlight video with D.J. Khaled’s “All I do is win” playing over it is on the screens around the arena. Side note: Do you think D.J. Khaled knew that song would be immortalized in sports arenas? Seriously, will that song ever go out of style? Anyway, Bradley is in the ring. Not much of a reaction to his entrance, either.

    ROUND 1: Pacquiao the aggressor, coming forward in the southpaw style with straight right hands. Bradley responds with a good body shot that Pacquiao acknowledges with a nod. Good straight right by Bradley. Another good counter body shot by Bradley. Pacquiao is not as active as Freddie Roach probably wants him to be. Another straight righ hand from Bradley. Pacquiao counters with a hard hook to the body. Close round. Bradley landed the cleaner shots. 10-9, Bradley

    ROUND 2: Pacquiao rushes Bradley, knocks him off balance with a push. Bradley continues to flick the jab. Pacquiao misses with a left hook. Pacquiao connects with a brutal straight right hand. Again, another power shot from Pacquiao bacjs Bradley up. Pacquiao coming forward fast now. Bradley pushes back, is slugging it out with Pacquiao in the middle of the ring. Bradley looks unfazed by the assault. Good straight right by Bradley backs Manny up. Nice rally by Bradley, but a good round for Pacquiao. 10-9 Pacquiao 

    ROUND 3: Bradley lands a clean shot to the jaw. Pacquiao counters. They are brawling now. Bradley seems perfectly willing to stand and trade. Their heads are coming dangerously close. Head butts have been a problem for Bradley in the past. Bradley with a hard right hand to the head. Another clips Manny’s jaw. Bradley coming forward now. Manny responds with a strong combination to the body. Manny flurries but Bradley’s good head movement keeps him out of harms way. Another close round but give it to the aggressor, Bradley. 10-9, Bradley 

    ROUND 4: It feels like Manny is missing chances to hurt Bradley. Bradley has been wilder than usual, but Manny has missed or ignored openings. Bradley continues to try to apply pressure. Manny responds with his own. Hard right to Manny’s head by Bradley. That got Manny’s attention. Manny looks a little tired. He’s not as active as he wanted to be. Bradley continues to apply pressure. Wings a right hand that misses, connects on another. A good round for Bradley. 10-9 Bradley

    ROUND 5: Manny lands a nice combination to Bradley’s head. Bradley taps Manny with a looping left hand. Another good combination to Bradley’s head for Manny. Hard right hand by Bradley lands flush. Another right catches Manny clean. Manny comes forward, glances Bradley with a three-punch combination. Another close round, but give it to Manny. 10-9 Pacquiao

    ROUND 6: Given how both Manny and Bradley come careening in, it’s surprising there have been no head butts yet. Pacquiao probes, looking for an opening. Pushes Bradley back. Pace has slowed a little. Both fighters trying to stay out of each others range. Bradley misses with a wild hook. Good left by Manny. Manny pushes Bradley to the ropes and unleashes multiple combinations, but Bradley’s movement keeps most of them from connecting. Manny was more aggressive, so give this round to him. 10-9 Pacquiao

    ROUND 7 Bradley comes out aggressive, pushes Manny back with combinations. Manny continues to work that hard jab. A nice combination catches Bradley, knocks him off balance. Hard right by Bradley. Bradley’s evasiveness is obviously a problem for Manny. Manny just can’t find that range. Right hand by Bradley clips Manny’s head. Manny doing a nice job this round of moving in and out of danger. A huge flurry by Manny catches Bradley on the ropes. Bradley waving Manny towards him, wants to fight out of the corner! Manny continues to attack. Clearest round to score. Give it to Manny. 10-9, Pacquiao

    ROUND 8: Crowd continues to chant for Manny. Bradley lands a stinging left jab. Manny lands a right. Bradley taunts Manny, shaking his head at him. Bradley dances a little in the ring. Bradley swings and misses. Bradley taps Manny twice on the head during a clinch. Crowd boos. Bradley continues to taunt. At this point, if Bradley loses he is going to regret perhaps giving some of these middle rounds away. I’ll give that one to Bradley though. Did a little more than Manny. 10-9 Bradley

    ROUND 9: Both men exchange left hands. Manny knocks Bradley off balance with a left and does it again. Bradley stumbles into the ropes. Referee believes it was a slip, which it probably was. Nice right hand from Manny . He seems to be picking up steam this round. Bradley is not defending his head much. Relying on movement to make Manny miss. Bradley is not putting together many combinations this round. Manny’s punches may be taking a toll. Give the 9th to Manny. 10-9, Pacquiao

    ROUND 10: Word filtering that Bradley may have hurt his hand. Would explain some of his inactivity the last few rounds. Nice left by Manny clips Bradley on the chin. Hard left catches Bradley again. Manny pushes Bradley to the corner. Bradley responds with a hard shot that backs Manny up. Not a lot of clean punches landed there. Give it to Manny. 10-9, Pacquiao

    ROUND 11: Bradley drills Manny with a hard right to the head. Manny continues to push Bradley back. Flurries in the corner. Bradley escapes. Bradley fighting exclusively on his heels this round. Have to wonder if that hand is an issue. Bradley is just flicking the jab, refusing to unleash that right hand. Good straight right by Manny. Bradley continues to run. Terrible round for Bradley. 10-9 Pacquiao

    ROUND 12: Bradley continues to protect his right hand. Pacquiao lands a strong combination. Bradley looks hurt and winded. Manny pokes at Bradley with the jab. The action slows. Bradley isn’t connecting with much of anything. Decent body attack by Bradley. A head butt catches Manny, opens a cut on his cheek. Doctors check it out. They give him the OK. Bradley flurries, tries to finish strong. Closer round than it looked at the beginning. Give it to Bradley. 10-9, Bradley

    10:11 pm It’s a unanimous decision win for Pacquiao. 116-112 (twice). 117-111. SI.com scored the fight 115-113 for Pacquiao.

    – Chris Mannix

     


  • Published On Apr 11, 2014
  • Is Pacquiao-Bradley undercard example of what boxing needs to improve?

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    WBA light welterweight champion Khabib-Allakhverdiev isn’t a household name. ( Didier Baverel/WireImage)

    LAS VEGAS — When it comes to pay-per-view undercards, Top Rank’s Bob Arum has a philosophy: People aren’t hitting the buy button because of it, so there’s no need to spend a lot of money on it. That position is evident in the undercard fights of Manny Pacquiao’s rematch against Tim Bradley (9 p.m., HBO PPV) on Saturday: None of the three early fights (Jose Felix vs. Bryan Vazquez; Jessie Vargas vs. Khabib Allakhverdiev; Arash Usmanee vs. Ray Beltran) feature a household name.

    “Most people who buy a pay per view buy it only to watch the main event,” Arum said. “As for the undercard, the people who want to see other boxing are entitled to see good competitive matches between really good outstanding pros. That’s what we try to give them. This undercard has good quality fighters in equal fights.”

    Mark Taffet, HBO’s Vice President of Sports Operations and PPV, agrees. 

    “Having been involve in over 180 pay per view events, we have seldom seen an undercard materially drive pay per view buys,” he said. “While we haven’t done extensive research on this, my instinct is that if the undercards are competitive and entertaining, that may provide tremendous value. I don’t necessarily believe it needs to be big name fighters, particularly in fights where the outcome is not in doubt.”

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    That thinking is not uniform in boxing. Recently, Showtime and Golden Boy Promotions — direct rivals to HBO and Top Rank, respectively — have put more of an emphasis on high profile undercards. Last September, Danny Garcia fought Lucas Matthysse on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather’s fight with Saul Alvarez. Next month, Amir Khan will face Luis Collazo on the undercard of Mayweather-Marcos Maidana. Both Garcia-Matthysse and Khan-Collazo are fights that could headline their own HBO or Showtime card. 

    Arum acknowledges the value fights like Garcia-Matthysse and Khan-Collazo add to a card. But he points out that some of the other fights on these cards are less competitive. Arum cites Adrien Broner’s upcoming fight against Carlos Molina, which will appear on the Mayweather-Maidana undercard. Broner is an enormous favorite. 

    “Broner-Molina is dreadful,” Arum said. “Putting that fight on, you’re trying to delude morons.”

    Arum and Taffet are likely right: Fans do buy the top of the ticket. But there are other, less quantifiable ways that putting high profile fights on an undercard brings. Media exposure, for starters. Garcia-Matthysse was one of the most anticipated fights of 2013. The fight had its own press tour and generated significant press interest, which added another layer to the promotion. Similarly, Khan-Collazo is a crossroads fight between two welterweight contenders. The winner will take a big step forward, possibly into a fight against Mayweather in the fall. 

    There is also exposure. Pacquiao and Mayweather draw in the largest mainstream audience of pay per view buyers in boxing. That audience may not be as familiar with HBO’s or Showtime’s other fighters. Take Sergey Kovalev. He is one of boxing’s fastest rising stars. He is well known by boxing’s base. But Kovalev is still largely unknown to the casual fan. Put Kovalev on the undercard of a major pay per view and he would be exposed to a fan base that may not tune in to see him otherwise.

    Constructing undercards is complicated, and there are no easy, calculable answers. But as boxing desperately attempts to connect more with the average fan, it’s important to find them.

    – Chris Mannix


  • Published On Apr 10, 2014
  • Three thoughts on Sergey Kovalev’s dominating knockout win over Cedric Agnew

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    Sergey Kovalev (left) pummeled Cedric Agnew, notching a pulverizing knockout win. (Tim Larsen/AP)

    Three thoughts on Sergey Kovalev’s knockout win over Cedric Agnew…

    1.) This was a predictable blowout

    Kovalev was a huge favorite against the undefeated, but untested, Agnew, a Chicago native who was one of the few HBO-approvable opponents Main Events could dig up to fight the avoided Kovalev. And the fight played out as expected, with Kovalev winning every minute of every round, backing Agnew up with a steady diet of power shots, dropping him in the second and sixth rounds before finishing him off with a straight left hand to the body in the seventh.

    Agnew, who described Kovalev as “ordinary” in the weeks before the fight, offered little resistance, occasionally pushing back a Kovalev assault with a combination, opening a decent cut over Kovalev’s right eye with a head butt, but spending the bulk of the rounds covering up. No one expected Agnew to win but it was fair to hope for more than a glorified sparring session. Which  brings us to …

    2.) This was a waste of time

    I understand why Kovalev-Agnew was made. Originally, HBO was willing to give Kovalev and Adonis Stevenson soft touches, with the understanding that the two top dogs in the light heavyweight division would meet in a title unification fight in the fall. Stevenson scuttled those plans earlier in the week by reneging on the deal and moving over to Showtime. That left Kovalev with an unheralded opponent that served as a tuneup fight for, well, nothing.

    You can’t blame Kovalev — since his days fighting on NBC Sports Network, Kovalev has been willing to fight all comers. And it’s clear Kovalev isn’t happy with Stevenson’s antics. When asked about Stevenson after the fight, Kovalev was succinct.

    “I don’t want to speak on Adonis Stevenson,” Kovalev said. “Adonis Stevenson is a piece of sh–.”

    3.) So, now what?

    Good question. If you have an answer, I’m sure Main Events and HBO would love to hear it. With titleholders Stevenson, Bernard Hopkins and Beibut Shumenov fighting on Showtime, the 175-pound division offers few options. Jean Pascal beat Lucian Bute on HBO earlier this year, but Pascal is promoted by Yvon Michel, Stevenson’s promoter, who may have issues cutting a deal with HBO in the future.

    Moreover, Pascal publicly has expressed more interest in fighting Stevenson than a showdown with Kovalev. Main Events has rising contender Isaac Chilmeba on the roster, but Chilemba is at least a fight or two away from being a serious challenger. Unless Andre Ward expresses interest — and Ward, who is embroiled in a conflict with promoter Dan Goossen, has yet to indicate he is ready to move up to light heavyweight — or the winner of May’s super middleweight fight between Carl Froch and George Groves is ready, Kovalev is a fighter without an opponent.

     

    – Chris Mannix


  • Published On Mar 30, 2014
  • The fight to televise Adonis Stevenson’s light heavyweight title defense, more notes

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    Adonis Stevenson is set to defend his light heavyweight title. (Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

    • What a mess. What a politically fueled, fan-maddening mess. On May 24th, Adonis Stevenson will defend his light heavyweight title against Andrzej Fonfara. Stevenson’s trainer, Sugar Hill, confirmed the fight to me last week and it was formalized on Monday. HBO–which televised three of Stevenson’s fights last year — planned to televise this one, with an eye towards matching Stevenson in a highly anticipated 175-pound title unification fight against Sergey Kovalev later in the year.

    That was the plan, anyway. Then HBO moved slowly executing the contracts, Stevenson signed with adviser Al Haymon and now we have the mess we’re in now: HBO uncertain if it will televise Stevenson-Fonfara and the growing possibility that Stevenson will head to Showtime and attempt to unify the titles against Bernard Hopkins later this year. This could be a potential nightmare for HBO.

    And while it’s easy to blame Haymon — HBO has no interest in working with him, believing his business model to be toxic for the network — network executives have to shoulder some of the responsibility. Representatives for Stevenson and Kovalev say the key deal points for a two-fight deal that would have ultimately pitted Stevenson against Kovalev in the fall were agreed to well before Haymon got involved. Stevenson was set to receive the larger share of the license fee, Montreal or Las Vegas were being discussed as possible venues.

    From HBO’s perspective, agreeing to deal points and finalizing a deal are two different things, but the delay allowed Haymon to slide in, sign Stevenson and produce more money from Showtime for a Fonfara fight while dangling the carrot of a future Hopkins fight, a fight that was always more appealing to Stevenson. Showtime, which under Executive Vice President Stephen Espinoza has been aggressively pursuing big fights, is now in a strong position to put on one of the biggest light heavyweight fights in recent years.

    Over the last few days, HBO executives have been attempting to convince Stevenson to pass on Showtime’s offer, pushing the idea that a long term association with HBO will ultimately be more lucrative. Stevenson hasn’t budged.

    If Stevenson bolts, Kovalev becomes collateral damage. Kovalev is scheduled to fight Cedric Agnew on Saturday on HBO. Without Stevenson, Kovalev doesn’t have a natural future opponent. Andre Ward is there, but Ward is embroiled in a contract dispute with promoter Dan Goossen and has not indicated he is ready to move up to 175-pounds anyway. Main Events, which promotes Kovalev, has a handful of rising light heavyweights in its stable (Isaac Chilemba, Lonnie Thompson) but none that belong on HBO right now. What once looked like a big year for Kovalev could be flushed down the drain.

    And a fight between Stevenson and Kovalev, the most relevant fight in the light heavyweight division, will be washed away with it.

    • In an effort to lure Floyd Mayweather to Brooklyn, Barclays Center executives put together one of the most lucrative site fees in U.S. boxing history: $17 million, according to multiple industry sources. In addition to the cash, Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark was prepared to roll out one of the most aggressive marketing plans in boxing history. From New York-based talk shows to promoting the fight in the financial community and on Madison Avenue, Yormark said the event would have given Mayweather “a platform like he had never had before. We would have made his brand dominant for the six weeks leading up to the fight. It was going to be our Super Bowl.”

    Ultimately, Mayweather chose to stay in tax friendly confines of Las Vegas and at the MGM Grand, where he has fought his last eight fights. However Yormark told SI.com he hopes to lure Mayweather to Brooklyn before his career is over.

    “At the end, Floyd probably decided the comforts of where he has been were better for him,” Yormark said. “Maybe one day it happens. We feel we gave them a lot to think about.

    • Great to see ESPN get more involved in boxing, as they’re set to televise the heavyweight title fight between Chris Arreola and Bermane Stiverne on May 10th from the Galen Center on the campus of USC. The success of ESPN, NBC Sports Network and Fox Sports 1 as boxing friendly outlets is critical to the growth of the sport.

    • That Vivian Harris beat Jorge Paez Jr. last week is irrelevant; Harris, 35, shouldn’t be fighting. Harris has been knocked out five times in the last four years, some in absolutely brutal fashion, and recently he was denied a license by the British boxing commission for medical reasons. No respectable commission should ever license him again.

    • Amir Khan says he plans to challenge Floyd Mayweather in the ring if Mayweather beats Marcos Maidana next month. Khan’s obsession with Mayweather is just weird. Khan should be focused on his opponent that night, Luis Collazo, a veteran welterweight who is coming off a career defining win over Victor Ortiz. If Khan looks like he did in his last few fights, Collazo will walk all over him.

    • Tony Thompson keeps his career going … again. A win over Odlanier Solis last weekend will position Thompson, the heavyweight division’s gatekeeper, for another notable fight. Amazing.

    – By Chris Mannix


  • Published On Mar 24, 2014
  • Olympian Lomachenko loses fight, gains experience and second title shot

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    Vasyl Lomachenko (left) dropped his fight with Orlando Salido but proved he could compete at the professional level.

    Vasyl Lomachenko (left) dropped his bout with Orlando Salido but proved he could compete at the professional level. (Eric Gay/AP)

    Two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko took a major step up in competition on March 1 when he challenged for a world title in what was billed as his second professional fight. Lomachenko lost, dropping a split decision to Orlando Salido. Now, Lomachenko wants to do it again.

    The featherweight contender wants to fight for a vacant title in his next fight, Lomachenko’s manager, Egis Klimas, told SI.com.

    “We hope we can fight for a title right away,” Klimas said.

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  • Published On Mar 18, 2014
  • UFC 171 Live Blog: Hendricks defeats Lawler

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    Johny Hendricks (left) survived a five-round battle with Robbie Lawler to win the welterweight title. (Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

    Johny Hendricks outworked Robbie Lawler to win the vacant UFC welterweight title Saturday at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

    Hendricks earned an early lead with effective outside kicks to southpaw Lawler’s lead right leg and with mixed combinations. Lawler rallied with steady, measured boxing to take rounds three and four and closed the distance heading into the final round. Hendricks clinched the final stanza with effective striking and a fight-turning takedown with only seconds remaining on the clock.

    With the voluntary exit of former champion Georges St. Pierre, incumbent Hendricks becomes the division’s first new champion since 2008.

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  • Published On Mar 15, 2014
  • Alvarez-Angulo bout draws ‘well over 350,000′ buys, Showtime says

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    Canelo Alvarez rebounded from a loss to Floyd Mayweather with a 10th-round TKO of Alfredo Angulo.

    Canelo Alvarez rebounded from a Floyd Mayweather loss with a 10th-round TKO of Alfredo Angulo. (Eric Jamison/AP)

    The pay-per-view show headlined by junior middleweight Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Alfredo Angulo last Saturday generated “well over 350,000” pay per view buys, Showtime said in a statement sent to SI.com. In the release, Showtime Sports Executive Vice President Stephen Espinoza called the show, which Alvarez won on a TKO in the 10th round, “a knockout success.”

    “We are thrilled with the numbers from Saturday’s event,” Espinoza said. “March 8th was the first time Canelo Alvarez headlined his own pay-per-view, and he decisively proved that he was ready to carry a pay-per-view card. These results are especially impressive in comparison to the pay-per-view performances of other boxing events over the past few months. Add in the near sellout crowd and there is no doubt this event was a huge success for Canelo, Golden Boy Promotions, MGM Grand, Showtime and boxing as a whole.”

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  • Published On Mar 14, 2014
  • Bypassed by Floyd Mayweather, Danny Garcia finds match vs. Mauricio Herrera

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    Danny Garcia will defend his junior welterweight titles Saturday in Puerto Rico vs. Mauricio Herrera. (Matt Rourke/AP)

    Danny Garcia will defend his junior welterweight titles Saturday in Puerto Rico vs. Mauricio Herrera. (Matt Rourke/AP)

    The fight was set. Or at least most thought it would be. In the aftermath of Danny Garcia’s surprising win over Lucas Matthysse last September — a fight that was strategically placed on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather’s revenue record-breaking fight with Saul Alvarez — speculation was rampant that Garcia would challenge Mayweather next. Garcia had beaten most of the top talent at 140 pounds, and Mayweather did not have an obvious opponent for his next fight.

    It didn’t happen, of course. After a lengthy — and mind-numbing — process of choosing between Marcos Maidana and Amir Khan, Mayweather settled on Maidana. And Garcia? On Saturday Garcia will defend his junior welterweight titles against unheralded Mauricio Herrera in Bayamon, Puerto Rico (Showtime, 9 p.m. ET). Read More…


  • Published On Mar 13, 2014


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