Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on Saturday rebounded from his first career loss by stopping fellow Mexican Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo in the 10th round of their junior middleweight main event at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The Golden Boy Promotions card was televised on Showtime pay-per-view.
Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KOs) was ahead by scores of 89-82, 89-82, 88-83 at the time of the stoppage, which came at 47 seconds into the round when Alvarez came out strongly following what was a good ninth round for him.
This was Alvarez’s first fight since he lost a decision to Floyd Mayweather Jr. this past September at MGM Grand.
This was the second consecutive loss for Angulo, who is now 22-4.
It’s official, Carlos Molina of Chicago via Mexico won’t be able to defend his junior middleweight title against Jermall Charlo on tonight’s undercard in Las Vegas because he remains on jail after having been arrested Tuesday on out-of-state warrants issued from the state of Wisconsin. Molina also has immigration issues, according to several reports out of Las Vegas.
That fight was scratched and now the 10-round lightweight fight between Ricardo Alvarez and Sergio Thompson will be elevated to the Showtime pay–per-view portion of the show at MGM Grand.
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo – both of Mexico – will tangle in the junior middleweight main event. The limit for junior middleweight is 154. But before the weigh-in Friday, Alvarez apparently let it be known he wouldn’t be able to make the weight. But it is not a title fight and the Angulo camp agreed to a limit of 155, according to a story on BoxingScene.com.
In that story, it was noted that Alvarez may have had to give Angulo $100,000 of his purse for the fight to go on at the higher weight. Alvarez then weighed in at 155, Angulo 154 1/2. Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, could not confirm that Alvarez had to fork over the extra dough.
It will be interesting to see what unfolds Friday regarding junior middleweight champion Carlos Molina of Chicago via Mexico. He is supposed to defend his title against Jermall Charlo on Saturday on the undercard of the junior middleweight main event between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez of Mexico and countryman Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
But as of early Friday morning, Molina was still in jail after having been arrested Tuesday by Clark County officials for two out-of-state warrants. He also apparently is having immigration issues, according to several reports out of Las Vegas.
One story on ESPN.com indicated that Molina was born in Mexico, but has lived in the United States – currently in Chicago – since he was 4 years old.
If Molina is unable to get out of jail in time for Friday’s weigh-in, he could conceivably be stripped of his title. A story on BoxingScene.com reported that if that fight does fall through, a lightweight fight between Ricardo Alvarez – older brother of “Canelo,” and Sergio Thompson would be elevated to the Showtime pay-per-view portion of the card.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that one of the warrants for Molina was for a parole violation for failing to register as a sex offender. Molina in 2002 was convicted of second-degree sexual assault of a child in Wisconsin.
To no one’s surprise, the May 3 Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Marcos Maidana welterweight title-unification bout will take place at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, a spokeswoman for Golden Boy Promotions confirmed Wednesday.
A deal for the fight was reached Feb. 24 – the day Mayweather turned 37. But until Wednesday the site remained up in the air – though Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer told this newspaper it most likely would be at the Las Vegas casino where Mayweather has fought 11 times.
The bout will be available on Showtime pay-per-view.
Mayweather is 45-0 with 26 knockouts. Maidana, of Argentina, is 30. He has a record of 35-3 with 31 knockouts.
There is a lot of boxing pride in Mexico, so when two of its best and most ferocious fighters square off, there is no denying how big of a fight it is to the combatants and their country.
Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo knows the score.
“Every fight is important, but this one is more special because of all the fans in Mexico will know that the winner of this fight is the No. 1 Mexican fighter,” Angulo, who will take on Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on Saturday in the junior middleweight main event at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on Showtime pay-per-view), said at Tuesday’s arrival at MGM Grand. “It’s a huge fight for Mexico and it’s a huge fight for ‘Canelo’ and me.”
Angulo, of Mexicali, Baja California, is 22-3 with 18 knockouts. Alvarez, of Guadalajara, Jalisco, is 42-1-1 with 30 knockous.
This card is being staged by Golden Boy Promotions.
Trainer Abel Sanchez told us just last week that middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin would likely be announcing his next title defense – April 26 against Andy Lee – this week. But over the weekend Golovkin decided to stay in his native Kazakhstan to observe a 40-day mourning period for the sudden loss of his father, Gennady Ivanovich Golovkin.
The elder Golovkin was just 68 when he died of a heart attack on Feb. 18.
“Everything in regard to Gennady’s boxing career is currently on hold,” said Tom Loeffler, an executive with K2-Promotions, which promotes Golovkin. “His priority is to spend time with his family and at the appropriate time he will advise us when he is ready to continue his boxing career.”
Golovkin is trained by West Covina’s Sanchez out of his gym in Big Bear.
Former light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver was arrested in Florida late Saturday on a fugitive arrest warrant out of Clark County, Nev., according to a report on wfla.com, an NBC affiliate in Florida.
Tarver was arrested by the Florida Highway Patrol, according to the story, and booked into Pinellas County Jail just before midnight Eastern time.
Tarver is being held without bail on insufficient check and theft charges first levied in June 2013, the report said.
Tarver, 45, fought as recently as this past November, getting a fourth-round TKO of Mike Sheppard.
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. of Mexico on Saturday night won a unanimous decision over Bryan Vera in the super middleweight main event at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
Former middleweight champion Chavez won the 12-round bout televised by HBO by scores of 117-110 (Ruben Carrion), 117-110 (Max DeLuca) and 114-113 (David Sutherland). The fight came about six months after their first fight, where an out-of-shape Chavez was scored a unanimous-decision winner of a 10-round fight at StubCenter Center that most fans and reporters thought should have gone to Vera.
Chavez, who turned 28 on Feb. 16, is now 48-1-1 with 32 knockouts. Vera, 32, of Austin, Texas, is 23-8 with 14 knockouts.
Orlando Salido of Mexico won a 12-round split-decision over Vasyl Lomachenko in the semi-main event. Salido (41-12-2, 28 KOs) was scored the winner by judges Jack Reiss (116-112) and Oren Shellenberger (115-113). The other judge – Levin Martinez – gave it to Lomachenko by a 115-113 count.
Salido lost his featherweight title on the scales when he did not make weight Friday. He was not eligible to win it back Saturday. Only Lomachenko (1-1), of Ukraine, could have left with the belt. As it stands, that title will be vacant.
It was about a month ago that the WBC announced a purse bid had been avoided when promoters Dan Goossen and Don King reached an accord for Chris Arreola and Bermane Stiverne to fight for the heavyweight championship vacated by Vitali Klitshcko in December.
Still, no date and venue have been announced. Goossen, Arreola’s promoter, told this newspaper this week he is hopeful he will have something on that no later than Monday. Meanwhile, Team Arreola is irked.
“Extremely frustrating. Extremely,” said Arreola’s trainer, Henry Ramirez.
He didn’t stop there.
“We put the Klitschko fight together in a fraction of this time,” said Ramirez, alluding to Arreola’s challenge to then-champion Klitschko in September 2009 at Staples Center in Los Angeles; Klitschko stopped Arreola after 10 rounds. “This has just been completely frustrating. Klitshcko made his announcement (that he was giving up his title) Dec. 15, over two months ago. “And here we are with nothing set, no date, no venue. There is stuff being kicked around behind the scenes, but nothing’s set yet.”
As for Arreola …
“I know he’s extremely frustrated,” Ramirez said. “But the thing I’ve tried to explain to him, I’ve said, ‘Look, Stiverne is going through the same thing, so all we’ve gotta do is be ready to go.’ “
Even though Saul “Canelo” Alvarez of Mexico is just 23, he has been a pro since 2005 after turning pro at the of 15 in Jalisco, Mexico. During all that time, the only blemish on his record was a draw when he entered the ring this past Sept. 14 to take on Floyd Mayweather Jr. at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Like most who challenge Mayweather, they realize once they are in the fray that Mayweather is even better defensively than thought. Mayweather schooled Alvarez and won a majority decision that was only such a decision because since-disgraced judge C.J. Ross scored it a draw.
Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KOs) on March 8 will get back in the ring for the first time since that first loss when he tangles with fellow Mexican Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo in the junior middleweight main event at MGM Grand (on Showtime pay-per-view).
Alvarez was asked how he got past the loss to Mayweather during a conference call this week.
“I have a lot of family. I have a lot of support, friends, and my team, and I’m very strong-minded,” Alvarez said. “I’m very strong-minded. So yes it was a loss, but I learned a lot from it, and I just move on. I just – I gained experience and move on. But again, I’m strong-minded. I don’t dwell on the past. Now I look forward to the future.”
The future is now, as this fight with Angulo (22-3, 18 KOs) could be an absolute ring war.