Canelo Alvarez, Oscar De La Hoya still defending their move to make Gennady Golovkin wait until September 2017

Canelo Alvarez sits on the dais at a news conference promoting his fight this past May against Amir Khan, won by Alvarez via 6th-round knockout/Associated Press photo by John Locher

 

Canelo Alvarez and his promoter – Oscar De La Hoya – on Wednesday played host to a conference call promoting Alvarez’s fight against junior middleweight champion Liam Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) of England on Sept. 17 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas (on HBO pay-per-view). But Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) and De La Hoya found themselves still defending the decision to have Alvarez gave up his middleweight title rather than meet middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin this fall. Alvarez and De La Hoya also previously said they now won’t consider Golovkin until September 2017.

Alvarez shrugged off the negativity.

“Yeah, you know, there’s always going to be critics,” he said. “They’re always there, and it’s something that’s part of it. It’s part of the business. Obviously, there’s good critics sometimes and there’s bad critics.

“But the most important thing is it doesn’t faze me. That’s fine, I’m used to it now, and I’ve got to do what’s best for my career.”

De La Hoya said it was all about Alvarez not being ready to fight at the full middleweight limit of 160 pounds. When he fought in the middleweight division, it was at a catch-weight of 155, just one pound over junior middleweight.

“I mean, Canelo knows his body,” De La Hoya said. “His trainers know his body, and the bottom line is Canelo is a 154-pound fighter. The fact that he fought at 155, people expect him to go up and fight at middleweight, and that’s not the case. He’s a 154-pounder, and he’s going to go up to 160 when his body feels ready.”

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David Peralta confident he has more than ghost of a chance against Guerrero

David Peralta/Photo courtesy of BoxRec.com

 

David Peralta has 28 professional bouts, every one of them contested in his native Argentina. Not only has Peralta never fought in the U.S., he has never even boxed for a major title.

All this would seem to make him a huge underdog for his fight Saturday against former world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (33-4-1, 18 KOs). They will square off in the welterweight main event at Honda Center in Anaheim (on Spike).

At a workout Wednesday in Costa Mesa, Peralta (25-2-1, 14 KOs) spoke in confident tones about his big chance.

“I’m physically and mentally prepared for this fight,” said Peralta,  who, like Guerrero, is 33. “Robert Guerrero is a great fighter and a great champion. I’ve seen everything he’s done and I think this is my time.
“The United States is a beautiful place and I’ve enjoyed being here very much. I’m going to give a very hard fight on Saturday night. I’m going to leave it all in the ring and come out with a victory.”
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Errol Spence Jr.-Leonard Bundu draw big ratings on final day of Rio Games

Errol Spence Jr., left, lands a punch on Leonard Bundu during their fight Sunday from Coney Island, N.Y./DiBella Entertainment photo by Ed Diller

 

Fighting on NBC on the final day of the Rio Games on Sunday afternoon, welterweight contender Errol Spence Jr. and Leonard Bundu toiled at a peak audience of 6.4 million viewers, according to Premier Boxing Champions, which cited Nielsen.

Spence and Bundu squared off following Team USA’s gold-medal performance in men’s basketball; NBC televised the Rio Games. Spence and Bundu averaged 4.8 million viewers during the broadcast. Their bout – won by Spence via sixth-round knockout from Coney Island, N.Y. – was the highest-rated PBC fight to date, according to a PBC news release.

“I knew this would be the most important fight of my career and the goal was to not just win, but to put on a spectacular one-sided performance,” Spence Jr. said. “It felt good to go out there and give everyone watching a great show and to do it in front of such a large television audience makes it even better.”

Spence, of Desoto, Texas, is 21-0 with 18 knockouts.

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Golden Boy Promotions, heavyweight Luis Ortiz ‘amicably’ part ways

Heavyweight Luis Ortiz, left, takes on Tony Thompson Saturday in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Omar Vega/Invision/AP Images)

Luis Ortiz, left, parted ways with Golden Boy Promotions on Tuesday/Photo by Omar Vega/Invision/AP Images

Interim heavyweight champion Luis Ortiz of Cuba is no longer being promoted by Golden Boy Promotions as of Tuesday, according to a statement released by Golden Boy spokesman Stefan Friedman.

“Today, Golden Boy Promotions and Luis Ortiz amicably parted ways,” the statement read. “We are proud of the work that Golden Boy and Luis accomplished together, culminating in his WBA heavyweight interim championship victory and subsequent title (defense). We wish Luis and his team all the best in the future.”
According to an Aug. 15 story on BoxingScene.com, Ortiz and Golden Boy were working on a buyout that would release Ortiz from his Golden Boy contract.
Ortiz (25-0, 22 KOs) has not fought since knocking out Tony Thompson in the sixth round March 5 in Washington D.C. The talented Ortiz, a 6-foot-4 southpaw, is 37.

 

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Santa Ana’s Alexis Rocha makes it an early night in fourth pro fight

Santa Ana’s Alexis Rocha was scheduled for his first six-round fight Friday night in the latest Golden Boy Promotions’ LA Fight Club card at Belasco Theater.

Rocha, the younger brother of WBC silver featherweight champion Ronny Rios, didn’t need that long to take care of business.

In the opening fight of the televised card, Rocha took out veteran Israel Villela in the first

Santa Ana's Alexis Rocha improves to 4-0; Photo by Lina Baker/See You Ringside Photography

Santa Ana’s Alexis Rocha improves to 4-0; Photo by Lina Baker/See You Ringside Photography

round to improve to 4-0.

“I thought he was going to rush me in the first round so I made sure to stay focused and aggressive,” Rocha said. “Once I had him down I knew I had to apply smart pressure to win this fight.”

Rocha, 19, sent Villela to the canvas with a left hook. Once Villela got up, Rocha went on the offensive, forcing referee Raul Caiz Jr. to stop the fight at 1:18 of the opening round.

“He was relaxed, wasn’t moving his head, so I wanted to pop my jab and he was there for it every time,” Rocha said,. “What’s more important and what’s going to help me a lot is and benefit me is keeping me active. Golden Boy (Promotions) has done that 100 percent. They’ve kept their word about keeping me active.”

Rocha said he would like to be back in the ring as soon as possible.

East L.A.’s Ivan Delgado finally ended a fight before the final bell, in the co-main event against Alejandro Ochoa.

Delgado (10-0-1) landed three successive left hands that sent Ochoa sprawling the canvas and as soon as he fell, referee Dr. Lou Moret didn’t bother with the count, stopping the fight at 1:42 of the seventh round of a scheduled eight.

Nine of Delgado’s first 10 fights had went the distance

In other action, Oscar Duarte, who is trained by Joel Diaz, took care of Omar Garcia within the first minute of their fight, for a first-round knockout victory. The time of the stoppage came at 58 seconds of the opening round.

Santa Monica’s David Mijares improved to 3-0 with a second-round stoppage of Jorrell Sparenberg.

The next LA Fight Club show is set for Sept. 2.

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Caleb Plant looking to put his ‘Sweet Hands’ on Juan De Angel on Tuesday

Caleb Plant

Caleb Plant/Photo courtesy of Premier Boxing Champions

 

Middleweight prospect Caleb Plant has big dreams, but he has a ways to go before he can realize them. He’ll try to take a step in the direction of his goal when he tangles with hard-hitting Juan De Angel (18-4-1, 17 KOs) of Colombia in the 10-round main event Tuesday from Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, Pa. (on Fox Sports 1).

Plant, 24, speaks like he expects to have his hands full.
“Like all fights at this level, it’s going to be a tough fight,” he said. “I’m expecting to see a hungry fighter who has nothing to lose. I, myself, have everything to lose, so I’m going to make sure I’m at my best when we step in the ring. De Angel has held some regional belts, so I know he has some tricks up his sleeve. One thing I will do is dictate the pace.”
Plant, whose moniker is “Sweet Hands,” is 13-0 with 10 knockouts. He has fought most of his bouts at just above the middleweight limit of 160 pounds, but it sounds like he wants to eventually challenge for a middleweight title.
“The middleweight division has plenty of talent,” said Plant, of Ashland City, Tenn. “Gennady Golovkin has a stranglehold on the division at the moment, but I’m gunning for him and anyone else that’s in my way. First I have to get past this fight and then continue my march toward that world title.”

 

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Oscar De La Hoya says Canelo Alvarez and Texas fans have love for each other

Canelo Alvarez, left, poses with Amir Khan at a news conference promoting their May 7, 2016 fight won by Alvarez/Associated Press photo by John Locher 

 

Canelo Alvarez’s most recent fight was at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, when he knocked out Amir Khan in the sixth round on May 7 before 16,540. But Alvarez’s next bout will be back in Texas, where twice over the past three-plus years he has fought before huge crowds.

Alvarez (47-1-1, 13 KOs) on Sept. 17 will challenge Liam Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) of Great Britain for his junior middleweight belt at AT&T Stadium in Arlington (on HBO pay-per-view).

Alvarez in May 2015 knocked out James Kirkland in the third round at Minute Maid Park in Houston. Alvarez in April 2013 won a 12-round decision over Austin Trout at the Alamodome in San Antonio. It was therefore no surprise that this bout landed back in the Lone Star State.

“After Canelo knocked out James Kirkland in Houston last year, he was clear that he wanted to come to Texas at least once a year from then on out,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Alvarez’s promoter. “Canelo drew more than 33,000 people (actually, 31,588) in Houston after drawing more than 45,000 (more like 40,000) in San Antonio for his fight with Austin Trout.

“It’s clear that Texans love Canelo, but working with Jerry Jones and the Cowboys will take it to another level.”

AT&T Stadium was previously known as Cowboys Stadium and is home to the Dallas Cowboys, owned by Jones.

 

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Vyacheslav Shabranskyy steamrolls through Oscar Riojas in three

Vyacheslav Shabranskyy is ready to make his name in the light

Vyacheslav Shabranskyy picks up third round knockout victory Friday night to improve to 17-0; Lina Baker/ See You Ringside Photography

Vyacheslav Shabranskyy picks up third round knockout victory Friday night to improve to 17-0; Lina Baker/ See You Ringside Photography

heavyweight division.

Shabranskyy, who trains under Manny Robles at The Rock in Carson, roared to a third-round stoppage over Oscar Riojas, Friday night the latest edition of Golden Boy Promotions’ LA Fight Club at The Belasco Theater.

After a patient beginning, Shabranskyy swung the momentum on a powerful straight right hand that sent Riojas to the canvas.

Riojas beat the 10-count, but as soon as the fight restarted, Shabranskyy landed another right hand, leading to the stoppage at 1:43 of the third round.

“The first round, I wanted to see what he was doing and what his style was,” Shabranskyy said. “After the first round, I came back to the corner and they gave me help with what I needed to do in second and third round.”

Shabranskyy finally figured out Riojas’ awkward style and improved his record to 17-0.

Robles agreed that now is the time for Shabranskyy to track down one of the bigger names in the division.

“I would like to see him in a big fight, definitely, against a big name,” Robles said. “He got the job done tonight, not to take anything away from the opponent, he (Shabranskyy) did what he was supposed to do, but I definitely do feel that he’s ready for something much, much bigger.

“It doesn’t necessarily have to be a world title. It can be a title eliminator, just against someone in the Top 10. Something people want to see.”

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Local favorite Seniesa Estrada returns to the ring at The Forum

Seniesa Estrada (7-0) of East Los Angeles will make her return to the ring in a familiar spot, Sept. 10 at The Forum in Inglewood against Nancy Franco (15-9-2, four KOs) at on the undercard of the Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez-Carlos Cuadras fight.

Estrada, 24, will be making her third appearance at The Forum. She defeated Selene Lopez by unanimous decision in April and she a four-round decision victory over Carly

East L.A.'s Seniesa Estrada, left, returns to the ring, Sept. 10 at The Forum. (photo by Kyusung Gong)

East L.A.’s Seniesa Estrada, left, returns to the ring, Sept. 10 at The Forum. (photo by Kyusung Gong)

Batey in 2015.

In her most recent fight, Estrada overcame a knockdown to defeat Christina Fuentes by decision.

Franco, 27, dropped a 10-round decision to Yesica Yolanda Bopp in June for the WBA junior flyweight title.

“We’re very excited to welcome back Seniesa back to The Fabulous Forum for one of our events,” Tom Loeffler, Managing Director of K2 Promotions, said. “This is the third time she has fought on one of our undercards at The Fabulous Forum and her action packed fights have contributed to a full evening of entertainment for fans inside the arena which is paramount to our shows.

Nancy Franco has faced numerous world champions and has the skill set to bring out the very best in Seniesa in a fight that should be explosive from the opening bell.

The co-main event of the card features the rematch between Jesus Soto Karass (28-10-4, 18 KOs) against Yoshihiro Kamegai (26-3-2, 23 KOs).

 

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The Canelo Alvarez-Liam Smith PPV undercard is finalized

alvarezThe PPV undercard for next month’s Canelo AlvarezLiam Smith fight from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas is finally set.

The Sept. 17 PPV will begin at 6 p.m.

Diego De La Hoya (15-0, nine KOs) will open the card against Luis Orlando Del Valle (22-2, 16 KOs) in a 10-round fight, followed by Joseph Diaz Jr. (21-0, 12 KOs) taking on Andrew Cancio (17-3-2, 13 KOs) in a 10-round fight.

In the co-main event, middleweights Willie Monroe Jr. (20-2, six KOs) meets Gabriel Rosado (23-9, 13 KOs) in a 12-round fight.

Alvarez and Smith will be for Smith’s WBO junior middleweight title and is being promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, in association with Frank Warren, Canelo Promotions and Banner Promotions.

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