Tom Loeffler breaks down journey to Golovkin-Brook

Middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, with trainer Abel Sanchez (left) and promoter Tom Loeffler (right) at Tuesday L.A. luncheon

Middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, with trainer Abel Sanchez (left) and promoter Tom Loeffler (right) at Tuesday L.A. luncheon

At first K2 Promotions’ Tom Loeffler list of opponents for unified middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin was a short one with the name Canelo Alvarez at the top.

However, this is boxing and sometimes your initial plan isn’t going to work as was the case for Golovkin’s September fight date.

“Naturally, Canelo (Alvarez) was clearly the first priority for the next fight,” Loeffler said Tuesday from The Palm Restaurant. “Especially after we were up there (in Las Vegas) for his last fight and he called Gennady into the ring, I thought, this has a pretty good chance of happening.”

“After Canelo wasn’t a possibility, we made a big offer to Billy Joe Saunders, that didn’t work out and go very far as far as the contract negotiations, then Eddie Hearn proposed (Chris) Eubank Jr. He had a fight, called out Gennady …

That didn’t get far either, but (IBF) welterweight champion Kell Brook jumped at the opportunity.

“Two hours later, Eddie Hearn called me back and said Kell would take the fight,” Loeffler said. “He wanted a big fight and he was having a hard time getting the best welterweights to fight him and that’s how this whole fight came about.”

In the ironic state that sometimes is boxing, the welterweight champion is jumping up to face Golovkin, Sept. 10 at the O2 Arena in London. The fight will be carried on HBO.

“When we announced it, it got announced first on Sky Sports in the UK and it sent shockwaves through the boxing industry,” Loeffler said. “Two undefeated fighters, the welterweight champion against the middleweight champion. We have to give Eddie Hearn and Kell Brook a lot of credit. Kell showed a lot more heart then a lot of the middleweights and super middleweights for that matter.”

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Antonio Margarito continues his comeback with victory

Former three-time welterweight champion Antonio Margarito stepped back into

Alvarez and Margarito met Saturday night

Alvarez and Margarito met Saturday night

the ring Saturday night in Rosarito, Baja Mexico and narrowly edged Ramon Alvarez, the older brother of Canelo Alvarez by split decision.

Margarito improves to 40-8 with the victory, his second since returning from a four-year period away from boxing. Two judges scored the fight 97-92 for Margarito and a third had the fight 95-94 for Alvarez in a super welterweight fight. Alvarez drops to 23-5-2.

Margarito had a knockdown in the eighth round

Margarito returned to the ring in March defeating Jorge Paez Jr.

After beating Ramon Alvarez, he told reporters that he wants a shot at Canelo later this year.

 

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U.S. lightweight Mikaela Mayer opens Olympics with victory

Lightweight Mikaela Mayer  began her Rio Olympics journey on the right foot with her

Mikaela Mayer opens the Olympics with unanimous decision victory.

Mikaela Mayer opens the Olympics with unanimous decision victory.

unanimous decision victory over Jennifer Chieng (Micronesia), Friday. The scores were 40-35, 40-35, 39-37.

Mayer will next face Anastasia Beliakova, Monday. If she’s victorious she will clinch at least the Bronze medal.

In other U.S. Olympic action, Carlos Balderas lost a unanimous decision to Cuba’s Lazaro Alvarez in a lightweight fight. All three judges scored the fight 30-27.

Nico Hernandez also suffered a defeat, falling to Uzebekistan’s Hasanboy Dusmatov (30-27, 29-28, 29-28). Hernandez had already clinched the Bronze Medal, making him the U.S. first medalist in boxing since Deontay Wilder in 2008.

Hernandez will receive his Bronze Medal Sunday following the light flyweight Golf Medal fight.

Claressa Shields has her first fight Wednesday.

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Light flyweight Nico Hernandez wins again, guaranteed at least bronze in Rio

Nico Hernandez, left, battles Carlos Pilataxi of Eduador on Wednesday in Rio/AP photo by Frank Franklin II

 

After not winning a medal in boxing in the 2012 London Games, Team USA is guaranteed of at least one in Rio. That is thanks to Nico Hernandez, who Wednesday defeated Carlos Pilataxi of Ecuador via split decision in the light flyweight quarterfinals.

That victory assures Hernandez, of Wichita, Kan., of no less than a bronze medal. He will next take on Uzbekistan’s Hassanboy Dusmatov in Friday’s semifinals.

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Manny Pacquiao chose Jessie Vargas because Vargas is a world champion

Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao/Photo courtesy of Top Rank Inc.

 

Promoter Bob Arum on Tuesday night told this newspaper in a telephone call from the Philippines that Manny Pacquiao has decided to fight welterweight champion Jessie Vargas on Nov. 5 from Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

A couple of other top candidates to land the role as Pacquiao’s opponent were junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford and welterweight champion Danny Garcia.

“I wasn’t hoping anything,” Arum said. “I presented all the options to Manny and after he discussed it he decided last night at dinner that that was the fight to make.”

Vargas is also promoted under Arum’s Top Rank Inc. banner.

This will be Pacquiao’s first fight since being elected to the Senate in May in his native Philippines. As it happened, Arum was on his way to attend a Senate session “to see him in action.”

Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KOs) said after he defeated Timothy Bradley this past April that he was retired. But once he was elected rumors of at least one more fight started. At first, the date of his return was going to be Oct. 15. But Pacquiao, 37, was told by the president of the Senate he could not fight that soon because of his duties.

“We have tremendous logistical problems because of his being a senator, but we’re working through them and everything will be fine,” Arum said. “It’s going to be very, very interesting.”

Arum said this fight will not be on HBO pay-per-view.

“We’re going to be distributing it in other ways, but it will definitely not be distributed by HBO pay-per-view,” he said.

Pacquiao was asked by Dyan Castillejo of ABS-CBN TV newtork in the Philippines why he selected Vargas.

“I chose Vargas because he is a champion,” said Pacquiao, who intimated he can’t wait to get back in the ring.

“I miss my boxing routine of training, the things i do for my sport everyday,” he said. “But I assure my people my fight and training will not affect my work as a senator.”

Vargas, 27, of Las Vegas, is 27-1 with 10 knockouts.

BoxingScene.com first reported this news.

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USA’s Charles Conwell loses his first bout at Rio Games and is eliminated

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Charles Conwell/Photo courtesy of USA Boxing

 

Charles Conwell’s stay in the Rio Games was a short one. The Team USA middleweight out of Cleveland on Tuesday lost a unanimous decision to Krishan Vikas of India and has been eliminated from competition.

Conwell, 18, was classy in defeat.

“I thought I pulled out the victory,” said Conwell, who graduated from Cleveland Heights High just two months ago. “He’s a good competitor, a good, tough guy. But I thought I did enough to pull it out. I can always do better. I’m a fighter, so I’m used to going out there and trying to get the feel and go off the momentum of the fight. I wish nothing but the best to my opponent and I hope he keeps pulling out victories.”

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USA lightweight Carlos Balderas now in quarterfinals with another win in Rio

2016 Team USA Media Summit - Portraits

Carlos Balderas/Photo by Harry How, Getty Images North America

 

Team USA now has two boxers in the quarterfinals at the Rio Games, thanks to a victory Tuesday by Carlos Balderas of Santa Maria. Balderas won a unanimous decision over Daisuke Narimatsu of Japan in the lightweight division.

“The guy was physically a lot stronger than me,” Balderas said. “He kept coming and I noticed that he was taking all of my punches; he has a good chin, so I couldn’t just tap and move. I had to find my way off of him or he would have been on me the whole fight. I just used more of my experience.”

Balderas, just 19, will next face Lazaro Alvarez of Cuba in Friday’s quarterfinals. Alvarez won a bronze medal in the 2012 London Games.

“It makes me happy because USA is getting really far, like I said they would, and now it’s time to enjoy this victory and I’ll be back on Friday against the Cuban,” Balderas said.

Balderas’ teammate, Nico Hernandez, on Wednesday will take on Ecuador’s Pilataxi Quipo in the quarterfinals of the light flyweight division.

 

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USA’s Nico Hernandez out-boxes No. 2-seed Vasilii Egorov of Russia in Rio

Nico Hernandez/Photo courtesy of USA Boxing

 

Nico Hernandez of Team USA on Monday won his second bout in the Rio Games, and his latest was an upset of No. 2-seeded Vasilii Egorov of Russia in the light flyweight division.

Hernandez, of Wichita, Kan., won by unanimous decision. He will next box Wednesday in the quarterfinals against Ecuador’s Pilataxi Quipo. A victory in that one would guarantee Hernandez a medal.

Hernandez defeated Manuel Cappai of Italy in the first round Saturday.

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Rancho Cucamonga’s Daniel Franco stays unbeaten with KO of Gallardo

Daniel Franco/Photo courtesy of BoxRec.com

 

Daniel Franco of Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday remained unbeaten when he knocked out Marcello Gallardo at 44 seconds of the fifth round of their scheduled eight-round featherweight bout at Oracle Arena in Oakland. They tangled underneath the light heavyweight fight between Andre Ward and Alexander Brand, won by Ward via wide decision.

Franco, 24, decked Gallardo in the first and fifth rounds. Franco is now 14-0-3 with nine knockouts.

“I felt great right from the start,” Franco said afterward. “Everything we worked on in training camp came together tonight. I’ll take a short time off and it will be back in the gym to get ready for my next fight.”

Gallardo, of Renton, Wash., is 7-4-2.

 

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Nico Hernandez, Carlos Balderas will box Saturday for Team USA in Rio

Nico Hernandez/Photo courtesy of USA Boxing

 

Light flyweight Nico Hernandez and lightweight Carlos Balderas will be in action Saturday when boxing begins at the Rio Games.

Balderas, of Santa Maria, will take on Kazakhstan’s Berik Abdrahkhmanov in the morning session at Riocentro Pavilion 6. Balderas, of Wichita, Kan., will square off with Manuel Cappai of Italy in the evening session.

There are six American males and two females competing for Team USA.

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