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Canelo is four-division champ, halts Kovalev via 11th-round KO

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By Ponciano “John” Melo Jr.

posted October 28, 2019 at 02:13 am

Manila Standard Digital

https://manilastandard.net/sports/sports-headlines/308870/canelo-kovalev-undercard-fighters-flash-skills-in-media-workout.html

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Saul “Canelo” Alvarez etched his indelible name on boxing annals Sunday afternoon, Manila time as he became a four-division world champ, assuring fans to “be patient” and he’ll still be out to make history for years to come.
The 29-year-old Mexican boxing superstar, who surprised everyone when he abruptly jumped two weight classes to take on light heavyweight defending champion Sergey “The Krusher” Kovalev, took his sweet, sweet time in his date with destiny during their main event bout, producing a late knockout win in front of a teeming MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.
“This is just another step in my career, in my history,” said Alvarez in Spanish after the fight which coincides with All Saint’s Day in his native Mexico.
“All I ask of you is to be patient because Canelo will make history. Canelo always comes through,” added the 29-year-old who is contemplating whether to keep at it at 175 or go down to 168 or 165 pounds.
At the 2:15 mark of the 11th round, Alvarez finally solved the Kovalev puzzle when a left hook pierced through the 36-year-old’s defense, wobbling him to set up the perfect right hand that hit flush on the chin of the Russian.
Alvarez (53-1-2, 36 KOs), now holds the World Boxing Organization light heavyweight belt alongside his unified middleweight and WBA (Regular) super middleweight belts, although being the smaller fighter and needing to gain 15 pounds for the marquee matchup.
It was all worth it for the fighter out of Guadalajara, Mexico though as he became only the 25th fighter to have four championship belts in as many divisions.
Kovalev (34-4-1, 29 KOs) on the other hand, despite sticking to his gameplan of maximizing his height and reach advantage with his much-improved jab, stayed cautious all fight long but failed to keep the Mexican dynamo at bay just for another round.
If by any consolation, Kovalev actually controlled the early parts of the fight, but after a flurry of punches and precise combinations from his younger opponent, the 6-foot Kovalev had Canelo yelling timber in the deciding 11th round.
\”It was a very close fight because he was defensive, he was closing up his guard,\” Canelo, the fighter with boxing’s most expensive fight contract under DAZN, said in retrospect as he pointed out patience was the key for his victory.
\”All he was doing was trying to establish points, but we knew what was coming. Inevitably it would come, and everything came out the way we had planned,” he said in front of 12,646 screaming fans inside the packed venue.
“Canelo is a really great champion, he’s made history tonight,” said Kovalev, a former top 3 pound-for-pound fighter, in the post-fight interview.

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Ruiz downs Ortiz in heavyweight title eliminator

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Ruiz downs Ortiz in heavyweight title eliminator

Andy Ruiz Jr. is slowly getting back as a heavyweight title contender after dominating Luis Ortiz.

The former unified heavyweight world champion knocked down “King Kong” Ortiz thrice to win via unanimous decision.

Next in line for the boxer who had one of the greatest upsets in boxing history is to face the former WBC king Deontay Wilder.

Wilder, who has been out of the picture since being destroyed by Tyson Fury in their rematch, will make a return to face Robert Helenius before eventually fighting the Mexican Ortiz.

The Ruiz-Wilder bout is a big chance to happen as both heavyweights are under the boxing promoter Al Haymon.

“We’re always looking for great exciting fights we love to give the fans,” said Wilder, who was on ringside during the Ruiz-Ortiz clash.

“So if that’s what is lined up next, I’ve got to handle business and after that, we can get it on.”

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KSI returns and wins two fights in one night

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KSI returns and wins two fights in one night

Famous YouTuber KSI returned to the boxing ring after some time and he announced it by dominating two fights in one night.

Olajide Olatunji, his real name, first defeated Swarmz, a Briton rapper who happened to be his friend as well. The match ended in the second round and then after several other matches, KSI stepped up once more to TKO Luis Alcaraz Pineda, a true professional boxer.

But despite these wins KSI’s pro record remains at 1-0 as both fights were not given a green light as officially-sanctioned bouts.

One of the undercards in the event was Salt Papi, a Tiktok star that is a Filipino. He won easily in his first fight with an impressive knock out.

Salt Papi became famous for his fake run videos and since then went on a fitness journey that led to his boxing debut

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Philippines left with no boxing world champion

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Philippines left with no boxing world champion

2022 is not yet over but we’ve already seen the fall of our boxing world champions one
by one.
And with Mark Magsayo failing to defend his WBC featherweight belt in his first title
defense, it left the Philippines with no more current world champion in the sport.
Magsayo went through a heartbreaker with a split decision loss against Rey Vargas of
Mexico.
Rene Mark Cuarto also lost the IBF minimumweight title to another Mexican boxer
named Daniel Valladares.
Just last month, it was Nonito “The Filipio Flash” Donaire who surrendered his WBC
Bantamweight belt to the Japanese Monster Noaya Inoue, his second defeat to the now
unified bantamweight champion.
Jerwin Ancajas likewise suffered the same fate while Johnriel Casimero got his WBO
bantamweightbelt stripped from him due to violation in the weight cut guidelines.
Now, the questions afloat are who will be the next Pinoy champion? Will there be
another Pinoy champ?
With Manny Pacquiao retired from professional boxer after losing his belt as well to
Yordenis Ugas, who will be the next boxer that will give the Philippines back its pride?
Up and coming star Eumir Marcial is on the list after capturing the bronze medal in the
Tokyo Olympics. Magsayo is not off the chart as well as he is still young, it’s just a
matter of bouncing back.

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