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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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Francis Ngannou cries ‘deception’ vs Anthony Joshua camp

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Francis Ngannou cries ‘deception’ vs Anthony Joshua camp

Former UFC fighter Francis Ngannou accused AJ camp of ‘trickery’ when he suffered devastating knockdowns in the first and second round last March 8, 2024 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The MMA fighter and former UFC heavyweight champion said that AJ camp sabotaged him by letting him go early in the arena.

“We both fought at 3am. What I think, something that’s happened is that they get me to the arena very early. Like my pickup time was 10.30pm to go to the arena. And then when we get to the arena, they tell us that we are scheduled around 1.45am. right?” Ngannou blurted.

He believed that he came exhausted, which resulted in his humiliating defeat.

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Texas Department urges Mike Tyson to pass EEG, EKG tests

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Texas Department urges Mike Tyson to pass EEG, EKG tests

The 57-year old legend Mike Tyson (50 wins – 6 loss) vs 27-year old YouTuber Jake Paul (9 wins – 1 loss) must undergo major tests before the fight to materialize at AT&T Stadium in Texas Arlington on July 20, 2024.

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations (TDLR) urged Tyson to undergo or pass a brain test Electroencephalography (EEG) and Electrocardiogram (EKG) for the heart.

“A person aged 36 or older applying for a contestant’s license must submit a report of favourable physical testing conducted within the previous 12 months, including but not limited to an EEG and an EKG.” TDLR elaborated.

Meanwhile, the American youtuber explained that he picked Tyson because he wants to change the history of boxing. He already fought Floyd Mayweather Jr but he lost.

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WBC, Dela Hoya warrant Ryan Garcia vs Athletic Commission

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WBC, Dela Hoya warrant Ryan Garcia vs Athletic Commission

After the controversial posts of Ryan Garcia and the alleged Mental Health evaluation request of the Athletic Commision, the World Boxing Commission (WBC) assured that they are in talks with New York State Commission (NYSC) for the April 20, 2024 bout.

Ryan Garcia (24 wins 1 loss) will clash with undefeated Devin Haney (31 wins – 0 loss) in April however, Ryan faces a number of issues. Though it may be part of marketing their fight, the fans are alarmed how Garcia is behaving in social media.

Boxing Hall of Famer, Golden Boy Promotions founder Oscar Dela Hoya said that Garcia is in great spirits in the gym.

“Don’t mind the posts, that takes like five, 10 seconds of his time. He’s working hard every single minute of the day.” he exclaimed.

WBC president Mauricio Sulaimán said that the fight is not cancelled.

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