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Canelo mightily comfortable at 175? “Why not another”

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By Ponciano “John” Melo Jr.

posted November 04, 2019 at 02:49 pm

Manila Standard Digital

https://manilastandard.net/sports/sports-headlines/310613/-canelo-mightily-comfortable-at-175-why-not-another-.html

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Canelo “Saul” Alvarez made history as he became only the 25th fighter to have four championship belts in as many divisions.
The 29-year-old Mexican boxing superstar jumped two weight classes to take on light heavyweight defending champion Sergey “The Krusher” Kovalev, but still prevailed victorious in a titular KO win over the Russian.
Canelo is only the second fighter out of Mexico to capture the 175-pound belt after an electrifying 11th-round knockout victory in front of a teeming MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. And it seems he isn’t done yet taking heads in the heavier divisions.
“[After this] the plan was to go down to 160, 165, but why not – maybe 175 again,” he said after the bout.
“It was a very close fight because he was defensive, he was closing up his guard. All he was doing was try to establish points, but we knew what was coming. Inevitably it would come, and everything came out the way we had planned,” Canelo said of his opponent.
“The plan overall was patience, that was basically it – to have patience. We knew it was going to be five, six rounds and it was going to take some time for me to get him. But honestly, he’s a great fighter. I’m new at this weight, new in this division. Much credit to him, he’s a great fighter, but we stuck to our game plan. It was delayed a little bit but overall it was successful,” he added.
Asked if he’d make it a trilogy with “GGG” Gennady Golovkin, the pound-for-pound king says he isn’t keen on that proposal.
“It’s really not a challenge to me. We’ve fought 24 rounds and I beat him. It’s really not a challenge for me, but if it represents business, why not?”
Canelo also said that he’s very thankful to his fans, adding that this milestone is just a step in his career and in his “history.”
\”All I ask of you, is to be patient because Canelo will make history. That’s a guarantee,” he said in the interview he delivered in Spanish.
“We have to see what happens. We have to do what’s best for us. We have to look for the best fights, the big fights, but obviously give the victories to Mexico.”
On the other hand, Kovalev says he simply gassed out.
“I was tired after round 6, because I had my last fight very close to this one, but it’s okay, it’s a new experience for me. Canelo is really a great champion. A little bit right now, I didn’t recover from my last fight. But it’s okay. Thanks for the fight Canelo, I have big respect for him. He made history,” he said.
Kovalev showed true grit and focus as he stuck to his game plan of keeping his distance and maximizing his reach and height advantage.
“To open my body less, I had to use more jabs, more safe,” he said as came up short in a fight that could have seen an interesting result if it went to the scorecards.
“I’ll be back. I’ll be back much stronger,” said Kovalev.
“I know that I can be a unified champion, let’s make a unification fight. But nobody wants to fight me in my division. This guy is fresher, he came into my division fresher. He has more stamina, but it’s okay, it’s a good experience for me,” he added.
Meanwhile, Ryan Garcia made mincemeat of Filipino Romero Duno, making quick work of the latter that served as the main undercard of the fight night.
“I feel good. It’s kind of what Ii expected. All respect to Duno, he came to fight, he came in shape, he caught me with an overhand right and I took it and from there I knew I could keep taking them and keep coming at him,” he said.
Garcia said that when he took Duno’s best shot, he knew that he got him.
“Everybody knows he has a big overhand right, he’s put a lot of people to sleep with that, and then when I took it, I thought – oh okay, that’s what it is. And I felt good from then.”
Garcia though, had to keep away from his foe’s power shots.
“He came at me like a bull. I was like damn, oh shoot, I was trying to move out the way. I’m like, okay I’m going to start swinging,” he shared. “I’m going to let mine go then. I tried to fake with the overhand, jab right, bang bang, and it’s over – temple shot.”
The young prospect said that he’s still learning his overall game alongside his footwork, speed and power.
He says that fighting in the same venue as Canelo was “an honor.”
“It makes me feel good just watching him spar, watching him train. He tells me I’m gonna do good, and I feel good.”
For now Garcia says he just wants better competition, the more he steps up in weight.
“I’m only 21 and a lot of people forget that. But I’m going at my pace, whatever I feel I’m ready for, I’ll take on. Those fights down the line are huge fights, once my team feels I’m prepared. I’m always going to listen to my team,” he said.

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Fil-Brit Tiktoker Salt Papi puts the world on notice in latest boxing win

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Fil-Brit Tiktoker Salt Papi puts the world on notice in latest boxing win

A new Pinoy boxer rising? This might be the case if we’re talking about the social media influencers-turned-boxers.

Tiktoker Salt Papi was the talk of the town after his vicious knockout against Youtube sensation Josh Brueckner, a taller, bigger guy.

The Filipino-British boxer landed a perfect right hand right to the face of Brueckner in just the first round.

They served as an undercard of KSI vs. Faze Temperr.

Pro boxer and rising star Ryan Garcia was impressed by Salt Papi’s victory convincing him that the latter should next face Jake Paul.

They are both undefeated in boxing and all of their wins are via knockout.

After the victory, Salt Papi posted a video clip on his Instagram showing a comparison of his knockout to Manny Pacquiao’s iconic KO hit to Ricky Hatton.

The post received lots of comments including boxing’s only eight-division world champion himself.

Pacquiao wrote on the comment “Pwede Na” in which Salt Papi replied with a “salamat po.”

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Jon Jones takes on Ciryl Gane in heavyweight championship

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Jon Jones takes on Ciryl Gane in heavyweight championship

In a shocking announcement, Jon Jones confirmed that he is upping his division and will fight Ciryl Gane for the UFC heavyweight world title.

The development was leaked after T-Mobile Arena displayed an ad about the fight that was later on confirmed by the former pound-for-pound UFC fighter.

“Day one of four, just a few weeks out from my first heavyweight championship against Ciryl Gane,” said Jones.

The mega-bout is expected to take place on UFC 285. Jones has been out of the Octagon for almost three years now.

“Absolutely, I’d love to have Henry [Cejudo] coaching me for this Ciryl Gane fight. Hopefully our schedules can align and we can get on the same page,”  said Jones.

“Bones” Jones at the age of 35 has a record of 26 wins, one loss, zero draw, and one no contest.

While Gane has 11 wins, one loss and zero draw.

The date of the collision has yet to be announced as of writing.

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Pacquiao signs with Rizin for more exhibition bout

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Pacquiao signs with Rizin for more exhibition bout

Boxing’s only eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao is set to continue putting on the gloves as he surprisingly signed under Japan’s Rizin Fighting Federation.

The MMA promotion made it known through their social media with details that the former Philippine senator will box this year against a Japanese fighter.

He recently came back to the sport with an exhibition bout against Korean YouTuber DK Yoo.

“I have agreed with Rizin to fight next year. That date will soon be announced, and also my opponent that Rizin will choose, and I’m open and excited to fight a Japanese fighter,” Pacquiao said during his signing with Rizin.

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