Friday, September 20, 2019

Belated Mexican Independence Day Weekend 2019 Thoughts



Following an exciting card that took place at the Theater in Madison Square Garden on September 13th highlighted by undefeated Lightweight contender Devin Haney continuing his rise and a battle between two world champions that will ultimately serve as another step forward for Women’s Boxing, Mexican Independence Day weekend 2019 in the sport of Boxing concluded with another exciting night of Boxing action. The weekend however, was not without its share of controversy.

One of the cards that took place on September 14th from the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, CA that was broadcast on digital sports streaming network DAZN was to have featured the return of undefeated Lightweight prospect Ryan Garcia as he looked to continue his own rise toward contention in the 135lb. Lightweight division against Avery Sparrow of Philadelphia, PA. The fight, which was to be the semi-main event of the card headlined by undefeated WBO Jr. Middleweight world champion Jaime Munguia’s title defense against Patrick Allotey did not take place. This was due to Sparrow being arrested the day before the fight on an outstanding warrant stemming from a domestic dispute that occurred in Philadelphia in April of this year.

While the news of what ultimately became a cancellation of the fight seemed to come out of nowhere, other issues arose in the aftermath. While the circumstances that have happened in the days since could likely be a column in of itself, there was what amounted to an in pass between Garcia and his promoter Golden Boy Promotions, which was unable to secure an agreement for the unbeaten prospect to face a substitute opponent, who at one point was rumored to be Lightweight contender Romero Duno. With Garcia not competing, the card went on. Duno was successful in his previously scheduled bout in scoring a seventh round knockout over Ivan Delgado.

 Women’s WBC Super-Middleweight world champion Franchon Dezurn scored an impressive ten round unanimous decision over Maricela Conejo, a rematch of a fight from September of last year, which was also won by Dezurn. It was a rematch however, that came as a result of original opponent Alejandra Jimenz, the current Women’s WBC Heavyweight world champion pulling out of the fight due to issues securing a visa to travel from Mexico for the fight.

What impressed me about this fight was not only the willingness of both fighters to take a fight on short notice, but also their willingness to exchange with each other. Dezurn’s first title defense did not come easily as Conejo landed some effective counter punches and hooks throughout the fight. Dezurn’s consistent jab and ring generalship, and seemingly harder punches were enough for her to get the nod from the three official judges. The hard-fought victory for Dezurn however, also earned her status as a unified world champion in adding the vacant WBO world championship to her crown.

Coming out of this fight, it would not surprise me to see Dezurn possibly seek another opportunity against Claressa Shields, whom she has fought as both an amateur and professional and who remains her only professional loss to date. I was however, looking forward to the interesting style match up between Dezurn and Alejandra Jimenz, if the fight took place as originally scheduled. The possibility certainly exists that Golden Boy could attempt to make that fight again in the near future, so Dezurn has two viable options, in this observer’s eyes.

The main attraction at the Dignity Health Sports Park on this evening came in the form of undefeated WBO Jr. Middleweight world champion Jaime Munguia, who defended his title for the fifth time against WBO number thirteen contender Patrick Allotey. As I stated in previewing this fight,  that this was the biggest opportunity of Allotey’s career and if he could pose a challenge to Munguia, it could be an interesting fight to watch. The first two rounds of the fight gave the appearance that, that would be the case as the challenger was able to establish movement and land short combinations on Munguia. Over the course of the fight however, Munguia’s bigger size and more rounded skills gradually broke Allotey down as the champion scored two knockdowns in round three and once more in round four before the challenger’s corner stopped the fight.

Munguia’s fifth defense of his Jr. Middleweight world championship will likely be his last as he now will move up to the 160lb. Middleweight division. While the Middleweight division is deep in terms of talent depth, Munguia will likely enter the division in the mix for a potential world title shot. When that fight will come and whim that will be against remains to be seen.

The weekend of Boxing action concluded in Las Vegas, NV as undefeated former Heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury faced undefeated European Heavyweight champion Otto Wallin at the T-Mobile Arena. As I stated in previewing this fight, the challenge for Wallin would be to combat Fury’s elusiveness and awkward style.

Despite some dismissing Wallin as a credible opponent prior to the fight, he showed that he was not awed by Fury, nor was he awed by fighting in a main event in Las Vegas. What impressed me about Wallin’s approach in this fight was he put pressure on Fury from the opening bell and brought the fight to the former Heavyweight world champion. A left hook by Wallin in round three however, became the story of this fight as it opened a deep gash over Fury’s right eye.

Quite frankly, at this point in the fight having seen similar gashes occur throughout my career covering the sport, I felt that it was only a matter of time before the fight would be stopped. Not only because of the size of the gash over Fury’s eye, but also because of the blood involved, which I believed had to be affecting Fury’s vision. Thoughts began to immediately come to mind of the gash Vitali Klitschko had suffered in his challenge of Heavyweight world champion Lennox Lewis in June 2003.

Although Klitschko put forth a very “Game” effort in a fight that I had him winning on my unofficial scorecard, the fight was ultimately stopped after six rounds. In this case, I felt Wallin was ahead in the fight, but there was also a controversy that emerged in this fight as it appeared for a time that the cut, which video replays confirmed was caused by a punch was ruled as being caused by an accidental clash of heads. This would be corrected by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) during the course of the fight.

Despite being at a disadvantage, Fury showed his resilience and mettle fighting through a gash that never stopped bleeding and gradually working his way into the fight and outworking Wallin over the middle and late rounds to earn a twelve round unanimous decision to remain undefeated. This ultimately proved to be a more difficult test for Fury than some had believed would be the case. Although I felt an aspect of offense that would have served Wallin well after causing the gash was largely absent from his strategy, a jab, Walin did prove to as I said prior to the fight that you simply do not know what to expect when two unbeaten fighters enter the ring to do battle.

Wallin may have suffered the first loss of his career in this fight, but he certainly established himself as a contender on the world level in defeat. As for Fury, the gash he suffered will likely delay plans for a rematch between himself and undefeated WBC champion Deontay Wilder sometime in 2020 assuming Wilder is successful in his upcoming rematch with top contender Luis Ortiz, which could take place in November.

Overall Mexican Independence Day weekend for the sport of Boxing produced several interesting stories that will be followed in the days, weeks, and months to come. Among those stories will be the continued career of Ryan Garcia and it needs to be pointed out that while this column was in development, it was announced that Garcia had worked out his differences with his promoter Oscar De La Hoya and his company Golden Boy Promotions. With this announcement, it was also announced that the unbeaten Garcia will face Romero Duno on the undercard of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’ challenge of WBO Light-Heavyweight world champion Sergey Kovalev on November 2nd in Las Vegas. One of many stories that this observer looks forward to seeing what happens next.

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

CANELO ALVAREZ VS. SERGEY KOVALEV LOS ANGELES PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES


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Press Release: By DAZN – LOS ANGELES (Sept. 18, 2019): Canelo Alvarez (52-1-2, 35 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico and Russian warrior Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev (34-3-1, 29 KOs) hosted a press conference today at Union Station in Los Angeles, Calif. to formally announce their 12-round fight for the WBO Light Heavyweight World Title. The event will take place on Saturday, Nov. 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be streamed live on DAZN

Below is what today's participants had to say at the presser. 

CANELO ALVAREZ, WBC, WBA, Lineal and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Champion:

"I'm very grateful to all the fans as always. I'm very motivated here, it's an honor for me to share the ring with a fighter like Kovalev who I met in 2012. Now we're about to make history. I know it's going to be the most difficult fight of my professional career. I will give the best I have in the ring and that day we can yell "Viva Mexico."

SERGEY KOVALEV, Current WBO Light Heavyweight World Champion and Three-Time Light Heavyweight World Champion:

"I'm very happy to be here back in Los Angeles. Thanks to God and thanks to Canelo and his team for making this opportunity to get this fight. I think this is a big test for me in my boxing career because this is one of the best fighters in the world in boxing right now. I'm happy and I am excited. Thank you very much for the support."

EDDY REYNOSO, Head Trainer and Manager of Canelo Alvarez:

"Thank you to Golden Boy and DAZN - this was a very difficult fight to make happen but the fight is now here. Only the big fighters and those that leave a footprint become these type of fighters. We know Kovalev well and we know the challenge that we are facing. He's a great fighter that leaves everything in the ring and in one punch, he could end the fight. And we know it's going to be a great challenge. We want Saul to be a champion in four weight classes."

JOSE "CHEPO" REYNOSO, Trainer and Manager of Canelo Alvarez:

"I'm nostalgic and cannot help but remember the beginnings of all this. To look back and  see everything-all the victories that Saul has given myself and my son, and the future victories, makes me happy. The Reynosos have been with Saul for over 15 years-ever since he was a child. We trust that he will gain victory here."

BUDDY MCGIRT, Trainer of Sergey Kovalev:

"Both these guys are true champions. Canelo, I've always admired you. Your trainers did a great job with you. I gotta admit that. I really take my hat off to you for having the balls for taking a step up and not having a catch weight and stepping up to the challenge. Sergey, I love you to death, I respect you for accepting the challenge. In all honestly, the only losers on November 2 are the people who don't want the fight or come to the fight."

EGIS KLIMAS, Manager of Sergey Kovalev:

"I don't think this fight needs to be introduced. When you hear the names Canelo Alvarez, Krusher Kovalev, it says all that's going to happen on November 2. I don't need to talk about Sergey - everybody knows who he is in boxing, and regarding Canelo, they know what they mean when they say - grandes cajones."

OSCAR DE LA HOYA, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy:

"Canelo hopes to become the fourth Mexican to win a world title in four divisions, with the only other ones being Erik Morales, Juan Manuel Marquez and Jorge Arce. One big difference is that Canelo is at a higher weight class. And this opens the possibility for many more matchups, and bigger opponents with strong punching and star power. When talking with Canelo about his career goals, he said he wanted to make history, and fight the best. This is why we had to be very strategic and thoughtful in planning out his next fight and while it may have taken a bit longer than we wanted, we know that it was worth the wait. Canelo has been preparing for this moment and we know that on Nov. 2 he'll write a new chapter in boxing history by becoming the second Mexican ever to win a world title in the 175-pound division (Light Heavyweight). Together with DAZN, we're committed to making boxing more accessible and affordable by giving fans the best fights - without the price tag of pay-per-view. Historic fights are a hallmark of this company and Golden Boy continues to deliver the biggest fights of the year. November 2 will be no exception, and we expect a great performance by our champion, Canelo Alvarez, as he becomes the new WBO LightHeavyweight World Champion."

"I'm happy to announce that with a major bout like this one, the fans deserve the best undercard possible. Our next big major star in the making, Ryan Garcia, will be fighting in Las Vegas. He's fighting Duno-it's a fight the fans wanted and it's going to be a tough fight."

BERNARD HOPKINS, Hall of Famer and Golden Boy Business Partner:

"I know a little bit about history. And for Canelo to take a big leap from 160 to 175, to dare to be great, to make history, anyone that's not educated in boxing history, wouldn't know what I'm talking about right now. But just in case you want to learn because it's never too late, it's very historic to be in the position of Canelo. And to bite off challenges and challenge himself and dare to be great to make history. As Oscar said, not only Mexican history, but also boxing history. There's very few fighters who have accomplished 160 to 175 and been successful. As you know, you're standing and hearing from one right now. I have a personal feeling about making history because I've been there and done that and now it's Canelo's time. I understand what it's like to be in there with the Krusher. He learned that and I respect that and I respect that to this day. Enjoy this historic fight and watch Canelo Alvarez - who I call the Evil Knievel in boxing - who's taken on the best so far and is now taking on the best at light heavyweight."

KATHY DUVA, CEO of Main Events:

"I want to give special thanks to Sergey Kovalev and Canelo Alvarez - as a lifelong boxing fan, not just as a promoter. Unfortunately, sometime around the turn of the last century, boxing began to lose its way. Instead of building a legacy, avoiding unnecessary risk became the goal and to this day, some fighters are praised for it. Competitions suffer because of that. When we first met, Sergey was so adamant that he wanted to test his skills against the very best. He wanted to find out how good he really was. Canelo, you may have bit off more than you can chew, but that's okay. Great fighters are not afraid to challenge themselves. And win or lose, history will reward you for taking  a risk. Congratulations Ryan, you will not be the only spectacular young fighter on the card that night, because also sharing that ring is another intelligent, well-spoken, absolutely fantastic young fighter - his name is Evan Holyfield. And he is the son of the great Evander Holyfield. I can't tell you how grateful I am to work with Evander's son after all these years. You're all going to see him and meet him, and I think you will all be thrilled."

RYAN GARCIA, Lightweight Contender:

"I want to thank the fans for coming out because it's a weekday, you guys didn't need to come here. Thank you guys for coming. I'm excited. The co-main event on the biggest card of the year. I'm so honored. It's a big night. I get to fight the guy I wanted to fight most, Romero Duno. They all said I was scared and I was worried about him and now I have the chance to get my respect and show everyone I'm a real fighter. Everybody stay tuned. It's going to be a big fight. Thank you to everybody for believing in me and thank you to Golden Boy for getting the job done. Let's make history."

JOSEPH MARKOWSKI, Executive Vice President, DAZN North America:

"In one year's time, I believe we've managed to assemble the best schedule in the history of boxing. Let's just look where we are: Canelo vs. Kovalev - boxing's biggest star jumping up two weight classes; Ruiz vs. Joshua II - the rematch of the biggest heavyweight upset in some year; KSI vs. Logan Paul, bringing millions of new fans to the sport of boxing; GGG, back in title contention from MSG; the list goes on for DAZN. To our subscribers, you're in for a tremendous end to 2019 and tremendous year to come."

Canelo vs. Kovalev is a 12-round fight for the WBO Light Heavyweight World Title presented by Golden Boy, Main Events and Krusher Promotions. The event is sponsored by Tecate, "THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING," Hennessy "Never Stop. Never Settle" and Brand-New Grapefruit Crush, Knockout Flavor. The event will take place Saturday, Nov. 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN.
   
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and DAZN.com. Follow on Twitter @GoldenBoyBoxing, @Canelo, @Main_Events, @KrusherKovalev and @DAZN_USA. Become a fan on Facebook at 
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Monday, September 16, 2019

DUNO RETIRES DELGADO IN EIGHT, CALLS OUT RYAN GARCIA


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Press Release: September 16, 2019 By Sanman Promotions – WBO NABO lightweight champion Romero “Ruthless” Duno (W21 KO16 L1 D0) successfully defended his belt by battering Ivan Delgado (W13 KO6 L3 D2). Duno masterfully dominated his opponent who failed to answer the bell in the eighth round thus the stoppage win.
Duno was ecstatic on the win. Delgado was a good fighter and I respect him. Now that got another win in my record I am calling out Ryan Garcia. Mexicans are warriors. Show them you’re not scared of fighting anyone. I respect you. You’re good. That’s why I want to fight you.”, Duno stated.
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Friday, September 13, 2019

Haney, Serrano, And Hunter Victorious At Madison Square Garden

In a clash of undefeated prospects Lightweight contender Devin Haney scored a fourth round stoppage of previously undefeated Zaur Abdullaev on Friday night at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY. Haney controlled the fight from the opening bell working behind a consistent jab, using angles, mixing in combinations, and countering effectively when Abdullaev missed with his punches. The one-sided action was halted at the end of the fourth round when Abdullaev’s corner asked for the fight to be stopped citing a possible broken cheekbone suffered by their fighter. Devin Haney advances to 23-0, with 16 Knockouts. Zaur Abdullaev falls to 11-1, with 7 Knockouts.


Also on this card, in a battle for the Women’s WBO Featherweight world championship seven-division world champion Amanda Serrano scored a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over previously undefeated champion Heather Hardy to regain the WBO Featherweight world championship. Serrano put pressure on Hardy from the outset and unleashed a barrage of punches that appeared as though it might be enough to get a stoppage in the first round with Hardy seemingly trapped on the ropes. Hardy however, showed her mettle and skill ad she as able to slightly change the tempo of the combat in the middle rounds. Although the champion was very “Game “ from start to finish, Serrano’s harder punches and consistent pressure were the story of the fight as she went on to win earn the decision. Official scores were: 98-92, and 99-91(On two scorecards) in favor of Serrano. Amanda Serrano advances to 37-1-1, with 27 Knockouts. Heather Hardy falls to 22-1, with 4 Knockouts.

In a Heavyweight bout top contender Michael Hunter scored a dominant twelve round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Sergey Kuzmin.Hunter used an athletic style to consistently beat Kuzmin to the punch. Hunter dropped Kuzmin with a solid left hook to the head in round five and continued to out work Kuzmin down the stretch to secure a convincing decision victory. Official scores were: 117-110 (On all three scorecards) in favor of Hunter. Michael Hunter advances to 18-1, with 12 Knockouts. Sergey Kuzmin falls to 15-1, with 11 Knockouts.

Undefeated Jr. Featherweight Raymond Ford outpointed Rafael Castillo over four rounds. Official scores were: 40-36 (On all three scorecards) in favor of Ford. Raymond Ford advances to 4-0, with 1 Knockout. Rafael Castillo falls to 1-4, with 0 Knockouts.

Also in the Jr. Featherweight division Darren Cunningham remained undefeated by scoring a six round unanimous decision over Jonathan Ramos. Darren Cunningham advances to 10-0, with 5 Knockouts. Jonathan Ramos falls to 18-25-5, with 6 Knockouts.

Jr. Welterweight Wesley Ferrer scored an eight round unanimous decision over Larry Fryers. Official scores were: 80-72, and 79-73 on two scorecards in favor of Ferrer.Wesley Ferrer advances to 14-1-1, with 7 Knockouts. Larry Fryers falls to 11-2, with 4 Knockouts.

Heavyweight Mahammadrasul Majidov successfully made his professional debut with a fourth round stoppage of Ed Fountain.  Mahammadrasul Majidov advances to 1-0, with 1 Knockout. Ed Fountain falls to 12-7, 5 Knockouts.

In the Jr. Featherweight division undefeated 2016 Olympic Bantamweight Bronze medalist Murodjon Akhmadaliev scored an impressive fourth round stoppage over Wilner Soro. Akhmadaliev, who was supposed to face WBA Jr. Featherweight world champion Daniel Roman, but had a change in opponent due to an injury to the world champion, took his time early and did not give Soto, who took the fight on six days notice any openings due to his foot work. As the fight progressed Akhmadaliev picked up his offensive output and Soto simply had no answer to combat Akhmadaliev’s arsenal. A barrage of punches that had Soto against the ropes taking punishment brought an end to the fight at 1:56 of round four. Murodjon Akhmadaliev advances to 7-0, with 6 Knockouts. Wilner Soto falls to 22-7, with 12 Knockouts.

In the Welterweight division unbeaten prospect Daniyar Yeleussinov scored a first round knockout over previously undefeated Reshard Hicks. A jab to the body followed by a flush left hand that landed behind the ear of Hicks set of a barrage of punches that forced Hicks to take a knee. Moments later another left hand from Yeleussinov put Hicks down for a second time and out at 2:38 of round one. Daniyar Yeleussinov advances to 8-0, with 4 Knockouts. Reshard Hicks falls to 12-1-1, with 6 Knockouts.

In the Lightweight division Christian Bermudez successfully made his professional debut by scoring a second round knockout over Jonathan Conde. A flush left hook to the jaw sent Conde down in round two. The bout was immediately stopped by Referee Sparkle Lee at 1:56 of the round. Christian Bermudez advances to 1-0, with 1 Knockout. Jonathan Conde falls to 1-3, with 1 Knockout.

This card featured a little of everything. Excitement, Knockouts, and world-class Boxing. A few things to take away from this card are not only the continued growth and long overdue recognition for the sport of Women’s Boxing in two world champions putting it all on the line and more importantly elevating their sport by displaying class and respect for each other both before and after their fight, but also several prospects on various levels all continuing to progress in their respective careers.

For Michael Hunter, his victory over Sergey Kuzmin will continue to move him up the rankings in the hopes of securing another opportunity at a world championship after previously challenging for a world championship in the Cruiserweight division. Devin Haney meanwhile earned interim championship status in the World Boxing Council (WBC) Lightweight ratings, which makes him the number one contender for current unified WBO/WBA/WBC world champion Vasyl Lomachenko. Although he will likely have to wait a period of time before getting his shot at whomever the WBC champion is, if he continues putting forth the types of impressive performances he has in his recent fights including against Zaur Abdullaev, it may only be a matter of time before those of us who cover the sport and fans of Boxing are including Devin Haney in the discussion of the best pound for pound fighters in the world.

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CANELO ALVAREZ TO CHALLENGE SERGEY ‘KRUSHER’ KOVALEV FOR THE WBO LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT WORLD TITLE


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Press Release: By DAZN – LOS ANGELES (Sept. 13, 2019) – Canelo Alvarez (51-1-2, 34 KOs), the face of boxing and the king of the middleweight division, will take on a new challenge as he moves into the 175-pound weight class in a 12-round bout against champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (34-3-1, 28 KOs) for the WBO Light Heavyweight World Title. The event will take place Saturday, Nov. 2 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas and will be streamed exclusively live on DAZN in all of its nine markets, including the United States, Canada, Brazil, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Japan. 


Tickets for Canelo vs. Kovalev are priced at $1,754, $1,254, $854, $654, $404 and $204, not including applicable service charges and taxes. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call 888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849). Tickets also will be available for purchase at www.axs.com.

“We promised to make this fight happen, and now we are delivering it,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy. “Historic fights have been a hallmark of this company, and we are pleased to once again live up to the high expectations we’ve set for our fans. The best pound-for-pound fighter is also boxing’s biggest star. Few fighters in boxing’s history can claim to be both like Canelo Alvarez. Now, he’ll look to become a four-division world champion against one of the most dangerous fighters of recent years, and I’m certain that he will stop him. There’s no better home for this than on the DAZN platform or live at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.”

Canelo, the 29-year-old native of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, became the face of boxing by taking on some of the biggest names in the sport. At 154 pounds, Canelo captured several world titles and defeated the likes of Austin “No Doubt” Trout, Sugar Shane MosleyAlfredo “El Perro” AnguloErislandy “The American Dream” Lara and Liam “Beefy” Smith.

At 160 pounds, Canelo defeated Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs to establish himself as the king of the middleweight division. And, shortly after signing a groundbreaking partnership with global sports streaming giant DAZN, Canelo moved into the 168-pound division by stopping Rocky Fielding in three rounds to become the WBA Super Middleweight World Champion.

Canelo will now look to make history once again by becoming the second Mexican boxer to hold a world title in the light heavyweight division, a feat only done by Julio Cesar Gonzalez in 2003. The pound-for-pound king will at the same time join an elite group of four-division world champions from Mexico.

“The second phase of my career is continuing just as we had planned, and that’s why we are continuing to make great fights to enter into the history books of boxing,” said Canelo Alvarez. “That’s also why I’ve decided to jump two weight classes against one of the most feared champions of recent years. Kovalev is a dangerous puncher, and he’s naturally the bigger man, but that’s the kind of challenges and risks that I like to face.”

Credit: Main Events
On November 2nd, Kovalev, 36, will participate in his 17th consecutive world title bout and the most lucrative fight of his career against the biggest star in boxing. A Russian knockout artist and three-time light heavyweight world champion, “Krusher” is no stranger to fighting in hostile territory. He captured the WBO Light Heavyweight World Title in 2013 when he traveled to Wales and scored a stunning knockout of Nathan Cleverly. Kovalev traveled to Atlantic City to meet future Hall of Famer Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins near his Philadelphia home to unify the WBO, WBA and IBF titles with a lopsided unanimous decision victory in 2014. As unified champion, “Krusher” successfully defended his titles twice against current WBA Interim Light Heavyweight titleholder Jean Pascal in Pascal’s hometown of Montreal, scoring a stoppage victory both times.


Kovalev suffered two controversial losses to former Olympic Gold medalist Andre Ward (in 2016 and 2017) and a surprise upset to Eleider Alvarez last year, but quickly regained his WBO Light Heavyweight Title each time. In August, the road warrior finally got the chance to fight in his own hometown of Chelyabinsk, Russia, stopping undefeated mandatory challenger Anthony Yarde in a sold-out arena.

When asked about this fight, Kovalev said, “In order to be the best you have to beat the best. I have always tried to fight the toughest opponents in my division, but many have ducked me throughout my career. Canelo wanted to fight me; to step up to higher weight and challenge for my belt. I will be ready on November 2nd. Thank you, Main Events, Kathy Duva, Egis Klimas, DAZN and Canelo for making this fight happen.”

“Canelo is to be praised for asking to challenge Sergey Kovalev,” added Main Events’ CEO Kathy Duva. “Win or lose, he will make history and Sergey is extremely pleased to get the chance to test his mettle against another future Hall of Famer.” She continued, “Anyone who cares at all about the Sweet Science should circle November 2nd on their calendar. I have a feeling that this will be one for the ages.”

“Canelo vs. Kovalev is a fascinating matchup between champions that will highlight our entire season of premium fights on DAZN over the next several months,” said DAZN Group Executive Chairman John Skipper. “Simply stated, this is the best schedule in boxing history.”

Richard Sturm, President of Las Vegas Live Entertainment and Sports, said, “We look forward to hosting this tremendous matchup between Canelo and Kovalev at MGM Grand in November. These two great fighters always put on a fantastic show and we are confident they will, once again, provide boxing fans worldwide a thrilling fight when they return to Las Vegas.”

Canelo vs. Kovalev is a 12-round fight for the WBO Light Heavyweight World Title presented by Golden Boy, Main Events and Krusher Promotions. The event is sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,” Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle” and Brand-New Grapefruit Crush, Knockout Flavor. The event will take place Saturday, Nov. 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN.
  
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and DAZN.com. Follow on Twitter @GoldenBoyBoxing, @Canelo, @Main_Events, @KrusherKovalev and @DAZN_USA. Become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxing
www.facebook.com/SaulCaneloAlvarezhttps://www.facebook.com/thekrusher/https://www.facebook.com/MainEventsBoxing and https://www.facebook.com/DAZNUSA/. Follow on Instagram @GoldenBoy, @Canelo, @Main_Events, @SergeyKrusherKovalev, and @DAZN_USA. Follow the conversation using #CaneloKovalev.

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

JAIME MUNGUIA VS. PATRICK ALLOTEY FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES


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Press Release: By DAZN – LOS ANGELES (Sept. 12, 2019): Jaime Munguia (33-0, 26 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico and African warrior Patrick Allotey (40-3, 30 KOs) hosted their final press conference today at Dignity Health Sports Park ahead of their 12-round fight for the WBO Junior Middleweight World Title. The event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 14 at the aforementioned Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif. and will be streamed live on DAZN.

Undercard fighters such as Ryan "Kingry" Garcia (18-0, 15 KOs), Avery "A-Plus" Sparrow (10-1, 3 KOs), and Franchon "The Heavy-Hitting Diva" Crews-Dezurn (5-1, 2 KOs) also participated in the event.

Below is what some of today's participants had to say at the presser. 

JAIME MUNGUIA, WBO Junior Middleweight Champion:

"I feel very honored and happy to be representing my country on this important date. I feel ready and I'm prepared to deliver everyone a great show that is worthy of the date of Sept. 14. I had a great preparation, perhaps one of my best training camps, and I want to thank Erik Morales for everything he's been showing me along with Fernando as well. I hope that this Saturday you see a Jaime Munguia that's totally different. I'm ready, I'm going to give it my everything."

PATRICK ALLOTEY, Junior Middleweight Contender: 

"I feel good. I feel good for this Saturday because I prepared for this fight. When I heard the rumors about this fight, I thought wow, this fight needs to happen, I need to be a world champion too. Like Oscar said, in Ghana we have great fighters, and I'm very happy to become one of them. I know Munguia is a very good fighter and he has power like I do, and I know come Saturday, Munguia is coming to throw his big shots and he thinks he can knock Patrick Allotey out. But no, because I'm also a great fighter and also have power like he does. I'm coming to fight and win. So I think on Saturday it will be a very good fight. I think the best man will win." 

RYAN GARCIA. Lightweight Contender:

"This Saturday, I just plan to show all my improvements in the ring. [Avery] claims that he has a lot of experience. He has 11 fights - I don't know how much experience you can have with that. I was in amateurs maybe even longer than him. I have just as much experience, and I've been working in the gym to get better and better every single day. I know there's a lot of pressure on me, a lot of hype, and I know the things people say about me. The only thing I look to do is to become the best fighter I can be. This Saturday, stay tuned, it's going to be a good one, I'm looking to prove myself and earn that respect in the ring."

"A lot of people like to focus on my Instagram, you don't hear me talk about it, everybody else just talks about it. It just connects me to my fans, and why wouldn't I want to connect to the people who support me?"

AVERY SPARROW, Super Featherweight Contender:

"I naturally weigh 126 pounds, I can get here easy. Unfortunately, we can't get no fights there, we can't get no fights at 130. My last fight was at 135 pounds, I dropped him two times, I controlled the whole fight. I felt good, I felt strong, and that was coming off a year layoff. This time, I had a great camp, I'm feeling solid, I got a lot of people backing me, supporting me. This opportunity I'm going to take full advantage of."

"Ryan Garcia is a great fighter but he's yet to be proven. When I fought in 2017, which is some years ago, I defeated Jose Lopez, who was Ryan's last opponent. He's getting guys that I already beat. He hasn't really been put in tough. To me, I really don't see this as a tough fight. He comes in, he only has one plan, to knock everybody out. When he goes the distance, he has a tough time, he has no inside game. It's a lot of things that Ryan has to prove. There's not a lot of things that I have to prove. The first 15, 16 fights when you've signed with an elite promotional company are favored for you to win. So this opportunity is for Ryan Garcia to show he is who he really says he is. If he beats me, then you can be sure Ryan Garcia is on to do big things. But after I beat him, he still has time to grow, he still has time to be a world champion, but I think he bit off more than he can chew. Come this weekend, the world will see that Ryan Garcia is over with. Ryan Garcia has a lot to prove, and he's going to have to prove it because I'm coming to fight. You better tune in because it's going to be an exciting fight and Ryan Garcia is done."

FRANCHON CREWS-DEZURN, WBC Super Middleweight World Champion:

"I'm just so excited right now, I feel like a kid in a candy store. Sept. 14 is long etched in boxing history for the last decade. That's when some of the best fights take place. To have the opportunity through Golden Boy to defend the title and to get to present myself to the world as I see it - as a champion not only in boxing, but in life - is a highlight of my life. Everyone is talking about how strong and big my opponent is, but my heart and my intellect is going to be stronger. I fought an undisputed unified champion and was blessed to hold my own, and with a good training camp and people in my corner, having then in my behind me, you guys are going to see the best version of me. I'm not coming to play, I'm coming to slay, I'm coming to entertain. I make my own outfits, I make my own boxing attire. Get ready for a show."

ERIK MORALES, Trainer to Jaime Munguia:

"It's an honor to be training the new face of Mexican boxing. And overall, very satisfying to be training a younger boxer who has a lot of desire, a lot of motivation, and has the goal set on being one of the faces of boxing. What we've done is to make sure we utilize what he has and exploit those abilities in the ring, and this Saturday, you will see that."

FERNANDO BELTRAN, CEO of Zanfer Promotions:

"I think it's going to be a sensational fight. Sept. 16 is sensational and I think it's a great, great fight. I think Oscar putting fighters with other promoters is what boxing is all about. I congratulate Oscar and I'm very happy to be in this strategic partnership. And, I think Munguia is the next face of boxing - without a doubt."

OSCAR DE LA HOYA, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy:

"Sept. 16 has held the biggest boxing events in the history of the sport. You have to go back to Julio Cesar Chavez, some of my fights, Canelo, and now, Jaime Munguia and Ryan Garcia and all these fights here. It's about staging the best event at the best stadium, but there's something about Saturday night that's going to be fireworks."

"We decided to headline Jaime Munguia, who is a world champion in his own right, he's a WBO world champion, but we had to put him with a real tough fighter. A real fighter who's going to come and derail those plans. That's what boxing's all about - a coin flip. And when we were looking at his opponent, or the contender, when I talked to Roberto Diaz and Eric Gomez, they mentioned to me a fighter from Ghana. It instantly reminded me of Azumah Nelson, Ike Quartey, it reminded me of tough, tough fighters. We instantly said yes, [Allotey] is the guy because fighters from Ghana - they come to fight, they have passion." 

"We signed [Ryan] in 2016, and he's been developing as a solid contender, as a fighter we feel can reach the stars. He's trained by a great trainer in Eddy Reynoso, who is bringing out the best in him. So we feel very excited to see exactly what is yet to come. He's defeated fighters such as Carlos Morales, Jayson Velez, Jose Lopez, Braulio Rodriguez, and like I said, being trained by Eddy Reynoso is going to take him to that next level that everybody aspires to be at."

"Women's boxing is not on the rise. It's already here. We at Golden Boy Promotions feel proud that we can showcase these talents and continue to open the doors for much bigger and better things for women's boxing."

BERNARD HOPKINS, Golden Boy Partner and Future Hall of Famer:

"I believe the women's match is probably going to really try to take over this entire card. I'm excited to see that. Everybody here has the opportunity to show their talents on a high scale. Enjoy the fight. Look at the talent that's here, there's champions and some wannabe champions. Understand that this is what boxing is all about - to bring the best, whether they're starting at a level before they get to the top level or they're already there."


Munguia vs. Allotey is a 12-round fight for the WBO Junior Middleweight Championship presented by Golden Boy in association with Zanfer Promotions. The event is sponsored by Tecate, "THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING," Hennessy "Never Stop. Never Settle," and Orange Crush. The event will take place Saturday, Sept. 14 at Dignity Health Sports Park and will be streamed live on DAZN.

Tickets for Munguia vs. Allotey are on sale and are priced at $200, $100, $50 and $25, plus applicable taxes, fees and services charges. Tickets can be purchased at goldenboytickets.comhttps://www.axs.com/, by phone at 888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849), and at Dignity Health Sports Park Box Office (Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. PT to 6 p.m. PT). VIP Suites are available by calling 877-604-8777. For more information on group discounts or VIP packages, call 877-234-8425.

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Munguia vs. Allotey takes place on Saturday, September 14th at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, CA. The card can be seen in the United States and several international countries on digital sports streaming network DAZN beginning at 7PM ET/4PM PT. For more information about DAZN including schedules, compatible streaming devices/platforms/Smart TVs, availability around the world, and to subscribe please visit: www.DAZN.com.

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