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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Boxing

GGG upset about being booed after narrow decision win

Gennady Golovkin

Gennady Golovkin did not put on his best performance in a narrow win over Sergiy Derevyanchenko, and the 37-year-old from Kazakhstan was bothered by the negative fan reception after the fight.

Golovkin won a unanimous decision over Derevyanchenko, receiving scores of 115-112 from two judges and 114-113 from another. Judge Kevin Morgan actually scored it six rounds to six, but Golovkin got one extra point thanks to a 10-8 round in the first from a knockdown.

Golovkin was booed by the fans at Madison Square Garden after the fight and had a hard time conducting his postfight interview on DAZN as a result.

Golovkin seemed to feel the fans were not giving Derevyanchenko enough credit for being a tough opponent.

GGG is now 40-1-1 (35 KOs), while Derevyanchenko is 13-2. The win opens a path for a third fight between GGG and Canelo Alvarez. Canelo fights Sergey Kovalev in November.

Louisville to wear uniforms honoring Muhammad Ali

Louisville Cardinals

Muhammad Ali is one of the most famous and influential people to ever come from Louisville, and the city’s football team is planning to honor the late boxer with its uniforms during this weekend’s game.

On Tuesday, the University of Louisville shared a preview of the uniforms its football team will wear on Saturday when they host Boston College. They feature a color scheme that is similar to the trunks Ali wore in addition to arched lettering which matches the back of the champion’s famous robe.

We have seen prominent figures from all of the major sports honor Ali since his death in 2016, and it’s nice to see Louisville keeping it going more than three years later.

The Cardinals fell to 2-2 with a loss at Florida State last weekend. BC is 3-2 and also coming off a loss against Wake Forest.

Mike Tyson attends Jaguars game in teal No. 1 jersey

The big hit in Jacksonville before Thursday night’s Jaguars-Tennessee Titans game was not Gardner Minshew, but another famous athlete: Mike Tyson.

Tyson walked into TIAA Bank Field before the game wearing a teal No. 1 Jaguars jersey. He drew quite a crowd:

Tyson even filmed a video for the Jaguars and joked about trading his pet white tiger for a jaguar:

The former heavyweight champion boxer is now 53. He has been involved in several media projects in recent years, including acting in a one-man comedy show, writing books, appearing in movies, songs and commercials, and working for entertainment companies.

There is actually a pro football player in the league named Mike Tyson who played 10 games last season for Houston, but he is unrelated to the former champion boxer. When you have Iron Mike on your sideline, you’re guaranteed to put up a fight and come out swinging.

Evander Holyfield’s son to make pro boxing debut in November

Evander Holyfield is widely considered to be one of the greatest boxers to ever live, and one of his sons is hoping to carry on the tradition when he makes his professional fighting debut later this year.

At a news conference for the Sergey Kovalev-Canelo Alvarez fight on Wednesday evening, Main Events promoter Kathy Duva announced that 21-year-old Evan Holyfield will make his pro boxing debut on the undercard of a Nov. 2 event that will be shown on the streaming service DAZN. As Dan Rafael of ESPN notes, Main Events recently signed Evan and is the same promotion company that represented Evander throughout much of his career.

Evander, of course, was a cruiserweight and heavyweight. He remains the only boxer in history to win the undisputed championship in two weight classes. Evan currently fights as a middleweight.

Another one of Evander’s sons, Elijah, played football at Georgia and was in training camp with the Carolina Panthers this summer, though he did not make the regular season roster.

As you can see, the Holyfield family is loaded with athletes. Evan will have the tough task of having to live up to the enormous expectations his father created, which will not be easy. Hopefully he’s able to enjoy a successful career.

Tyson Fury beats Otto Wallin despite huge cut over right eye

Tyson Fury beat Otto Wallin by unanimous decision in their fight at T-Mobile Arenas in Las Vegas on Saturday night, but the bout was a lot closer than it probably should have been, due to Fury being impaired.

Fury was fighting through two huge cuts over his right eye. One was just over his right eye, around the lid. The other was a massive gash around his eyebrow.

Fury’s corner believed a headbutt caused the cut, but ESPN showed it came from a punch. The bleeding and vision issues caused Fury some problems for a good portion of the fight. He still won easily on the judges’ cards, receiving scores of 116-112, 117-111, and 118-110.

After his win, Fury, who remains unbeaten, called out Deontay Wilder for a rematch. The two are set to meet in early 2020 so long as Wilder beats Luis Ortiz in November.

Tyson Fury breaks out Mexican-themed ring entrance before fight

Tyson Fury Mexico entrance

Tyson Fury knows how to play to the crowd.

Fury broke out a Mexican-themed ring entrance before his fight against Otto Wallin at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

Fighting ahead of Mexico’s independence day, Fury wore a sombrero, poncho with Mexican colors, had a Mariachi band, and was carted in on a float.

Fury entered the fight 28-0-1 with 20 KOs. He knows how to work a crowd and understands that giving them as much of an entertaining product as possible is key to making sales. That’s why the Gypsy King even entertains the fans after fights by singing.

Report: Canelo Alvarez-Sergey Kovalev fight to be announced Friday

Canelo Alvarez

Canelo Alvarez’s next fight is set to be announced on Friday, according to a report.

Alvarez has been working towards an agreement to fight Sergey Kovalev. The fight is set to take place in November and will be announced Friday, Robert Littal of BSO reports.

The fight will represent a significant challenge to Canelo because of the weight class differences.

Alvarez (52-1-2, 35 KOs) began his career at 140 pounds, moved up to 147, and spent the first half of the decade fighting at 154. He has spent the past five years fighting at the 160-pound middleweight level. His fight against Rocky Fielding last year was in the 168-pound super middleweight class.

Kovalev (34-3-1, 29 KOs) has been fighting at the 175-pound limit his entire boxing career and is naturally bigger than Alvarez. He is 6-feet tall compared to the 5-foot-8 Canelo and is used to carrying more weight.

Alvarez typically fights in early May and mid-September every year, but his second fight did not go according to his usual schedule due to some disagreements between his promotional team and DAZN over an opponent. Alvarez was stripped of IBF middleweight belt but in November will have a chance to become the WBO light heavyweight champion.