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Monday, December 9, 2019

Boxing

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.

Gennady Golovkin finalizes deal to fight Sergiy Derevyanchenko in October

Gennady Golovkin GGG

Gennady Golovkin did not get his wish of facing Canelo Alvarez in September. Instead, he will be facing Sergiy Dervyanchenko.

GGG and Derevyanchenko finalized a deal to fight October 5 at Madison Square Garden in New York, The Athletic’s Mike Coppinger reports. Coppinger says there will be a press conference on Thursday to announce the deal.

GGG signed a 6-fight deal with streaming service DAZN in March that called for him to fight twice a year. He fought earlier this year against Steve Rolls and won easily. The next fight will fulfill his 2019 obligations to the service.

Although Golovkin facing Dervyanchenko is something, it’s not what DAZN wanted. Both the emerging service and Golovkin wanted a third fight with Canelo to take place, but Canelo’s promoter, Oscar De La Hoya, had no immediate interest in that.

Dervyanchenko is 13-1 with 10 KOs, but his lone loss came to Daniel Jacobs, whom Golovkin beat in 2017.

Canelo Alvarez ‘ashamed’ over being stripped of IBF title

Canelo Alvarez

Canelo Alvarez shared comments on Friday about the International Boxing Federation’s decision to strip him of his middleweight title belt the day before.

Alvarez sent a tweet in both English and Spanish in which he said he was “ashamed” with his fans to have been unfairly stripped of his belt.

Alvarez had been in talks to try and defend his belt against mandatory contender Sergiy Derevyanchenko. The IBF even postponed their Monday deadline date to allow the sides a chance to negotiate, but no deal was reached.

DAZN, the streaming service that has Alvarez under contract, did not want to pay its full contractual $35 million price to Alvarez to fight a less attractive opponent. DAZN signed Gennady Golovkin to complete his trilogy against Canelo and wanted that fight to happen this fall. However, Alvarez’s promoter — Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions — did not want to make that fight.

De La Hoya blasted the IBF in a statement on Thursday over their decision.

“We are extremely disappointed at the IBF for forcing the world’s best fighter to relinquish his world title. We have been in serious negotiations with Sergiy Derevyanchenko’s promoter. We offered his team an unprecedented amount of money for a fighter of his limited stature and limited popularity, but the truth is that I’m now certain they never had any intention of making a deal. But instead they wanted to force us to relinquish Canelo’s belt. This is an insult to boxing and more importantly an insult to the boxing fans of the world. This decision validates already existing concerns about the credibility of the IBF championship. Canelo inherited a mandatory challenger by defeating Daniel Jacobs, the man who beat Derevyanchenko, so to strip him of his title without giving him enough time to make the best fight possible is truly what is wrong with boxing, and I plan to aggressively consider all legal actions possible.”

Alvarez, who held three title belts during his May fight against Jacobs, is now down to just one after the WBC made a change.

Are Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao building toward a rematch?

Floyd Mayweather Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao proved he is still capable of holding his own in the ring when he defeated Keith Thurman over the weekend, and that has resulted in a lot of talk about a potential rematch between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. With the way the two fighters have been going back and forth on social media, it’s fair to wonder if they are open to it.

In a lengthy post on Instagram Tuesday, Mayweather criticized people for bringing up his name every time something happens with Pacquiao. He said Pacquiao’s “entire legacy and career has been built off its association with my name” and that it is time for people to stop using his name as “clickbait” for Pac-Man.

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I find it real ironic how every time Pacquiao's name is brought up in the media, my name is always attached to it. This man's entire legacy and career has been built off its association with my name and it's about time you all stop using my brand for clout chasing and clickbait and let that man's name hold weight of its own. For years, all you heard was that " Floyd is afraid of Manny Pacquiao". But what's funny is, when we finally fought, I won so easily that everyone had to eat their words! All of the so called boxing experts, critics and jealous American "fan base" either went mute and ran for cover or made every excuse in the world as to why I should give Manny Pacquiao a rematch. My take on all this bullshit is that y’all are just upset that I broke Rocky Marciano's record and hate the fact that a Black, high school dropout outsmarted you all by beating all odds and retiring undefeated while maintaining all my faculties simply by making smart choices and even smarter investments. Ultimately, I will always have the last laugh!

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Not surprisingly, Pacquiao disagrees. He fired back at Mayweather on social media, pointing out that Floyd attended his fight against Thurman and essentially saying he should give him a rematch if he’s so desperate to be relevant again.

Mayweather had a response for that, of course. He took to Instagram again and said he only attended the fight because Pacquiao is his “employee” and he had to supervise. He also mocked Pac-Man for making the same amount of money against Thurman that Mayweather made recently for a meaningless exhibition fight.

Whether you like Mayweather or not, there’s no debating he is an excellent promoter. Most of what he does is calculated, so it’s certainly possible he could be trying to gauge how much interest there is in a potential Mayweather-Pacquiao rematch. There have been strong hints for quite some time that a rematch could be coming, and there’s no question is would result in an astronomical payday for both fighters. That is something that might be tough for Floyd to turn down.