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Monday, June 1, 2020

Boxing

Teofimo Lopez puts on Joe Burrow LSU jersey after big knockout win

Teofimo Lopez Joe Burrow

Teofimo Lopez destroyed Richard Commey with a second-round TKO win on Saturday night in New York, and Lopez paid respect to the Heisman Trophy winner in the ring.

Lopez knocked Commey down in the second round with a monster right hand that had Commey dazed and wobbly. After Commey beat the count, Lopez continued to pummel his opponent until the fight was stopped with just over a minute left in the round, giving Lopez the TKO win.

Lopez, who captured the IBF lightweight title with the win, put on a Joe Burrow LSU Tigers jersey afterwards.

The fight was at Madison Square Garden in New York, nearby where the Heisman Trophy was awarded just before the fight on ESPN, which explains the tie-in. Last year, Lopez put on a Kyler Murray jersey in the ring after winning his fight following the Heisman ceremony too.

The 22-year-old from Brooklyn also did his signature flip in the ring after the win.

Lopez is now 15-0. He will face Vasiliy Lomachenko next.

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Canelo Alvarez, girlfriend Fernanda Gomez support Andy Ruiz at fight

Canelo Alvarez

Andy Ruiz Jr. and Anthony Joshua may have been fighting halfway around the world in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, but that did not stop Canelo Alvarez from attending.

Alvarez, who is the marquee fighter for DAZN, was in Saudi Arabia for the fight televised on the subscription network. Canelo, who was said to be on a world tour, was in attendance with girlfriend Fernanda Gomez. Canelo embraced Ruiz before the fight:

Ruiz pulled off a stunning upset by beating Joshua in June.

As for Canelo, he beat Sergey Kovalev in November and may face Joe Saunders or Callum Smith next.

Deontay Wilder knocks out Luis Ortiz with huge punch

Deontay Wilder

Deontay Wilder is the best knockout artist in boxing and proved that once again.

Wilder knocked out Luis Ortiz with a massive right hand during the seventh round of their fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night. Ortiz was knocked to the canvas and unable to make the 10-count, ending the bout.

Wilder hadn’t been doing much through the first six rounds and was criticized for not throwing many punches. But when you have the kind of power he does, it doesn’t matter because you can always end it with one punch, just like he did.

Wilder is now 42-0-1 with 41 of his wins coming by knockout. A rematch against Tyson Fury awaits. The two fought to a draw last year in an incredibly exciting fight. Their rematch will be heavily anticipated.

Deontay Wilder wore another crazy outfit to ring for Luis Ortiz fight

Deontay Wilder outfit

Deontay Wilder tries to give fans a full show when it comes to his fights, and that includes wearing a notable outfit in addition to trying for knockouts. And Wilder did not disappoint on Saturday.

The Bronze Bomber showed up for his fight against Ortiz at the MGM Grand Garden Arena dressed in a flashy outfit and mask:

He looked like a bejeweled Shredder from Ninja Turtles, or the ultimate boss in a video game.

We love it; Wilder never fails to entertain. Here’s how he looked for his win over Dominic Breazeale in May.

Floyd Mayweather claims he is coming out of retirement next year

Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather Jr. has gone into and come out of retirement more than Michael Jordan, Brett Favre and Roger Clemens combined. And now the retired boxer says he is coming out of retirement yet again.

Mayweather shared a photo on Instagram Thursday night of him sitting next to Dana White courtside for Wednesday’s Clippers-Celtics game. He said in the post that he and White were working together on a big event for 2020.

Mayweather then shared a second post in which he said he was coming out of retirement in 2020.

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If you know anything about Mayweather’s career, there’s plenty of reason to hold back any excitement. The last time Mayweather claimed he was coming out of retirement, he ended up in a publicity stunt in Japan.

Mayweather is more of a promoter now than a fighter. His last boxing match was in 2017 against Conor McGregor, who is an MMA fighter by profession. Mayweather’s last real fight came in 2015. There is no reason to believe the 42-year-old is coming out of retirement for anything other than a P.R. stunt.

Canelo Alvarez knocks out Sergey Kovalev with vicious left hook

Canelo Alvarez Sergey Kovalev

Canelo Alvarez beat Sergey Kovalev on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas with an 11th-round knockout that came out of nowhere.

The fight between the men was narrow by most accounts, with some writers having Kovalev ahead through 10 rounds and others seeing Alvarez as the leader. Either way, the fight did not feature many big power punches or much activity.

That all changed rapidly in the 11th.

Alvarez caught Kovalev with a massive left hook that dazed his opponent. Canelo finished him off with a right that sent Kovalev into the ropes and nearly knocked him out of the ring.

Two judges had the fight 96-94 Canelo and another had it 95-95 entering the 11th.

Alvarez impressively has now captured the WBO light heavyweight title, marking the fourth weight class in which he has been a champion. He’s 53-1-2 with 36 KOs. Kovalev is now 34-4-1.

Canelo Alvarez-Sergey Kovalev fight started after 90 minute delay due to UFC

Canelo Alvarez

Those who wanted to watch the fight between Canelo Alvarez and Sergey Kovalev at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night had to wait past 1:00 am ET due to competition on the fight night.

DAZN and Golden Boy Promotions decided to schedule the Alvarez-Kovalev fight card for the same night as UFC 244, which was already a pretty silly move. Despite the conflict, DAZN and Golden Boy recognized how popular the main event at UFC 244 headlined by Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal was, so they decided to hold off on starting the Canelo fight until after the MMA fight finished. The result was a lengthy wait between fights.

Ryan Garcia fought Romero Duno on the undercard just before the Canelo fight and won via first-round knockout. That fight was expected to go longer, but it ended a few minutes after 8:30 pm PT in Las Vegas. Since the fight ended so early, fans waited over 90 minutes before the Canelo fight to begin as the UFC card played out.

Canelo and Kovalev were literally waiting around on couches for an hour.

Beyond just the wait, three different national anthems played, which extended the wait time until the fight. The bout did not finally begin until around 10:15 pm PT.

Earlier in the day, UFC boss Dana White mocked “dummy” Oscar De La Hoya for the poor scheduling:

After seeing such a late start time for the fight, it’s hard to disagree with White.