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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Boxing

Details of big Errol Spence, Shawn Porter fight reported

Errol Spence Cowboys

Details of a rumored title unification fight between Errol Spence Jr and Shawn Porter have now been reported.

FOX Sports boxing insider Mike Coppinger reported on Tuesday night that Spence and Porter are expected to fight on Aug. 3 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The real surprise is that Coppinger reports that fight is expected to be available on FOX and not pay-per-view.

Spence and Porter are among the top welterweights in the world, along with Bud Crawford.

Spence, 29, has fought at Barclays Center three times in his career, though his last two fights have been at Jerry Jones/Dallas Cowboys locations (AT&T Stadium and The Star in Frisco). He is 25-0 with 21 knockouts in his career and holds the IBF welterweight title.

Porter, 31, is the WBC welterweight champ. He is 30-2-1 with 17 knockouts and has fought four of his last five fights at Barclays Center.

This will be the first fight between any of the trio among Spence, Porter and Crawford. Spence and Porter both fight under the Premier Boxing Champions promotion, while Crawford is a Top Rank fighter.

Canelo Alvarez willing to fight Gennady Golovkin a third time

Canelo Alvarez Gennady Golovkin

Canelo Alvarez says he is willing to fight Gennady Golovkin for a third time.

Alvarez beat Daniel Jacobs via unanimous decision on Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. In his postfight interview with Chris Mannix on DAZN, Alvarez was asked about his next fight. He was asked whether he thinks there is unfinished business between him and GGG and said no.

“No, for me, we’re done. But if the people want another fight, we’ll do it again and I’ll beat him again,” Alvarez said.

Golovkin signed with DAZN in March, leading to expectations that they will complete their trilogy on the network. Another fighter Canelo could face is Demetrius Andrade.

Golovkin is set to fight Steve Rolls in June. Canelo likely will not fight again until September.

Alvarez and Golovkin fought to a draw in their first fight in 2017, while Alvarez won a majority decision in their rematch in 2018. Fighting for the third year in a row would seem to make plenty of sense.

Amir Khan booed after failing to continue following low blow

Amir Khan

Amir Khan was booed by the fans at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night after declining to continue following a low blow by Bud Crawford in the sixth round of their WBO welterweight title.

Khan was struck in the groin by a massive left uppercut from Crawford in the first minute of the sixth round. He appeared to be in great discomfort and decided he could not continue. His trainer Virgil Hunter later said it was Khan’s decision not to continue, not the corner’s.

The fans in attendance were upset to see Khan call off the fight halfway through the expected 12 rounds for the title fight and let him know it with boos during his postfight interview.

Crawford was credited with a TKO win to improve to 35-0.

So why did Khan and his corner decide to stop the fight? Maybe they didn’t like the way things were going and were hoping for a disqualification for Crawford if the low blow were ruled to be intentional. Instead, it was ruled accidental, and Crawford was given a TKO win.

Hunter also said after the fight that Khan was fighting at less than full strength due to bone spurs in his elbow.

Khan may now want to try and revisit talks to fight Kell Brook next.

Announcer Joe Tessitore hospitalized before calling Crawford-Khan fight card

Joe Tessitore

Boxing fans heard an unexpected voice calling the play-by-play for Saturday night’s Bud Crawford-Amir Khan fight card on ESPN pay-per-view.

The undercard on ESPN2 began with Bernardo Osuna serving as the announcer. Joe Tessitore, the network’s lead boxing play-by-play announcer, joined the commentary team later in the broadcast and explained his previous absence.

Tessitore said he had been hospitalized due to a “neurocardiogenic” episode. That is the medical term for a drop in heart rate and blood pressure, leading to fainting. The veteran announcer even had his hospital bracelet on during the telecast.

There were nine fights on the Top Rank card, which was taking place at Madison Square Garden. The main event between Crawford and Khan was for the WBO welterweight title.

In addition to being the lead announcer for ESPN’s Top Rank Boxing, Tessitore served as ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” play-by-play announcer last year.

Boxing analyst Al Bernstein says he has beaten prostate cancer

Al Bernstein

Boxing Hall of Fame analyst Al Bernstein revealed that he had a personal health scare that he has overcome.

Bernstein said on Twitter Wednesday that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer recently. He underwent treatment and says that the cancer has mostly been eradicated.

Bernstein is a boxing author and historian who has appeared as an analyst for Showtime since 2003. Prior to that he served as an analyst for ESPN. He has also written for boxing publications “The Ring” and “Boxing Illustrated.”

Watch: Showboating boxer gets knocked out with 10 seconds left

Sam Maxwell knockout

You ever see a showboating fighter and say to yourself, “I wish someone would knock him out and teach him a lesson”? Well, your dreams have come true.

25-year-old French boxer Sabri Sediri was up big against Sam Maxwell during their super lightweight fight at Leicester Arena on Saturday before his carelessness cost him.

Sediri had already knocked Maxwell down twice in the fight and was a minute away from winning. He peppered Maxwell with a big left hook that left his opponent stumbling. Sediri mimicked taking a bow and then began dancing around with his gloves down as he dodged punches from Maxwell.

Then with 14 seconds left, as fate would have it, Maxwell finally connected and sent Sediri to the canvas:

Sediri was so dazed by the knockdown that the referee called off the fight, awarding Maxwell a TKO victory. The win gave Maxwell the vacant World Boxing Organisation European Super Lightweight Title, as well as one of the most satisfying boxing wins we’ve ever seen.

Deontay Wilder chooses to fight Dominic Breazeale on Showtime, rejects DAZN

Deontay Wilder

Deontay Wilder announced details on Tuesday of his next fight, saying he will be facing WBC mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on May 18. The big revelation to come from his press conference on Tuesday was that the fight will be on Showtime and not on pay-per-view, which is a nice bonus for the fans.

Being able to watch Wilder’s fight without paying more than the price of a Showtime subscription is a plus for the fans. However, the deal is somewhat disappointing in general.

Wilder was in talks to face Tyson Fury in a rematch, but that fell through after Fury signed last month to fight under Top Rank on ESPN. He has gone back-and-forth with Anthony Joshua since last year, with the two sides unable to agree on a deal.

Joshua is signed to Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing and fights exclusively on DAZN. According to ESPN’s Dan Rafael, DAZN made two multi-million dollar contract offers to Wilder to create a bout with Joshua, which Wilder rejected. The offers would have required three or four fight commitments.

Wilder says not locking himself into a deal so that he could maintain flexibility, and also fighting on networks with greater visibility than DAZN factored into his decision-making.

“The thing about having freedom is that it allows you to dictate your career,” Wilder said Tuesday. “When you sign with people, now they’re in control. We’ve seen many fighters get into situations with promoters and get put on the shelf. They have families they need to feed but they aren’t in control. You don’t want to be tied up for a long time.

“The more eyeballs, the better, especially because I give you your money’s worth. I’m the people’s champion. Some fail to realize that we have our own money, our own networks with a big audience, and a big stable of heavyweights. They always saying I’m stuck, what is my next move, but the question is, what are these other guys going to do? I’ve got a lot of options here with heavyweights at PBC.”

PBC is promoting Wilder’s fight with Breazeale, and their relationships are with Showtime and FOX. Breazeale is 20-1, with his lone loss coming against Joshua. Wilder really should be fighting Fury or Joshua.