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Video: Canelo Alvarez, Caleb Plant throw punches at press conference

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Nothing draws attention to a scheduled pay-per-view fight quite like a scrap at the press conference or weigh-in. Canelo Alvarez and Caleb Plant know that trick well.

Alvarez and Plant had a press conference on Tuesday in Los Angeles to promote their upcoming Nov. 6 fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.

As they met in the middle of the stage, they traded words while face-to-face. Then Canelo pushed Plant in the chest. Plant took a swing at Canelo, who ducked it and hit Plant back.

The fight was only recently announced, so they had to build some hype somehow.

Canelo (56-1-2, 38 KOs) is widely regarded as the best pound-for-pound fighter in boxing. Plant (21-0, 12 KOs) will be facing his toughest test as a pro boxer. And now they may have sold a few more pay-per-view buys too.

Video: Canelo Alvarez nearly knocked out Steph Curry with this punch

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Steph Curry tried toying around with Canelo Alvarez for a few seconds and nearly got knocked out as a result.

Both Curry and Alvarez, who are sponsored by Under Armour, are in Lake Tahoe for the American Century Championship celebrity golf event. While on the course, Curry decided to test out his boxing skills against Alvarez. Maybe Steph wanted to see just how good Canelo is. He found out quickly.

In a video clip Canelo posted on Instagram, the two take their boxing stances on the green. Curry dances around a little and then throws a left jab at Canelo, who rocks his head back to avoid it. Alvarez then feels out Curry and snaps a left jab so quickly that Curry barely saw it.

Curry found out in a matter of seconds just how good Canelo is. That was just a jab and it would have landed squarely in Curry’s face. He didn’t even see it coming.

Is there any surprise that Canelo is 56-1 with 38 KOs? He’s not someone to mess with.

Canelo Alvarez reacts to Floyd Mayweather-Logan Paul fight

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Canelo Alvarez was not at all impressed by the Floyd Mayweather-Logan Paul fight.

Mayweather and Paul fought in an exhibition match at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. on Sunday night. The exhibition went the distance, which just means Mayweather declined to finish Paul as early as he could have.

Alvarez was unimpressed and tweeted the facepalm emoji:

Alvarez’s reaction makes sense. He fights legitimate boxers in the ring and takes on serious risk. He fought Sergey Kovalev, Gennady Golovkin, Erislandy Lara, Miguel Cotto and more. Oh, and he fought Mayweather in 2013, when he suffered his lone loss. He knows what Mayweather is capable of when Floyd wants to win. So he probably could spot from a mile away that Mayweather was taking it easy.

Billy Joe Saunders suffered brutal quadripod fracture in loss to Canelo Alvarez

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Billy Joe Saunders’ injury suffered in his loss against Canelo Alvarez on Saturday night was no joke.

Saunders suffered against Canelo what’s known as a quadripod fracture. Following the eighth round of their fight at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Saunders’ corner decided he could no longer continue. Saunders did not appear to be doing too badly in the fight even though all three judges had it scored in Alvarez’s favor.

But Saunders’ trainer stopped the fight because of the injuries sustained by his fighter.

Promoter Eddie Hearn said Sunday that Saunders was going to undergo surgery for multiple fractures on his orbital bone. The injury is known as a quadripod fracture.

That is nasty.

Saunders was undefeated entering his fight with Alvarez but is now 30-1 with 14 KOs. Alvarez is 56-1-2 with 38 KOs. Canelo said after the fight that he knew Saunders was done because he could feel himself break Saunders’ orbital bone.

Canelo Alvarez says he could feel himself break Billy Joe Saunders’ eye socket

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Billy Joe Saunders went from clowning around to quitting in a matter of minutes against Canelo Alvarez on Saturday night.

Saunders quit after the eighth round of his fight with Alvarez at AT&T Stadium. His right eye was swollen shut, and he told promoter Eddie Hearn that he couldn’t see.

Hearn also said in a postfight interview that Saunders broke his eye socket (orbital bone). Saunders’ trainer Mark Tibbs refused to let the previously undefeated fighter continue.

Alvarez was not surprised that Saunders did not continue. He told his trainer Eddy Reynoso that he knew Saunders would not continue because of the broken bone.

It initially appeared to some as if Saunders quit for no good reason. But the broken eye socket explains things; that is a bad injury.

Billy Joe Saunders quits against Canelo Alvarez with swollen eye

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Billy Joe Saunders provided a disappointing end to his fight with Canelo Alvarez at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Saturday night.

Saunders was starting to come on and give Canelo some difficulty, but he ended up quitting after the eighth round. Saunders told promoter Eddie Hearn that he quit because he couldn’t see.

This image from Saunders sitting on his stool after the eighth round shows the swollen eye:

Canelo said after the fight that he wasn’t surprised about Saunders quitting. He said he thought he broke Saunders’ cheek.

All three judges had Canelo leading when the fight was stopped. Two had it 78-74 and one had it 77-75.

Alvarez is now 56-1-2 and targeting a fight with Caleb Plant next. Saunders is now 30-1.

Here is how much Avni Yildirim made for his 3-round fight with Canelo Alvarez

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Canelo Alvarez is handsomely compensated by DAZN. We already knew that. He signed a $365 million deal with DAZN in 2018, though he received a release from the contract in 2020. He made at least $10 million in Saturday night’s fight against Avni Yildirim.

But what about Yildirim? The 29-year-old got pummeled by Alvarez and only lasted three rounds before quitting. So who much money did Avni make for his nine minutes of pain?

Boxing reporter Mike Coppinger says Yildirim earned $2.5 million for the fight, if you can believe that.

That’s a crazy amount of money to do very little against Alvarez. It makes you wonder why he even got that much.

There is a long list of people who would sign up to get paid that kind of money for that little work.

Next up for Canelo will be Billy Joe Saunders in May.

Canelo Alvarez knocks down Avni Yildirim in easy win

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Canelo Alvarez cruised to victory over Avni Yildirim in their fight on Saturday night at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Fla.

Alvarez (55-1-2, 37 KOs) was an enormous favorite in the fight and showed why that was the case. He peppered Yildirim with ease throughout their nine minutes in the ring. He secured a knockdown in the third round with a right hand that landed flush on Yildirim’s face.

After being nailed like that, it’s no surprise that Yildirim did not answer the bell for the fourth round, giving Canelo the win.

The fight was never viewed as a challenge for Alvarez. Yildirim had mostly only fought in Europe. He came to the U.S. to face Anthony Dirrell in 2019 and lost. He suffered the same fate against Alvarez two years later.

Hopefully fans enjoyed Alvarez’s ring walkout, because they didn’t get much more than 10 minutes of excitement in the actual fight.

Callum Smith has nasty swollen left arm after loss to Canelo Alvarez

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Canelo Alvarez made easy work of Callum Smith in their fight at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas on Saturday night. Alvarez won via unanimous decision easily and dominated most of the way through.

Not only did the previously unbeaten Smith suffer his first professional loss, but he also suffered a nasty looking injury.

After the fight, DAZN showed Smith walking through a tunnel. The 30-year-old British fighter’s left arm was swollen terribly. Take a look at his left biceps and how swollen it was:

That is nasty. We have seen fighters who have had awful hematomas before, but seeing this on an arm was unusual. Smith told his corner during the fight that he thought something was wrong with his arm. There was speculation from his promoter that Smith may have displaced a biceps tendon.

Oscar De La Hoya furious over boxing’s poor ratings, wants Canelo to fight

Oscar De La Hoya

Oscar De La Hoya is furious over boxing’s poor ratings on TV.

De La Hoya tweeted his frustration on Wednesday over the state of the sport.

“If anyone doubted how badly boxing needs Canelo – the sport’s biggest star – back in the ring, look no further than the terrible ratings from boxing on network TV the last few weeks,” De La Hoya tweeted.

“It’s a f–king embarrassment that sports-starved fans are flocking to baseball and the UFC, & largely ignoring the greatest sport in the world. I have been working tirelessly day and night with our partners at DAZN to get a Canelo fight done ASAP and get our sport back on track,” he tweeted (edited by LBS for profanity).

De La Hoya began Golden Boy Promotions in 2002. He was known for taking on the toughest fights during his career and ducking nobody, which helped him cement his popularity.

Canelo Alvarez has been his biggest star client. Golden Boy helped Alvarez sign an 11-year, $365 million deal with DAZN in 2018. De La Hoya and Alvarez have since had issues, but Oscar still wants Canelo to take on some intriguing fights. DAZN holds approval over what fights Alvarez takes on and negotiates them with Golden Boy. Alvarez was set to fight in May but that was canceled due to COVID-19. He could face Billy Joe Saunders or Callum Smith in November.