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.
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.
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’ 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.
Bumped into @EddieHearn in the lobby on his way to see Billy Joe Saunders at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Saunders set to have surgery today on multiple fractures to his orbital bone, a complete blowout, known as a quadripod fracture. Brutal injury #CaneloSaunders
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.
Canelo says he told Eddy Reynoso “I know he’s not coming out because I broke his cheek.” That right uppercut with Billy Joe crouched absolutely smashed him and instantly shut his right eye. #CaneloSaunders
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.
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.
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 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.