Canelo Alvarez remains one of the most dominant fighters in boxing. The WBO super welterweight champion has yet to defend his title and still won’t this weekend when he battles Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in Las Vegas on May 6. Alvarez, who earned the title with a ninth-round TKO of Liam Smith last year, appears to not plan on defending the belt either. He has said he’s moving to middleweight full time after this fight, presumably with the intention of fighting Gennady Golovkin later in 2017. Canelo vs Chavez Live
Though that fight has been long discussed, many questions remain. But for now, Alvarez faces a stiff test in Chavez Jr., a power puncher willing to swing with Alvarez.
Oddsmakers appear to favor Alvarez even if this fight becomes a slugfest, however, installing Canelo as a large favorite at -650. A $100 bet on Chavez Jr. would return $475.
Also fighting on the card is quick rising David Lemieux, who is a massive favorite against Marco Reyes in the co-main event. While there are no odds available, Lucas Matthysee and Joseph Diaz Jr. are both set to fight on the undercard and should be considered favorites over their foes this weekend. Source: CBSSports
Undefeated Minnesota-based middleweight Rob “Bravo” Brant would like to be the contender chosen to face WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders on September 17.
Saunders (23-0, 12 KOs) announced last week he would be fighting on the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Liam Smith undercard on HBO pay-per-view in the United States, and WBO #9-rated Brant (20-0, 13 KOs) says he thinks he’s the right choice to face him.
“I have the utmost respect Billy Joe Saunders as an athlete,” said Brant. “I respect him so much that I would really enjoy giving him a grand welcome to the United States in the middle of the square circle.” Canelo vs Smith Live
Brant has been on a tear for the last year, scoring important victories on national television, including a “KO of the Year” contending knockout over Decarlo Perez in January. During that time, he also won the NABA Middleweight and WBC Continental Americas Championships.
“Rob Brant is the perfect choice for Saunders in that fight,” said Brant’s promoter, Greg Cohen of Greg Cohen Promotions. “He’s red hot right now. He’s undefeated and makes for exciting fights and he’s got a fan following from his television appearances. Saunders vs. Brant makes great sense for boxing fans and from a business perspective.”
Cohen says he’s hoping to hear from Saunders’ representatives soon. Source: BoxingScene.Com
middleweight champion Liam “Beefy” Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) realizes that he’ll be a big underdog in his fight against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) on September 17 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Smith doesn’t care that the odds makers have the 25-year-old Canelo as the favorite because he plans on showing them that they’re wrong. Smith says he’ll too mentally strong and too tough for Canelo when the two of them meet up in two months from now.
Canelo figures to win the WBO title to add to his collection. By selecting Smith, it gives the impression that Canelo sees him as an easy mark, because he could have selected one of the Charlo brothers or Erislandy Lara to fight for their titles.
It would have made more sense for Canelo to fight one of them because those are all fighters that fight fight in the U.S and are well known with the casual boxing fans.
“I’ll leave no stone unturned. This is my only chance,” said Smith to Boxnation. “If I lose, it’ll be because I lost to a better fighter. It won’t be for lack of trying. It won’t be because I’m not in great shape. I’m a massive underdog in this fight. That’s going to give me the fear factor in training. I don’t mean fear as in scared. I know I have a massive chance, and a win would make a massive statement. He’s the biggest name in boxing at the moment. I’m excited. This is my chance. This is what we’ve been asking for,” said Smith.
Smith says he may do some training in the United States to get ready for the Canelo fight. That might help a little. Smith already has the kind of talent that will make it tough on Canelo. Smith is a hard body puncher and has a good chin. Those factors that will help Smith beat Canelo.
Smith will need to be able to handle Canelo’s punching power, because he can hit hard, especially against an opponent that is there to be hit. Canelo only fights in spurts though due to his stamina problems. If Smith can force Canelo into a dog fight where he’s forced to defend against incoming shots for three minutes of every round, then the fight can be won. Canelo vs Smith Live
Smith would probably need to be able to throw over 100 punches per round to wear Canelo down, but it’s possible. Canelo doesn’t have the engine to fight at a pace like that, and he might end up getting knocked if Smith is able to throw a lot of shots for the first nine rounds.
When asked why he’ll beat Canelo, Smith said, “Because I’m too mentally strong, too tough and too good.”
This would be a ral shocker if Smith beats Canelo, but it’s very possible. Canelo has already shown himself to be vulnerable in his fights against Floyd Mayweather Jr., Amir Khan, Austin Trout and Erislandy Lara. Canelo can’t be coming into the fight with the greatest confidence right now due to him arguably ducking the fight against Gennady Golovkin. Source:BoxingNews24.Com
Jerry Jones apparently has won a decision over powerful Las Vegas boxing interests. AT&T Stadium is set to host the Sept. 17th Canelo Alvarez-Liam Smith 154-pound world title bout that was announced last month.
The Saturday night fight for the WBO championship will be on HBO pay-per-view. The Cowboys will visit the Washington Redskins the next day.
An official announcement on the fight is expected early next week.
Canelo vs Smith is not the mega-fight that a much anticipated Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin bout would have been for AT&T Stadium but that potential matchup has been postponed to at least 2017.
The 25-year-old Mexican-born Alvarez is 47-1-1 with 33 knockouts. He is the draw and will be the heavy crowd favorite. Smith, 23-0-1, is the opponent. He’s 27 and born in England. Alvarez, who vacated the WBC 160-pound title in May, will be the overwhelming favorite to easily dispatch Smith.
The major competition to host the fight was Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena.
A successful Alvarez-Smith card would help set the stage for AT&T Stadium, which has hosted two successful Manny Pacquiao-headlined cards, to make a strong bid for Alvarez-Golovkin next year. Source:sportsday.dallasnews.com