Canelo Blasted out Kirkland

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By Robbie Bannatyne:

Last night Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez’s fists were the defibrillators that kick started boxing’s ailing heart beat as he blasted out James Kirkland over three brutal rounds in Texas.

The fans were promised a war and that is exactly what we got. Massive credit must go to both men who made their pre-fight rhetoric a reality- going to battle bravely from the first bell. The only disappointment was that the fight didn’t go a longer distance than three rounds. Still, any followers of the sport will just be delighted that a big fight finally delivered some excitement, meeting the expectations set by the pre-fight hype.

The positive mood entering the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight was born more out of hope than expectation, whereas the crowd pleasing styles of Canelo and Kirkland allowed for more conviction that this would indeed be a value for money match-up. The opening exchanges between both warriors offered conclusive evidence that our confidence in this encounter would be justified.

These guys came to fight. And although Canelo was forced to weather an early storm from the gutsy Kirkland, it was clear that Canelo had the Texas native’s card marked when he scored his 1st knockdown in the opening round.

As the frenetic pace continued in rounds 2 and 3, the action ended as it began: with a bang. Canelo, hot on the heels of scoring his second knockdown, exploded a thunderous right hand off the chin of Kirkland who crumpled to the canvas, completely separated from his senses. Unfortunately that was all she wrote. Yet it was fitting full stop to a fight punctuated by pain.

Canelo’s comprehensive victory paves the way for a mouth-watering WBC middleweight title contest with Miguel Cotto later in the year. Of course, the Puerto Rican legend must take care of business next month against Daniel Geale, if the Canelo fight is to come to fruition. If Cotto does emerge from the Geale clash unscathed, then boxing fans have their next super fight to look forward to in 2015.

Boxing was given a black eye and a bloody nose by the embarrassing Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao encounter. However, if the Canelo vs Cotto fight gets made, then hopefully the faith of the fans will be repaid and the reputation of the sport restored. Canelo and Cotto’s come forward, offensive styles should guarantee a caustic encounter.

The compendium of attributes they share; heart, courage, power allied to their penchant for high volume punching assaults should return some of the pride to the much pilloried sport of prize fighting.

Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao’s ‘fight’ will always be synonymous with blandness, banality and boredom. A clash between Miguel Cotto vs ‘Canelo’ Alvarez will be characterized by blood and punctuated with brutal knockdowns.

That will keep boxing’s heart beating.

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Canelo Kirkland – moved to May 9th at Minute Maid Park, in Houston.

By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar De La Hoya is reporting that the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) vs. James Kirkland (32-1, 28 KOs) bout, which will be televised on regular HBO, has been moved from May 2nd to May 9th. The fight will be taking place at the Minute Maid Park, in Houston, Texas, USA.

While De La Hoya previously mentioned wanting to move the Canelo-Kirkland fight to May 9th if the Floyd Mayweather Jr vs. Manny Pacquiao fight were to take place on May 2nd, it is now official.

The Canelo-Kirkland fight is now been moved to May 9th in Houston, Texas. There had been talk of the fight being staged in San Antonio, Texas at the Alamodome, but De La Hoya decided to move it for some reason.

What’s particularly interesting about De La Hoya moving the Canelo vs. Kirkland fight to Minute Maid Park is that the place only holds 40,000 boxing fans. De La Hoya was recently talking about the Canelo-Kirkland fight drawing as many as 60,000 fans. De La Hoya said he thought the fight could break the record for the Alamodome set by the Pernell Whitaker vs. Julio Cesar Chavez fight. But that’s not going to be possible now that De La Hoya has moved the Canelo-Kirkland fight to the Minute Maid Park due to its smaller dimensions than the Alamodome.

The only way De La Hoya can hope that the Canelo-Kirkland fight breaks the Chavez-Whitaker record is if they construct extra seating for the venue, which obviously is impossible.

It’s a smart move by De La Hoya to move the Canelo fight to the smaller Minute Maid Park, because I don’t see the fight drawing huge numbers at al. At best, I can see it pulling in between 10,000 to 20,000 fans, and that’s if they heavily discount the tickets to get people interested in buying them.

“The week around Cinco de Mayo will be the biggest in years for boxing, bridging the present and the future as the three biggest stars in the sport all step into the ring in just a seven-day period. It is my hope and belief that this May week will usher in a new era of our sport, one in which we as a sport give fans what they want, the best facing the best.”

Canelo wanted to fight on Cinco de Mayo on May 2nd against Kirkland. But with Mayweather and Pacquiao taking that date, the only way Canelo could have kept the date is if he agreed to fight on the undercard of the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight as part of a split site bout.

I don’t think Canelo would have ever gone for that idea though, and he obviously didn’t have the popularity to kick Pacquiao and Mayweather off the May 2nd date. I’m sure we’re going to have a repeat of this affair later on this year in September when Canelo attempts to take the Mexican Independence Day holiday date, which Mayweather will also be attempting to take.

Since Canelo doesn’t have the same pay-per-view appeal as Mayweather, Canelo will have to either move off the date or accept seeing his PPV numbers take a major hit due to boxing fans choosing to buy Mayweather’s PPV fight on Showtime instead.

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Canelo-Kirkland, May 2nd, from Texas.

By Rick Reeno: Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar De La Hoya is moving forward with his plans to stage Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31KOs) vs. James Kirkland (32-1, 28KOs) on the lucrative Cinco De Mayo date of May 2nd. The fight will be televised on HBO.

Although Canelo-Kirkland was finalized on January 23rd – De La Hoya, like everyone else in boxing, has been waiting for a deal to get reached between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao – which is targeted for May 2nd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

However, the negotiations for Mayweather-Pacquiao are dragging out and significant issues are still unresolved between both sides.

De La Hoya, who needs to begin the promotion of his event, is not going to wait any longer.

“Look, I’m going full steam ahead with May 2nd. We’re going full steam ahead with May 2nd. We’re going to announce the ticket [details] shortly. Canelo-Kirkland, May 2nd, from Texas. The only way we’re moving is if Pacquiao-Mayweather happens. That’s the only fight that’s going to move us,” De La Hoya told BoxingScene.com.

The venue is in the process of being finalized, and the Alamodome in San Antonio is a frontrunner. Canelo drew 40,000 fans to the venue for his 2013 decision win over Austin Trout. If the fight with Kirkland ends up in San Antonio, De La Hoya is confident his boxer will pack in a sellout crowd of 65,000.

In the event that Mayweather-Pacquiao is agreed upon, De La Hoya will move Canelo-Kirkland by one week and he already has May 9th on hold with HBO. Otherwise, if Mayweather fights Miguel Cotto or Amir Khan on May 2 – then Canelo-Kirkland will go head to head with Showtime’s Pay-Per-View.

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Canelo Alvarez: Baby Lion

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By Miguel Rivera: Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 32KOs) is a fan of the big cats. Canelo got the proper permits and purchased a baby lion. Heavyweight great Mike Tyson was also a fan of purchasing big cats like tigers and lions. Canelo will return to action in the month of December. It will be his third fight of the year. He stopped Alfredo Angulo in the month of March and then came back in July to win a close decision over WBA ‘regular’ 154-pound champion Erislandy Lara.

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Canelo-Lara Face To Face in New York City.

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Canelo Alvarez vs Erislandy Lara: set for July 12 at the MGM Grand.

By Miguel Rivera : Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1, 31KOs) and WBA ‘regular’ junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12KOs) have reached an agreement to face each other on July 12th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. It will be Canelo’s third consecutive fight at the venue. The fight will be a Showtime Pay-Per-View headliner. Both fighters confirmed the deal via their social networks.

The Cuban boxer was scheduled to defend his title against former IBF champion Ishe Smith on May 2nd at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. That fight is now off. Smith will still fight on the date, but against a different opponent.

They have two mutual opponents of note. Lara was dropped twice and went through hell to TKO Alfredo Angulo in the ninth round. Last month, Canelo demolished Angulo until the fight was finally called in the tenth. Canelo dropped Austin Trout, but still struggled to win a twelve round decision. On the other hand, Lara also dropped Trout and dominated him for most of the contest.

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Canelo Alvarez: Will Return on July 12th.

By Ryan Burton: Moments ago Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1, 31KOs) announced via Instagram/Twitter that he will return to the ring on July 12th in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, the same venue that he stopped Alfredo Angulo on March 8th.  Canelo also tweeted that he has various potential opponents and that Erislandy Lara is his preference for his summer return. He said that he has already offered the fight to Lara’s team and that he is just waiting to see if they will “stop running their mouth” and accept the offer.

Lara (19-1-2, 12KOs) is scheduled to return to the ring on May 2nd against former champion Ishe Smith and would have to get through that fight unscathed in order to face Alvarez just 10 weeks later.

Here is the original tweet in Spanish:

Mi siguiente pelea será el día 12 de julio en el MGM de las Vegas nevada… Tenemos varias opciones como rival, una de ellas y es la primera y es Lara… Ya se le ofreció y solo falta que acepte y deje de hablar tanta saludos a todos

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