*Say what you want folks, but Oscar De La Hoya is indeed back and put on an exciting show of boxing at the MGM Grand Garden Arena last Saturday night between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Erislandy Lara which turned out to be a huge pay per view event that also featured the come back of Abner Mares as he went against Jonathan Oquendo in a 10 round featherweight match.
This one was billed as “Honor And Glory” and it was one exciting night of boxing that also showcased Johan Perez defending his WBA junior welterweight title against Mauricio Herrera who by the way, gave Danny Garcia fits in their last encounter. This one was a grueling and exciting bout that lasted the full 12 rounds in which Herrera showed everyone at ringside that he deserved to be crowned the new WBA junior welterweight champion.
In the main event we saw Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Erislandy Lara go at each other in what a lot of ringside observers feel ( depending on who you talk to) that Lara actually won. At times it became very boring, if you ask me because we saw Alvarez being the aggressor throughout the bout and Lara constantly on the run while sticking, moving and trying not to get hit with those power shots that “Canelo” consistantly connected to his body. Lara fought a more technical fight and you could tell that he respected the power of “Canelo.”
At the end of twelve though, the judges at ringside had it split with two scoring it for “Canelo” Alvarez and one had it for Lara. It was close, but I had ” Canelo” winning by a round and even at that, a draw could’ve been scored. At any rate, there won’t be a rematch anytime soon because Oscar De La Hoya wants to capitalize on the drawing power of “Canelo” and allow him to go against all the rest of the challengers waiting in line to fight him. This bout was a complete sell out folks, and the pay per view went through the roof.
For lack of a better characterization, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is the “Money” of Mexico in my opinion
Inspite of the recent departure of former CEO Richard Shaeffer, Golden Boy Promotions continues to sail smooth through the rough waters of the sport with De La Hoya back at the helm. And there’s plenty of talent available in their stable to showcase ranging from Peter “Kid Choclate” Quillan, Danny “Swift” Garcia, Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins, and Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero who just fought an epic slugfest with Yoshihiro Kamegai out at the Stub Hub in Carson, Calif. Not to mention Abner Mares who is another star out of Santa Fe Springs, Calif. The next chapter in the continuing saga of Golden Boy should be very interesting indeed.
Coming up on August 16 Shawn Porter is set to go against Kell Brook at the Stubhub out in Carson, Calif. This will be Porter’s first defence of his IBF welterweight title that he took from Paulie Malignaggi and this one will be an exciting match.
Kell Brook hails out of the U.K. with an impressive ring record of 32-0 with 22 coming by way of knockout. This guy has the goods folks, and could be a big test for Porter who is 24-0 with 14 knockouts accumilated in his record. As I always say, we’ll see what happens.
The press tour for Mayweather vs Maidana II comes to Los Angeles this Thursday downtown in Pershing Square at 1:00p.m. and both fighters are set to face each other off and bring some noise to L.A.
This fight is set to take place Saturday September 13 at the MGMN Gran Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The last time these two got together it wasn’t easy, but Mayweather found a way to win.
Maidana is an animal in the ring, and can be ferocious. On the other hand, “Money” Mayweather has a skill level that some fighters can’t touch. This should be a very interesting night.
And once again this will all be brought to you by Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions and will be telecast live on Showtime pay per view.
“When the tide goes out, that’s when you’ll find out who’s been swimming naked”- Warren Buffet.
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