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Dargan discusses sparring with Alvarez
Karl Dargan, one of Canelo Alvarez's sparring partners for the upcoming fight with Floyd Mayweather, said the undefeated Mexican star "never really hurt me" even as he called him "one of the strongest guys I've boxed."
RingTV.com caught up to Philadelphia lightweight Karl Dargan, who was in the camp of RING and WBC junior middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez in advance of Alvarez's Sept. 14 clash of unbeatens with Floyd Mayweather Jr. at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Showtime Pay Per View.
The nephew of trainer Naazim Richardson and a winner of the 2007 Pan-Am Games, Dargan (13-0, 7 knockouts) and junior welterweight Keandre Gibson (8-0, 3 KOs) were said by Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KOs) to have been "very good" and to "have very similar styles to Floyd" during what has been reported as a revolving door of sparring partners due to injuries relating to their inability to stand up to the power of the 23-year-old Mexican star.
At one point during the second episode of Showtime's All Access: Mayweather vs. Canelo, Mayweather appeared to scoff at the notion that Alvarez's power was injuring his sparring partners and forcing them to leave camp -- one with fractured ribs, and another, with a dislocated shoulder.
Saying that his current weight is 147, and that he expects to return to the ring as a 135-pounder on Nov. 16, the undersized Dargan claims that he never was hurt by Alvarez, even though he acknowledges the champion's power during this brief Q&A:
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Photo courtesy of Karl Dargan
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