Showtime will air the All Access: Mayweather vs. Canelo epilogue Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET/PT in the wake of the Sept. 14 majority decision victory by Floyd Mayweather Jr. that dethroned RING and WBC junior middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Mayweather (45-0, 26 knockouts) also defended his WBA 154-pound belt against Alvarez, which he’d won by unanimous decision over three-division titlewinner Miguel Cotto in May of 2012.
Mayweather-Alvarez became the highest-grossing boxing event of all time with nearly $150 million in revenue reported, and Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer predicting totals of “over $200 million.”
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO-ALEXANDER POVETKIN UNDERCARD TAKES SHAPE
Russian promoter Andrey Ryabinsky has a solid undercard for the heavyweight title bout between RING, IBF, WBA and WBO champion Wladimir Klitschko (60-3, 51 knockouts) and unbeaten Alexander Povetkin (26-0, 18 KOs), a clash of Olympic gold medalists that is scheduled to happen on Oct. 5 in Moscow.
Chagaev was stopped by Klitschko in the ninth round in June of 2009, and lost by unanimous decision to Povetkin in August of 2011.
Since then Chagaev has successfully fought journeymen four times, three of them in eight-rounders, with three of the victories coming by stoppage.
Pudar, of Serbia, has won eight straight fights, five by stoppage, since falling by unanimous decision to ex-beltholder Samuel Peter in August of 2004.
Also on the undercard are cruiserweight bouts between Poland’s Mateusz Masternak and Russia’s own Grigory Drozd, in addition to one featuring Rakhim Chakhiev, a 2008 Olympic gold medalist, against Giulian Ilie.
A 1996 Olympic gold medalist for Ukraine, Klitschko, 37, will pursue his 19th consecutive victory and his 14th stoppage win during that run. He is coming off May’s sixth-round knockout of previously unbeaten Francesco Pianeta.
“I’m happy to have opportunity to fight Alexander,” said Klitschko, in a statement. “Boxing fans will have chance to see two world champions in the ring and find out who is a stronger one. Povetkin is a Russian Knight, so our fight will be a great one.”
A 34-year-old winner of Olympic gold for Russia in 2004, Povetkin was last in the ring for a third-round stoppage of previously undefeated Andrzej Wawrzyk.
“There’s a collision between two Olympic champions, two world champions,” said former titleholder Kostya Tszyu, who co-trains Povetkin. “Who will prove to be a better fighter this night?”
Povetkin said that he is determined to emerge victorious.
“There’s only one thing I’m doing,” said Povetkin, “working, preparing and working to be the best when fighting Wladimir. Nothing is more important.”
OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST ANTHONY JOSHUA
Heavyweght Anthony Joshua, Britain’s 2012 Olympic gold medalist, will make his professional debut against Italy’s Emanuele Leo (8-0, 3 KOs) in the six-round main event of an Oct. 5 card that will include a junior featherweight clash between the United Kingdom’s Scott Quigg and Cuban Yoandris Salinas for the WBA’s vacant belt.
Also on the card is about featuring lightweight Kevin Mitchell against Marco Lopez, and featherweight Lee Selby opposite Ryan Walsh. The card will also boast lightweight Luke Campbell, a 2012 Olympic bantamweight gold medalist for Britain, who will be in his second pro fight.
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