Fans from around the world share their thoughts on Canelo Alvarez’s controversial split-decision victory over Erislandy Lara, and give their two cents on how they scored the fight and what might be next for both junior middleweight contenders in this week’s Monday mailbag.
Canelo Alvarez vowed to silence what he considers to be a trash-talking Erislandy Lara when they meet on July 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The Mexican star also weighed in on the potential Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Marcos Maidana rematch, hoping it’s not as dirty as the first bout.
Like any good student, junior middleweight Saul Alvarez has learned from his past wins and sole loss to Floyd Mayweather and plans putting his lessons to good use against Erislandy Lara on July 12.
The jabs are flying between light heavyweight champ Adonis Stevenson and WBO titleholder Sergey Kovalev, with each saying they are willing to engage after their upcoming bouts, while Bernard Hopkins and Beibut Shumenov chime in with insults of their own.
Marcos Maidana’s manager, Sebasian Contursi, believes his fighter would make for a more exciting bout against Floyd Mayweather Jr. than would Amir Khan.
Richard Schaefer on being chosen Promoter of The Year by Sports Illustrated: “In the end, this is all about the fans of our great sport and I will continue to deliver the best fights and fighters to them in 2014 and beyond.”
Sergio Martinez on defending his middleweight title against Miguel Cotto: “I’m very interested in the fight, but I’m the champion and Cotto is the challenger. I would love to fight Cotto, but I need to be treated with dignity.”
Referee Laurence Cole discussed his role in the very physical, action-packed fight during which Marcos Maidana unanimously decisioned Adrien Broner for the WBA’s welterweight belt.
Saturday’s win by Marcos Maidana to dethrone Adrien Broner as WBA welterweight titleholder drew 1.3 million viewers, Showtime’s Executive Vice President and General Manager of Sports, Stephen Espinoza, announced on Tuesday.
Most of the fighters involved in the Adrien Broner-Marcos Maidana, Leo Santa Cruz-Cesar Seda, Keith Thurman-Jesus Soto Karass and Beibut Shumenov-Tamas Kovacs matchups promised fireworks on Saturday at The Alamodome in San Antonio.
Team Alvarez is mourning the death of former IBF lightweight titleholder and Golden Boy Promotions fighter Javier “Chatito” Jauregui, who was part of their training camps in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Guillermo Rigondeaux, Shawn Porter, Paulie Malignaggi, James Kirkland, Erislandy Lara and Felix Sturm all turn in impressive victories on a very busy weekend.
Erislandy Lara outclassed fellow junior middleweight contender Austin Trout to a lopsided unanimous decision victory on the Zab Judah-Paul Malignaggi undercard on Saturday in Brooklyn, N.Y. Lara dropped Trout in the 11th round.