NEW YORK CITY, NY — Sergio Martinez and Miguel Cotto arrive at Madison Square Garden’s Chase Square for the second stop on their national press tour to promote the June 7 fight. The live stream begins at 11:30 a.m.
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HATO RAY, Puerto Rico – Middleweight champion Sergio Martinez and Miguel Cotto kicked off their national, three-stop press tour today in Cotto’s native Puerto Rico. The fighters will visit New Your City tomorrow and finish up media appearances on Wednesday in Los Angeles. BeatsBoxingMyahem.com will carry a stream of tomorrow’s NYC presser.
The title fight takes place on HBO pay-per-view June 7 at 9:00 p.m. ET.
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Oddisee returns with new visuals from last year’s Tangible Dream mixtape. The atmospheric clip has Oddisee musing on his life while on a late night drive. Interspersed are close-ups of Oddisee chilling in the city. He gives more insight on the project below:
I live in a gentrified part of Brooklyn, I eat out several times a week, I travel the world sampling the best that cities across the globe have to offer. Do I live in a penthouse loft? Am I dinning in five stars restaurants? Can you only find me in the most exclusive areas? Do I own a jet? The answer to all the above is most certainly no. I’m just a regular man from Prince George’s county, Maryland that figured shit out.
I discovered that I can make a career in an arena dominated by artists that sell false dreams. I realized that although the masses may not know of my body of work, it doesn’t take the whole world to have the world I want. Tangible Dream is a mix-tape dedicated to the deconstruction of our traditional ideas of success & shedding light on the possibility of a sustainable rap life.
These rhymes were written in economy class seats, these beats were produced on long bus trips & these songs were recorded in airbnb apartments. All I want to do is make music for a living so that I can live to make music. The only dreams I’m interested in are the ones I can grasp. It just so happens that anything you want bad enough can be obtained. Perhaps the world may never know of my accomplishments but accomplishments they are nonetheless.
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What happened to all the good will and respect earned from the first fight, fellas? At a Wembley Stadium photo shoot earlier today, Carl Froch sought to get under Groves’ skin by first refusing to do a photo-op staredown, and then delivering an unprovoked shove. It was an ironic change of roles from the first fight build-up, when Froch was trying his best to remain civil under Groves’ constant verbal taunts. This time around, it was Groves chastising Froch to keep it professional.
Froch’s brother was trying to get him some during the altercation as well. Another funny moment is Froch in his absolute best smug form when a reporter asks him about his brother’s trash-talking.
What isn’t a laughing matter is that over 60,000 tickets sold in less than one hour for this May 31 showdown.
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The referee is the marshal,” Canelo said. “He has the order. He is the chief and he stopped the fight because he knew what was going on. I was doing my job. This is the law of the ring. I could have fought another 10 rounds, but the referee stopped the fight. – CANELO
I’m upset because they should have let the fight go on,” Angulo said. “I’m frustrated. They should have let it go to the end. I’m fine. The referee was wrong this time. – ANGULO
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LAS VEGAS, NV — It wasn’t exactly “Toe to Toe” for most of the systematic beatdown that was Canelo Alvarez vs. Alfredo Angulo, but hardly anyone would say they weren’t entertained, as Alvarez delivered a thorough display of power and countering to defeat Angulo via a 10th round stoppage.
There were no big surprises on the card when it came to upsets, but each fight had its own charm in different ways, setting a good stage for a main event that got Canelo “back on track,” but still seems to have left a lot of fans “unconvinced” based on the way it ended. Onto the highlights.
A BEATING FROM THE START: The first round dispelled any notion of Angulo having a chance in this one. Whether he left it in the gym or is just a permanently diminished fighter from his last war with Erislandy Lara, Angulo punches looked like he was fighting underwater. By the time he threw one punch, Canelo had smashed 3-4 hooks in the his face.
After just three minutes, Angulo admitted in his corner that Canelo’s shots were bothering him “just a little bit.” It was more so the speed than the power that had Angulo frozen. As the rounds progressed, we saw that Angulo’s biggest problem was the fact he wasn’t the stronger man like he anticipated. El Perro’s best punches sailed harmlessly off Canelo, forcing Angulo into retreat and vain attempts at being a counter-puncher.
HOPE LOST AT RING-CENTER: Angulo supporters thought their man would do his best work when he got Canelo trapped on the ropes. Problem is, that hardly happened. As ponderous as Canelo is on his feet, Angulo is more so, allowing the young star to comfortably keep the fight in the middle of the ring. On that battleground, Canelo continued strafing him at will with left hooks, right hands, and offense-disrupting jabs right down the middle.
TOE TO TOE OBLIGATIONS IN ROUND 8: With Canelo starting to take his usual punching breaks, round 8 was the one stanza where Angulo made him somewhat pay for it. He got Canelo on the ropes and fired away with combinations — Canelo was able to slip most of them, but the crowd was on fire hoping that a fight-changing punch would land. Both guys were in full machismo mode in exchanging taunts and asking for more. In many respects, this fun and brutal round would be the bloodied and battered Angulo’s last stand.
THE STOPPAGE: After getting wobbled with left hooks and right uppercuts, we came to the 10th round. Canelo landed a cracking lead left uppercut that snapped Angulo’s head back for the umpteenth time, making referee Tony Weeks immediately jump in to stop it. Angulo was first irate and then distraught. His trainer Virgil Hunter, who told his fighter after the 9th “I’m not going to let this happen to you, son,” somewhat changed his tune at the final bell:
Of course I’m very upset. I told the doctor if Canelo got two or three consecutive punches on him I would stop the fight. He only landed one punch and they stopped the fight. Everybody knows Alfredo was coming on strong.
Having personally seen fighters collapse with blood clots and into comas for much less punishment, I had zero issues with the stoppage. I summed it up last night with the below tweet.
Hadn’t won a rd, couldn’t hurt his man, brains getting scrambled every round.This isn’t the Roman Coliseum.Good stoppage #CaneloAngulo
— Ismael AbduSalaam (@Ismael_BBM_NYK) March 9, 2014
Angulo had no chance at winning and was getting years taking off his career (if it hasn’t already been ruined) by the repeated punishment he was taking. The man took 197 power shots, many of them flush and to the head. The fight needed to end and Angulo didn’t have to be facedown and unconscious for that to be readily apparent.
TO SOME, CANELO STILL HAS A LOT TO PROVE: According to those present, some fans pelted Canelo’s team with objects as they left. Angulo had a sizable amount of fans there, so there seemed to be belief or resentment that he got a favorable stoppage. From those watching at home, some felt Canelo was set up with the perfect opponent to make him look good.
As a rebound fight, I didn’t mind this outside of the pay-per-view distinction. But if Canelo wants to really gain some respect, he needs to stop ignoring his Erislandy Lara, who’ll be fighting Ishe Smith on May 3. The two did speak in the press room afterward, so we’ll see if that leads to anything.
SANTA CRUZ TOO MUCH FOR MIJARES: Youth trumped experience with Leo Santa Cruz have a mostly easy time working over Cristian Mijares in route to a unanimous decision (120-108 twice, 119-109). Outside of a clash of heads in the fourth that opened a cut above Santa Cruz’s right eye, the young titlist had little trouble with Mijares, who was hurt to the body several times and couldn’t keep Santa Cruz off him.
I thought Mijares might do well early, but Santa Cruz took over from the opening bell and never looked back. A great comeback for the kid after having a tough contest with Cesar Seda in his last outing.
LINARES DEFEATS ARAKAWA: He was still a bloody mess afterward, but Jorge Linares looked good in defeating Nihito Arakawa by a 10-round unanimous decision (100-90, 98-92 twice). Linares landed some great combinations and repeatedly stuck Arakawa with jabs and thudding hooks to the body. Arakawa couldn’t hurt Linares, but did succeed in getting in enough left hands to swell his right eye.
It’s too bad we can’t throw Linares in the Weapon X program and get him a healing factor and adamantium chin, because those are the only reasons he’s not a top Pound 4 Pound fighter.
This was WBC lightweight title eliminator, so we should expect to see Linares challenge for that belt by the end of this year. It’ll be his second attempt after losing to Antonio Demarco via an 11th round TKO back in 2011.
THOMPSON BEATS UP ALVAREZ: Canelo was able to get his older brother Ricardo on the card, but that only earned him a beating from Sergio Thompson, who dropped him twice to win a unanimous decision (97-91, 95-93 twice). The latter two scores were ridiculous since Thompson outpunched Alvarez in the majority of the rounds despite being out of shape (Writer’s Note: Thompson took the fight on two weeks notice).
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You heard the big announcement last week. Now watch the first MGM Grand press conference to officially announce the May 3 fight between Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana. With the undercard still very much in doubt, what will Mayweather state about his preferences? Tune in and find out with the stream opening at 3 p.m. ET.
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LAS VEGAS, NV — After much drama the past 24 hours with Carlos Molina being jailed and Canelo disclosing weight issues, the weigh-in for tonight’s “Toe to Toe” was completed all the fighters making their contractual. With a solid undercard and a main event which is likely to end in a (career-derailing) KO, let’s get right to the storylines and intangibles to expect this evening.
CANELO ALVAREZ: 155 lbs.
ALFREDO ANGULO: 154.5 lbs.
PREDICTION: Canelo added some last-minute nonsense to the weigh-in by negotiating to get the 154-pound limit pushed up to 155. He was expected to miss the weight, but made it and avoided a $100,000 per pound fine. The other new contractual requirement is pending — Canelo cannot weigh more than 168 pounds by 3 p.m.
With that said, it was Angulo who looked more drained than Canelo did. While most are expecting El Perro to be stronger, this weight issue hints at Canelo possibly being the more powerful and much bigger fighter.
When it comes to the actual fight, it’s a tale of two different areas of the ring. If Canelo keeps the fight in ring-center, Angulo is almost a sitting duck for jibs and heavy right hands. El Perro, for all his grit and toughness, does not move his head much (Lara smacked him with a flush straight left just seconds into their fight). But when the fight goes to the ropes, this is where Angulo will do his best work with stabbing left hooks to the body. Canelo at times fancies himself a shoulder roll expert (as seen in the Trout fight), but Angulo will hurt him there if he attempts to rest or get cute.
And therein lies the crux of this matter. I see this fight spending more time off the ropes than on it, meaning Angulo is going to eat more leather than he dishes out. In addition to the questions about his eye following the Lara injury, the safe and most likely ending is Canelo by a stoppage around the 8th round. I don’t expect Angulo to bring the same reckless pressure he brought to Lara, since Canelo is a bigger puncher. That additional caution, coupled with his leaky defense and Canelo faster hands (plus combination punching), leads me to believe Angulo will be suffering another KO defeat.
CRISITIN MIAJRES: 122 LBS.
LEO SANTA CRUZ: 122 LBS.
PREDICTION: Once upon a time, this would have been an easy fight for Mijares. In his younger days, he was a Pound 4 Pound fighter with some of the best boxing skills you could find at the lower weights. After a surprising beatdown from Vic Darchinyan, his career went into a downward spiral before he stabilized himself starting in 2009.
At this stage, it’s hard to envision Mijares handling a young monster like Santa Cruz, who’s naturally bigger and will pressure him the entire fight. A key to this fight will be Mijares legs. If they can hold up the entire fight, it will be very interesting. More than likely, we’ll see Mijares making Santa Cruz look average, and at times downright foolish, through the first five rounds before being overwhelmed late by youth and aggression. SANTA CRUZ TKO11
JORGE LINARES: 134.5 LBS
NIHITO ARAKAWA: 135 LBS
PREDICTION: Linares will always be a fighter I remember vividly. When I first started covering fights in 2009, one of the first press conferences I attended was at the MGM Grand, where Oscar De La Hoya and Richard Schaefer announced the signing of Linares. They proclaimed him “the future” of Golden Boy.
Five years and three bad knockout losses later, that might as well have been a lifetime ago. In 2014, Linares is still a good fighter. His speed and punch variety are solid, as well as his punching power. His glaring weakness has always been his durability. Can Arakawa expose that?
For tonight at least, Linares should be ok. The guys that took him out were big punchers. As long as Linares doesn’t get caught with a miracle shot and just boxes, he should cruise to a wide decision. LINARES UD12
RICARDO ALVAREZ: 135 LBS
SERGIO THOMPSON: 135 LBS
PREDICTION: Nice of Canelo to get his older brother on the card. Unfortunately, he’s probably earned him a beating. Sergio Thompson is a tough man who can punch. Just ask Jorge Linares — Thompson needed just two rounds to carve up and stop him back in 2012. He never got to truly capitalize on that win, but he’s been in with top-level opponents (most recently losing a 12 round decision to Takashi Miura last year). Alvarez makes the final bell, but gets a pasting in those later rounds. THOMPSON UD12