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After weeks of social media banter and threats to end negotiations, Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin will now do their talking in the ring once again. The middleweight rivals have announced a deal to rematch on September 15 at the T-Mobile Arena.

Today was the supposed final deadline set by Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar De La Hoya for Golovkin to agree to a 57.5-42.5% split in Canelo’s favor. As late as 2:45 p.m. PT, reports were circulated on ESPN and other websites that Golovkin had rejected the deal and the fight was “dead.”

It was then that Golden Boy allegedly blinked.

Company president Eric Gomez came back with another offer — less than the 45% Golovkin had settled on but more than the previous 42%. It was enough to get the deal done.

“The deal was dead at noon,” Golovkin manager Tom Loeffler told the L.A. Times. “He came back with a solution that satisfied both sides. Purse percentage was a main factor… (GGG) stuck to his principles. It wasn’t about money. We had the deal lined up with Saunders to unify the titles in the fall. Luckily, Golden Boy and Canelo accepted that.”

The rematch, originally scheduled for May 5, was canceled after Canelo tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol, earning a six-month suspension. Golovkin subsequently accused Canelo of cheating in their first bout, causing a rift between the camps as negotiations resumed for September 15. Golovkin still took an interim bout on May 5, earning a second-round KO of Vanes Martirosyan. The move prompted the IBF to strip him of their belt for failing to face mandatory opponent Sergiy Derevyanchenko.

Canelo vs. Golovkin II will be for the latter’s WBA and WBC middleweight titles.

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Over the last few weeks, we watched fans and some of the media slowly talk themselves out of this fight happening. They began to believe the faux pas deadlines De La Hoya was setting on Twitter and Golovkin’s alleged refusal to budge from a 50/50 split.

In short order, everyone became experts on how to negotiate multi-million dollar deals. Folks who wouldn’t even know how to negotiate their job salary were bellowing that GGG needed to accept a 60/40 split. Keep in mind, those same people could be found a few months earlier saying Canelo was a drug cheat and needed to be banned for life.

In other words, it was the usual circus that accompanies any superfight negotiation.

But when you sift through the smoke and mirrors, there was one reality that everyone should’ve never lost sight of — there was no other option this lucrative. Canelo could threaten to fight Jacobs. GGG could do the same with Saunders. But the name of the game in prize-fighting is to fight for the biggest prize. Neither man was about to squander a proven money-maker to possibly get upset by talented but lesser-known fighters.

GGG isn’t the “A-side” but knew his worth after the million-plus numbers they generated from last year. And Canelo was smart enough to relent a few more percentage points to get a shot at redemption and cementing his legacy.

Only one of their hands will be raised the night of September 15. But for today, they can both count themselves as winners on the financial end.

 

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BeatsBoxingMayhem is providing a live stream of the weigh-in for Showtime’s double-header featuring Jermell Charlo vs. Austin Trout and Leo Santa Cruz’s rematch against Abner Mares. The link opens at 3 p.m. with the card airing Saurday night at 10 p.m. ET.

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Check out the final press conference for the big rematch between Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares. The live stream opens at 3:30 p.m. The two rivals square off this Saturday on Showtime at 10 p.m ET

 

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Tony Bellew delivered on his rematch promise to defeat David Haye quicker by putting on a counter-punch clinic with three knockdowns for a dominant fifth round TKO.

Haye carried the first two rounds by keeping distance and landing long jabs and straight rights. But when the fight went inside, Bellew’s sharper technique took over by forcing Haye to exchange. He dropped the former heavyweight title-holder twice in the third with counter right hands. On the second knockdown, Haye grimaced in pain and held his right ankle. Despite this, Haye had enough of his bearings to move and survive the round.

Haye was evasive enough to make it through the fourth but looked perilously close to being stopped any time Bellew attacked. The Hayemaker punch to turn the bout around wasn’t there due to Haye’s poor balance. In the fifth, he threw a wide left hook that put him in line for Bellew to deliver a compact, textbook left hook of his own, resulting in  Haye careening face-first to the canvas.

Haye beat the count but couldn’t mount a strong defense, prompting the referee stoppage. Afterward, Haye offered no excuses and dismissed the speculation he was injured in round three. Although the 37-year old Haye wouldn’t commit to retiring, Bellew said he hoped his rival would call it quits.

“This is a young man’s game. I told the referee after the third to stop the fight,” said Bellew. “The only reason I gave him a chance in the fourth was because he’s so heavy-handed. I hope he makes a (retirement) announcement in the next few days.”

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Haye’s been on borrowed time for years. The explosive athleticism that defined his cruiserweight and early heavyweight run have completely eroded from injuries. He’s still in good shape, but the added weight from age and muscle makes him lethargic and predictable in the ring. There is absolutely no reason for him to continue on at 37.

As for Bellew, his domestic star is bright. He called out a myriad of opponents but sounded most interested in luring Andre Ward out of retirement. If Ward isn’t swayed by the possibility of a high-level UK fight, Bellew has a few other opens at heavyweight (Fury, Whyte) and cruiser (Usyk-Gassiev winner) to keep him occupied. Not bad for a 35-year old looking to close out a career on favorable terms.

 

 

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With the fight signed and the T-Mobile venue secured, Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin will have their first face to face meeting today to officially kick off the May 5 rematch hype. The fan event will include photo ops and the fighters answering media questions on what will surely be one of the biggest fights of the year. The live stream begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

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BROOKLYN — Deontay Wilder said before last night’s rematch he feared for Bermane Stiverne’s life. Two minutes and 59 seconds later, we found out why as Stiverne failed to land a single punch and was on the receiving end of three knockdowns before being left motionless at the Barclays Center.

At 39 years old and having not fought in two years, most weren’t expecting much from Stiverne. Wilder wisely pounced on him early, showing a sharp jab. As Stiverne tried to plod in, his guard was split by an accurate straight right that put the former titlist on the seat of his pants. Any semblance of fighting spirit left Stiverne as he vainly claimed it was a rabbit punch. Wilder taunted him with a statue pose before unleashing two haymaker left and right hooks for another knockdown seconds later.

With under 10 seconds left, Wilder landing a sliding right hook and two left hooks that put Stiverne out cold against the bottom of the ropes.

Wilder’s win now gives him the distinction of knocking out every man he’s ever faced. In the post-fight interview, he challenged Anthony Joshua, who he accused of using performing enhancing drugs. Wilder also rebuffed the public offer from Joshua’s promoter Matchroom Boxing, who want him to face Dillian Whyte to earn a Joshua unification.Wilder did acquiesce that he would be willing to travel to the UK for Joshua.

Last night’s knockout was Wilder’s sixth successful defense of the WBC heavyweight title.

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A good knockout can make you forget the details. Stiverne was a dead man walking the minute this fight was announced. Shopworn, 39 years old, and inactive for two years (and in his last fight, was dropped), Stiverne was facing a man in Wilder at the peak of his physical powers and it showed quickly.

But the fact Wilder scored a huge KO, and Joshua seemed to “struggle” a week ago vs. Carlos Takam, has led some to claim not only will Wilder win, but that AJ is ducking the American champion.

When comparing resumes, Joshua holds the clear advantage. If Wladimir Klitschko was washed up, then Stiverne was the walking dead. And even more ironic is that Wilder’s next opponent is likely Dominic Breazeale, a man Joshua easily knocked out in seven rounds last year.

Now make no mistake, the fight needs to happen to unify the division. But Wilder has to realize he has zero leverage. Last night’s win was not even a sellout, while Joshua easily filled and set an indoor boxing record of over 70,000 with a replacement opponent in Takam. Much like Canelo-GGG, Joshua has all the cards and can delay the fight or have Wilder jump through as many hoops as he pleases.

Don’t expect this fight to happen until late 2018, early 2019 at the latest.

 

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Check out the live stream of today’s weigh-in for the Wilder-Stiverne rematch. The event takes place at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center and airs on Showtime Saturday night (November 4).  Wilder is making the sixth defense of the WBC title he won from Stiverne two years ago. Stiverne, who hasn’t fought since 2015, is looking for revenge and redemption after claims of dehydration from the first bout.