Canelo Alvarez vs Callum Smith Inching Towards December Showdown

By: Hans Themistode Fans of Canelo Alvarez had become sick and tired of watching their pound for pound star fighting his battles outside of the ring and inside the courtroom. Now, it appears things will go back to normal.  After a relatively short legal battle with former promoter Oscar De La Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions along with streaming company DAZN, Alvarez (53-1-2, 36 KOs) has become a free agent and is reportedly facing off against WBC super middleweight titlist Callum Smith in mid December. No deal has been struck yet, but promoter Eddie Hearn has stated that talks are “ongoing.”  Also, according to Hearn, although Alvarez has recently broke free from his DAZN contract, should his contest against Smith take place, it would be shown on DAZN.  Alvarez, 30, is still in possession of the WBA Regular super middleweight title. A belt he claimed in late 2018 with a third round knockout victory over Rocky Fielding, making a potential showdown with Smith (27-0, 19 KOs) a unification contest.  For Smith, the lanky British product has also sat idly on the sidelines. In his last ring appearance, which took place in November of 2019, roughly the same date as Alvarez, Smith was seen struggling to win a unanimous decision against then mandatory challenger John Ryder. Regardless of his performance, Smith has called for a showdown with Alvarez for years now.  The former World Boxing Super Series winner was always viewed as a possible candidate. Yet, so was WBO super middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders, IBF belt holder Caleb Plant and a long list of others.  Nothing is set in stone as of now, but Hearn believes something could be imminent. Should a deal be struck, the likely destination would be Texas. Late last month, former two division champion Gervonta Davis, hosted the first live boxing event with a crowd in attendance since COVID-19 closed the doors of various venues around the world. A crowd of just over 9,000 witnessed the 25 year old score a knockout of the year candidate against Leo Santa Cruz.  In Alvarez’s last trip to Texas, the former four division champion stopped Liam Smith, brother of Callum, in the ninth round of their contest.  The post Canelo Alvarez vs Callum Smith Inching Towards December Showdown appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Canelo Alvarez vs Callum Smith Inching Towards December Showdown

By: Hans Themistode

Fans of Canelo Alvarez had become sick and tired of watching their pound for pound star fighting his battles outside of the ring and inside the courtroom. Now, it appears things will go back to normal. 

After a relatively short legal battle with former promoter Oscar De La Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions along with streaming company DAZN, Alvarez (53-1-2, 36 KOs) has become a free agent and is reportedly facing off against WBC super middleweight titlist Callum Smith in mid December. No deal has been struck yet, but promoter Eddie Hearn has stated that talks are “ongoing.” 

Also, according to Hearn, although Alvarez has recently broke free from his DAZN contract, should his contest against Smith take place, it would be shown on DAZN. 

Alvarez, 30, is still in possession of the WBA Regular super middleweight title. A belt he claimed in late 2018 with a third round knockout victory over Rocky Fielding, making a potential showdown with Smith (27-0, 19 KOs) a unification contest. 

For Smith, the lanky British product has also sat idly on the sidelines. In his last ring appearance, which took place in November of 2019, roughly the same date as Alvarez, Smith was seen struggling to win a unanimous decision against then mandatory challenger John Ryder. Regardless of his performance, Smith has called for a showdown with Alvarez for years now. 

The former World Boxing Super Series winner was always viewed as a possible candidate. Yet, so was WBO super middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders, IBF belt holder Caleb Plant and a long list of others. 

Nothing is set in stone as of now, but Hearn believes something could be imminent. Should a deal be struck, the likely destination would be Texas. Late last month, former two division champion Gervonta Davis, hosted the first live boxing event with a crowd in attendance since COVID-19 closed the doors of various venues around the world. A crowd of just over 9,000 witnessed the 25 year old score a knockout of the year candidate against Leo Santa Cruz. 

In Alvarez’s last trip to Texas, the former four division champion stopped Liam Smith, brother of Callum, in the ninth round of their contest. 

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Luis Ortiz Knows Exactly Who He Wants Next: “Andy Ruiz, It’s Two Fighters Looking For Redemption

By: Hans Themistode Heavyweight contender Luis Ortiz has been clamoring for another shot on the big stage. After suffering two losses to former WBC titlist Deontay Wilder, Ortiz sat idle on the sidelines until this past weekend. In his return fight, the Cuban born product took on fringe contender Alexander Flores. If Ortiz was hoping to work on his craft while banking a few rounds, his hopes were immediately shot down as Flores went down in the first 40 seconds of their contest. Any criticism that the former title challenger receives for his choice of opponent is understandable but just like the public wants him to face better opposition, Ortiz feels the same way. “I want bigger names, better fights and better opponents but it’s just not happening,” explained Ortiz to Fight Hub TV. “There really wasn't a better opponent to have. I want to fight everybody that says I’m not worthy, too old or washed up but in the meantime, I’m going to take whatever PBC and Al Haymon put in front of me.” Well before Ortiz (32-2, 27 KOs) found himself on the wrong end of a Deontay Wilder right hand, the Cuban southpaw was widely viewed as the division’s boogieman. Although a third fight is unlikely to happen, Ortiz would love to face Wilder again, again and again. “I still have a thorn in my side from losing twice to Wilder. If I could fight him 30 times I would until I get the win.” As things are presently constructed in the heavyweight division, the path to another world title shot is an arduous one for Ortiz. Currently, unified champion Anthony Joshua is preparing for his IBF mandatory challenger in Kubrat Pulev. Should he get past him, he has another mandatory awaiting. This time of the WBO variety in Oleksandr Usyk. Tyson Fury, the WBC and Ring magazine belt holder, is weighing his options for a homecoming contest which is set to take place in early December. He may also be forced to face Wilder for a third time as a pending legal battle is currently underway. Outside of their mandatory obligations, both Fury and Joshua have expressed a desire to face one another for all of the heavyweight marbles. Effectively leaving Ortiz out of the championship mix. Still, the 41-year-old has his eyes on a former belt holder. One that has just as much to prove as he does. “The immediate fight is Andy Ruiz,” explained Ortiz. “It’s two fighters looking for get back and redemption. Ruiz is looking to prove that he wasn't a fluke and I'm looking to prove that I still belongs and that I'm not too old.” Ruiz, a former unified heavyweight champion, became the first Mexican born fighter to hold a heavyweight belt when he unseated Joshua in mid 2019. His title reign however, was immediately truncated as he lost the rematch six months later via lopsided decision. Since then, he has changed trainers and is now working under the tutelage of Eddy Reynoso, trainer of pound for pound star Canelo Alvarez. Ruiz is rumored to be facing off against former title challenger Chris Arreola later on this year. The post Luis Ortiz Knows Exactly Who He Wants Next: “Andy Ruiz, It’s Two Fighters Looking For Redemption appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Luis Ortiz Knows Exactly Who He Wants Next: “Andy Ruiz, It’s Two Fighters Looking For Redemption

By: Hans Themistode

Heavyweight contender Luis Ortiz has been clamoring for another shot on the big stage. After suffering two losses to former WBC titlist Deontay Wilder, Ortiz sat idle on the sidelines until this past weekend. In his return fight, the Cuban born product took on fringe contender Alexander Flores. If Ortiz was hoping to work on his craft while banking a few rounds, his hopes were immediately shot down as Flores went down in the first 40 seconds of their contest.

Any criticism that the former title challenger receives for his choice of opponent is understandable but just like the public wants him to face better opposition, Ortiz feels the same way.

“I want bigger names, better fights and better opponents but it’s just not happening,” explained Ortiz to Fight Hub TV. “There really wasn't a better opponent to have. I want to fight everybody that says I’m not worthy, too old or washed up but in the meantime, I’m going to take whatever PBC and Al Haymon put in front of me.”

Well before Ortiz (32-2, 27 KOs) found himself on the wrong end of a Deontay Wilder right hand, the Cuban southpaw was widely viewed as the division’s boogieman. Although a third fight is unlikely to happen, Ortiz would love to face Wilder again, again and again.

“I still have a thorn in my side from losing twice to Wilder. If I could fight him 30 times I would until I get the win.”

As things are presently constructed in the heavyweight division, the path to another world title shot is an arduous one for Ortiz. Currently, unified champion Anthony Joshua is preparing for his IBF mandatory challenger in Kubrat Pulev. Should he get past him, he has another mandatory awaiting. This time of the WBO variety in Oleksandr Usyk. Tyson Fury, the WBC and Ring magazine belt holder, is weighing his options for a homecoming contest which is set to take place in early December. He may also be forced to face Wilder for a third time as a pending legal battle is currently underway. Outside of their mandatory obligations, both Fury and Joshua have expressed a desire to face one another for all of the heavyweight marbles. Effectively leaving Ortiz out of the championship mix.

Still, the 41-year-old has his eyes on a former belt holder. One that has just as much to prove as he does.

“The immediate fight is Andy Ruiz,” explained Ortiz. “It’s two fighters looking for get back and redemption. Ruiz is looking to prove that he wasn't a fluke and I'm looking to prove that I still belongs and that I'm not too old.”

Ruiz, a former unified heavyweight champion, became the first Mexican born fighter to hold a heavyweight belt when he unseated Joshua in mid 2019. His title reign however, was immediately truncated as he lost the rematch six months later via lopsided decision. Since then, he has changed trainers and is now working under the tutelage of Eddy Reynoso, trainer of pound for pound star Canelo Alvarez.

Ruiz is rumored to be facing off against former title challenger Chris Arreola later on this year.

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