Eddie Hearn Views Billy Joe Saunders As A Bigger Threat To Canelo Alvarez Then Caleb Plant: “I’m not sure He’s (Plant) As Quick, As Skillful And As Clever”

By: Hans Themistode From the very beginning, Eddie Hearn has stood firmly in his belief that Billy Joe Saunders is the right man to dethrone unified super middleweight champion, Canelo Alvarez. Now, by no means does the long-time promoter believe that Saunders will actually win, but in terms of who has the best chance, Hearn won’t hesitate in mentioning the British native. “Billy is a bit of a maverick,” said Hearn during an interview with FightHype.com. “He does have the ability to turn it on at the right time. So for me, he’s a guy that could rise to the occasion and he’ll have to beat Canelo Alvarez.” For Saunders, the WBO super middleweight titlist is scheduled to take on Alvarez later on tonight at the AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas. If Alvarez does what many are expecting, he’ll be one title away from becoming the first undisputed super middleweight of all time. With Caleb Plant in possession of the IBF title, Alvarez has already set his sights on him. While the Nashville, Tennessee native has looked impeccable during his career, including pitching a shutout against Caleb Truax in January earlier this year, Hearn doesn't give Plant much of a chance of actually pulling off the win. Although he respects what he brings to the table, Hearn believes that the only person who can ultimately stop Alvarez from becoming the first undisputed super middleweight champion is Billy Joe Saunders. “He (Saunders) has the style, brains, sharpness, movement and he’s a southpaw. I’m not sure he's (Plant) as quick, as skillful and as clever. Personally, that’s my opinion.” During the entire promotional buildup between Canelo and Saunders, the Mexican star has been greeted by loud cheers. That pattern continued during the pairs ceremonial weigh-ins yesterday as Saunders was met with boos from thousands of fans. For Hearn, he’s watched closely as raucous crowds have gotten under the skin of Alvarez's opponents. That, in turn, has left many of the world’s best boxers unable to perform under the brightest of lights. Although the vast majority of the 70,000 fans that will be jam-packed into AT&T Stadium will once again cheer loudly for Alvarez, Hearn is unconcerned with the amount of vitriol that will be aimed in the direction of Saunders. While fans are hoping to make the British star uncomfortable, Hearn actually believes he’ll feel right at home in the hostile environment. “He’ll love it and that makes him dangerous as well. I think the great thing about Billy is you’ll get the best Billy on Saturday.” The post Eddie Hearn Views Billy Joe Saunders As A Bigger Threat To Canelo Alvarez Then Caleb Plant: “I’m not sure He’s (Plant) As Quick, As Skillful And As Clever” appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Eddie Hearn Views Billy Joe Saunders As A Bigger Threat To Canelo Alvarez Then Caleb Plant: “I’m not sure He’s (Plant) As Quick, As Skillful And As Clever”

By: Hans Themistode

From the very beginning, Eddie Hearn has stood firmly in his belief that Billy Joe Saunders is the right man to dethrone unified super middleweight champion, Canelo Alvarez. Now, by no means does the long-time promoter believe that Saunders will actually win, but in terms of who has the best chance, Hearn won’t hesitate in mentioning the British native.

“Billy is a bit of a maverick,” said Hearn during an interview with FightHype.com. “He does have the ability to turn it on at the right time. So for me, he’s a guy that could rise to the occasion and he’ll have to beat Canelo Alvarez.”

For Saunders, the WBO super middleweight titlist is scheduled to take on Alvarez later on tonight at the AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas. If Alvarez does what many are expecting, he’ll be one title away from becoming the first undisputed super middleweight of all time.

With Caleb Plant in possession of the IBF title, Alvarez has already set his sights on him. While the Nashville, Tennessee native has looked impeccable during his career, including pitching a shutout against Caleb Truax in January earlier this year, Hearn doesn't give Plant much of a chance of actually pulling off the win. Although he respects what he brings to the table, Hearn believes that the only person who can ultimately stop Alvarez from becoming the first undisputed super middleweight champion is Billy Joe Saunders.

“He (Saunders) has the style, brains, sharpness, movement and he’s a southpaw. I’m not sure he's (Plant) as quick, as skillful and as clever. Personally, that’s my opinion.”

During the entire promotional buildup between Canelo and Saunders, the Mexican star has been greeted by loud cheers. That pattern continued during the pairs ceremonial weigh-ins yesterday as Saunders was met with boos from thousands of fans.

For Hearn, he’s watched closely as raucous crowds have gotten under the skin of Alvarez's opponents. That, in turn, has left many of the world’s best boxers unable to perform under the brightest of lights. Although the vast majority of the 70,000 fans that will be jam-packed into AT&T Stadium will once again cheer loudly for Alvarez, Hearn is unconcerned with the amount of vitriol that will be aimed in the direction of Saunders. While fans are hoping to make the British star uncomfortable, Hearn actually believes he’ll feel right at home in the hostile environment.

“He’ll love it and that makes him dangerous as well. I think the great thing about Billy is you’ll get the best Billy on Saturday.”

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By: Steven Galeano Magomed ‘Black Lion’ Kurbanov (22-0, 13 KOs) took a significant step toward a world title shot, defeating former world titlist Liam ‘Beefy’ Smith (29-3-1, 16 KOs) on Friday in Ekaterinburg, Russia. Kurbanov won the WBO International Super Welterweight title, but more importantly, positioned himself closer to a world title opportunity against the winner of the upcoming unification between Jermell Charlo and Brian Castano. Scores were - 117-112, 115-113, 115-113, all for Kurbanov. Russia’s Kurbanov (WBA/WBO #5, IBF #15) secured the type of signature victory that would announce himself on the world title stage. England’s Smith’s (WBO #2) previous defeats came in world title fights. In 2016, Smith suffered his first defeat (KO9) to Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (55-1-2, 37 KOs), losing the WBO 154lb belt in his third title defense. Then in 2018, Smith lost a unanimous decision to Jaime Munguia, in an attempt to regain the WBO title. Smith had previously won three straight since losing to Munguia. Kurbanov now figures to move up to #2 in the WBO behind Tim Tszyu (18-0, 14 KOs), of Australia. Tszyu is the son of Hall of Famer Kosta Tszyu. The WBO champion, Castano (17-0-1, 12 KOs), faces WBC/WBA/IBF champion Charlo (34-1, 18KOs) on July 17 to determine an undisputed champion at 154lbs. As other organizations sort out mandatory challengers, it seems natural that the WBO orders a final elimination bout between Tszyu and Kurbanov. Nonetheless, with all four belts being contested, top contenders at 154lbs figure to wait lengthy periods of time before receiving a world title shot. With this big victory, Kurbanov at 25-years-old is destined to see his WBA and IBF rankings dramatically improve as well. It didn’t come without a tough night. The bout between Kurbanov and Smith was hotly contested, the Russian native pulled ahead early, winning the first few rounds before Smith ultimately rallied during the midway point. While at times it seemed like Smith was ready to take over, Kurbanov responded with his own flurries until the final bell. Smith, 32, will certainly make another title run as he again proved himself as a world-class operator. At this stage, a world title fight seems distant but at the domestic level, there will undoubtedly be lucrative opportunities for him. The 12-round bout was promoted by RCC Boxing Promotions, who currently handle Kurbanov. The post New Player At 154lbs : Magomed Kurbanov Defeats Liam Smith appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

New Player At 154lbs : Magomed Kurbanov Defeats Liam Smith

By: Steven Galeano

Magomed ‘Black Lion’ Kurbanov (22-0, 13 KOs) took a significant step toward a world title shot, defeating former world titlist Liam ‘Beefy’ Smith (29-3-1, 16 KOs) on Friday in Ekaterinburg, Russia. Kurbanov won the WBO International Super Welterweight title, but more importantly, positioned himself closer to a world title opportunity against the winner of the upcoming unification between Jermell Charlo and Brian Castano.

Scores were - 117-112, 115-113, 115-113, all for Kurbanov.

Russia’s Kurbanov (WBA/WBO #5, IBF #15) secured the type of signature victory that would announce himself on the world title stage. England’s Smith’s (WBO #2) previous defeats came in world title fights. In 2016, Smith suffered his first defeat (KO9) to Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (55-1-2, 37 KOs), losing the WBO 154lb belt in his third title defense. Then in 2018, Smith lost a unanimous decision to Jaime Munguia, in an attempt to regain the WBO title. Smith had previously won three straight since losing to Munguia.

Kurbanov now figures to move up to #2 in the WBO behind Tim Tszyu (18-0, 14 KOs), of Australia. Tszyu is the son of Hall of Famer Kosta Tszyu.

The WBO champion, Castano (17-0-1, 12 KOs), faces WBC/WBA/IBF champion Charlo (34-1, 18KOs) on July 17 to determine an undisputed champion at 154lbs. As other organizations sort out mandatory challengers, it seems natural that the WBO orders a final elimination bout between Tszyu and Kurbanov. Nonetheless, with all four belts being contested, top contenders at 154lbs figure to wait lengthy periods of time before receiving a world title shot.

With this big victory, Kurbanov at 25-years-old is destined to see his WBA and IBF rankings dramatically improve as well.

It didn’t come without a tough night. The bout between Kurbanov and Smith was hotly contested, the Russian native pulled ahead early, winning the first few rounds before Smith ultimately rallied during the midway point. While at times it seemed like Smith was ready to take over, Kurbanov responded with his own flurries until the final bell.

Smith, 32, will certainly make another title run as he again proved himself as a world-class operator. At this stage, a world title fight seems distant but at the domestic level, there will undoubtedly be lucrative opportunities for him.

The 12-round bout was promoted by RCC Boxing Promotions, who currently handle Kurbanov.

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