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WBC Convention at the Fairmont Grand Hotel, Ukraine

Boxing is dead? Really? Because I can barely keep up with the times of boxing and everything that’s going on. I need an assistant to coordinate all the boxing events, tell me where they are taking place, how to view them, and all the info on all the undercard fights! Imagine all the boxers you haven’t heard of yet! We want to know about them. They want you to know about them too!

The announcement that HBO Boxing is no longer an available format doesn’t come as a big jolt to the boxing world. For crying out loud its 2018, there’s only a hundred different ways to view a fight. Its just a matter of finding out whats easiest for you. If anything this is a huge opportunity for many.

This weekend there was SO much boxing going on around the world. Most importantly was the WBC 56th Convention held in the Ukrain at the swanky Fairmont Grand Hotel. It officially opened today in Kyiv (first time) and will last until Friday October 5th. The convention is a highly prestigious platform for athletes, coaches, referees, promoters and media representatives. This convention is huge and hosts over 160 country’s representatives and over 700 participants.  Along with a charity auction, and meet and greets with autographs, the convention will hold its annual meetings and seminars. The big names in attendance are WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman, Wladimir Klitschko, Lennox Lewis, Julio Cesar Chavez, Tony Bellew, Oscar De La Hoya, and Evander Holyfield! Champs and deligates alike mingled at the cocktail party after the opening ceremony. Its a pretty incredible week filled with not only the creme de la creme of boxing, but a visit to the Klitschko Brothers Museum, and the Ukrainian Boxing Hall of Fame! Id say its a brilliant event to set some goals by to say the least!

Calum Smith Ali Trophy 2018 WBSS

Next up the Muhammad Ali Trophy! The Muhammad Ali Trophy is presented by The World Boxing Super Series. The WBSS features eight boxers from each weight class to compete in a knockout boxing competition. The prize fund holds a whopping $50 million dollars, with the champ taking home $10 million for themselves! All four sanctioned boxing entities, the  WBA, WBC, WBO and the IBF honor this tournament. Unlike traditional boxing the WBSS  has four judges. The fourth judges scorecard is used in the event that there’s a draw, no contest or a no decision ending. Calum Smith is the Champ this year. Smith is a 6’3″ British boxer they call “Mundo”.  The 28 year old has an orthodox stance with a record of 25-0. Eighteen of those wins were won by knockout. Smith has three brothers, all of whom are professional boxers.  Smith won the World Boxing Super Series final with a killer 7th round knockout over his apponent George Groves (28-20) also British.  This fight was the first professional Boxing match to ever take place in Saudi Arabia. It was incredible with Evander Holyfield watching ringside. Smith is now the WBA Super World Champion, and also holds Ring Magazines  Champion belt, and the WBC Diamond Title all in one month! True to Champion form Smith was quoted saying “I’m a big believer in my own ability”.  The fight was coined “Rowdy is Saudi” and was held at the King Abdullah Sports City Hall Saturday September 9, 2018.

Now, lets visit the Jorge Linares vs Abner Cotto match.  This was a good bet for sure. Taking place in Indio California, former 3 division world Champion  Jorge Linares (45-4) was very comfortable in his new light welterweight division debut! Coming at Abner Cotto (23-4) with a hard right, Linares knocked Cotto down in the 2nd round and again in the 3rd round, with Cotto holding on for dear life taking Linares down with him. The referee Raul Caiz stopped the fight.  Linares usually fights at 135 lbs. Linares will have to get used to heavier punches from his next likely apponents. Abner Cotto is Miguel Cottos cousin, who watched his cousin lose from ringside. This was a Goldenboy Media Production that was streaming on Facebook Watch.

Jorge Linares drops Cotto

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog! Stay tuned for all sports, all boxing!

Canelo vs GGG 2 Middleweight Championship

Photography by Richard Chase

From the desk of Electra in the ring

CANELO vs GGG2

Middleweight World Championship 

by Electra September 15, 2018

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The most significant fight of 2018. Three fight undercard.

Moises entered the arena to mariachi music. Fuente’s face is messed up in round 2. Chocolotitto has been thru a lot personally. Chocos bread and butter punch is his uppercut. Round 5, choco right hand delivered a knockout! TKO from Nicaragua one punch knockout! Gonzalez -”Im very thankful for this opportunity. It’s a great comeback to beon the Canelo vs GGG card. I can’t wait because I am one step closer to becoming a world champion.

O sullivan.. 

David Lemieux first round knockout with a beautiful left hook. Boy was I wrong! David even mentioned that he doesn’t like trash talking, that he respects the sport, and not to piss him off! 

Co-main event is coming up! Muniga turned pro at 16 and has an incredible record of 30-0 (25 ko’s)  He’s a huge monster middleweight. Brandon Cook out of Ontario Canada. Muniga is 3 inches taller. Brandon “bad boy” Cook. Crazy good first round dominant by Muniga. Muniga is dangerous.Round 3 Cook gets knocked down. Mungia “wildly violent” vicious body shots. Muniga remains undefeated WBO Middleweight Champion of the World.

Now we kill one hour before the main event.

Some of the news coming out of the evening is the hand wraps….Stacking is hand wrapping with gauze on top if the tape, it’s almost like a cast. Tape with gauze with tape with gauze! TrippleG’s camp was against Canelos wraps. Nevada’s boxing commision said it does not give him an advantage, and Canelo gets to keep his “stacked” wraps. 

Canelo enters the arena with traditional Marriachi music to a roaring audience. Gennady Golovkin played White Stripes 7 Nation Army. After the grand entrances… The first round was Canelo being aggressive. Triple G has an answer for anything Canelo says in the ring. Canelo lands a great left in the second round. All big heavy shots in round 2. Canelo working triple G’s body. Sounds so very painful ringside. Canelo just super confident. Before you know it, its round 7. Round 9, body shots again from Canelo. Round 10, Golovkin just cannot get Canelo!!! Canelo will move, weave, whatever but you cannot get him! The crowd goes wild! Round 11 and 12, Canelo dominates. You could see Gennady breathing very hard, swollen and bruised. The fight went all 12 rounds. Canelo dominated the entire fight.  Both fighters suffered major lacerations that required stitches. The score card read 112 Canelo, 116 GGG. Canelo Alvarez def. Gennady Golovkin via majority decision. Its one thing to watch the fight on television, but being there in person is intense. To see the bruises and swelling on these fighters is surreal. The line of business these men are in is incredible. The fight club on any level is still about bringing the pain. That is what Canelo did saturday night. He hurt triple G. 

As the post fight press conference came to an end , talk of a third match was mentioned. The quote of the evening comes from Abel Sanchez, Gennadys coach.  “We appreciate all of the support, but we cant be hypocritical and complain about every damn decision you recieve. Canelo fought a great fight tonight and you cant take that away from Canelo”

Canelo’s quote of the night “unfortunately we didn’t get the knockout” !  Unbelievable night of boxing!