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Canelo vs Cotto official according to the WBC

It’s on! Cotto vs. “Canelo” on November 21st

The much anticipated bout between World Boxing Council middleweight Champion Miguel Cotto, and Saúl ´Canelo´ Álvarez, will be on November 21st according to the former Champion and distinguished promoter Oscar De a Hoya.

The possible host venues are the MGM Grand Garden Arena and The Thomas & Mack Center. The fight will be broadcast by PPV by HBO.

The official announcement is imminent.

A promotion tour of California, New York, México and Puerto Rico is also eagerly expected.

Cotto/Canelo Looking Good For November

Ahead of their recent fights with James Kirkland and Daniel Geale respectively, PPV stars Canelo Alvarez and Miguel Cotto were already set to clash – and after both came through those fights in impressive, knockout fashion, the Mexico v Puerto Rico money spinning super-fight is looking good for November according to Cotto’s advisor Gabriel Penagaricano, who has spoken to ESPN Desportes.

“There is a lot of movement in every way.” he said of negotiations, which given the sheer revenue involved, is not a surprise – however an exact location for the bout is yet to be determined. Continue reading

Oscar De La Hoya Focusing On Cotto v Canelo / Dismissive Over ‘Comeback’

After Miguel Cotto’s dominating and destructive performance against Daniel Geale last night in New York, one man rubbing his hands together was Golden Boy chief Oscar De La Hoya, who has told that he is now fully focused on putting together the ‘super fight’ between the Puerto Rican ace and his fighter – Mexican Box Office draw, Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez – a clash that is all but a done deal in principle anyway.

Thankfully for the concerned parties, Geale was unable to take the shine of the mooted clash between the two stars – which would have had taken a hit at least financially should the Australian have pulled off the upset.

Speaking post-fight of Cotto’s performance, Oscar said; Continue reading

Canelo vs. Kirkland DELIVERS TOP PERFORMING FIGHT on HBO World Championship Boxing ® SINCE 2006

LOS ANGELES (May 12) – After an electrifying night at Minute Maid Park in Houston where more than 31,000 fans gathered to watch live on May 9, Canelo vs. Kirkland brought in a stunning number of viewers on HBO World Championship Boxing (WCB) with an average viewership of 2,146,000 for the live, first-time airing on HBO and peaked at 2,296,000 viewers. Canelo vs. Kirkland is the top-performing bout on HBO’s flagship boxing platform since the Antonio Tarver-Bernard Hopkins light heavyweight title battle delivered 2,460,000 viewers in 2006. This also marked the Mexican superstar’s first appearance as a headliner on the HBO WCB platform. Continue reading

The Future Is Bright (And Cotto?) For Canelo After Slaughtering Kirkland

Well – I wrote yesterday that a couple of rounds of toe-to-toe action filled with drama would be better than 36 minutes of May-Pac and unless you are a total purist – I was proven correct. It was what we hoped for, albeit it for slightly longer maybe?

Though from the hurtful, venomous punches the Mexican star threw repeatedly how was Kirkland ever going to last? It looked like he was being used as a heavy bag by Alvarez whose mother, as always, cheered enthusiastically on from the sidelines. Continue reading

Canelo smashes Kirkland in highlight reel KO

– In front of more than 31,000 raucous fans Minute Maid Park in Houston, super welterweight sensation Mexico’s Canelo Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) knocked out Texas’ James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland (32-2, 28 KOs) with a thunderous right hand in the middle of the third-round, capping a sensational performance that saw the 24-year-old drop Kirkland in the first and deliver a number of huge shots before the eventual end of the fight. The fight was broadcast live on HBO World Championship Boxing®.

“This was one of the best knockouts of my career,” Canelo Alvarez said following the fight. “He came out with a little bit of a different style than I was expecting, but I was able to adjust and get the knockout. I knew he was strong fighter but he surprised me with his aggressiveness in the first and second round. I fight for the fans, and I’ll fight anyone, anywhere, anytime.” Alvarez connected on an astounding 60 percent of his power shots, landing 79 of them inside of three rounds. Continue reading

Canelo Alvarez obliterates Kirkland!

Red-headed Mexican star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) got one of his better victories of his career tonight in defeating a guy that was totally made for him in 31-year-old James Kirkland (32-2, 28 KOs) by a 3rd round stoppage on HBO World Championship Boxing at the Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas.

Kirkland, who was fighting for the first time in two years after dropping a lot of fat in training camp, was really no match for Canelo. Kirkland attempted to use his wide open fighting style by plodding straight at the 24-year-old Canelo in the brief three rounds of action and the results were predictable. Canelo dropped Kirkland three times in the fight. Continue reading

Canelo vs. Kirkland: Is the Mandingo Warrior ready to take the Cinnamon Challenge?

This Saturday night Saul “Canelo” Alvarez takes on James Kirkland live on HBO from Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. The matchup has been delayed over the last few years but the time has come to see if the Mandingo Warrior is ready take the cinnamon challenge. Unlike the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao PPV, which by the way will be replayed during Saturdays broadcast, the odds are in the fans favor of a two-way action fight!

Back in 2012, all systems seemed a go in terms of the likelihood for making Canelo vs. Kirkland a reality. Inter-turmoil on the James Kirkland’s side stopped this bout from being made, robbing fans of yet another potentially fun and meaningful matchup. Fast forward to late 2014, it took another super fight in Canelo vs. Cotto to fall thru in order to secure James Kirkland a date with destiny. Continue reading

Canelo Vows To Bring The Action May-Pac Didn’t / Wants To Fight The Best

Mexican star Saul” Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31ko) has vowed to “bring it” when he faces James Kirkland (32-1, 28ko) in Texas on Saturday, filling the action void the casual fans in particular feel was missing from last weeks May-Pac fight.

The 24 year old, who is still struggling with his English, has spoken out via interpreter/Golden Boy matchmaker Eric Gomez ahead of Saturday’s clash. Speaking at the various media events this week he said;

“It motivates me that so many people have come out and I want to do the best I can for my fans. They are responding greater with every event we have here. From the fight fair to the workout – and more are showing up. When the fight comes…..this is the real Cinco De Mayo weekend.” Continue reading

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