Canelo Alvarez and Amir Khan square off for the WBC and RING lineal middleweight championship from Las Vegas, Nevada on HBO PPV. The guys preview Canelo vs. Khan, plus a loaded undercard featuring David Lemieux vs. Glen Tapia, Frankie Gomez vs. Mauricio Herrera, and Patrick Teixeira vs. Curtis Stevens.
Also on episode 114 of the Tale of the Tape, Kenny and Vin break down the action from this past weekend featuring Victor Ortiz vs. Andre Berto II, James DeGale vs. Rogelio Medina, and Badou Jack vs. Lucian Bute.
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2016 Boxing Schedule
The 2016 boxing schedule will be busy this spring as Showtime has announced multiple title fights and many competitive scraps. The guys breakdown the entire spring calendar on this special edition of the Tale of the Tape boxing podcast.
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So Canelo-Khan is signed, sealed and delivered. Who saw that coming? How on earth Amir Khan managed to keep his mouth shut during negotiations is beyond me. Fair play to him for sticking to the silence and not ruining his big reveal.
While a good fight in itself, the decision to box Saul Alvarez also raises a multitude of questions. Is Al Haymon involved at any level? If not, why not? Does this mean that Golden Boy and their legal bods are no longer trying to sue the arse off Uncle Al and his cronies for monopolizing business practices? Is Khan-Garcia II now dead in water? Is Khan-Brook dead in the water? Does anybody care?
I may be in the minority but I think Khan might give Canelo some problems for as long as it lasts. One of boxing's timeless maxims states that a good big guy mostly beats a good small guy but size can also be overplayed. If Canelo is still stuck with the treacle feet that he displayed against Floyd then Khan’s speed and movement can indeed trouble him. The problem for Khan is whenever the heavier man lands flush. I fear that the same chin which struggled to absorb heavy blows from the likes of Breidis Prescott and Danny Garcia will have a tough time soaking up the Mexican's heavy artillery.
That said, Amir isn’t a small framed fighter and I don’t believe that he will enter at the 155lbs limit. If he pulls off the unthinkable, could we see the middleweight belt filter down in weight even further? When sanctioning fees are involved there’s no doubt the likes of the WBC will bend and contort under a pecuniary limbo stick in line with whatever makes best financial sense. Soon we may see the green belt contested at 151 or 149 or some other imaginary category. A Khan win may further open up a world of possibilities for Mauricio Sulaiman and chums. Gennady Golovkin’s manager Tom Loeffler reckons that the victor will have a couple of weeks to decide whether a fight with his man is in their best interests. An appealing sentiment Tom, but I’ll not hold my breath.
Amir’s persistent chasing of Messrs Mayweather and Pacquiao, while initially laudable, has descended into a strange parody. I commend him for wanting to fight the best rather than “taking a Salka” (thanks Angel Garcia for coining that regrettable phrase) but it had become borderline obsessive.
I got the chance to interview Khan once, back in 2011. On a chilly morning in early February he flew over to Belfast for a press conference in the Ulster Museum to help promote his fight with unbeaten Dungiven stylist Paul McCloskey. He was an amiable guy, pleasant and courteous, pushing out the usual press release answers without ever threatening to let slip with something juicy.
Five years’ earlier, on May 20, he had fought in Belfast’s King’s Hall. I grabbed a ticket in a non-press capacity and went along to witness a shutout six-round points win over durable but substandard Hungarian Laszlo Komjathi. That was 19-year-old Khan’s seventh pro fight as he toured the UK with promoter Frank Warren. Boxing live on prime Saturday evening slots having turned over in a blaze of glory following his silver medal success in the 2004 Athens Olympics.
Ever since he ditched the head guard and vest Khan has never really been one to duck a challenge. OK, so he failed to rematch Breidis Prescott and it looks like Danny Garcia Part II won’t happen, but he did step up and face Marcos Maidana to answer questions about his punch resistance. After the Olympics, Warren organized a scrap for Amir to box Cuba’s Mario Kindelan in a rematch of their final. Khan gained revenge, further wooed the public via terrestrial television and his journey thus began. Moving to America may have hurt his credibility and fan base in the UK, but nevertheless he remains a recognizable name to the general sports fan.
And you never know, if the Bolton man can pull off the upset against Canelo then maybe it’ll lead to a fight with Mayweather or Pacquiao. This bout is getting more media attention anyway, as suggested the irrepressible Khan last week.
Seriously Amir, let it go.
Steve has been writing about boxing since 2005. He covers the Irish scene by regularly contributing to a variety of publications including Boxing News Magazine and the Sunday Life. He is a panel member of the Boxing Asylum podcast and writes the Irish Boxing Review books with five released so far.
Tale of the Tape Boxing Podcast | Episode 102
Sergey Kovalev uncorked seven punishing rounds on rival Jean Pascal last Saturday night in Montreal, Canada. The guys recap the continued rise of boxing's most dangerous man, the Krusher.
Oscar de la Hoya surprised the boxing world with the announcement that Canelo Alvarez will square off with Amir Khan on May 7th in Las Vegas, Nevada on HBO PPV.
Plus, new information has surfaced regarding the speculated collapse of the Al Haymon's much-maligned Premier Boxing Champions series.
PBC Discussion Reference Links:
- "Well, this is interesting..." by Steve Kim, Undisputed Champion Network
- The Next Round Boxing Show - Episode 566
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LOS ANGELES | Feb. 2, 2016 - WBC, RING and Lineal Middleweight Champion Canelo Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) will make his first title defense of 2016 against former two-time world champion and resurgent contender Amir "King" Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) on May 7, Cinco De Mayo weekend, in a match-up of two of the biggest stars in boxing. The event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®.
Golden Boy Promotions will exclusively promote the fight, with Khan returning to his former home at Golden Boy Promotions for the showdown. The mega-fight promises high-intensity action between two of boxing's most popular and powerful fighters competing in the primes of their careers. Information regarding, the venue, ticket availability and a press tour for the fight will be announced in the coming weeks.
"As the middleweight champion of the world, I will take on the best fighters in the sport and on Cinco De Mayo weekend, I look forward to making the first defense of my titles," said Canelo Alvarez. "Amir was a decorated amateur, a two-time world champion and is in the prime of his career. Fans are in for a great fight on May 7."
"I know Canelo fights the best and wouldn't pass up the opportunity to face me like others have," said Amir Khan. "My goal is to always fight the biggest names and the best fighters that is why I'm excited for this fight. Also, I would like to thank my team and Golden Boy Promotions for this opportunity. I know I have the speed and ability to beat him and will give my fans what they deserve on May 7."
"We are committed to putting on the biggest and best fights in boxing," said Golden Boy Promotions Chairman and CEO, Oscar De La Hoya. "Canelo is the biggest star in the sport and as he demonstrated against James Kirkland and Miguel Cotto last year, he is only getting better. Those who predicted that he would take an easy fight for his first defense have been proven wrong once again. As for Amir, he has won his last five fights including an incredible performance against Devon Alexander, and now that he is back where he belongs at Golden Boy Promotions, his future is very bright, once again."
At the age of 25, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico's Canelo Alvarez, the current WBC, Ring Magazine, and Lineal Middleweight World Champion has conquered the boxing world, captivating fans both at home and around the globe with his action-packed fighting style, charisma and willingness to take on the toughest challenges. The 2015 Fighter of the Year candidate's road to stardom began in 2011 with a win over Matthew "Magic" Hatton for the vacant WBC Super Welterweight World title, his first title defense against Ryan Rhodes and stoppage victories over Alfonso Gomez and Kermit Cintron. Then in 2012, Canelo defended his belt against future Hall of Famer Sugar Shane Mosley and showed the veteran his first retirement, winning via unanimous decision. Canelo continued on the path to superstardom in 2013 with a fifth round technical knockout of Josesito Lopez, followed by a unanimous decision victory over then world champion, Austin Trout in front of over 40,000 fans at San Antonio's Alamodome. The victory earned, Canelo the WBA Super Welterweight World Championship and proved his dominance at 154-pounds and a clear, bonafide ticket seller. On September 14, 2013, Canelo faced the man on top of the pound-for-pound list - Floyd "Money" Mayweather - giving a stellar effort before falling short of victory for the first time via 12-round majority decision. The fight ended up being the biggest of 2013, but also the second highest grossing bout of all-time and the second most watched boxing event ever on Mexican television (only behind 2015's Mayweather-Pacquiao). Since then, Canelo has won four straight fights, defeating top stars Alfredo "Perro" Angulo via 10th round technical knockout and Erislandy "The American Dream" Lara via split decision in 2014. On May 9, 2015, Alvarez dazzled with a victory over the fierce James "Mandingo Warrior" Kirkland at Minute Maid Park in Houston in front of more than 31,000 fans that featured what many have already deemed the "Knockout of the Year." Finally, On November 21, 2015, Alvarez defeated future Hall-of-Famer Miguel Cotto for the WBC, RING Magazine and Lineal Middleweight Championship in front of a packed arena at the Mandalay Events Center in Las Vegas and more than 900,000 homes across the country. The unanimous decision victory cemented Canelo's status as boxing's biggest draw and among the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world.
Bolton, Lancashire, England native, Amir "King" Khan catapulted into the media spotlight after winning the silver medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. Khan turned professional on July 16, 2005 with a first round technical knockout victory over Phil Edwards. Since then, Amir Khan has exploded onto the international sports scene. In July 2009, Khan competed for his first world title against Andriy "Kotelya" Kotelnik where Khan was crowned as the WBA Super Lightweight World Champion via a unanimous decision victory. Khan went on to successfully defend the title five times against tough competition in Dmitriy "Star of David" Salita, Paul "Magic Man" Malignaggi, Marcos "El Chino" Maidana, and Paul "Dudey" McCloskey. In July 2011, Khan faced Zab "Super" Judah and added the IBF Super Lightweight World Championship to his collection when he knocked out Judah in the fifth round. The victory was short lived however; as Khan lost a controversial 12-round split decision to Lamont "Havoc" Peterson on December of 2011. The controversy surrounding the officiating prompted a rematch, but that bout was canceled when Peterson failed a pre-fight drug screening. Disappointed but not discouraged, Khan faced Danny "Swift" Garcia in July 2014 for a chance to become a world champion once more but was stopped in the fourth round. Since then Khan has rebounded giving Carlos Molina his first professional loss in December 2012, defeating former IBF Lightweight World Champion Julio "The Kidd" Diaz in April 2013, securing the WBC Silver Welterweight and the WBA International Welterweight Titles against Luis Collazo in May 2014, and defending his titles in spectacular fashion against former three-time world champion Devon "The Great" Alexander in December 2014 and former WBO Super Lightweight World Champion Chris Algieri in May 2015. Now, "King" Khan will be looking to become a world champion again when he faces Canelo on May 7.
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Tale of the Tape Boxing Podcast | Episode 98
The Pound-for-Pound Countdown is back. The guys from the Tale of the Tape Boxing Podcast kickoff 2016 with the latest edition of the pound-for-pound countdown as they unveil the Top10 fighters in the world.
This show was originally recorded on January 6, 2016.
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