Canelo not thinking GGG, eyeing 3rd weight class belt

first_img“I didn’t expect him to move up (in weight). It didn’t sink in until I was in the gym the next day after his phone call to ask about a fight. And then at Madison Square Garden, are you serious? There have been a lot of big fights there.”Not for Alvarez. He expects a huge turnout, and though he himself doesn’t like to watch other fights, he knows there will be lots of passion in the crowd when he makes his New York debut.“I don’t like to watch boxing, but I like boxing, being in the ring,” he said with a grin.He recognizes his popularity with Hispanic fans, but when pressed on who have been the greatest Mexican champions, he demurs, fearing he will leave out someone and be accused of disrespect. What about Canelo being considered in that group?Another smile.“They are all legends,” he said. “I respect them too much to say who is the best. But there continue to be so many champions from Mexico, they are the pride of Mexico. They have given a lot to the Mexican people.“It is a difficult sport. You need discipline and sacrifice, so I respect them all.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It’s the Mecca of boxing,” Alvarez said Tuesday. “I have wanted to fight there for many years, and this is a great opportunity to give the fans from Latin America and Mexico a great fight.“This is a fight I made because I want to make history as one of the top Mexicans to win three titles. He is the current WBA champion. … I asked for the opportunity to fight at 168 pounds. For me, it’s the history. Only 10 Mexican champions have titles in three weight classes. I am taking a big risk entering his comfort zone.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissPerhaps. But Alvarez, who had a draw and then a narrow victory over Golovkin in his last two fights — sandwiched by a suspension for testing positive for performance enhancers that his camp said came from tainted meat — isn’t taking that big a gamble.Fielding is 27-1 with 15 knockouts, but he’s never faced anyone close to the level of Alvarez. And Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 knockouts) has the edge in experience, speed and ring savvy. View comments Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Canelo Alvarez is interviewed, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, in New York. Alvarez is scheduled to fight WBA super middleweight boxing champion Rocky Fielding in New York in December. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK — Canelo Alvarez has never fought in Madison Square Garden. He’s never fought on the East Coast. And he’s really never fought after as big a win as he had in September against Gennady Golovkin.So when Triple G’s name is brought up to the ruler of the middleweight division, Alvarez sort of shrugs and instead begins talking about his Dec. 15 meeting with Rocky Fielding, the WBA super middleweight belt holder.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? UEFA charges Romania for racism, misconduct by fans LATEST STORIES Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew That could lead back to folks concentrating on Triple G and a potential third fight rather than on the matchup in the Garden. Alvarez scoffs at such a notion.“Moving up a division, that’s the biggest risk,” said Alvarez, who was a super welterweight champion before moving into the middleweight ranks. “I don’t know how it will feel there. He is the champion and has the experience at that weight, and it is a risk for any fighter to (add) eight pounds. I just take it as another challenge.”That Alvarez would challenge Fielding came as “a big surprise” to the Brit who won his belt in July by stopping previously undefeated Tyron Zeuge in Fielding’s first world title shot. He goes from that relatively obscure matchup to taking on what Fielding calls “the face of boxing.”Fielding never thought of saying no to fighting Alvarez and is comfortable with being an underdog. That was the case when he went to Zeuge’s turf in Germany and beat him for the belt.“He is a worldwide superstar,” Fielding said. “You have to fight the best to be the best, and this is an opportunity for me to take on the best.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlelast_img read more


first_imgDonegal have recorded their first Allianz National League win away from home in Division One for seven years – as they hammered an out-of-sorts Down outfit in Newry this evening.Michael Murphy gave an exhibition of free-taking in the first-half, and scored an incredible six points. Scores from Ciaran Thompson and Patrick McBrearty (2) ensured Donegal were in a commanding position at half-time.Rory Gallagher selected Aodh Ruadh shot-stopper Peter Boyle ahead of Danny Rodgers – and Boyle made a stunning penalty save in the first-half.Neil McGee was black-carded for a foul on Ryan Johnston – but Boyle stopped the resulting penalty from Donal O’Hare.Donegal went in at the interval six points ahead on a score-line of Donegal 0-09 Down 0-03. Donegal pushed on the second-half and delivered an utterly ruthless display.Donegal scored two goals in two minutes to end this game as a contest early in the second-half.Ryan McHugh made a stunning run through the heart of the weary Down defence – and played a neat one-two with cousin Eoin before slamming into the back of the net.Less than sixty seconds later Down were again picking the ball out of their net – this time McBrearty was the tormentor in chief.He was released by Anthony Thompson and he skinned his marker to blast into the back of the net.Donegal completed dominated proceedings and added further points through McBrearty and Leo McLoone (2). Ryan McHugh who had a superb game all evening got another great goal after a flowing team move involving Marty O’Reilly and Michael Murphy.Michael Murphy got in the act late-on again and added a further two points to bring his tally for the evening to eight.One of the biggest cheers of the night from Donegal fans was reserved for Rory Kavanagh who entered the fray late-on.Down were just no match for Donegal who were absolutely fantastic throughout – there will be tougher challenges ahead for Rory Gallagher’s men – but it’s a great, great start. Final score: Donegal 3-15 Down 0-07MAJESTIC DONEGAL DELIVER SUPERB PERFORMANCE AS THEY HAMMER DOWN was last modified: January 30th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more