El Canelo Knocks Out Fielding in New York
Wins the Three-Time Championship!
By: Kid Hersh
(December 17th) The Mexican Saul “El Canelo” Alvarez won by technical knockout in three rounds to the British Rocky Fielding to win the super middleweight title of the World Boxing Association (WBA), in a fight held at the mythical Madison Square Garden in New York.
Canelo was favorite before the fight and from the first assault he confirmed it by knocking down Fielding, who was expected to be more evasive, but in the end he came out to fight.
Before the outcome of the fight, the Mexican sent Fielding to the canvas in the second and twice more in the third.
After the commitment, Álvarez appeared before the media to talk about his performance and his near future, this was what the three-time champion said: “We prepared for everything, we expected a more moved opponent, but he came looking for the fight and we did our job with hooks to the body “.
“We have no confirmed opponent by May 2019, but without problems I would fight at 160 or 168 pounds, in both divisions I feel comfortable. On fighting in Mexico it would be an honor to return to my homeland, let’s hope it is a reality, “said Álvarez.
With the conquest of the WBA crown, Canelo becomes the tenth boxer born in Mexico to achieve three titles in three different divisions.
This year was a round for the Mexican, he beat Gennady Golovkin in a rematch fight, fulfilled his dream of fighting a full house at Madison Square Garden, received the National Sports Award in Mexico, and is positioned as the highest paid boxer, leading the sport of flat noses and cauliflower ears.
Lomachenko Is In Pursuit
Of Another Great Victory in the Ring!
(photo Sumio Yamada)
By: Kid Hersh
(December 7th) Lomachenko is in pursuit of another great victory in the ring.
Almost seven months after becoming three-time world champion, Ukrainian Vasiliy Lomachenko, considered by many to be the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, will take to the ring this Saturday at the Hulu Theater of Madison Square Garden to defend his new championship of the World Boxing Association for the first time against Puerto Rican Jose Pedraza.
With just five years as a professional and an 11-1 record with 10 knockouts, ‘Hi-Tech’ Lomachenko will look for his fourth world title belt and is the favorite to defeat Pedraza, who will risk the World Boxing Organization’s belt that he won, just like Vasiliy, in this same year.
Lomachenko fought three times at Madison Square Garden and in all of them he won by knockout . He first dethroned Roman ‘Rocky’ Martinez as super bantamweight world champion, then he took the unbeaten record away from Guillermo Rigondeaux and in 2018 dethroned Jorge Linares to achieve the feat.
According to the betting lines, the Ukrainian is a big favorite to come out with the win; however, he will have to demonstrate that he has recovered from the injury he had in his right shoulder with which he fought against Linares last May, in a battle in which he visited the canvas before ending up with his hand raised.
Vasiliy also has the motivation of recent Ukrainian boxing victories with Oleksandr Usyk, also champion of the WBA at cruiserweight, and Oleksandr Gvozdyk, who dethroned Adonis Stevenson on Saturday as light heavyweight champion.
Pedraza, who was already a super featherweight champion and barely devoted himself as a lightweight champion, knows that he must have a perfect night to overthrow Vasiliy and guarantee a place in the elite of current pugilism, in addition to achieving the greatest victory of his career. Boxing of Puerto Rico in a long time. ‘Sniper’ will arrive with a record of 25-1 and 12 knockouts.
Usyk Receives Boxer of the Month Honors of the WBA!
By: Kid Hersh
(December 4th) The World Boxing Association (WBA) announced the rankings and recognitions for the month of November. Oleksandr Usyk received the distinction of Boxer of the Month, while Dmitry Bivol received the Honorable Mention. Both fighters defended their belts successfully with outstanding performances in the process.
The Ukrainian Usyk retained his WBA crown with a spectacular exhibition against Briton Tony Bellew on November 11th. The lefty who dominates the cruiserweights gave one of the most important knockouts of the year in the eighth round of the bout that took place in Manchester, England. Usyk remains unbeaten in 16 bouts with 12 knockouts and holds four crowns of the division.
For his part, Bivol showed his class with a dominant win over the veteran Jean Pascal on November 24th by unanimous decision. The Russian got a wide unanimous decision to retain his WBA light heavyweight crown. The champion remains undefeated in 15 fights, of which he has won 11 by knockout.
The rankings of the best 15 fighters in each division, in addition to the champions by category, can be reviewed in the official website of the World Boxing Association.