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Saul “Canelo” Alvarez improves to (38-0-1) with win


There was another big fight on Saturday night besides the controversial Floyd Mayweather KO of Victor Ortiz; this one at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (38-0-1 28 KOs) fought veteran Alfonso Gomez (23-5-2 12KOs) on a satellite venue as a Mayweather-Ortiz undercard bout.

Canelo, a 21-year-old Mexican fighter, is the pride of the Golden Boy Promotions boxing stable and holder of the WBC Super Welterweight championship belt. He successfully defended his title for a second time with a sixth round TKO when the fight was stopped at 2:36 of the round after Canelo seemed to be landing blows without any defense from Gomez.

To that point, other than a quick knockdown in the first round, Gomez had been scoring points and effectively landing punches against Canelo. While none rocked the youngster, he seemed to be practicing his defensive skills rather than finding Gomez with power punches.

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The young champ won his title and made his first defense against two older fighters — Matthew Hatton and Ryan Rhodes — who looked small next to the bulky Alvarez and gave away nine and ten years respectively.

While no one would question the talent and heart of Alfonso Gomez, he is another fighter with a decade on Canelo, who has seen his best days.

Many have criticized Golden Boy Promotions for babying their Latino cash cow fighter who fills arenas in Southern California.  After last night’s less than overpowering performance against Gomez, it just might be time for Oscar De La Hoya’s company to test tougher and younger waters in the next Canelo bout.

In his post-fight comments, Gomez decried the decision of the ring referee to stop the bout.

“He hit me hard but I think the referee was looking for a reason to stop the fight. He’s a great puncher but I think the fight was even to that point. It is what it is. I wanted to go the distance.”

Canelo Alvarez had no doubt he’d put his opponent away.

“I am very happy we worked hard we knew it was gonna pay off. I did my job at the beginning. I knew it was a matter of time.”

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Paula Duffy is a national sports columnist for Examiner.com and the Huffington Post and regularly comments on sports/legal matters for radio affiliates of ESPN and Fox Sports. She founded the sports information site, Incidental Contact, is the author of a line of audio books designed for sports novices and in her spare time practices law in Los Angeles.

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Guerrero hits canvas but defeats Casamayor


Robert Guerrero’s nickname is the Ghost and yet it was his opponent that was hard to find in the ring.

Guerrero 27-1-1 18KOs, won a ten round unanimous decision against Joel Casamayor 37-5-1 22KOs, on the under card of the Marquez vs. Diaz II bout in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

Casamayor looked at this fight as perhaps his last chance to demonstrate he could still hold his own against a fighter with a future as a champion. He did nothing to advance that intention.

At 39 years old with his best days behind him, he took on a good friend in Guerrero, 27 who he had mentored some years ago.

Two judges scored the fight 98-89 with the third seeing a 97-90 contest. From the lopsided scores you would have assumed it was a dominating performance by Guerrero, but you would be wrong.

Landing only an average of 5 punches per round, Casamayor looked like he was waiting for Guererro to make him have to work. Guerrero barely obliged him.

After the tenth and final round, during which Casamayor actually knocked down Guerrero on what appeared to be nothing more than a hard jab, the referee congratulated him for engaging his opponent for once in the fight.

Guerrero landed more punches but as a percentage of his total thrown he didn’t fare much better than Casamayor at 18%. The vast majority were jabs without much behind them.

There were two explanations given for his lackluster showing, by the TV announcers on the HBO PPV telecast. One was that Casamayor is known to be a head butter and Guerrero stayed away in fear of that.

The second explanation put forth by Emanuel Steward was less flattering to Guerrero. He looked at the fight and saw Casamayor as ripe for the picking, if only Guerrero would have stepped in and thrown a few punches in combination once he landed jabs that he kept throwing and landing.

Based on his jabs landing, Guerrero won the fight. This was nothing more than a victory rather than what he hoped would be a demonstration of his readiness to take on a more top level boxing opponent.

When Guerrero was knocked down late in the tenth and final round, he looked stunned after having been so kind to Casamayor throughout. His corner had bragged that their fighter had never been knocked down in the ring or out of it in training.

Welcome to the canvas young man. Try and explain why you fought at the pace of your aging and almost skill-less opponent and got tagged as the fight was winding down.

Guerrero was the sentimental favorite on the night since he had taken time away from the ring to care for his wife who contracted cancer. He helped care for the couple’s two young children and assisted his wife fight her own fight. Her cancer is now in remission.

For Golden Boy this couldn’t have been a pleasant sight. They were touting this under card for the Marquez-Diaz rematch as if it was a gift from God.

Jorge Linares dominates Rocky Juarez in unanimous decision

In the earlier fight between Jorge Linares and Rocky Juarez, the crowd was listless and started booing due to the lack of action in the ring.

They had to endure the same pace and lack of hard punching in Guerrero’s win against Casamayor.

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Paula Duffy is a national sports columnist for Examiner.com and the Huffington Post and regularly comments on sports/legal matters for radio affiliates of ESPN and Fox Sports. She founded the sports information site, Incidental Contact, is the author of a line of audio books designed for sports novices and in her spare time practices law in Los Angeles. 

Copyright ©2010 Sports Climax, LLC

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Golden Boy Productions screams slander


Golden Boy Promotions announced late Tuesday that the New York State Athletic Commission has lifted the suspension of the company’s state boxing license, imposed on July 6.

After a hearing on the issues raised by the suspension, the NYSAC saw no reason not to reverse its earlier decision.

Golden Boy claims, “significant but innocent mistakes” caused suspension

Golden Boy is now on the war path, not against the Commission, but against a journalist it claims may have libeled the promotions company.

Golden Boy’s announcement of the reversal savages George Kimball who it claims is guilty of “unprofessional and personally vindictive reporting.”

Kimball’s untruths, according to GBP include reporting that the promotions company was suspended for unethical conduct, “…arising from supposed financial transactions relating to Golden Boy’s May 15, 2010 event in New York.”

The NYSAC ruled on Tuesday that GBP was guilty of omitting the existence of certain contracts. When they were produced, GBP says, the Commission found no evidence of anything other than failure to timely produce what was demanded.

In addition to lifting the suspension, the Commission assessed a $10,000 fine against GBP for violating a New York State law. There was no finding that the company committed any violation of the Ali Act.

The company’s statement ends with a threat to Mr. Kimball and his publishers. “It is our hope that the matter can be put to bed with a retraction and an apology. However, Golden Boy wants to make clear that going forward, it will not tolerate this kind of irresponsible journalism, and will move swiftly to vindicate itself in court and elsewhere.”

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Paula Duffy is a national sports columnist for Examiner.com and the Huffington Post and regularly comments on sports/legal matters for radio affiliates of ESPN and Fox Sports. She founded the sports information site, Incidental Contact, is the author of a line of audio books designed for sports novices and in her spare time practices law in Los Angeles. 

Copyright ©2010 Sports Climax, LLC

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