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Canelo’s Reach Across Weight Divisions and Sanctioning Bodies

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (52-1-2, 35 KOs) has made it well known that he has no desire to face Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (39-1-1, 35 KOs) a third time.

Following the first two bouts, however, Alvarez became one of the highest-paid athletes in the world when he signed a 5-year, 11 fight, $365 Million contract with DAZN – with the implicit understanding that GGG v. Alvarez III would happen… someday.

Canelo Alvarez's Controversial Legacy

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is undoubtedly a great boxer. He’s currently one of, if not the biggest name in the sport with notable wins over Shane Mosley, Austin Trout, Erislandy Lara, Miguel Cotto, Amir Khan, Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr., and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, with his only official loss to Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Canelo’s greatness, however, is not without controversy.

The World Boxing Super Series Cruiserweight Quarterfinals Media Day in Chicago

On Saturday, November 10, at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion, two quarter final fights will take place as part of season two of the World Boxing Super Series Cruiserweight Tournament. Krzysztof Glowacki (30-1, 19 KO), from Walcz, Poland, will face Maksim Vlasov (42-2, 25 KO) of Samara, Russia, in a 12-round battle for the Interim WBO World Championship.  Additionally, Mairis Briedis (24-1, 18 KO) from Riga, Latvia, will take on Hamburg, Germany’s Noel Mikaelian (23-1, 10 KO) for the WBC World Diamond Belt Championship. 

Matchroom Boxing USA Media Day: Jessie Vargas vs Thomas Dulorme

On October 6, in Chicago, Illinois, Matchroom Boxing USA will be holding its first U.S. fight card available on the DAZN app.

Jessie Vargas and Thomas Dulorme will headline the show in a battle for the WBC Silver Welterweight title. Artur Beterbiev returns to the ring, and Chicago, to defend his IBF World Light-Heavyweight title against unbeaten Callum Johnson. Daniel Roman defends his WBA Super-Bantamweight crown against second time World title challenger, Gavin McDonnell. Big talking heavyweight Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller squares off against Polish legend Tomasz Adamek, in a fight that may put the winner in line to meet Anthony Joshua. Also, Chicago’s Jessica McCaskill will be making her second world title bid by facing WBC World Super Lightweight title holder, Erica Anabella Farias.

With three belts on the line and a third fight with title fight implications, Matchroom held an open media workout in downtown Chicago’s Millennium Park. Frontproof Media was on hand and able to speak to many of the participants ahead of the historic event.

INTERVIEW: An Interview with Shawn Simpson, Chicago Bantamweight

Shawn Simpson is a Chicago bantamweight (8-0) who will be fighting on the undercard of the October 6, 2018, MatchroomUSA show at the Wintrust Arena, Chicago, Illinois.  The entire card will be available for viewing on the DAZN mobile app.  Shawn was a highly decorated amateur boxer, compiling an impressive 201-20 record, and was a 2012 Olympic alternate, a three-time junior national Golden Gloves champion, four-time National PAL champion, and two time U.S. Championship silver medalist.  Shawn was kind enough to sit down with Frontproof Media at the start of his training camp for his upcoming bout.  

Terence Crawford and Errol Spence Jr. - Promotions Moving in Opposite Directions

Crawford and Spence are of course on a collision course for supremacy of the welterweight division and arguably the pound-for-pound crown.  They acknowledge that for business reasons that the fight will have to marinate for a while in order to make sense. That is, their respective alignments with TopRank and Haymon will slow things down as they garner enough interest in order to be a PPV event.  

Natex Boxing Aims To Put Chicago Boxing Back On The Map

Natex Boxing is Chicago’s newest boxing promotion, and Frontproof Media's Steven Weinberg recently sat down with its Natex Boxing CEO, Andrew Sobko, and VP of Marketing, Alex Cervantes, ahead of their April 14th event in Northlake, Illinois, a Chicago Suburb. This will be Natex’s third show in less than nine months.  Andrew and Alex were kind enough to answer my questions about being a new promotion, Chicago boxing, and Natex’s plans for the future.

The Complexities of Unification

Boxing is a dirty sport. Not for what goes on in the ring, where the honesty of two men and their fists are on display, but for what goes on outside of the ring when sport turns to prize fighting.   Moreover, because a prize is involved, everything, if not anything, about who the best is, in any division, not just amongst welterweights, is rarely sorted out.  

These Styles Don't Make Fights

They say that “styles make fights.”  The classic example is boxer versus puncher.  Can the boxer be slick enough to outmaneuver the puncher?  Can the puncher move forward and catch the boxer?  We are often told this matchup will create an exciting night of boxing.  Unfortunately, when the skills are too widely mismatched, it is a disservice to the sport as was the case in HBO’s mid-December card featuring WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders v. David Lemieux and Cletus Seldin v. Yves Ulysee Jr. It will most likely be the case again on February 17th when Danny Garcia faces Brandon Rios.

Anthony Joshua is Not the Savior of Boxing

In the build-up to Anthony Joshua’s defeat of Carlos Takam last Saturday night, many an article had been written on how the future of boxing rests in Joshua’s hands.  He is, after all, tall, good-looking, well-spoken, and an Olympic champion, who happens to come across as a genuinely nice guy, his 20 wins with 20 KOs notwithstanding.  The belief that boxing needs Joshua rests on the premise that a heavyweight champion is the only one that can capture the attention of the casual boxing fan and the general public.