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By Rene Bonsubre, Jr.


CANELO CATCHES KHAN, GGG NEXT?

PhilBoxing.com
Sun, 08 May 2016




This was a result that boxing needed.

With two of the sport?s biggest stars ? Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao ? hanging up their gloves, there has been a lot of talk as to who will be the next face of boxing.

Saul ?Canelo? Alvarez vs Amir Khan was a big fight that will lead to a bigger fight for the winner. Boxing needs more of these series of fights to hold on to the fickle casual fans.


Khan?s speed and mobility did give Alvarez trouble in the early rounds. Alvarez chased and showed that patience was one his virtues. It was a bone-chilling moment in the sixth round when his right hand landed on Khan?s jaw, who was dropped unconscious and his head slammed on the canvas.

One year ago, when the entire planet was extremely disappointed with Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, Alvarez and his opponent James Kirkland gave us a memorable battle. It was an ?everything including the kitchen sink? type of warfare that ended with Kirkland flattened by a right in the third round.

The red headed middleweight from Mexico is now the front runner to be boxing?s next international mega-star. But an unbeaten Kazakh warrior stands in his way.

Gennady Golovkin was at ringside. He didn?t need to talk. Everyone knew Alvarez vs Golovkin is the biggest fight to be made with three of the four major middleweight titles at stake.

Like Khan, Golovkin has been itching to get inside the ring with a big name and box-office draw.

Funny things happen during negotiations. We can only hope and wait.

THOUGHTS ON LEMIEUX TKO 4 TAPIA

David Lemieux squared off against Glen Tapia in one of the more interesting undercard matches at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.This was Lemieux?s first bout since his TKO loss to Golovkin last October. Tapia was also coming off a TKO loss to Michel Soro one year ago. Both were fighting for their careers.

Tapia seemed off his rhythm and Lemieux had his way for the first three rounds. A left hook decked Tapia in the fourth but even when he got up, his corner signaled that they had seen enough, much to Tapia?s disappointment.

When I work as a ring doctor, both in the Philippines and abroad, one of the important things stressed during rules meetings is that the trainer knows his fighter best; especially those who have been with the boxer for a very long time. They are in the best position to determine if the boxer can go on fighting.

We always remind the cornermen that if they feel there is something wrong with their boxer, call the referee?s attention. Then the referee, if he sees fit, can either call the ring doctor, or immediately signal the end of the fight.

There is no shame in situations like this. A boxer can always fight another day. Or he can live a long healthy life outside the ring.

Safety first.



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