Two uncard matches down, two to go. Next up is the highly anticipated welterweight bout between Canelo Alvarez and Shane Mosley. The fighters are about to make their way to the ring. The most staggering difference between the fighters is the age difference. Alverez is 21 and Mosley is 40.
Here comes Mosley. He's walking to the ring to the tune of "I'm Back" by T.I.
Now Alvarez walks out. For many in attendance tonight, he's the main attraction.
Time for the introductions. Mosley is 46-7-1 with 39 KOs. Canelo is 39-0-1 with 29 KOs.
Here we go.
Suger Shane launches the jab early. Canelo is decked out in what looks like a new sponsor's gear of Under Armour. Nothing from Alvarez in the first minute. He's sizing up Mosely. Mosley continues to test the jab. Canelo throws his first jab at 1:50. Not much upper body movement yet from either fighter. Canelo throws a jab followed by a right hook. Mosley goes to the body with 3 hooks. This was a feeling out round for both fighters. Canelo finishes strong with 2 big hooks.
Parker: 10-9 Alvarez
Tylwalk: 10-9 Alvarez
We're wasting no time getting to the second televised fight on the Ring Kings card, with young Floyd Mayweather protegee Jessie Vargas taking on Steve Forbes in a 147-pound bout. Forbes was a late replacement in this one, getting the call about three weeks ago when Vargas' original opponent got back spasms.
Referee Vic Drakulich is the man in charge of the action. Forbes is 35-10 with just 11 KOs, while Vargas is a perfect 18-0 with nine KOs. Perhaps most significantly, Vargas is 13 years younger than the 35-year old Forbes.
Forbes comes out jabbing and gets met with a stiff jab coming back. Forbes throws the left hook off his jab. He doubles the jab too. Vargas reaches to land a left to the body. Nice counter shots by Vargas with both hands. Vargas shoves Forbes back, then whacks him with a right hook at clse range. Left to the body by Vargas. Right hand and more jabs to end the round for Vargas.
Tylwalk: 10-9 Vargas
Parker: 10-9 Vargas
Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto will face off in just a few hours from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. It's most likely the biggest fight of the year, but we've got three bouts before we get to the big one.
First up is a 154-pound bout between Deandre Latimore and Carlos Quintana. The tale of the tape shows that Quintana is slightly taller and rangier, but Latimore is nine years younger. He's also a more natural fit for this weight, while Quintana campaigned for most of his career at 140 pounds.
Kenny Bayless is the referee for this one. Latimore is 23-3 with 17 KOs, while Quintana comes in with a pro record of 28-3 with 22 KOs.
Michael Buffer does the official introductions, and we're all set for a scheduled 10 rounds of boxing.
Quintana moves from side to side while Latimore tries to track him down. Both men try rangefinding jabs. Latimore bangs to the head and body along the ropes, but Quintana fights his way out. Good combination punching by Quintana back in the center of the ring. Latimore is jumping in a bit to try landing his jab. He blocks two head shots from Quintana. Both men get some work done while leaning on each other. Latimore lands nice rights tot he head and body with Quintana backed into the corner.
Tylwalk: 10-9 Latimore
Parker: 10-9 Latimore
Well, the time for talking, 24/7, crowns and thrones is over. Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto meet in the ring tonight in Las Vegas in a fight that will either add another notable victim to the former's undefeated record or propel the latter's career to an even higher level with a huge upset.
The action will unfold live on HBO pay-per-view and in theaters all across the U.S. Those are both solid options.
If neither will work out for you, we'll be keeping it real here on this very site. And by that I mean liveblogging all four fights on the card, including the main event and a supreme youth versus experience bout in the form of Saul "Canelo" Alvarez versus "Sugar" Shane Mosley.
So here's what you need to do if you can't watch the fights: Surf to our main page and look for individual posts for each fight. Reload every couple of minutes, and voila! You'll instantly be up to speed on what's going down.
Join us at 9 pm tonight when everything gets going, and for those watching the fights, enjoy!
Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr.
Birthplace: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Resides: Las Vegas, Nevada
Height: 5' 8"
Current World Titles Held: WBC Welterweight (147 lbs.)
Former World Titles Held: WBC Super Featherweight (130 lbs.), The Ring, WBC Lightweight (135 lbs.), WBC Light Welterweight (140 lbs.), The Ring, WBC, IBF Welterweight, WBC Light Middleweight (154 lbs.)
Professional Record: 42-0, 26 KOs
Record in World Title Fights: 19-0, 10 KOs
Record in Fights Going 12 Rounds: 11-0
Notable Wins: UD12 Juan Manuel Marquez, SD12 Oscar De La Hoya, TKO10 Diego Corrales
Birthplace: Caguas, Puerto Rico
Resides: Caguas, Puerto Rico
Height: 5' 7"
Current World Titles Held: WBA Light Middleweight (154 lbs.)
Former World Titles Held: WBO Junior Welterweight (140 lbs.), WBA, WBO Welterweight (147 lbs.)
Professional Record: 37-2, 30 KOs
Record in World Title Fights: 17-2, 14 KOs
Record in Fights Going 12 Rounds: 5-1
Come Saturday night in Las Vegas, Miguel Cotto will step into the ring for what will be both the biggest challenge and the biggest payday of his immensely successful boxing career. There's a good chance the latter will also be the case for his opponent, Floyd Mayweather.If the former also turns out to be true, the fans on hand at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas will really be in for a treat.no comments
Following an entertaining but short heavyweight battle, it's almost main event time in Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall. Jim Lampley, Emanuel Steward and Max Kellerman are on hand to call the action as Bernard Hopkins and Chad Dawson meet for a second time.
The first meeting between these two fighters ended in controversial fashion. Dawson appeared to throw Hopkins to the mat early in the fight, and the 47-year old former middleweight king was unable to continue due to a shoulder injury. The fight was originally awarded to Dawson before getting thrown out a few weeks later.
The tale of the tape shows that Dawson is an inch taller and has a two-inch reach advantage. Of course, the big number on everyone's mind is that Dawson is 18 years younger. He also re-hydrated to about four pounds more than Hopkins.
Dawson hears some jeers from the fans as he comes in first. "Bad" Chad is 30-1 with 17 KOs, his lone loss coming at the hands of Jean Pascal.
The hood and partial mask are in effect for Hopkins as he makes his ring walk. Hopkins' pro record stands at 52-5-2 with 3 KOs.
Before the punches start flying, there's going to be a tribute to the late, great Bert Sugar. He gets the honorary 10-count, and there is a cigar and a fedora at the ringside press row in his memory.
New Jersey's own Ed Cotton is the referee in charge of the action. Joe Martinez does the official fighter introductions, and we'll look to go more than two rounds without controversy with the WBC light heavyweight title on the line.
Dawson flicks jabs but Hopkins stays just out of range. Kellerman says he thinks Hopkins' body is finally looking a little soft. Chad certainly looks much bigger. Dawson keeps Hopkins moving constantly from side to side. Left hand by Dawson is answered by a quick flurry by B-Hop. Bernard rushes in and forces some in-fighting. Dawson shoves him away to prevent more. Right hook by Dawson right before the bell.
Tylwalk: 10-9 Dawson no comments
World Championship Boxing returns to Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City for the rematch between Bernard Hopkins and Chad Dawson. It's a match-up full on intrigue if not necessarily one that promises a ton of action.
Perhaps we'll get some fireworks in the co-feature, which is a true rarity these days: a significant heavyweight bout between two Americans. Former college football player Seth Mitchell puts his undefeated record on the line against Philly product Chazz Witherspoon.
Mitchell is 24-0-1 with 18 KOs, while Witherspoon is 30-2 with 22 KOs. Randy Neumann is the referee for this one. And we're all set for a scheduled 12 rounds of boxing.
Mitchell emerges from an exchange of jabs with a body shot and a hook upstairs. Witherspoon circles and keeps jabbing. Chazz just misses a right hand, taking some more body punches in return. Witherspoon absorbs more body shots and lands a flush right hand. He follows with more punches from both hands, and Mitchell looks wobbled already. Witherspoon pours on shots as Mitchell has to grab, then he tries a left hook to get out of danger.
Tylwalk: 10-9 Witherspoon no comments
It's a grudge match born more of words than fists. It's a rematch, even though the first fight lasted only five minutes and was eventually thrown out. And yeah, the two men involved aren't known for a steady stream of scintillating performances.
Still, Bernard Hopkins and Chad Dawson are two of the best boxers in the world, so it's definitely worth your time to tune in tonight on HBO when they meet for a second time in Atlantic City. One will leave with some light heavyweight gold, the other with the depressing thought that the resolution they sought eluded them.
There's heavyweight action, too, with a co-feature starring undefeated Seth Mitchell and Chazz Witherspoon. Could Mitchell provide some hope for long-suffering fans of U.S. big men? Only one way to find out.
Actually, there's more than one way. If you can't catch the action on HBO, we'll keep you in the loop with our live blogs. Check our home page after 10:15 Eastern tonight and you'll find posts for both fights. Click on the one in progress, refresh every few minutes, and enjoy.
Catch you later!
Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Resides: Hockessin, Delaware
Height: 6' 1"
Current World Titles Held: WBC, The Ring Light Heavyweight (175 lbs.)
Former World Titles Held: WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO, The Ring Middleweight (160 lbs.)
Professional Record: 52-5-2 (2 NC), 32 KOs
Record in World Title Fights: 23-3-2 (2 NC), 13 KOs
Record in Fights Going 12 Rounds: 16-4-2
"Bad" Chad Dawson
Birthplace: Hartsville, South Carolina
Resides: New Haven, Connecticut
Height: 6' 1"
Reach: 76 1/2"
Current World Titles Held: None
Former World Titles Held: WBC, IBF Light Heavyweight
Professional Record: 30-1 (2 NC), 17 KOs
Record in World Title Fights: 6-1 (1 NC), 2 KOs
Record in Fights Going 12 Rounds: 7-0
It's not uncommon in boxing for there to be plenty of bad blood between two top fighters leading up to a rematch. What makes the second meeting between Bernard Hopkins and Chad Dawson a little different is that the feeling of enmity hanging over it was built on less than two rounds of action and very few punches thrown.no comments
It's not enough for Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto to rule on pay-per-view. They want to reign over movie theaters as well.
(That was a pun on the Ring Kings name given to the event. Not too shabby, eh?)
Fathom Events is making the May 5 card, which also features a big co-feature pitting Saul "Canelo" Alvarez against "Sugar" Shane Mosley, available all across the U.S. on the big screen. For around $20, you can watch the fights in the theater, presumably in the company of other boxing fans.
Tickets are available for purchase online right now. You can check out the list of participating theaters here. It looks like 47 of the 50 states have places showing the fight (apparently there's no love for the sweet science in Maine, Vermont and Wyoming), so there should be someplace within a reasonable driving distance for most people.
Before you ask, we don't get anything from pimping the theater broadcast. But we did send Uatu out to watch a card this way in the past (and you can read his account as proof), so we know it's a good experience. Certainly beats paying $50 to watch it without friends to split the bill.no comments