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Oscar De La Hoya Sends an Open Letter to Boxing Fans in The Wake of Canelo vs. Golovkin II Fight

Canelo Alvarez scored his biggest victory on Saturday night (Photo: Hogan Photos – Golden Boy Promotions)

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By Chris Robinson

The boxing world is still very much discussing the action that took place Saturday night, as Saul “Canelo” Alvarez produced his greatest victory as a professional in edging out former lineal middleweight champion Gennady  “GGG” Golovkin via majority decision in Las Vegas. Scores reading 115-113 twice and 114-114 saw Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KO’s) hand Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KO’s)  his first defeat, while also collecting the WBA and WBC middleweight titles.

And in the wake of the action fight, much debate has been going on as to who really won the contest, and much has been said from those in the boxing world and fans alike. Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar De La Hoya, who promotes Alvarez, recently addressed some of his thoughts with an open letter to boxing fans. Check below to see what De La Hoya had to say.

A Look Back at Canelo Alvarez’s Thrilling Victory Over Gennady Golovkin [PHOTOS]

Canelo Alvarez, right, and Gennady Golovkin went to war on Saturday night (Photo: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Sep. 15, from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez defeated his rival Gennady “GGG” Golovkin over the course of 12 action packed rounds. Following the action, scorecards reading 115-113 twice and 114-114 gave Canelo (50-1-2, 34 KO’s) the victory while Golovkin tastes his first defeat, dropping to 38-1-1 with 34 knockouts.

With the win, Canelo captures the lineal middleweight crown, as well as the WBC and WBC titles. The 28-year old feels he has redeemed himself with the big win.

Canelo Alvarez (159.4) and Gennady Golovkin (159.6) Face Off Following Tense Weigh-In [PHOTOS + VIDEO]

Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin coming face to face on Friday (Photo: Hogan Photos – Golden Boy Promotions)

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By Chris Robinson

On Friday afternoon, Sep. 14, lineal middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin and former two-division world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez faced off briefly following their weigh-in. And while the face off didn’t last long, you could see the animosity in the air as Alvarez approached Golovkin, only to be restrained moments later as things nearly erupted.

Both men do appear to be in great shape. Golovkin hit the scales weighing 159.6 pounds and was noticeably calm and collected, while Alvarez came in weighing 159.4 pounds moments later.

Jamie Munguia Settles Into Las Vegas Ahead of Second Title Defense vs. Brandon Cook [PHOTOS + VIDEO]

WBO junior middleweight champion Jamie Munguia, left, and his Sep. 15 opponent, Brandon Cook, in Las Vegas (Photo: Hogan Photos – Golden Boy Promotions)

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By Chris Robinson

On Tuesday afternoon in Las Vegas, we saw the grand arrival of WBO junior middleweight champion Jamie Munguia and his forthcoming opponent, Canadian Brandon Cook. Munguia (30-0, 25 KO’s) and Cook (20-1, 13 KO’s) will face off inside of the T-Mobile Arena on HBO pay per view this Saturday night while serving as a chief support to the rematch between WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and former two-division champion Canelo Alvarez.

Munguia broke out earlier this year by stopping former champion Sadam Ali to capture his title in May and had a successful defense this past July in Las Vegas, as he scored a unanimous decision victory over Liam Smith. The 21-year old is happy to be back in such a short time for a second defense of his belt.

PHOTOS: Gennady Golovkin Arrives in Las Vegas for Canelo Rematch And is Eyeing a Knockout

Gennady Golovkin has made his way to Las Vegas (Photo: Hogan Photos – Golden Boy Promotions)

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By Chris Robinson

On Tuesday afternoon, WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and former two-division world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez made their grand arrivals to the city of Las Vegas ahead of their highly-anticipated rematch on Saturday night, from the T-Mobile Arena. One year ago, Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KO’s) and Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KO’s) faced off in a competitive fight that ended up as a split-draw after 12 rounds.

The tensions are high heading into this weekend’s second encounter and the lineal champion from Kazakhstan isn’t rattled.

PHOTOS: Sergey Kovalev Visits Monmouth Park Ahead of HBO Clash vs. Eleider Alvarez

Sergey Kovalev Ahead Of His Aug. 4 Fight vs. Sullivan Barrera (Photo: Bill Denver, EQUI-PHOTO, INV)

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By Chris Robinson

WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev recently made an appearance at Monmouth Park on Sunday, July 29, as he took place in the betfair.com Haskell Invitational. Kovalev faces off with unbeaten contender Eleider “Storm” Alvarez on Aug. 4 at the Hard Rock Casino & Hotel in Atlantic City in a bout that will air on HBO’s World Championship Boxing.

Kovalev visited the Monmouth Park Sports Book by William Hill and met with various jockeys and trainers before appearing in the winner’s circle. Monmouth Park will be offering wagering in regards to the final outcome of the Kovalev vs. Alvarez match, as well as the undercard matches, in their Sports Book. The evening’s co-main event will see WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Dmitry Bivol defend his title against Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba.

PHOTOS: Jaime Munguia Drops And Defeats Liam ‘Beefy’ Smith Over 12 Rounds

Jaime Munguia Got The Better of Liam Smith on Saturday (Photo: Tom Hogan – Golden Boy Promotions)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, July 21, WBO junior middleweight champion Jaime Munguia (30-0, 25 KO’s) defeated a very game Liam “Beefy” Smith (26-2-1, 14 KO’s) over 12 fast-paced rounds that left many asking for more. The Munguia vs. Smith fight took place from The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev., and was aired on HBO ‘s Boxing After Dark.

The match revealed a lot about Munguia, who captured the attention of the boxing world just months prior after stopping Sadam Ali in rousing fashion to become a champion. The Tijuana, Mex. native won by scores of 119-108, 119-110, and 116-111 when cards were read. Munguia wasn’t able to secure the knockout many were expecting, yet he was able to register a knockdown in the sixth round while also landing several big blows along the way.

McWilliams Arroyo UPSETS Carlos Cuadras [Post Fight Scrum Video Footage]

McWilliams Arroyo was successful on Saturday night (Photo: HBO)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Feb 24, Puerto Rican McWilliams Arroyo pulled off an impressive upset in defeating former world champion Carlos Cuadras over 10 rounds inside of the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Aired on HBO as part of the “Superfly 2″ telecast, Arroyo showed great poise, boxing acumen, and the ability to adjust in his match with Cuadras, whose only two losses prior were to Roman ‘Chocolatito’  Gonzalez and Juan Francisco Estrada.

Cuadras (36-3-1, 27 KO’s), who trained with Abel Sanchez inside of the Summit Gym, started off strong, yet Arroyo (17-3, 14 KO’s) stayed calm and began to pick his shots and turn the fight in his favor. After 10 rounds, scores of 98-92, 97-93, and 95-95 were read in Arroy’s favor, who picked up the vacant WBC super flyweight title with his win.

Results from The Forum: Fernando Vargas’ Undefeated Prospect Francisco Esparza Stops Tenochtitlan Nava in the Sixth

Undefeated Francisco Esparza was victorious in Inglewood (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

Earlier tonight, inside of The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., undefeated featherweight prospect Francisco Esparza (7-0-1, 3 KO’s) stopped previously undefeated Tenochtitlan Nava (7-1, 1 KO) in the sixth round. Esparza took a while to get going, but was able to have success in tagging Nava, who became increasingly bloodied via his nose and a cut about his right eye. The end came in the sixth, as referee Thomas Taylor stopped the match at the 1:43 mark after seeing Nava eat a pair of right hands.

Esparza is a familiar face in Las Vegas, as he works under the tutelage of former junior middleweight world champion Fernando Vargas. We caught up with Esparza inside of City Boxing Club in Las Vegas just days before leaving town.

PHOTOS: Billy Joe Saunders Easily Outpoints David Lemieux in Canada

Billy Joe Saunders was in rare form on Saturday night, defeating David Lemieux via unanimous decision (Photo: Matt Heasley-Hogan Photos)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Dec. 16, WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (26-0, 12 KOs) outpointed hometown favorite and former champion David Lemieux (38-4, 33 KOs) to successfully defend the WBO Middleweight World Championship in the 12-round main event of HBO World Championship Boxing at Place Bell in Laval, Quebec, Canada.

A native of the United Kingdom, Saunders easily outboxed Lemieux for 12 rounds from his southpaw stance to win via unanimous decision, with scorecards reading 120-108, 118-110, and 117-111.

PHOTOS: David Lemieux and Billy Joe Saunders Host Media Day Ahead of HBO Showdown

Former IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux faces off with WBO champion Billy Joe Saunders on Saturday night on HBO (Photo: Vincent Ethier / Eye of the Tiger Management)

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By Chris Robinson

On Tuesday afternoon, Golden Boy Promotions and Eye of the Tiger Management, in association with Frank Warren and Vidéotron, hosted a media workout for the upcoming WBO Middleweight World Championship fight between Billy Joe Saunders (25-0, 12 KOs) and David Lemieux (38-3, 33 KOs).

Saunders vs. Lemieux will take place this Saturday, Dec. 16 at Place Bell in Laval, Quebec, Canada and will air on HBO World Championship Boxing. Lemieux will have the hometown advantage, but it’s not a worry to the defending champion.

Miguel Roman Defeats Orlando Salido in Las Vegas; ‘Siri’ Announces Retirement Afterwards

Miguel Roman defeated Orlando Salido on Saturday night (Photo: Ed Mulholland - HBO Boxing)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev., Miguel “Mickey” Roman (58-13, 45 KO’s) scored an exciting ninth round TKO victory over former two-division world champion Orlando “Siri” Salido. (44-14-4, 31 KO’s).

A native of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Roman scored knockdowns in rounds four and eight, before another flurry put Salido down for the final time in the ninth, as the bout was stopped at the 1:43 mark.

PHOTOS: Behind the Scenes in Las Vegas For Final Orlando Salido vs. Miguel Roman Presser [HBO]

(L to R) Francisco Vargas, Tevin Farmer, Orlando Salido, Miguel Roman, Kenichi Ogawa, and Stephen Smith inside of the Mandalay Bay on Thursday afternoon (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

Hustle Boss goes behind the scenes inside of the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nev. for the final press conference for this weekend’s HBO-televised junior lightweight showdown between former two-division champion Orlando “Siri” Salido (44-13-4, 31 KO’s) and Miguel “Mickey” Roman (57-12, 44 KO’s).

Also appearing on the card, Philadelphia’s Tevin Farmer (25-4-1, 5 KO’s) faces off with Japan’s Kenichi Ogawa (22-1, 17 KO’s) for the vacant IBF junior welterweight title, as well as former champion Francisco Vargas (23-1-2, 17 KO’s ) and UK contender Stephen Smith (25-3, 15 KO’s) colliding.

PHOTOS: Danny Jacobs Dominates Luis Arias Over 12 Inside of The Nassau Coliseum

Danny Jacobs defeated Luis Arias on Saturday night (Photo: HBO Boxing)

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By Chris Robinson

Saturday night, Nov. 11, saw former WBA middleweight champion Danny “Miracle Man” Jacobs (33-2, 29 KO’s) step into the ring to score a clear-cut victory over previously undefeated contender Luis “Cuba” Arias (18-1, 9 KO’s) inside of the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.

On HBO’s airwaves, Jacobs was simply too fast, too skilled, and too strong for Arias, who was unable to mount an attack during the match. Following 12 rounds, scorecards reading 120-107, 119-108, and 118-109 were read in Jacobs’ favor, as he wins his return bout following his razor-thin March defeat at the hands of Gennady Golovkin.

PHOTOS: Reliving the Gennady Golovkin vs. Canelo Alvarez Battle in Las Vegas

Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez delivered a classic on Saturday night (Photo: Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions)

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By Chris Robinson

This past Satuday night, Sep. 16, inside of the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., IBF/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin retained his titles with a hard-fought and controversial split-draw with former two-division world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.

It was an action-packed showdown pitting the strength, power, and disciplined attack of Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KO’s) against the savvy and cunning Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KO’s), who boxed, moved, and countered more than we have ever seen him. After twelve rounds, scores of 118-110 for Canelo, 115-113 for Golovkin, and 114-114 saw the match end in a split-draw, with both men believing they have done enough to secure the victory.

Golovkin vs. Canelo Updates: Joseph Diaz Defeats Rafael Rivera over 12; Title Shot Next?

Joseph Diaz wins again in Las Vegas (Photo: Julio Sanchez – RBRBoxing)

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By Chris Robinson

Moments ago, inside of the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., undefeated featherweight contender Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz remained undefeated with a twelve-round unanimous decision victory over late replacement Rafael Rivera, who was filling in for undefeated Jorge Lara.

Diaz (25-0, 13 KO’s) is hoping to land a crack at WBC champion Gary Russell Jr., and he did what was needed from his end to handily defeat Rivera (25-1-2, 16 KO’s), over twelve rounds. Shortly after the final bell, scores of 120-108 and 119-109 twice were read in Diaz’s favor, as he very well could be facing Russell in the near future.

Golovkin vs. Canelo Updates: Diego De La Hoya Hands Randy Caballero His First Defeat Via Unanimous Decision

Diego De La Hoya stays undefeated in Las Vegas (Photo: Julio Sanchez – RBRBoxing)

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By Chris Robinson

The action keeps rolling along in Las Vegas inside of the T-Mobile Arena as we await the Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin showdown.

On the undercard, in a battle of unbeaten, Diego De La Hoya handed former bantamweight champion Randy Caballero his first defeat. De La Hoya (20-0, 9 KO’s) was a little sharper and busier than Caballero (24-1, 13 KO’s), capturing a unanimous decision over ten rounds via scorecards of 100-90 and 98-92 twice.

Golovkin vs. Canelo Updates: Ryan Martin Captures a Split-Nod Over a Very Game Francisco Rojo

Ryan Martin remains undefeated in Las Vegas (Photo: Julio Sanchez – RBRBoxing)

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By Chris Robinson

In a fight that may have been much tougher than expected, Chattanooga, Tenn. native Ryan Martin captured a ten-round split-decision over a very tough Francisco Rojo inside of the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.

Martin (20-0, 11 KO’s) wasn’t able to capture the victory in easy fashion, however, as Rojo (20-3, 11 KO’s) kept pressure on throughout the fight. It was the sharp-punching of Martin vs. the aggression of Rojo.

Canelo Alvarez (160) vs. Gennady Golovkin (160) Official Weigh-In From The MGM Grand

Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin meet on Saturday night (Photo: Julio Sanchez – RBR Boxing)

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By Chris Robinson

Moments ago, inside of the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., IBF/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (37-0, 33 KO’s) and his opponent, two-division world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KO’s), both weighed in at the middleweight limit of 160 pounds ahead of their showdown tomorrow night.

Golovkin and Alvarez meet on HBO pay-per-view from the T-Mobile Arena in a fight that serves as the most significant and intriguing fight to make in the sport of boxing.

Welterweight prospect Nick Frese (5-0, 5 KO’s) Set For American Debut on Rungvisai-Gonzalez II Undercard

Welterweight prospect Nick Frese is ready for his American debut in Carson, Calif. this weekend (Photo: 1Tarrell)

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By Chris Robinson

This weekend, in Carson, Calif., undefeated welterweight prospect Nick Frese (5-0, 5 KO’s) will return to the ring to face off with Nam Phan (3-2-1, 2 KO’s) inside of the StubHub Center. The bout will take place as an undercard attraction to the HBO triple header featuring Sor Rungvisai vs. Roman Gonzalez II as the headliner.

Frese, 23, has been working ardently both in Las Vegas while training with Cuban trainer Ismael Salas, as well as in his hometown of Thailand. Frese has tremendous talent and is a prospect worth keeping an eye on.