Alfonso Gomez, like Roy Jones, is one of the few boxers who prepares a song for each fight, usually performed at the press conference. Here's video of him baiting El Canelo at the LA presser promoting their September 17 fight at Staples Center that will be shown as a split-site card on HBO PPV. The Alvarez-Gomez fight is the main co-feature of Star Power: Mayweather vs. Ortiz. For his part, El Canelo was nonplussed to the degree that when he got on the mic, he claimed that he was "not a clown," but a man who would do his talking in the ring, with his fists.
Appearances on American talk shows are rare for fighters these days, so Amir Khan's spot yesterday on George Lopez definitely deserves some attention.
And here's a link to a great article on Grantland about the body shot that ended the fight: http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/6801388/the-art-body-shot
Amir Khan proved he deserves his place among the very best fighters in the world with his one-sided dismantling of Zab Judah on Saturday. He dominated from the opening bell to the final contentious blow that settled the contest in the fifth. Here's what both men had to say afterwards:
Both Khan and Judah sound confident ahead of their fight on Saturday:
And one of the more good-natured weigh-in confrontations you will see:
We're about two months away from Floyd's return to the ring against Victor Ortiz. Here's a teaser from HBO for their Face Off:
Update: All three judges have been suspended by the New Jersey State Athletic Commission.
The less said about last night's shambolic outcome in the HBO main event, the better (everyone knows a robbery when we see it). Instead, let's focus on the great three-round war on Showtime between Brandon Rios and Urbano Antillon--here's Antillon's thoughts on the bout post-fight:
Unsurprisingly, he says he feels him and Rios will never get along.
The jawing continues. Rios, who worked with a conditioning coach for the first time, looks the best we've ever seen him. He also had to strip completely down to make weight, for what that's worth. We can't wait for this fight!
This potentially great fight doesn't seem like its getting its fair share of the hype this week, with most of the attention drawn by the sure-to-be-bloodbath between Brandon Rios and Urbano Antillon on Showtime. But HBO's main event may be more meaningful. Here's some video hype from the final press conference.
In the first segment, a serious Paul Williams promises to drag Lara through the mud.
Here, a supremely confident Lara dismisses Paul Williams, calling him "just another fighter."
This one's shaping up to be an extremely interesting fight. We like the underdog.