Boxing Insider Notebook: GGG, Cotto, Canelo, Pacquiao, Ortiz, Khan and more….
By: William Holmes
The following is the Boxing Insider notebook for the week of October 6th to October 13th, covering the comings and goings in the sport of boxing that you may have missed.
GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN, WBA, IBO and WBC Interim Middleweight Champion Media Day Quotes
“Training camp is a little bit new, a little bit different, not like any of the others. New ideas and new strategies and it’s very interesting. We have different sparring partners because of his style.”
“Lemieux is a champion and he feels like a champion and this is a unification fight. I think he is ready for a unification fight and he understands the situation. He is smarter now
because of his experience in his recent fights.”
“Right now he feels better because he has a stronger team. He gets to talk with Oscar and Bernard. Bernard tells him, I remember my fight at Madison Square Garden against Tito. Right now he is acting like a star – I see the videos – and of course he is a star.”
“Madison Square Garden is a beautiful place with a beautiful team and I have a lot of respect for that place. HBO Pay-per-view is the last step – it is the top.”
“This is going to be like a street fight. He has a good style – almost like amateur style. I will beat any style – amateur style or brawl style. He will be a good test for me.”
You have a strong chin?
“Yes, and I thank my parents for my strong chin. Lemieux will be a test for my chin. But it’s not just my chin. It is distance and discipline, timing and style.”
“I am a regular guy. I am a regular man. (The power) also comes from my parents. This is boxing. It’s not just because I have power. Power comes from every step, timing, it’s the style where every second is important and I give credit to Abel Sanchez and my team.”
“Every fight is different and every fight is difficult. This is a big step, but first it is a big test and everyone understands that this step is much bigger.”
(Cotto or Canelo next?)
“It doesn’t matter and I don’t think about it. For me? Whoever is number one. I want all of the belts in the middleweight division and I will fight whoever is number one and it doesn’t matter who it is. I don’t like business. I like old school – who is number one?”
“I think this fight is more technical for me, and maybe for him too.”
“It is very interesting for me because right now he is a star. With power alone, he could go maybe three or four rounds with me. If he boxes he could go twelve rounds. Every second is very important – every round – every step.”
(Does his knockout strength mean anything to you?)
“I don’t know. Maybe.”
“He has his style. I like my style and my work.”
“I love my life. I am happy. My wife is happy. My son goes to school and he is happy. I have a car. Three or four Rolls Royce or Bentley? For what?”
Closed Circuit for Miguel Cotto vs. Canelo Alvarez on Sale
Closed circuit tickets for the Novembe 21st, 2015 Pay Per View fight between Miguel Cotto (40-4) and Canelo Alvarez (45-1-1) went on sale on Friday, October 9th.
Tickets for closed circuit viewing of Canelo vs. Cotto will be priced at $75. They can be purchased at all MGM Resorts International Ticket Offices or www.ticketmaster.com. Locations for the closed circuit viewing of Cotto vs. Canelo will incude the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, and the Mirage Hotel & Casino.
Manny Pacquiao Lands in Doha and Inspires Filipino Lightweight Rogen Ladon
Filipino boxing hero Manny Pacquiao landed in Doha and inspired Filipino lightweight Rogen Ladon to a surprise victory at the AIBA World Championships.
“It was an honor to be invited by Dr. Ching-Kuo Wu and AIBA and Yousuf Ali Al Kazim, and it is a pleasure to be here among these exceptional boxers and supporting my fellow countryman Rogen Ladon at the historic first edition of the competition in the Middle East,” said the eight-time World Champion.
Pacquiao was present during the afternoon session of day three to cheer on Ladon as he took on Mexico’s number one boxer and PanAmerican Games champion Joselito Velazquez. Ladon won on points with a score of 3:0.
Pacquiao was impressed with the level of competition and stated,” The boxers here are chasing not just gold,” said Pacquiao, “but a place in their national team for the Olympic Games, the dream of any sportsman and the result of years of hard work. The Qatar Boxing Federation and the Local Organising Committee have provided a magnificent stage for them to compete on.”
Pacquiao Says He’s in Talks with Khan and Mayweather, Arum Refutes Mayweather Talks
Manny Pacquiao told the media while he was visiting the AIBA World Boxing Championships that he is in negotiations with Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Amir Khan to take him on in what would probably be the final fight of his career.
Pacquiao is likely to quit politics and run for a seat in the Philippines’ senate next May.
“I will fight anybody, anywhere,” he said. “I am going to fight probably before the election. The election is coming next year, May, and before that I will probably have one more fight.” He added: “We are going to finalise by November or December.”
However, Bob Arum was quick to dismiss the talks of a rematch. He stated,” There’s been no negotiations, no discuss and because of the scheduling I don’t think its possible for it even to happen.”
Amir Khan says NO Pacquiao fight
“I’m really disappointed in Manny and his team. They aren’t playing ball. All that was left to do is to sign the contract. But they are stalling.
“I have pulled out of the negotiations. I am no longer fighting Manny Pacquiao.”
Karo Murat Accepts Challenge to Face Artur Beterbiev
Armenian light heavyweight Karo Murat (27-2-1) has jumped at the opportunity to face Montreal adopted son Artur Beterbiev (9-0) for an IBF Light Heavyweight elimination fight.
The promoters of the two fighters will have until October 22nd to sign a deal without it going to a purse bid. A proposed date for the fight has been listed for November 28th in Quebec City and the winner will become the mandatory challenger for the IBF Light Heavyweight title owned by Sergey Kovalev.
Murat is the reigning IBF International Light Heavyweight Champion and he won his last two ights after losing to Bernard Hopkins in October 26, 2013. He also has on his record wins over Gabriel Campilo and Tommy Karpency.
DeGale and Bute Press Conference Quotes
Super middleweight world champion James DeGale (21-1) and former world champion Lucian Bute (32-2) have formally announced their November 28th showdown in the main event of Showtime Championship Boxing live on Showtime from the Videotron Centre of Quebec City.
DeGale and Bute recently gave some statements in regards to their upcoming bout.
“I am excited to face an elite fighter like Lucian, who was a champion for five years.”
“He is still a good boxer and he told me he wants the belt back. But trust me; I am too young, too fresh and just too good.”
“The way I’m feeling, mentally and physically, I’m in fantastic shape. It’s going to be very hard to beat me.”
“My journey is only just starting, his is about to end in November.”
“The way I am training, nobody will beat me. You can see my character just by the fact I accepted to come here and take that fight. Be ready for a furious and spectacular fight.”
“There is no one in the division who can beat me. I’m willing to box anyone. I want to fight all the big fighters in the biggest fights.”
“I am really happ to be back in Quebec City. Some of my best memories are here. I won four fights here. Six years ago, November 28, 2009, the same day I will fight James DeGale, I knocked out Librado Andrade. And I also defeated Glen Johnson in Quebec City.”
“DeGale is a great champion, but to come here to face me in my hometown, in front of 15,000 people, it won’t be easy for him. I am the challenger, I am the underdog, and he is the champion, but the pressure is on him.”
“The past is the past. I feel fresh. I have a new team and different people behind me. This opportunity is huge for me.”
“I had the belt for five years and on November 28, I will be the new world champion. I am very confident about this.”
“My dream is to regain my world title. I always believe in myself and my tools. The belt will remain in Quebec.”
Victor Ortiz Pleads Not Guilty
TMX Reports: Victor Ortiz has pled not guilty in court and is adamant that he did not assault a country music fan at a Jason Aldean/Kenny Chesney concert back in July.
He was arrested on July 25th when officials say he and his brother assaulted a guy at the Rose Bowl. Ortiz was charged with misdemeanor assault and battery while his brother was charged with battery causing serious bodily injury.
Ortiz faces up to two years in county jail if he is convicted.
Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz Jr. to Headline a Night Full of Boxing Set to hit Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
A night full of boxing will hit the Coachella Valley on October 23rd from the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino and live on Estrella TV’s Boxeo Estelar. Undefeated featherweight sensation Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz Jr. (17-0) will battle Mexican brawler, Ruben “Canelito” Tamayo (23-6-4) in the 10 round featherweight bout.
International Hall of Fame Boxer Michael “Jin” Spinks will host a special meet and greet at the Special Events Arena from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and fans with tickets to the event will be able to meet the 1976 Olympic medalist and former two division world champion before televised fihts.
In the co-main event of the evening, Frankie “Pitbull” Gomez (18-0) is set to face Jorge “Pantera” Silva (19-9-2) in a ten round welterweight fight.