Pacquiao defeat 'sad' to watch but fellow fighters praise 'one of the best'

By Sports Desk August 22, 2021

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    Gennadiy Golovkin says a third fight with Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez remains "possible" but no progress has been made over a potential trilogy.

    Golovkin and Canelo's first battle ended in a split-decision draw in September 2017 before the Mexican superstar contentiously won the rematch on points 12 months later.

    There has been plenty of talk about a third fight, but it has not yet come to fruition.

    Canelo is set to chase a title in a fifth weight class after the WBC approved his request to challenge Ilunga Junior Makabu for the cruiserweight championship.

    The 31-year-old made history with a brutal 11th-round knockout of Caleb Plant in their blockbuster unification showdown on November 6 – becoming the first undisputed super middleweight champion.

    Golovkin's next assignment is a fight with Ryota Murata in Japan on December 29.

    The 39-year-old Kazakh middleweight icon believes another fight with Canelo could happen, but is not on the cards as it stands.

    He told Sky Sports: "This fight is possible. Theoretically nothing has changed.

    "There are certain questions which have been posed. They are still open, they remain unanswered.

    "We have been discussing it but haven't moved towards this fight for quite some time. You are interested because he beat all the UK fighters! But it is of no concern to me."

    What Golovkin is certain of is that he will not be moving into a different weight division.

    "I don't want to entertain moving to a different division unless there is an offer on the table," he added.

    "Imagine if I moved to 175lbs [light-heavyweight], the number of people calling me out will increase by 30 per cent!

    "The army of fighters who self-promote themselves by using my name would only increase in number."

  • Jamaica's Olympic boxer Ricardo Brown turns pro after signing with United Boxing Promotions Jamaica's Olympic boxer Ricardo Brown turns pro after signing with United Boxing Promotions

    Jamaica's 2020 Olympic heavyweight boxer Ricardo 'Big 12' Brown has turned professional after recently finalizing a contract with United Boxing Promotions in Canada where he now resides.

    Tyler Buxton of United Boxing Promotions, in announcing the signing, believes Brown possesses significant potential.

    “Everyone loves heavyweights and at 6’7”, Ricardo is a massive heavyweight,” he said. “They call him ‘Big 12’ for a reason. He has knockout power in both hands. I’m excited to launch Ricardo’s professional career and build a platform for professional boxing in Jamaica with Big12 leading the way.”

    When Brown qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics he became the first Jamaican to do so since 1996. The Pan Am Games bronze medalist said he is keen to begin his professional career.

    “I’m very happy to be a part of the United Boxing Promotions. I’m humbled and I am looking forward to seeing what United Boxing Promotions have to offer me as I start my boxing career,” he said.

    Brown said he hopes to inspire youngsters in both Jamaica and Canada, encouraging them, “Stay determined, disciplined, honest, and focused. You too can be in the Olympic ring one day or even have a professional boxing career.”

    Born and raised in Spanish Town, St Catherine, Brown was introduced to boxing at an early age but now trains in Canada with Dewith Frazer.

    Meanwhile, President of the Jamaica Boxing Board Stephen Bomber Jones fully endorsed Brown’s transition to the professional ranks.

    "Having witnessed first-hand the trajectory of 'Big12' Brown's career from a novice to elite national representative and medalist, I am more than excited about the possibilities this his professional future entails,” the boxing board president said.

    “I am not only certain that it will be a bright one but I truly believe he has all that it takes to be a future world heavyweight champion and we look forward to him fighting as a pro here on home soil."

  • Crawford remains undefeated with Porter stoppage in successful title defence Crawford remains undefeated with Porter stoppage in successful title defence

    Terence Crawford stopped Shawn Porter in the 10th round to retain his WBO welterweight crown and remain unbeaten.

    Crawford made it 38 wins from 38 fights thanks to Saturday's TKO as the American star successfully defended his crown in Las Vegas.

    In his fifth consecutive title defence, Crawford was pushed by Porter (31-4-1), who applied relentless pressure at Michelob Ultra Arena.

    But Porter eventually came unstuck in the 10th round, going down twice after being caught with a left uppercut and a right hook to the temple.

    It led to Porter's father and trainer Kenny throwing in the towel in bizarre fashion.

    "He's been in there with everybody," Crawford said. "He did what he could. I was just the better man tonight."

    On his father's decision to stop the fight, Porter added: "He's doing what he knows he needs to do.

    "I didn't expect that. We never had a conversation like that. We just have an unspoken understanding that if he sees what he needs to see, he's going to do what he did. I didn't expect that.

    "Yes [I could have gone on]. The punches he was catching me [were] too clean. I think that's what my dad saw. I saw and felt it.

    "I just think my timing was a little off, great fighter over there wouldn't allow me to catch my rhythm. He's a dynamite dude in and out of the ring."

    Kenny Porter said: "Honestly, his preparation [on why he threw in the towel]. He didn't prepare like I wanted him to prepare. That just makes me say I don't want him in that situation.

    "Shawn was hurt and moving forward, this guy is a sharp fighter and my kid is at a deficit and couldn't defend himself. I had to protect him."

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