The building fills up slowly, but it is still half empty with Álvarez and Golovkin about half an hour away from walking. Almost an hour has passed since we saw a raged shot. If you are bored at home, it is not much better here.
The public address spokesman was just reading a list of celebrities, including LeBron James, Denzel Washington, Will Smith, Dave Chappelle, Don Cheadle, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Charles Barkley, Cedric the Entertainer, Triple H, and George Lopez ( as much applause as each of them pulled).
Munguia defends WBO junior middleweight title with third round TKO
Jaime Munguia has just defended his WBO junior middleweight title with a third round TKO from Canada's Brandon Cook. The 21-year-old Tijuana star dominated the opening bell, beating his opponent and dropping him early in the third before referee Tony Weeks waved at the 1:03 mark. Munguia improves to 31-0 with 26 knockouts.
And so the three televised infighting bouts ended in a fifth round of TKO, a knockout of the first round and a third round of TKO. The last one ended at 21:32 local time, which means we have at least an hour and a half to kill before Álvarez and Golovkin make their ring walks. Should provide for an interesting shipment.
Who hopes that the organizers will be gracious to the spectators and start earlier should keep in mind that the arena is currently at least two-thirds empty. The earliest of the fighters will go 11.
Chocolatito, Lemieux win undercard bouts with highlight-reel knockouts
Two of the three televised preliminary fights are in the books. She took a combined six laps. The second finished at around 8.45 pm local time, and Álvarez and Golovkin will not make their bypasses before 11.00 pm. This means that broadcasters will have plenty of time to kill before the main date.
In the opening novel "Chocolatito" Gonzalez, the former four-part world champion from Nicaragua, held Mexico's Moises Fuentes with a bang-hard one-punch knockout.
Gonzalez (47-2, 39 KOs), the # 1 on most pound-by-pound lists up to back-to-back losses to WBC super flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, hit Fuentes from the opening bell up Stop it with a crushing right hook at 1:44 of the fifth round.
"When he fell to the ground, I was very worried about him and I panicked," Gonzalez said of a translator. "And when he came to, I prayed for him, and I told him that I hope God blesses him, his family, and his career, and I have asked that he forgive me, because that is the task that we chose and that I did not want to hurt him. "
Next, Canadian David Lemieux hit Ireland's Gary O & Sullivan in a WBA middleweight strike in the first round of the knockout stages to give the ongoing war of words an emphatic phase.
The hard-hitting Lemieux (40-4, 34 KOs) detonated a perfect left square on the Cork man's jaw, which rattled him to the canvas late in the opening lap. O & Sullivan tried to beat the count, but referee Russell Mora did not like what he saw and waved it off at the 2:44 mark.
"Do not fool me, boys," Lemieux later said in a ring interview with HBO's Max Kellerman. "I think the message should be clear, I did not like all the trash-talking that O & # 39; sullivan did to me before the fight … I did not trash talking at all, I do not respect that kind of behavior."
According to the famous Canadian coach and cutman Russ Amber, Lemieux Rehydrated to £ 179, while O & Sullivan only rose to £ 164 after weighing yesterday. It showed.
Hello and welcome to Las Vegas Strip for tonight's hotly awaited rematch between Canelo Álvarez and Gennady Golovkin. We are at the ring in the T-Mobile Arena, where it is expected that a capacity of more than 22,000 spectators will try to draw a final conclusion from two of their generation's most successful fighters, a highly corrosive rivalry since their first meeting last Year has ended in controversy.
This first encounter was a competition of extreme physical and psychological intensity, a rare superfight that managed to not only hit the hype, but surpass it. Until, that's the decision. Most at the ring, in the crowd, and at home at home believed that the Kazakh knockout artist, known as the Triple G, has done enough to score on points. But the official verdict – including the bewildering 118-110 score for Álvarez handed down by Adalaide Byrd – was a much-discussed split trip that denied Golovkin the crucial moment of a career largely spent outside the mainstream limelight.
The inevitable rematch was quickly turned into the Cinco de Mayo weekend. But the dissatisfaction of Golovkin, who turned 36 in April, doubled only after Álvarez had failed in a Wada-administered urine screening for the banned substance Clenbuterol, which, according to the Mexican, was due to contaminated meat that was released during the Training in Guadalajara had been consumed. The apology does not satisfy the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC), which beat him with a six-month retroactive suspension, nor Golovkin, who tirelessly starred in his Mexican superstar branding as a drug addict whose prominence devalues the sport.
And so the mutual respect that marked the beginning of their first installment was replaced by genuine resentment and discord to the point where they refused to hold a joint press conference announcing the rematch. Her only face-to-face meeting since the first issue of last year was indeed her wary stare at yesterday's weighing.
Which brings us to tonight.
Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KOs), the longest-running active champion of the sport, defends the WBC and WBA middleweight titles as well as the smaller IBO belt.
Álvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) joins as a ring magazine and middleweight champion by beating Miguel Cotto in 2015, albeit at a catchweight of £ 155.
However, given the caliber of the candidates and the ability to expect a legacy-defining victory, the belts feel almost secondary.