Even if it was sealed by a handshake on national television in their home country, the high-stakes bet between Canelo Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. means nothing unless it becomes part of a revised signed contract, the head of the Nevada State Athletic Commission said Wednesday. Alvarez, who’ll meet Chavez Jr. on May 6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in a 164-pound catch-weight bout, got flustered Tuesday, according to people observing a segment with HBO’s Max Kellerman and offered to wager Chavez his entire purse to underline how confident he is about a victory. One official there said Alvarez grew agitated “and said, ‘I’ll bet you my whole purse.’ … People were breathing deeply, and then
Georges St-Pierre's long time coach Firas Zahabi wants the former welterweight champion to have a super fight for his return to the UFC. The Canadian star – who has a 25-2 record in MMA – last fought in November 2013 defending his welterweight title against Johny Hendricks in a controversial split decision win. Zahabi, head coach of the Tristar gym in Canada, wants St-Pierre to have an epic return fight with either lightweight champion, Conor McGregor or middleweight champion, Michael Bisping.
It seems that almost everything Daniel Jacobs hears about his March 18 opponent, Gennady Golovkin, is that the mauler from Kazakhstan who’s won 23 consecutive fights by knockout is an unbeatable machine. Jacobs, who has already defied a more monstrous challenge, is making a multi-pronged effort this training camp with hopes of toppling the unbeaten, three-belt middleweight champion at Madison Square Garden. Part of it involves expert consultation with unbeaten, three-belt light-heavyweight champion Andre Ward. Part of it summons “The Incredible Hulk.” And some relies on the benefits of nutritionist Chris Algieri, the former champion boxer and Jacobs’ fellow New Yorker. Jacobs (32-1, 29 knockouts),