Eleider Alvarez cemented his position as the mandatory challenger for WBC light heavyweight titleholder Adonis Stevenson tonight, beating former super middleweight titleholder Lucian Bute by fifth round TKO in Quebec City. In the opening two rounds, Bute (32-4-1, 25 KO) and Alvarez (22-0, 11 KO) fought at about a 50-50 tempo, but heads clashed at the end of the second and changed the fight. Bute was cut on the bridge of the nose, but Alvarez was cut on the forehead, and was very unhappy about it. In the third, he fought emotionally, and Bute was able to use that against him as the round wore on. We saw some more fire in the fourth. Alvarez, not known as a fiery competitor so far in his career,
Chael Sonnen accepted his loss to Tito Ortiz like a man at the Bellator 170 post-fight press conference, but the three-time UFC title challenger is now alleging that ‘The Huntington Beach Bad Boy’ verbally tapped out shortly into the first round. “The score is one-one between Tito and I and you always go into a rubber match,” Sonnen said on his podcast, ‘You’re Welcome!’ on Thursday (h/t Jed Meshew of MMA Fighting). “Everyone knows that. The only reason I kept my mouth shut at the Tito fight - look, Tito tapped in that fight. I knew Tito tapped when he tapped. I heard Tito verbally tap and I’ve never said a word about it, privately to Tito at the press conference or to you guys. I never said
Gerald Washington played football for USC and is 18-0-1 in his pro boxing career. The latter can definitely be said for Gerald Washington as he prepares to face Deontay Wilder in the Premier Boxing Champions event Saturday at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. Washington grew up in Northern California, but when he was 13, him and his mother, Rosa Rangel, moved to Mexico.