HBO Boxing Podcast - Episode 20 - Chris Algieri Interview

Undefeated fighter Chris Algieri speaks with HBO Boxing Insiders Kieran Mulvaney and Eric Raskin ahead of his bout with Manny Pacquiao, which takes place November 22 at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT on HBO PPV.

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Canelo Alvarez Makes His Return to HBO

Photo: Ed Mulholland

Photo: Ed Mulholland

Mexican fighter Canelo Álvarez will once again fight on HBO.  Álvarez , along with Golden Boy Promotions Founder Oscar de la Hoya and HBO Sports President Ken Hershman, announced today that a major new agreement had been reached to showcase the fan-friendly fighter on the network

"For all of my career, I have wanted to fight on HBO for one main reason–I believe it will allow more of my fans to see me in action," said the 24-year-old Álvarez (44-1-1, 31KOs). "Today marks a huge milestone for me, and I look forward to a long and successful partnership with HBO."

Álvarez, a light-middleweight known for his tremendous punching power, made his pro debut in 2005 at the age of 15 and quickly became one of the most popular fighters in the sport. His exciting style and a willingness to take on all comers has captured fan attention throughout the world.

"Everyone at HBO is excited to welcome back Canelo Álvarez to the HBO family, and we can't wait to re-introduce him to our subscribers," said Ken Hershman, president of HBO Sports. "At only 24-years-old, Canelo has already established himself as one of the boxing world's brightest stars, and we look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship as we embark on this new chapter together. We are delighted to partner with Oscar de la Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions in presenting Canelo's fights and events on our various platforms."

Canelo has previously fought seven times on HBO platforms in his pro career; three times on the HBO Boxing After Dark series in 2011 against Kermit Cintron, Matthew Hatton and Ryan Rhodes, and four on the HBO Pay-Per-View platform versus Jose Miguel Cotto (2010), Carlos "Tata" Baldomir (2010), Alfonso Gomez (2011) and Sugar Shane Mosley (2012).

"I'm thrilled to be part of this historic agreement between Canelo Álvarez and HBO Sports, an agreement that marks another major step in Golden Boy Promotions' primary goal–to give boxing fans the fights they want to see," said Oscar de la Hoya, founder of Golden Boy Promotions. "Canelo is the best young fighter in the sport, and this move will help line him up to fight top opponents in the sport for many years to come."

A former world champion, Canelo is eager to once again hold a title belt. His record includes victories over some of the best fighters in the light-middleweight division including Austin Trout, Alfredo Angulo, Shane Mosley and, most recently, the dangerous southpaw Erislandy Lara. Canelo's lone blemish in 46 fights came in September 2013 against Floyd Mayweather in the highest grossing bout of all time, further cementing Canelo's stature as boxing's next superstar fighter.

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The Fight Game with Jim Lampley: Overtime

Jim Lampley and Michelle Beadle are joined by Max Kellerman to extend the conversation from Tuesday’s episode of The Fight Game. 

Before the Bell, Boxers Make the Media Rounds

By Kieran Mulvaney

HBO Boxing is awakening from its summer slumber, with a trio of fight cards already slated for the fall and many more matchups still to be announced. And before the boxers involved in those cards sequester themselves in training camp, they've embarked on the obligatory media tour – in the case of Manny Pacquiao and Chris Algieri, across 27,000 miles and a couple of continents. Here are some brief snapshots of what the fighters had to stay at their press stops:

October 18: Gennady Golovkin vs Marco Antonio Rubio, Carson, Calif.

Undefeated Golovkin may still be searching for the defining fight he seeks against a big-name opponent, but he isn't helping his case by the manner with which he dispatches the foes he does face. His three-round wipeout of previously durable Daniel Geale in July would be Exhibit A in that regard. In Rubio, he's facing a tough veteran who has failed to go the distance only once in the last ten years. He figures to at least give Golovkin a lengthier outing than he's been used to of late.

Of course, Rubio's sights are set somewhat higher than being a long-lasting punching bag.

"GGG is the best, and that's why we're here," he said at a Los Angeles press conference in late October. "If I beat him, that will make me the best middleweight!"

Golovkin, as is his wont, was all smiles and accented optimism.

"This is a big step for me," he said. "First fight in L.A., biggest name in the division from Mexico. Good boxer, smart, not scared. It's a good fight for me."

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco - Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco - Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

November 8: Bernard Hopkins vs Sergey Kovalev, Atlantic City, NJ

It hasn't been the best few weeks for Atlantic City, with three of its gambling properties – Showboat, Revel and Trump Plaza – shuttering for, at best, an indefinite period. But there just might be help on the horizon for America's Favorite Playground, because the old sheriff is riding into town.

Hopkins has beaten back a fair few challenges in AC over the years, and he'll be looking to do the same with Kovalev, who is becoming something of a fixture on the boardwalk himself after splattering Cedric Agnew and Blake Caparello in his last two outings.

It's a classic and intriguing matchup between a wily veteran (who turns 50 years old two months after the fight) and a power-punching relative ingénue; Hopkins, as gifted as a pitchman as a pugilist, was happy during a press conference in New York to sell the prospect of his suffering a career-ending stoppage.

"The sweet science is not based on only one thing you can do particularly well," he said. "If he comes in the game thinking a punch is all he'll need, he might be right, so you should watch. I'm walking a tightrope hundreds of feet in the air. He crushes people. Only three or four people survive his hammer."

"I am not a talker, I am a fighter and I am sure Bernard will promote the fight for both of us," countered the less-loquacious Russian, although he did manage to deliver one dig at the man who has changed his nickname from "The Executioner" to "The Alien." "It is not easy to overlook Hopkins. I think when he's 60 years old he'll be in the same condition. He's an alien, but I have to send him to the moon and maybe from there he'll go by himself to Mars."

Photo Credit: Will Hart

Photo Credit: Will Hart

November 22: Manny Pacquiao vs Chris Algieri, Macau, China

It is safe to say that Algieri, winner of a disputed decision over Ruslan Provodnikov last time out, is not exactly favored against future first-ballot Hall-of-Famer Pacquiao. But the man from Huntington, New York has been doing his best to sell a skeptical boxing public on his chances.

"He knows how to fight," Algieri generously acknowledged of the eight-weight world champion; "It's going to be my job to break his focus and his will."

Pacquiao, of course, rarely if ever ventures into such territory, observing of Algieri that he "is undefeated and a world champion." Of course, he did then go on to observe that, "I love to fight undefeated guys. I want them to experience that first defeat."

During a mammoth press tour that began in Macau and took in Shanghai, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York, the two men engaged in some light-hearted duels at the pool table, on the basketball court and in the batting cages, with the American reportedly gaining the edge at all three disciplines.

"He threw everything," said Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach. "If they were playing for money, it would have been different."

"As a Christian, I'm giving an advantage," Pacquiao smiled. "But in a real fight, it's different."

HBO Boxing Podcast - Episode 19 - Mailbag

For the first time ever, HBO Boxing Insiders Kieran Mulvaney and Eric Raskin are answering listener questions. If you have a question or comment for the HBO Boxing Podcast, email us at boxingpodcast@hbo.com, or fill in the form below.

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Hey Harold!: Judges' Training

HBO Boxing unofficial scorer Harold Lederman answers a Facebook question and discusses the training involved to become a judge.

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