The Friday Five: February 2nd, 2018

  1.  GGG-Canelo II Set For May 5th:  In a press release Tuesday, Golden Boy Promotions announced that the rematch between Canelo Alvarez and WBC/WBA/IBF/IBO Middleweight World Champion Gennady Golovkin is official. The fight is set for May 5th and will air on HBO Pay Per View, but there is no official venue as of this time.The rumored sites for this much talked about rematch have been the site of the first fight, T-Mobile Arena, or Madison Square Garden in New York City.The two faced off in September of 2017 in one of the most anticipated fights of the year. And while it seemed that Golovkin would win the fight via decision, the scorecards would yield a controversial draw due to the scorecard of Nevada judge, Adalaide Byrd.

    Alvarez is eager to erase all doubts regarding his status as the best middleweight in the world on May 5th.

    “I’m delighted to once again participate in one of the most important boxing events in history,” said Canelo Alvarez.

    “This second fight is for the benefit and pleasure of all fans who desire to see the best fight the best. This time, [Gennady] Golovkin won’t have any excuses regarding the judges because I’m coming to knock him out.”

    Come at the king, you best not miss…

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  2. Mayweather Teases MMA Debut:  In the last few days Mayweather has posted at least two teaser videos, seemingly trolling his fanbase into the idea of Mayweather fighting inside the cage.In both videos, a barefoot Mayweather is entering an MMA cage, similar to that of the UFC or Bellator.Mayweather returned from a two-year retirement in August of last year, when fought UFC superstar Conor McGregor, who was making his boxing debut.After stopping McGregor in the tenth round at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, the 40 year old Mayweather returned to his self-imposed retirement from the sport.
  3. Ronda Rousey Signs With WWE:  At the end of the WWE’s Royal Rumble event in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Sunday,  as WWE wrestlers Askua, and champions Charlotte Flair and Alexa Bliss were standing in the ring, Rousey’s UFC walk out music Bad Reputation played in the Wells Fargo Center, and Rousey draped in a jacket once owned by her childhood hero, Roddy Piper, walked down to ringside to make it known she is a member of the company. Rousey, who is a lifelong fan of pro wrestling, was rumored to join the organization since her loss to Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 in 2016. With the first ever women’s Royal Rumble match announced by the organization, Rousey’s name was mentioned as one of the surprise entrants who would enter the match.While that didn’t happen, it seems that with what happened in Philadelphia will yield her a match at the company’s Wrestlemania event, and per ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, Rousey has signed an exclusive full-time contract with the company for an unspecified amount and duration.
  4. Lomachenko Wants Linares At 135:  Following his dominate victory of Guillermo Rigondeaux, Vasyl Lomachenko may have found his next target in Jorge Linares.Lomachenko, who is the fastest ever to win world championships in as many weight classes, is looking to move up in weight and hopes to face off against the current WBA lightweight champion.“Ask and you shall receive…let’s do this at 135,” Lomachenko posted on his Instagram in response to Linares’ recent comments. “I’ll be patiently waiting for you to decide if you truly want this or not.”

    “You tell me when and where and the 135lb crown will be waiting,” the Venezuelan replied as a comment on the post.

    He then posted an image of his celebration after beating Mercito Gesta at the weekend.

    “The King Jorge is waiting for you at 135. Your dad named you right, because you are ‘vaSilly’ for wanting this fight,” he joked.

     

  5. Wilder Thinks Parker Needs KO To Beat Joshua:  While Deontay Wilder doesn’t consider Joseph Parker an underdog against Anthony Joshua, he thinks the WBO champion will need to lay out the British superstar and not leave anything to chance.Wilder believes Parker possesses the tools to win their heavyweight title unification fight,  The WBC heavyweight champ just thinks Parker  cannot leave the fight in the hands of the judges.Wilder can’t envision Parker winning a decision over Joshua in the United Kingdom, even if the unbeaten New Zealander deserves a 12-round win March 31 at Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

    “I give Parker a hell of a chance,” Wilder told BoxingScene.com recently.

“Parker, he’s got good footwork. He likes to move. And like I was telling him, because I know Parker, too. Most of us guys talk and we’ll send messages back and forth. Basically, as long as he keeps with his head movement and keeps throwing punches in there, he’s gonna definitely have a great chance of winning.”

“But I don’t feel that if it goes to the scorecards that they’re gonna give him that. He’s gonna have to knock Anthony Joshua out. He’s gonna have to. I don’t see them giving him that decision.”

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