Oscar De La Hoya has declared Canelo Alvarez the new pay-per-view (PPV) king of boxing, and it's hard to deny him with today's newest evidence.
Canelo is one of the most fierce fighters on the planet, having fought some of the best the sport has to offer and only losing once (a unanimous decision to the greatest of all time in Floyd Mayweather). Alvarez comes off of a controversial Majority Draw decision against fellow knockout artist Gennady Golovkin, who many believe clearly won the fight and was robbed of the biggest victory of his career. Despite this, a rematch between the pair is expected to go down early next year, most likely on Cinco De Mayo.
Per a report from Boxing Scene earlier today (Thurs. September 28, 2017), the fight between Canelo and GGG generated a whopping $27,059,850 from 17,318 tickets sold per numbers released by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).
Oscar De La Hoya, a former boxing champion in his own right and current frontman of Golden Boy Promotions, recently talked to ESPN to react to the amazing numbers, and proclaimed that the Mexican mega-star is the top draw in the sport of boxing today (quotes via Boxing Scene):
"By drawing the third-largest gate in (boxing) history, Canelo has demonstrated once again that he is the top draw in our sport," De La Hoya told ESPN.
"And the scary thing is that he's still only 27 years old. As he continues to engage in the kind of hard-fought battles he had with GGG, Canelo's popularity will only continue to soar."
Due to the controversial decision from Canelo vs. GGG judges; Dave Moretti issued a score of 115-113 for Golovkin, Don Trella scored a draw at 114-114, and Adalaide Byrd ridiculously scored the fight 118-110 in favor of Canelo, Golovkin has retained the IBF, IBO, WBA, WBC middleweight titles.
Canelo has a mandatory rematch clause that he plans to exercise early next year, and has already stated that he wants it to be his first fight of 2018. It should be interesting to see how things go down the second time around between these two.
What are your thoughts on De La Hoya's comments, labelling Canelo the new biggest draw in boxing? Are his comments justified? Is there anyone else in the sport that could out-draw Alvarez? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!
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