AND AROUND THE WORLD
MICHAEL CARBAJAL STILL A CHAMPION
Five-time world champion, Hall of Famer and Olympic silver medalist Michael Carbajal may be recording the best victories of his life at the age of 43 as a retired boxer. Instead of receiving a beautiful belt or medal for his achievements, Carbajal now helps build character for countless Phoenix youngsters who may not have another way to get off the mean streets.
Chris Jan Jaszczuk
Creating the Mestizo Belt for Canelo-Saunders
The State of Mexico, the World Boxing Council decided, would be in charge of the elaboration of the 2021 commemorative belts. The first of those two belts, The Mestizo belt, a unique and splendid 'trophy' will forever be possessed by the winner of the mega clash between Mexican Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Englishman Billy Joe Saunders, Saturday, May 8 at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, in Arlington, Texas.
The “Mestizo Belt”; a masterpiece made by the artisans Raúl Pérez Carmona and Mrs. Vianey Rebeca Flores Martinez, from Toluca, consists of 305 hours of pita embroidery work in genuine black leather, two-thread embroidery plus embossed flowers.
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CANELO STOPS SAUNDERS
SETS SIGHTS ON IBF CHAMP CALEB PLANT
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Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez did not disappoint on his promise to stop WBO champ Billy Joe Saunders in eight to ten rounds which he did in front of 73,126 fans at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
At the end of the fight, all the judges had Canelo up which made it easier for Saunders corner to call a halt with Saunders sitting on the corner stool with a possible fractured cheek bone and a closed right eye.
This victory earned Canelo the WBO Super Middleweight World Title, added to the WBC 168-pound and the WBA Super Middleweight Super Championship, which he already held.
After the victory and with his sights set on being the undisputed champion, Canelo challenged American Caleb “Sweet Hands” Plant, who holds the IBF 168-pound crown.