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Can Saunders Secure His Most Impressive Win to Date Over Lemieux?

Billy Joe Saunders will take to the ring on December 16 in Canada as the reigning and defending WBO middleweight champion, being the proud owner of a belt which he won way back in December 2015 when defeating fellow traveller Andy Lee. 


But since outpointing Irishman Lee with a majority decision success to become world champion at the Manchester Arena, Saunders has only defended it on two occasions, with unanimous decision triumphs over Artur Akavov and Willie Monroe Jr., more recently. 


Against game Russian Akavov, the undefeated world title holder was far from impressive and perhaps even lucky to get such a comfortable decision in the end at the Lagoon Leisure Centre on Scottish soil. The win over American challenger Monroe Jr was a lot better, having then undertaken Dominic Ingle as his newest coach. 


But the latter bout was still a drab affair and did nothing to further or boost Saunders’ appeal to a broader audience, as he outworked the New York-born southpaw quite comfortably. For most of the title defence, he was barely made to work at all, with Monroe having come in with a bizarrely inefficient gameplan. 


However, the 28-year-old will next face undoubtedly his toughest career test to date against former 160lbs champion David Lemieux, a far more serious challenge than an inexperienced and youthful Chris Eubank Jr, an indifferent Andy Lee and the far from threatening Willy Monroe Junior.


Hard-hitting Canadian Lemieux will enter the ring ropes as the evens outsider in the latest boxing odds to prevail on home territory, a promising price for a fighter on a strong surge of victories of late. Since being viciously stopped in a gallant showing against the division kingpin Gennady Golovkin in October 2015, the 28-year-old has earned four consecutive wins, including two big knockouts of Glen Tapia and Curtis Stevens. 

Of all the opponents Saunders has gone toe to toe with to date, none have possessed the punching power of Lemieux, and that could be a decisive factor come fight night. The latter home hope is promoted by Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy, who are seemingly keen to match the Canadian up with main cash cow Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez next year, rather than throw him in with ‘GGG’ once again in a highly awaited rematch. 


Despite being the favourite to prevail and maintain his unbeaten record on what will be his maiden venture outside of the UK in his professional career, it seems the odds are actually stacked against Saunders for this latest encounter.


It has been evident, too, that Saunders doesn’t boast the massive power capable of keeping a fleet-footed Lemieux away from the danger areas throughout their match-up. Knockout artist Lemieux produced what could eventually be voted stoppage of the year back in March when he brutally put Stevens’ lights out in New York City.


Could another vicious stoppage success be on the cards on home soil? It’s up to Saunders and Ingle to execute their upcoming gameplan perfectly to secure what would be a highly impressive victory on the road, but it looks likely of being a truly testing night in Quebec. 

Flipps Media Inc. announces star announcing team In English & Spanish for live stream of    “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. Live on Pay-Per-View, Saturday, May 6, from Las Vegas

Doug Fischer, Beto Duran, Erik Morales & Jorge Milhe

NEW YORK CITY (May 4, 2017) – Flipps Media has announced a team of veteran boxing announcers to handle its live stream, both in English and Spanish, for this Saturday night’s mega-fight between “Canelo” Alvarez and Julio Cesar “JC” Chavez, Jr., on Pay-Per-View at www.Canelo-Chavez.com in the United States and Canada, starting at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT, from sold-out T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The English language stream will have Golden Boy Promotions blow-by-blow announcer Beto Duran, while veteran boxing reporter and Ringtv.com editor Doug Fischer will serve as color commentator.  In Spanish, Mexican sports reporter and television personality Jorge Milhe will call the action with one of the greatest Mexican boxers of all-time, future Hall of Famer, Erik “El Terrible” Morales, as color analyst.
Morales is a seven-time, four-division world champion who retired with an outstanding 52-9 (52 KOs) professional record. He was 18-5 in world title fights, 16-8 (6 KOs) versus world champions. defeating some of the biggest names in boxing during his 19-year pro career, such as Manny Pacquiao, Paulie Ayala, Marco Antonio Barrera and Wayne McCullough.
“We’re very happy to have such an experienced, highly-respected team of announcers working this great night of boxing for English and Spanish speaking boxing fans in North America,” Flipps Media spokesperson Michael Weber said.  “They’re among the best in the business at their trades. Erik Morales is a boxing icon in Mexico.”
“Canelo vs. Chavez, Jr.”, promoted by Golden Boy Promotions in association with TGB, is available to watch in HD in English and Spanish on the www.Canelo-Chavez.com or  Canelo vs Chavez Jr. Online PPV websites for a suggested retail price of $69.99.
Boxing fans can watch the entire Canelo-Canelo, Jr. Pay-Per-View card live on http://www.Canelo-Chavez.com on any computer or mobile device.  All supporting events including the Canelo vs. Chavez Jr. press conference, weigh-in, and undercard fights will be streamed live globally FREE on the Canelo-Chavez.com website, the FITE.tv web site and on the FITE app available for iOS and Android devices.
The event is available for pre-order now at www.Canelo-Chavez.com
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Flipps Media Inc. to stream Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. Live on PPV, Saturday, May 6, from Las Vegas

NEW YORK, NY (May 1, 2017) – Flipps Media has announced that it will stream the May 6thsuper fight between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Julio Cesar “JC” Chavez, Jr., live on pay per view in the United States and Canada, starting at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT, from sold-out T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“Canelo vs. Chavez, Jr.”, promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, is available to watch in HD in English and Spanish on the Canelo-Chavez.com website for a suggested retail price of $69.99.
Boxing fans can watch the entire PPV card, headlined by the Alvarez-Chavez, Jr. 12-round fight being contested at a catch-weight of 164 ½ pounds, live at http://www.canelo-chavez.com from any computer or mobile device.  All supporting events including the Canelo vs. Chavez Jr. press conference, weigh-in, and undercard fights will be streamed live globally free on the Canelo-Chavez.com website, the FITE.tv web site and on the FITE app available for iOS and Android devices.
“We’re thrilled to host the biggest boxing event of the year, Canelo vs. Chavez Jr.,” said Flipps Media Co-founder and CEO, Kosta Jordanov.  “With this amazing PPV card, the English and Spanish HD feeds, and top boxing experts in the live chat, this will be an amazing night for all fans!”
“Our team here at Golden Boy Promotions has been working with Flipps Media for over a year now and we are thrilled that they are helping make this ‘can’t miss fight’ available to an even wider boxing fan base,” said Golden Boy Promotions Founder and CEO, Oscar De La Hoya.
The “Canelo vs. Chavez, Jr.” PPV card is loaded with exciting knockout artists, with eight of the main card fighters having a combined record of 272-18-2 with 194 knockouts, highlighted by the Alvarez-Chavez, Jr. cumulative record of 98-3-2 with 66 stoppages.
Alvarez vs. Chavez, Jr. is one of the most anticipated fights, easily a Fight of the Year candidate, featuring two of the highest-profile Mexican warriors, fighting on Cinco de Mayo weekend.
Twenty-six year-old Alvarez (40-1-1, 34 KOs) is the reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) world junior middleweight and The Ring magazine middleweight champion. The wildly popular fighter is moving up in weight to fight Chavez, Jr., who has dropped back down from light heavyweight.
Alvarez is 10-1 (6 KOs) in world title bouts, in addition to being 11-1 (4 KOs) in fights against current or past world champions: Shane Mosley, Miguel Cotto, Amir Khan, Miguel Vasquez (twice), Carlos Manuel Baldomir, Lovemore N’dou, Kermit Cintron, Austin Trout, Erislandy Lara and Liam Smith.
The son of legendary Hall of Famer Julio Cesar Chavez, Chavez, Jr. (50-2-1, 32 KOs) is a former World Boxing Council (WBC) middleweight world champion.  He has defeated world champions such as Carlos Molina, Sebastian Zbik and Andy Lee during his 13 ½ year professional career.
In his first pro loss, Chavez Jr. lost a 12-round decision to Sergio Gabriel Martinez, who survived a final round knockdown as Chavez tried to finish off the famed Argentinian.
The 10-round co-feature also has explosive potential as middleweights David Lemieux (37-3, 33 KOs) and Marcos “Dorado” Reyes (35-4, 26 KOs) have a higher combined knockout percentage than Alvarez-Chavez. Jr.
Lemieux, 28, is a highly skilledfighter from Montreal and a former International Boxing Federation (IBF) middleweight world champion.   He is 12-1 in his last 13 fights, since his loss to unified world middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin.
At stake for Lemieux is a possible throw-down with “Canelo” later this year.  The Canadian slugger has quality victories over Curtis Stevens, Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam, Gabe Rosado, Fernando Guerrero.  Lemieux is currently world rated among the top seven middleweights by all four major sanctioning bodies – WBO & WBC #4, WBA #5 and IBF #7 — as well as No. 3 by (independent) The Ring.
Reyes, fighting out of Chihuahua, Mexico, went thedistance in 2015 with Chavez, Jr., in a loss by way of 10-round unanimous decision.  Reyes is a former WBC FECOMBOX middleweight and Mexican light middleweight champion.
Former Interim WBC super lightweight champion Lucas “La Maquina” Matthysse (37-4, 34 KOs) returns to action for the first time since October 3, 2015 against Maryland welterweight Emmanuel “Tranzformer” Taylor (20-4, 14 KOs).
Matthysse is a fan-favorite fighter, power-puncher from Argentina.  His signature victories have been against former world champions Ruslan Provodnikov, Lamont Peterson, Humberto Soto, DeMarcus Corley and Vivian Harris
Taylor was a decorated American amateur boxer who owned a 186-26 amateur record, including three gold-medal performances in the National PAL Championships.  The 26-year-old has never been stopped as a professional, taking world champions Adrian Broner and Chris Algieri the distance.  Taylor has defeated Karim Mayfield, Victor Manuel Cayo and Raymond Serrano, among the more notables.
Rising featherweight star Joseph “JoJo” Diaz, Jr. faces fellow undefeated Californian Manuel Avila in a 10-round bout with future world title fight implications.
The 24-year-old Diaz, Jr. (23-0, 13 KOs), a 2012 U.S. Olympian, is the North American Boxing Federation (NABF) featherweight champion. He is the No. 2 contenders in the WBC and WBO world ratings, as well as No. 7 in the IBF. His most recent fight was a win by a 10-round unanimous decision (100-90 X 3) over 30-1-1 Horacio Garcia last December.
Avila, rated No. 10 by the WBC, is a live underdog having defeated 28-6 Jose Ramirez, 24-7 Prosper Ankrah and 23-6 Rene Alvarado in his last three fights.
The event is available for pre-order now at www.Canelo-Chavez.com



WBO Junior Middleweight Champion &

2008 U. S. Olympian

For Immediate Release

PROVIDENCE (July 21, 2015) – The war of words continue between representatives of undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior middleweight championDemetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (21-0, 14 KOs) and former two-time super middleweight titlist Anthony “The Man” Mundine (47-7, 27 KOs).


Team Andrade issued a press release last Saturday night regarding an agreement it alleged Team Mundine had reneged on for a fight between the two aforementioned fighters next month in Australia. Team Mundine issued a statement yesterday, in which it claimed it had never agreed to a deal, largely because it included a three-fight option on Mundine.


Today, Team Andrade countered with a statement of its own to clarify this dubious situation. “Let’s make this perfectly clear,” Andrade’s manager Ed Farris said. “Mundine’s side is bending the facts and hiding the truth in an attempt to back out of the fight. Their recent press release about our side asking for three options on Anthony Mundine isn’t true.  I just discussed this with Demetrius’ promoters (Joe DeGuardia, Star Boxing & Artie Pelullo, Banner Promotions) and there was never a three-fight option on Mundine in the proposed contract.  There was simply a rematch option clause, which to my understanding, guaranteed Anthony Mundine a substantial amount of money with significant minimums. All of the proposed agreements gave Mundine’s people 100-percent of the Australian television market, which is a huge opportunity for additional income beyond his purse. The ball is in their court and it has been for a week now. They have not sent us a counter-offer and that, unfortunately, tells me that his camp simply doesn’t want the fight to happen.”   


Farris further added, “As far as statements made by Mundine’s manager (Ben Thompson) that Anthony was offered ‘low dollars’ to fight Demetrius, Anthony Mundine’s purse is paid by HIS promoter, NOT our promoters. We have absolutely nothing to do with that.  I can tell you this, though, Anthony Mundine was offered more money than Demetrius Andrade for this fight. Mundine would have an opportunity to fight for the world title in his backyard for substantially more money than the world champion was getting. How much more does he expect us to give?”

Andrade remains hopeful that Mundine will accept the challenge and sign a contract to fight him as soon as possible. “I think Australian fans would love to see their two-time World Champion fighting the current World Champion in his home country,” Andrade commented. “I want this fight to happen. I don’t care about a rematch clause.  The fact is, if Mundine beats me, he deserves to go fight whoever he wants. I’ve told my promoters to get rid of the rematch option and make this fight happen.

“I’ve made some mistakes in the past – God knows everyone does – but I’m doing everything I can to get back in the ring and give fans what they want.  They’ve been great to me and they deserve to see fights they really want.  Hopefully, they’ll soon get to enjoy watching a great fight between me and Mundine.”

Follow Demetrius Andrade on Twitter @AndradeATeam or @BooBooBoxing.

Australian Waffle Anthony Mundine gets cold feet after WBO Jr. Middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade Agrees to terms for title fight next month in Australia


WBO Junior Middleweight Champion &

2008 U. S. Olympian

For Immediate Release

(picture by Shane Sims / Banner Promotions)


PROVIDENCE (July 18, 2015) – The long awaited ring return for undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior middleweight champion Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (21-0, 14 KOs) has, unfortunately, hit another roadblock as Anthony “The Man” Mundine (47-7, 27 KOs) has reneged on an agreement to challenge Andrade next month in his native Australia.


“We agreed to terms with Mundine’s promoter but have heard nothing back since then,” 27-year-old Andrade explained. “Mundine calls out (Floyd) Mayweather but he won’t take a legitimate WBO World title fight at 154 pounds in his own country? Same old story, I guess. Everybody wants something until they have a chance to really get it.”

“Anthony Mundine’s team had one of those careful-what-you-wish-for moments,” Andrade’s manager Ed Farris noted, “in which Demetrius accepted all of their requested terms, including Demetrius putting up his WBO belt to fight Mundine on his own home turf.  After previously agreeing to fight Andrade, Mundine’s team has now had a change of heart, and they apparently are looking to fight a lesser opponent.”

Andrade hasn’t fought since he destroyed WBO No. 1 mandatory contender Brian Rose (25-1-1) in seven rounds on June 14, 2014. Unable to lure either Mayweather or Miquel Cotto into a mega-fight, nor WBO No. 1 contender Saul “Canelo” Alvarez,or even a unification with WBA champion Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara, 2008 U.S. Olympian Andrade believed that he finally had a title defense locked in for next month against former two-time super middleweight world champion Mundine.


“I don’t understand,” a frustrated Andrade added. “We offered this guy a chance to win the championship of the world in his home country and he looked for a way out instead?  What kind of fighter is he?  Any real fighter would do anything for that kind of an opportunity.”


Follow Demetrius Andrade on Twitter @AndradeATeam or @BooBooBoxing.