Canelo unifies titles after Saunders' corner waves off fight in front of record crowd

By Sports Desk May 08, 2021

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  • AIBA donates boxing equipment worth US$45,000 to St Lucia Boxing Board AIBA donates boxing equipment worth US$45,000 to St Lucia Boxing Board

    The St. Lucia Boxing Association (SLBA) recently received boxing equipment worth just over US$45,000, thanks to the generosity of the International Boxing Association (AIBA). The equipment includes punching bags, headgear, gloves, hand wraps, mouth guards, uniforms, and skipping ropes.

    SLBA President David “Shakes” Christopher said the new batch of equipment will enhance the SLBA’s boxing programmes as the association continues to build awareness and attract new boxers to the globally popular sport.

    “It will also help us immensely as we continue to decentralize our progammes,” Christopher said. “Right now, we can focus on programmes for the Bordelais Correctional Facility (BCF), Boys Training Centre (BTC), our school programmes, and our chapters in Soufriere, Vieux Fort, Laborie, and Dennery.”

    The equipment follows a commitment made by AIBA’s president, Umar Kremlev, a year ago to support the local boxing association by way of providing much-needed equipment. Christopher said this week’s receipt of the new equipment proves that building relationships among associations is essential.

    “We’re very grateful to AIBA, especially president Umar Kremlev, for keeping to a promise he made last year in Panama,” said Christopher. “We intend to manage this equipment in the best way as we continue to create more champions and better citizens through boxing.”

    Headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland, the International Boxing Association, or AIBA (originally the Association Internationale de Boxe Amateur), is a sports organization that sanctions amateur (Olympic-style) boxing matches and awards world and subordinate championships. 

    Christopher said one of the major challenges the Association now faces relates to the heavy workload being carried by its National Head Coach, Conrad Fredericks. He noted that it’s a daunting task for Fredericks, who desperately needs extra hands to undertake the Association’s many programmes.

    “We appeal to past boxers to give back to the programme. We’ve noticed that in other fields of sport, athletes would pay it forward by becoming coaches and administrative representatives. However, for boxing, that seems to be lacking,” the SLBA president explained.

    Meanwhile, Coach Conrad Fredericks noted that the new batch of equipment came at the right time as the Association plans to open other boxing gyms across the island. He also added his voice to the president’s appeal for more coaches to come on board.

    Since the pandemic began, the boxing gym at Vigie has had to be closed at various times as the COVID-19 protocols were adjusted. However, Coach Fredericks emphasized that during the periods the gym does open, the necessary safety precautions are enforced.

    “We’re pleased to share that since the pandemic began, no case of COVID-19 has ever been recorded at the gym,” he said. “We try our utmost to follow all the relevant COVID-19 protocols. However, we find that as the number of cases increases nationally, many boxers are staying away from the gym. After all, boxing is a contact sport, so we do understand their concern.”

  • Oscar De La Hoya out of hospital after recovering from coronavirus Oscar De La Hoya out of hospital after recovering from coronavirus

    Oscar De La Hoya has overcome coronavirus after spending three days in hospital, the boxing great has confirmed.

    De La Hoya was due to come out of retirement to face former UFC champion Vitor Belfort in Los Angeles on September 11.

    However, the 48-year-old had to withdraw from the fight after falling ill with COVID-19.

    Former world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, 58, has been named as a replacement for De La Hoya, though that decision has been met with scrutiny.

    Indeed, the event has now had to be moved to Florida due to licensing issues.

    Holyfield has not fought in over a decade.

    Three days ahead of the bout that was supposed to make his return, De La Hoya offered an update of his recovery on his official Twitter account.

    "Hey guys, I am out of the hospital. I was in there for three days," De La Hoya tweeted.

    "COVID hit me really hard. I was in the best shape of my life and I really can't wait to get back in the ring.

    "Thank you very much for all your well wishes and all your support. I appreciate it."

    David Haye is ending his retirement to fight Joe Fournier in the headline bout.

  • Warrington's Lara rematch abandoned as technical draw after accidental head clash Warrington's Lara rematch abandoned as technical draw after accidental head clash

    Josh Warrington was left "absolutely gutted" after his rematch against Mauricio Lara was abandoned after two rounds in Leeds.

    The clash between the British fighter and his Mexican opponent was highly anticipated, after Lara stunned Warrington at Wembley Arena in February, handing him the first defeat of his career.

    A big crowd in Warrington's home city was charged up for their second showdown, but it ended in disappointment all round as an accidental head clash in the second round caused Lara a nasty cut above his left eye.

    It was announced to the frustrated crowd that a technical draw had been declared by referee Steve Gray because four rounds had not been completed.

    "I'm confused," Warrington told BBC Radio 5 Live. "I felt like I could burst into tears and I had a lump in my throat when Steve waved it off.

    "I thought I'd caught him in the first round and I could see a little nick there and I thought I'd keep on targeting that.

    "I'm just gutted, I'm absolutely gutted."

    Warrington said his early impression of the contest was that it was his for the winning.

    "I thought to myself, 'how did this guy knock me out?'," Warrington said. "I wanted to give [the crowd] a bit of a show. We had a few game plans but I'm gutted.

    "After that first round I thought, 'wow, I'm seeing everything, I'll just dictate this fight and I'll even stop it whenever'."

    He spoke of fancying a stoppage in the sixth or seventh round, saying he had "visualised this place going mental", and believes he and Lara could try again before long.

    "Obviously I want to get the 'W' again," Warrington said.

    "I want to have beaten every man I've ever stepped in the ring with. I want to get that under my belt and win another world title.

    "We've got to see how long it's going to take to heal. I've had seven months out since the last fight. I'd like to be out sooner but if we can get a quick turnaround we'll have it."

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