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Boxing: Canelo Alvarez to potentially return to the ring on Dec.15

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first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementCanelo Alvarez is coming off of the biggest win of his boxing career against the feared middleweight kingpin Gennady Golovkin who he beat via majority decision last week in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was undoubtedly the biggest fight of the year.Canelo Alvarez changed his strategy from the first fight, staying away from the ropes and remaining in the middle of the ring with Golovkin. Alvarez’s counterpunching and bodywork impressed the judges more than Golovkin’s relentless, punishing jab.However, ESPN reports that Canelo Alvarez will be back in the ring on December 15 in Las Vegas or New York. According to Canelo’s promoter Oscar De La Hoya, David Lemieux, and Jermall Charlo are the front-runners as the potential opponent for December 15.“We will get on a call and discuss it with Team Canelo and decide if he will fight on Dec. 15. That’s the date he would fight, but we don’t know the opponent yet,” De La Hoya said.“There are plenty of choices,” De La Hoya said. “Once I get the green light [from Alvarez on Thursday] when we talk to him I will get moving. We’re going to talk to our partners at AEG and the MGM [who jointly own T-Mobile Arena] and explore other possibilities like New York and The Garden. You have to fight at The Garden sometime in your career. It’s where all the greats have fought.”It’s also worth noting that Canelo’s contract with HBO has expired and Oscar is also looking for potential networks to take his superstar fighter too.“I strongly feel HBO is going to be more committed [to boxing] than ever. Now with AT&T and the merger, we had AT&T people at the fight for a reason. Never count out the 800-pound gorilla,” De La Hoya said. “Maybe they’ve been on hiatus for a bit, but it’s understandable. They’ve been going through this merger and there are changes. So it’s understandable. We’ve been patient. We’ve had other outlets to turn to where we can stay above water and keep our fighters active like with our fights on Facebook and ESPN. So we’re managing. HBO is our family and they’re always going to have first and last, and they’ve always been good to us.”With an impressive win over Gennady Golovkin, the stock of Canelo Alvarez as the biggest draw in boxing since Floyd Mayweather has only increased and without a doubt, he is the biggest star in world boxing.Also Read-Asian Games: Vinesh Phogat wins historic GOLD medal for India (VIDEO)last_img read more

Need to be mentally tougher for international cricket: Rishi Dhawan

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first_imgRishi Dhawan has realised what it takes to be successful at the international level and wants to do well during the upcoming limited-overs tour of Zimbabwe next month.Despite playing couple of games in this season of IPL, Dhawan was confident of being rewarded for his strong performances in domestic cricket. Dhawan’s experience from the Australia tour is now a thing of the past, as he gets ready for three one-dayers and two T20Is in Zimbabwe starting June 11.”I did not get to do much in IPL but I was expecting to be picked. I had done well in Ranji Trophy and Vijay Hazare and I was confident that I will be rewarded for consistent performances in domestic cricket,” Dhawan told PTI.The poster boy of Himachal cricket might be a consistent performer on the domestic cricket but he did not take much time to realise that playing for India is a different ball game.Dhawan played three out of five ODIs in Australia. While he did not get to do much with the bat, his effort with the ball was nothing to write home about as he ended up conceding 160 runs off 25 overs.LEARNT FROM AUSTRALIA TOUR”The Australia experience taught me a lot. I picked up a lot of things just by watching how seniors train in the nets. There were times I felt the pressure and nerves and since then I have focussed a lot on the mental side of the game.”Having said that, I gave my best in whatever chances I got and that I will try to do the same in Zimbabwe,” said the 26-year-old.advertisementWhile he is satisfied with his progress with the bat, Dhawan has worked a lot of late on increasing his pace.’WORKING HARD'”Last two months I have been working a lot on my bowling.I have made a conscious effort to increase my pace. The chats with Bharat Arun sir (bowling coach) in Australia also gave me confidence. Since swinging the ball is my strength, he just advised me to bowl in the good areas and do that consistently,” he said.Constant travelling after back-to-back games Down Under did not allow Dhawan to spend a lot of time with the seniors of the team. He stayed back with the T20 squad as a replacement for injured Bhuvneshwar Kumar but did not get a game and was later ignored for the World T20.Asked about not being picked regularly in IPL this season, Dhawan said it was the management’s call.On the Kings XI Punjab finishing last for the second season in a row, he added: “We could not get the combinations right from the start. T20 is a game of momentum and we were not able to get that momentum. We did play well in the last few games but overall it was disappointing”.In the end, he was all praise for the newly elected BCCI boss Anurag Thakur, who also hails from Himachal. “He has already done a lot for Himachal cricket. We have all the facilities in the state and I see a lot potential in the juniors.”(with PTI inputs)last_img read more