Breaking Down the Pay-Per-View Rebound

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FROM SHOWTIME BOXING ANALYST STEVE FARHOOD

On Friday, December 12, WBA Super Welterweight titlist Erislandy Lara will fight for the first time since his controversial split decision loss to Canelo Alvarez in July.

Lara will defend his title against former champion Ishe Smith.

In most cases, a pay-per-view main event is the biggest bout of a fighter’s career. A loss in such a bout can be devastating … or not.

Here’s a look at recent pay-per-view losers and how they fared in their very next fight.

Marcos Maidana surprised almost everyone by pushing Floyd Mayweather in May. The Argentine powerpuncher was about a 10-1 underdog, but he roughed Mayweather up and halfway through seemed a legitimate threat to win. Mayweather rallied, of course, and remained unbeaten by securing a majority decision.

In the September rematch, Mayweather dictated the terms and won again on points, but this time far more convincingly.

It was only the second rematch of Mayweather’s career.

Two other Money victims fared much better than Maidana, probably because they didn’t face Mayweather again. In May 2013, Robert Guerrero, a former world titlist in two divisions, challenged Mayweather and lost by one-sided decision. “The Ghost” took more than a year off, then in June engaged in one of the year’s best fights, decisioning Japan’s Yoshihiro Kamegai.

Guerrero remains a top contender at 147 pounds.

When you’re as young and popular as Canelo Alvarez, there’s plenty of life after Floyd. In September 2013, Canelo lost for the first time when he was thoroughly outboxed by Mayweather. The Mexican has gone 2-0 since, destroying Alfredo Angulo in March and edging Lara in July.

Alvarez is the No. 1 ranked junior middleweight in the world–assuming you list Mayweather only among the welterweights.

When Brandon Rios fought Manny Pacquiao in November 2013, he was coming off a loss to Mike Alvarado. It didn’t shock anyone when, in November 2013, he finished second-best to Pac-Man as well. But all-action Rios rebounded in August with a disqualification win over tough Argentinean Diego Chaves.

Rios was behind by a single point on two cards at the time of the DQ.

It’s been tough to figure future hall of famer Miguel Cotto. The Puerto Rican fought well in losing a decision to Mayweather in May 2012, then lost again on points seven months later to difficult southpaw Austin Trout. At that point, most observers decided Cotto was near-finished.

But after a blowout of fringe contender Delvin Rodriguez, Cotto was reborn with a crushing stoppage of middleweight titleholder Sergio Martinez in June.

He is the only Puerto Rican to have won titles in four different weight classes.

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Finally, there’s the curious case of Victor Ortiz, who is among boxing’s most unpredictable performers. A title-winning effort against welterweight king Andre Berto landed Ortiz a shot at Mayweather in September 2011. After suffering a knockout loss, Ortiz lost twice more, both times by stoppage, to Josesito Lopez (Ortiz was ahead on points when he suffered a broken jaw) and Luis Collazo.

Ortiz, who has always made for good fights, is scheduled to return to the ring on Dec. 13 against an opponent to be announced.

The Stars of the Mayhem Undercard Shine: Photos from the Mayweather vs. Maidana 2 Undercard Workout

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Canelo Impresses with Controversial TKO Over Angulo. Santa Cruz Retains Title. Full Recap of March 8 PPV

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Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez scored a controversial 10th round technical knockout victory over Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo in front of 14,610 fans at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in the main event of Saturday’s “TOE TO TOE: CANELO vs. ANGULO” on SHOWTIME PPV.

Canelo (43-1-1, 31 KOs) landed a vicious left uppercut that rocked “El Perro’s” head back at 0:47 of the 10th round. Sensing Angulo was taking too much punishment, referee Tony Weeks stepped in and halted the exciting battle. Continue reading

Alfredo Angulo Ready to Test Canelo Hype in Biggest Fight of His Career

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By Tim Smith
In boxing there are career-defining fights and there are career-altering fights. Alfredo Angulo believes he had his career-defining fight against Erislandy Lara, even though he lost on a 10th round TKO last June.

When Angulo takes on Canelo Alvarez in a 12-round junior middleweight match Saturday night, the outcome could change the course of Angulo’s career and his life forever. A victory over Alvarez in a major, nationally televised SHOWTIME PPV event on a big stage like the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas could propel Angulo to heights he could only dream about a few years ago. Continue reading

All Access: Canelo vs. Angulo – Episode Two Goes Inside the Angulo Camp

angulo-virgil-hunterBehind every great boxer stands a great trainer. The boxer-trainer dynamic is one that can make the difference between a convincing victory or a crushing defeat.

On Saturday, Alfredo Angulo will only listen to one thing during the heat of battle – the words of his renowned trainer, Virgil Hunter.

Watch this ALL ACCESS: Canelo vs. Angulo Web Extra as Angulo and Hunter head back to King’s Gym in Oakland, where Hunter began his career, to speak with fans and members of the community.

Episode Two of All Access: Canelo vs. Angulo premieres tonight at 10PM ET/PT on SHOWTIME