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Canelo And GGG Return Home In Episode One Of HBO’s ’24/7′ Series

Now that the fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor is over, we can all turn our attention to the very real boxing match between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin. The two athletes will finally face off in the ring on September 16th in a fight that both boxers promise to be the greatest of their lives. HBO teased the upcoming fight with the first episode of “24/7” focused on Canelo and Golovkin. Below are some of our favorite moments.

Canelo’s brother, Rigoberto Alvarez, returns to where it all started.

Rigoberto Alvarez in Juanacatlan. Credit: HBO Sports/YouTube

After an intro that hypes up the upcoming bout as the greatest of all time, narrator Liev Schreiber takes the viewers to Canelo’s childhood home in Juanacatlán, Jalisco, with his older brother, Rigoberto, as the tour guide. There, he points to the exact spot outside their former home where a then 10-year-old Canelo asked Rigoberto to train him. The small street outside became their ring until Rigoberto took him to train with Chepo and Eddy Reynoso when he was 13.

Canelito’s portrait hangs on the gym wall.

Canelito Alvarez. Credit: HBO Sports/YouTube

Canelo and Rigoberto visit his first gym, where Canelo spots an old newspaper article framed on the wall. The headlines states “El Niño En Busca De La Gloria” (The Boy In Search Of Glory) and features a photo of a scrawny, red-haired kid nicknamed Canelito.

Ana Maria Alvarez’s olla de frijoles make you hungry.

The infamous olla! Credit: HBO Sports/YouTube

After the visit to the gym, Canelo swings by his mom’s house for a visit. Canelo used some of his wealth to buy her a fancy new home with the large kitchen she’d always dreamed of owning. The camera eventually cuts to a shot of Ana Maria scooping beans out of, what else, one of those ceramic pots found in nearly every home in Mexico and the U.S. (my mom has two!). And like any traditional Mexican madre, Ana Maria spoils her baby boy with lots of food and plenty of homemade tortillas.

We see that Golovkin’s start parallels Canelo’s early beginnings.

Golovkin’s old ‘hood. Credit: HBO Sports/YouTube

The action then heads to the city of Karagandy in Kazakhstan, where Gennady Golovkin was born and raised. Much like with Canelo, it was an older sibling who put him onto the path towards a boxing career. Gennady and his twin brother Max played soccer for a time until their older brother Sergey dragged the two to the local boxing gym instead. Max retired from boxing in his early 20s and has supported his twin brother ever since.

Golovkin shares his three fundamentals of boxing.

Three Fundamentals. Credit: HBO Sports/YouTube

As narrator Liev Schrieber explains, Golovkin attributes his success to three fundamentals of the sport as he understands it, which he shares with a group of young Kazakhstan boxers training at the Olympic Training Center in Karaganda.

“Never be scared of anyone and don’t be nervous about anything. There are only three punches: jab, hook, and uppercut. The most important thing is heart and that’s what you need to show. If you do have a big heart, all of you will do well.”

How famous is Golovkin in his native Kazakhstan?VERY!

Giant Gennady approves! Credit: HBO Sports/YouTube

Check out this giant, autographed portrait of the boxer on the side of a wall of a bank.

Watch the special in its entirety below:

READ: Canelo, Triple G and Oscar De La Hoya Are Hyping Up Their Fight So Mayweather Vs. McGregor Doesn’t Steal Their Thunder

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J Balvin Debuts ‘Ma’ G’ with Canelo, Joins ‘Pokémon’ Album

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J Balvin Debuts ‘Ma’ G’ with Canelo, Joins ‘Pokémon’ Album

J Balvin had a pretty busy weekend. The Colombian superstar performed his new single “Ma’ G” at the Canelo vs. Yildirim boxing match. He also announced that he will be a part of the Pokémon 25 album.

J Balvin entered the ring with Canelo.

J Balvin performed at the big boxing match and joined Canelo Álvarez in his walk to the ring. At the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Balvin gave a fiery performance of “Ma’ G” that led into his 2018 global hit “Mi Gente.” The latter served as the soundtrack to Canelo’s epic entrance. That must’ve added to Canelo’s luck because he defeated Avni Yildirim.

J Balvin went back to his hometown for the “Ma’ G” music video.

“Ma’ G” was written by J Balvin, his longtime producer Alejandro “Sky Rompiendo” Ramírez, and “Tusa” co-writer Keityn. After tackling drill music with Eladio Carrión in “TATA,” Balvin gives the genre another spin here as he boasts about being the best. In Spanish, he says that he’s strong like Mike Tyson and he’s breaking through like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Balvin’s getting his swagger back with this triumphant return to his hip-hop roots.

The self-proclaimed “El niño de Medellín” returned to the city that raised him in the “Ma’ G” music video. The homecoming king got the streets dancing for him. Balvin is back with this first taste of new music from his next album.

Balvin is also joining the Pokémon franchise.

After Post Malone celebrated 25 years of Pokémon in a virtual concert on Feb. 27, J Balvin revealed that he will be part of a special compilation album. Katy Perry will join him, Posty, and other not-yet-announced artists for the Poké LP that’s due out this fall.

Read: J Balvin Gives Drill Music a Spin in Eladio Carrión’s “TATA” Music Video

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Logan Paul Made a Lewd Comment About Jose Canseco’s Daughter After the Ex-MLB Star Challenged Him to a Fight

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Logan Paul Made a Lewd Comment About Jose Canseco’s Daughter After the Ex-MLB Star Challenged Him to a Fight

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Jose Canseco continues to stir the pot. But this time, he decided to pick a fight with two of the most controversial personalities on the internet: Logan and Jake Paul, otherwise known as “the Paul Brothers”.

Jake Paul is a YouTube star who has recently dipped his toe into celebrity boxing. In the past, he’s fought other YouTubers like KSI and AnEsonGib, but this weekend he fought against pro basketball player Nate Robinson. The match took place before the Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. fight. Jake Paul ended up winning by knockout, and thus, his name began to trend on the internet.

It was because of Jake Paul’s win that ex baseball player Jose Canseco decided to challenge the YouTuber to a fight.

Jake Paul is known for being a YouTube personality but he is also known for being highly annoying. His sense of humor skews towards a younger audience who likes to watch Jake perform offensive “pranks” and an overly-machismo act.

And we all know Jose Canseco (unfortunately). The Cuban-American former MLB star is just as famous for his rocky personal life as his home run stats. He has been embroiled in controversies surrounding his drug-use and multiple domestic violence charges. Since his retirement from baseball, he has dipped his toe into both boxing and MMA fighting. And apparently, he has a high regard for himself.

Since Jake Paul won his fight against Nate Robinson so handily, Canseco decided he would bring the Paul brothers down a notch. On Sunday, he tweeted out: “I will fight anyone of the Logan [sic] Brothers they have enough for anyone with any type of talent yet or fighting skills”…Whatever that means.

Translation: Canseco was challenging either or both of the Paul brothers to a boxing match.

Never one to back away from free publicity, Jake’s brother Logan Paul jumped into Canseco’s thread and used the opportunity to drag Canseco’s daughter into the petty argument. He tweeted back: “no problem. i love smashing cansecos”. For those of you who didn’t know (which is pretty much all of us), Logan Paul was previously reported to be romantically involved with Canseco’s daughter, Josie Canseco.

Naturally, Jose Canseco didn’t take too kindly to Logan Paul speaking crudely about his daughter.

“Okay since you like smashing Canseco Logan get ahold of my agent Mike Maguire let’s get this done,” he fired off in a tweet storm. He followed that up with: “Logan Paul our fight will be definitely way more entertaining than the Tyson fight cuz at least we know one of us is going to get knocked out” and “And by the way no headgear needed for this fight I have a hard head.”

No word on whether or not this fight will come to fruition. We’re guessing, however, that it won’t.

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