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Chingo Bling is Back as Canelo Álvarez and He’s Firing Shots at Miguel Cotto

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“Saca tu colcha porque te vas a dormir ahí en el ring.”

Have you seen Chingo Bling’s impression of Mexican boxing star Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez? SPOILER ALERT: It’s GOOD. First, Chingo’s version of Canelo made us laugh with all his trash talk before the Floyd Mayweather fight. Then we were like ??? when Canelo had a litany of excuses to explain why he lost. Now he’s back to exchange fightin’ words with his latest rival, Puerto Rican boxing star Miguel Cotto, in a parody of HBO’s Face Off with Max Kellerman.

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Latinos Are Some Of The Strongest And Best Boxers And These Athletes Prove It

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Latinos Are Some Of The Strongest And Best Boxers And These Athletes Prove It

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Boxing is the one sport in which those individuals that come from an underprivileged background or have had to lace up the gloves to escape street violence can have their own rags to riches stories. Many of the greatest boxers of all time come from ethnic and cultural minorities, or from Global South regions such as Latin America. Today, world boxing is dominated by a handful of Latin American boxers and fighters of Latino origin in the United States. From junior flyweight all the way to heavyweight, Latino boxers are enjoying a dominance that translates into accomplished dreams and millions of dollars. Here are 13 established and upcoming fighters across most of the weight classes that are vanquishing their opposition and writing their names on the annals of global pugilism.

1. Saúl Canelo Álvarez
Weight class: middleweight

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The current king of boxing in financial terms. No one has made more money after Floyd Mayweather retired from boxing a couple of years ago. The Mexican Canelo has just signed a $350 million dollar deal with the streaming service DAZN and will fight again on September 14, Mexican Independence weekend, in Las Vegas. His opponent is yet to be confirmed, but it seems it will not be Gennady Golovkin, but perhaps the world light-heavyweight champ Sergey Kovalev. If that is the case and Canelo defeats him, he will prove his worth against a much heavier and much more powerful puncher. By this point we are all surprised by the amazing things Canelo can accomplish in the ring.

2. Andy “Destroyer” Ruiz
Weight class: heavyweight

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This native of Imperial Valley became an elite boxer after soundly defeating British champ Anthony Joshua in a shocking fashion. No one, other than experts and insiders, would have predicted a KO win by Ruiz, whose flabby physique contrasted with the muscular Joshua. He will make millions in the rematch, which is rumored for September, and win or lose he will increase his popularity among Latinos the world over. Mexican-Americans can now claim a champ amongst them.

3. Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada
Weight class: super flyweight

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This Mexican veteran is a true master of the craft. He recently defeated the Thai dynamo Sor Rungvisai, who had defeated the amazing Nicaraguan Chocolatito Gonzalez. Estrada combines savvy counterpunching with exquisite lateral movements and is bound to become a top pound-for-pound star in the lower weight classes. 

4. Teofimo Lopez
Weight class: lightweight

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This brutal puncher has quickly established himself as the top prospect in boxing. He is an American of Central American descent, and his fists have put him in line to challenge the pound-for-pound king, Ukranian Vassily Lomachenko. Only time will tell how far this bombastic pugilist will go, but he is must-watch TV and the diamante en bruto of powerful promoter Bob Arum. 

5. Zurdo Ramirez
Weight class: light heavyweight

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This powerful Mexican ex-champ recently moved up from super middleweight, where he enjoyed a great reign. He is ready to mingle with the big boys in the light heavyweight class. He is hungry and undefeated, a deadly combination. His persona is as ranchero as it comes, sombrero included, so he has captivated Latino audiences in the United States. 

6. Luis Panterita Nery
Weight class: bantamweight

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This former champ is undefeated and fights in a category in which the indomitable Monster, Japanese fighter Inoue, reigns supreme. Nery, a native of Tijuana, reminds us of the great Erik Terrible Morales in his precision punching and big cojones. After losing his title on the scale he is ready for big things and making up for lost time. 

7. Rigoberto “El Chacal” Rigondeaux
Category: super bantamweight

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This Cuban fighter is one of the best amateurs in history and has only one defeat in his record. He has been around for a while, but because of his exquisite defensive skills he is sometimes deemed as a boring fighter. In his latest fight, however, he went toe-to-toe with Mexican Julio Ceja, which made for a more audience-friendly demonstration of the escuela cubana del boxeo

8. Elwin “Pulga” Soto
Weight class: junior flyweight

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This Mexican just scored a huge upset by knowking out Puerto Rican raising star Angel Acosta. Mexico has given amazing fighters in this category (remember Humberto “Chiquita” Gonzalez?), and Soto could be the next in line to be a Hall of Famer. Even if his skills have to be polished a bit more, he possesses a fighting style reminiscent of the great punchers of the 1970s.

9. Vergil Ortiz Jr.
Weight class: welterweight

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Some consider him the top prospect in boxing. He fights in an elite category that includes Errol Spence Jr. and Terrence Crawford, perhaps two of the best fighters in the world. Ortiz has just demolished every single opponent due to his precise body punching and fierceness. His motto: hard work. He takes nothing for granted and seems to be destined for greatness. Born in the United States, Ortiz is proud of his heritage and often wears the Mexican national colors, verde blanco colorado

10. Jaime Munguia
Weight class: super welterweight

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This young champ started making headlines in 2018, when he was mentioned as a possible opponent for Gennady Golovkin when the May 2018 fight against Canelo fell through. Munguia is an all-action fighter that, however, still needs some work on his defense. He will eventually fight Canelo or GGG and surely produce an unforgettable fight. The native of Tijuana signed with streaming DAZN, just like Canelo, so we are sure there are big plans in store for him. But, as we said, he has to work on his defense or a big puncher might take him.

11. King Ryan Garcia
Weight class: super featherweight

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The Mexican-American golden boy has been touted as the successor of Oscar De la Hoya and Canelo: he is a charmer who is as galancito with the ladies as he is a killer in the ring. He possesses otherworldly speed and good instincts inside the ring. He is yet to be tested, though, which reveals the care that promoter Oscar De la Hoya has had in not rushing him into the elite circles just yet.  

12. David Benavidez
Weight class: super middleweight

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This former super middleweight champ was stripped from his title in 2018 after testing positive for cocaine. He is back with a vengeance and after admitting his guilt on social media he is determined to get back what he lost out of his own fault. Only time will tell, but he has one of the fastest hands in the upper divisions. A fight against Zurdo Ramirez would be a barn burner, one of those Latino classics. He is a native of Phoenix, Arizona. 

13. Luis “King Kong” Ortiz
Weight class: heavyweight

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This gargantuan Cuban puncher was very close to becoming the champ when he had Deontay Wilder on the verge of a knockout. He eventually lost a few rounds later but will fight a rematch in September. If he pulls off the upset, and he very well might be given his technique and ring generalship, we will have two Latinos, him and Andy Ruiz, calling the shots in the holy grail of boxing: the heavyweight championship of the world.

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Yes, Canelo And GGG Actually Sparred Six Years Ago, And They Talked About It On ’24/7′

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Yes, Canelo And GGG Actually Sparred Six Years Ago, And They Talked About It On ’24/7′

The fight of the year is literally hours away. Both Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin are on the final stretch of their training and will meet in Las Vegas for their weigh-ins before going toe-to-toe in the ring. As the two boxers prepare and fans begin their own preparations to converge at Las Vegas for the fight, HBO Sports has done their part to raise the anticipation levels by releasing the second part of their special, “24/7 – Canelo/Golovkin.” Below are some of the most revealing moments in an episode that digs into each fighter’s strengths and weaknesses.

Golovkin’s previous opponent, Daniel Jacobs, may have revealed some of GGG’s weaknesses.

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Early in the episode, GGG’s trainer, Abel Sanchez, rewatches his boxer’s fight against Daniel Jacobs in March of this year. GGG defeated Jacobs but the latter shocked the boxing world when he regained his footing after an early knockdown and went the full 12 rounds against GGG. Jacobs is the only fighter to date to have done so. Jacobs managed to win a few rounds and landed a number of good punches but lost by decision.

GGG relaxes with some ping-pong but it’s clear he’s a competitor.

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GGG and his training team are isolated in the mountains of Big Bear, Calif., so the boxer takes a needed mental break from training by going mano-a-mano with Sanchez on a round of ping-pong. It’s clear he is no less competitive with a paddle as he is with a glove.

Canelo meets a fellow Mexican champ, decorated jockey Victor Espinoza.

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Canelo spends some down time from training in San Diego by visiting Mexican horse racing jockey Victor Espinoza. Canelo’s love of all things equine is well-known and it shows in the clip. Espinoza made global headlines two years ago when he became the first jockey in 39 years to win the Triple Crown. He is also the first Latino jockey (and the oldest) to win the Crown.

Abel Sanchez predicts the fight will be similar to Canelo vs. Liam Smith.

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Sanchez is later shown watching one of Canelo’s fights, one he believes serves as a good predictor of how Saturday’s fight will go down: Canelo vs. Liam Smith. Sanchez watches and reveals a number of Canelo’s strengths and weaknesses. “He has a tendency to be slappy,” says Sanchez, adding, “[I]f he’s not on point for three minutes of a round he’s going to get knocked out… easily.”

Yes, Canelo and GGG sparred six years ago.

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The HBO special has repeatedly mentioned how Canelo and GGG first met six years ago, when Canelo was 19, for a couple of sparring sessions. Now the producers/director offer photographic evidence of that fateful meeting. Unfortunately, neither fighter uses the opportunity to talk trash. “He helped me, I helped him, like that,” said GGG. “I’ve improved a lot. I’ve fought many difficult opponents. They’ve given me experience,” said Canelo.

Watch the episode in its entirety:

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

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