Last week in boxing: Nov. 24, 2015
* Saul “Canelo” Alvarez won a unanimous decision over Miguel Cotto to win the vacant WBC middleweight title on Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino Events Center in Las Vegas. Cotto was game and gutsy but the final scores reflected the ultimate outcome, 117-111, 119-109, 118-110.
* THE RING magazine world junior featherweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux scored a 10-round unanimous decision against Drian Francisco on the Alvarez-Cotto undercard Saturday night.
* Former world junior welterweight champion Lovemore Ndou, who had faced both Cotto and Canelo, predicted that Cotto would win on Saturday night.
* Before the Canelo-Cotto bout on Saturday night, Gennady Golovkin said, “Canelo lost too much weight; it’s a 50/50 fight.”
* Cotto’s trainer, Freddie Roach, at the Canelo-Cotto post-fight presser: “I still think my guy fought a good fight. We had a game plan to outbox (Canelo) and I thought we did that. I thought his defense was impeccable. I thought he blocked a lot of shots. he landed a lot of combinations. I thought we had the edge at the end but it went the other way. That’s life.”
* WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham won a split decision over Martin Murray on Saturday night in Hannover, Germany.
* RIP, Champ! Former undisputed light heavyweight champion Bob Foster, considered one of the greatest 175-pounders of all time, passed away Saturday at the age of 77.
* Undefeated IBF No. 3, WBO No. 1 and WBA/WBC No. 2-rated super middleweight Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez scored a 10-round unanimous decision over Gevorg Khatchikian Friday at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas’ Chelsea Ballroom.
* Freddie Roach before Alvarez-Cotto last Saturday: “Canelo’s defense is terrible. He follows you wherever you go. He’s like a robot. If you use angles on him, he will be lost. He cannot make adjustments well. We need a fight like this. It’s great for the sport.”
* Rigondeaux: “To the rest of the super bantamweights out there with belts, beware because I am coming for them. I’m coming for all the belts and I am going to destroy them all. I am the real champion and everyone knows it. If you want to step in the ring with me to prove it, let’s do it. It’s up to the fans to demand it from their champion to step up and get in the ring with me. They can run but they can’t hide.”
* Floyd Mayweather Jr. on former UFC women’s bantamweight champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey’s recent loss to Holly Holm: “I don’t speak on nobody’s situation. Just in boxing, period, contact sports, period, you win some, you lose some. I don’t know about this fight. I just know that you win some and you lose some. It basically comes with the territory.”
* Cotto on refusing to pay the WBC sanctioning fee before his bout with Alvarez this past week: “I am not disappointed by the WBC’s decision. It was all about money. The fee for this fight was absurd to me and I prefer to keep the money in my account. I don’t need to pay attention to (Golden Boy Promotions President) Oscar De La Hoya’s opinion. He should take care of his own business and I will take care of mine. I don’t stick my nose in Oscar’s business. The organizations want four champions in every division just to earn a percentage from everybody. Then we have to pay for their mistakes. This is not fair to me. The WBC told me my offer was not reasonable to them. They told me I was not going to be the champion anymore. I don’t need their belt. I have enough belts in my house and, with the money I saved, I can buy any belt I want. I can be the champion of whatever I want in my house.”
* Former cruiserweight king David Haye, who also claimed the WBA heavyweight title during his career, is set to return to the ring next year. Haye has been working with new trainer Shane McGuigan, the son of Irish featherweight legend Barry. Shane also handles unbeaten junior featherweight king Carl Frampton.
* UCNLive’s Steve Kim on Rose Saavedra: “Like many others here on the Southern California boxing scene, I was stunned and saddened to hear about the news on early Monday evening regarding the unexpected passing of Rose Saavedra. Now many of you may have never heard of her but she was a vital and beloved part of the boxing community. Ms. Saavedra was an inspector for the California State Athletic Commission. She was universally respected and liked by the combatants, managers, trainers and promoters in our sport. Rose was not only highly competent but was an individual who truly cared about those who came her way. You talk to anyone who had to deal with her and it was unanimous: She was a gem. It’s people like her – who are often anonymous and unsung – who make this business tick.” Rest in peace, Rose.