INSIDE THE RING: Rodriguez looks for another win in Las Vegas
SAN ANTONIO – Some people leave Las Vegas winners. On Saturday, “Bam” Rodriguez (12-0, 8 KOs) will face Mexico’s Saul Juarez (25-12-2, 13 KOs) in a junior flyweight bout at “The Bubble” in the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Rodriguez, who left for Las Vegas today, has been training for this fight since late September because his third fight of the year had been canceled twice before. No-Contest and AftermathA lot of people in the boxing world were really looking forward to the rematch between Joshua Franco and Andrew Moloney. “Honestly, I don’t even know how it started, I just know it got heated after the fight,” explained Rodriguez.
INSIDE THE RING: Canelo Returning To The Alamodome
According to multiple sources, including one close to the negotiations, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will make his return to the Alamodome on Saturday, December 19. 🇲🇽 Mi próxima pelea será en el @Alamodome de SATX, este 19 de dic vs @CallumSmith23 🥊 Venta de boletos miércoles 25. 🇺🇸 My next fight will be at the @Alamodome in SATX, this upcoming Dec 19th vs @CallumSmith23 🥊 Ticket sale Wed 25th. @MatchroomBoxing @DAZNBoxing #CaneloSmith pic.twitter.com/4B68BzJwF8 — Canelo Alvarez (@Canelo) November 20, 2020Canelo (53-1-2, 36 KOs) will be facing Britain’s Callum Smith (27-0, 19 KOs) in a 12-round super middleweight contest that will air live on DAZN. The fighters will be attempting to take each other’s belts, with Canelo owning the WBA “regular” super middleweight title and Smith’s WBA “super” super middleweight title.
INSIDE THE RING: Franco retains title belt after controversial review
San Antonio’s Joshua Franco was defending his WBA World Super Flyweight title against Australia’s Andrew Moloney, the man Franco took the belt from in June. Franco’s right eye immediately began to swell badly. At the end of the second round, Franco’s right eye was completely swollen shut. Multiple reviews aired showing what members of the broadcast believed to be the left jab by Moloney to cause the swelling of Franco’s right eye. After almost a half-hour of review, it was announced that the swelling was due to a accidental head-butt and Franco retained his championship belt.
INSIDE THE RING: San Antonio’s world champ to fight in Alamodome in front of fans, report says
– San Antonio’s world champ is coming home to defend his world title. Barrios has fought in San Antonio four times but never in the Alamodome and never as a defending world champion. “I’m very excited for my first title defense to be back home at the Alamodome,” Barrios said to KSAT 12 Sports Thursday. “Last fight I had (in San Antonio) was a sensational turnout and I know October 31st will be no different. Leo Santa Cruz has fought in San Antonio before in 2013.