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Mayweather Masterful To Top Canelo

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LAS VEGAS — At this point, the only thing that will be able to stop pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. is Father Time, because no fighter can do it.

In what some were calling Mayweather’s toughest test in many years, he authored a clinic against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez as he rolled to a majority decision to unify junior middleweight world titles Saturday night — on Mexican Independence Day weekend — at the sold-out MGM Grand Garden Arena, where the all-time gate record of $20,003,150 was set by the more than 16,746 in attendance.

The crowd was overwhelmingly cheering for Alvarez, the 23-year-old Mexican hero, but he was no match for the brilliance of Mayweather, who did as he pleased in Rounds 1 through 12 in the biggest fight in years.

“Canelo is a young, strong champion. A great Mexican champion,” Mayweather said. “I take my hat off to him and to Mexico. He can take a loss and bounce back.

“Seventeen years, and I’m still going strong. I think had I pressed the attack earlier, I could have gotten the stoppage, but I am very happy with my performance.”

The fight likely will set the record for the richest event in boxing history and could challenge the all-time pay-per-view record of 2.44 million buys. Both those records were set by Mayweather’s 2007 win against Oscar De La Hoya.

Although Mayweather cruised, the judges incredibly made it a majority decision.

Judges Dave Moretti (116-112) and Craig Metcalfe (117-111) had it for Mayweather, while judge C.J. Ross scored it an unconscionable 114-114. She also is one of the two judges who gave Timothy Bradley Jr. a decision win against Manny Pacquiao in one of boxing’s most controversial decisions in years. ESPN.com had it a 120-118 shutout for Mayweather.

“I’m not in control of the judges,” Mayweather said. “I’m a little in shock, but everything is a learning experience.”

For his easy work, Mayweather also made easy money, a guaranteed record purse of $41.5 million. He surely will earn much more once the profits from the Showtime pay-per-view event are tallied.

Mayweather, 36, of Las Vegas, fought like a man years younger, as usual. He landed his right hand almost at will and peppered Alvarez with solid jabs. Mayweather was so quick, he evaded nearly every heavy shot Alvarez threw.

“It was simple: I couldn’t catch him,” Alvarez said through a translator. “He was very elusive. He’s a great fighter. I did not know how to get him. He is very intelligent. He’s got a lot of experience. Honestly, I couldn’t find him. In the later rounds, I felt frustrated. I recognize that he beat me. I tried to connect on him, but I just couldn’t. At the same time, he also missed me a lot. A lot of punches landed on my gloves.”

Mayweather’s clinic came against a much bigger man. Although Alvarez made the 152-pound catchweight limit Friday and Mayweather was 150½, Alvarez rehydrated to 165 on fight night while Mayweather lost a half-pound from the weigh-in. But that added bulk made no difference, as Mayweather was his typically elusive self. His defense, as always, was tight, and his punches were fast.

“When I woke up [Saturday] morning, I was 146 pounds, so I had to call my chef and get something in my system,” Mayweather said.

For the fight, Mayweather landed 232 of 505 punches (46 percent), according to CompuBox statistics, and Alvarez was limited to connecting on just 117 of 526 punches (22 percent).

Alvarez, the 2010 ESPN.com prospect of the year, had won a vacant title by lopsided decision against Matthew Hatton — the younger brother of British star and former two-division titlist Ricky Hatton — and was making his seventh defense. But none of those opponents were remotely in Mayweather’s class.

Both fighters tried to establish their jabs in the opening round, although Alvarez also went for Mayweather’s body in an effort to slow him down. But that didn’t work.

Despite it being a tactical fight early, Mayweather, with his quickness, was able to land jabs and move out of the way before Alvarez’s slower punches could connect.

Mayweather (45-0, 26 KOs) found a bit more offense in the third round, landing two hard right hands cleanly in succession. Alvarez — whose contract called for $5 million but whose guarantee was more in the $12 million neighborhood — took them well.

Mayweather snapped Alvarez’s head back with another right in the fourth round, and Alvarez retaliated with a low blow, drawing a warning from referee Kenny Bayless. But Mayweather shook it off and began to open up with his punches even more, tagging Alvarez to the head with more right hands and working the body.

“I took my time; I listened to my dad [trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr.],” Mayweather said. “My father was telling me what to do and to press the attack. My dad had a brilliant game plan.”

Mayweather began to lay a bit of a beating on Alvarez in the fifth round. He landed a really clean right hand and was doubling up his jab, and Alvarez’s face began to swell. Mayweather continued to land right hands against a seemingly confused and tiring Alvarez in the sixth round.

It was more of the same in the seventh, although Mayweather additionally landed a clean right uppercut — as if Alvarez needed any more problems.

The one thing Alvarez had some success with was landing punches on Mayweather’s arms. But that was all that was available to him.

“In some of the rounds, I had to take my time and pull back because he was hurting my arms,” Mayweather said. “He’s a strong competitor, but it was nothing I had never felt before.”

By the time the last quarter of the fight arrived, Alvarez seemed to have lost his spirit and to be just trying to make it to the final bell as Mayweather continued to land nearly at will.

“The frustration was there, but simply he is a great fighter,” Alvarez said. “We tried to catch him; that’s what we tried to do all day. The 15 pounds were negated because I couldn’t catch him. There is no doubt he’s a great fighter, a very intelligent fighter. There was no solution.”

Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KOs) has a good chin, and Mayweather isn’t a big puncher. But all those shots Alvarez took added up to a landslide for Mayweather, who has said he plans to fight again next May and next September. The fight with Alvarez was the second of a 30-month deal for up to six fights that Mayweather signed earlier this year with Showtime/CBS after leaving HBO/Time Warner in what amounted to a major power shift in boxing.

One possible opponent is junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia, who outpointed Lucas Matthysse in the co-feature. Mayweather also owns a welterweight title and would go back to 147 pounds to fight him.

“I saw that fight. Both of those guys fought hard and are strong,” Mayweather said. “They both looked good, but still, I don’t know what I am going to do next. I’ll go back and talk to my dad and my team, and we’ll take it one day at a time.”

Mayweather was winning so easily that during the 11th round, he stopped to pose for the ringside photographers.

They were clicking images of greatness.

 

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Kickboxer Patricia Apolot set for rematch with Kenya’s Joyce Awino

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Uganda’s top-ranked female kickboxer Patricia Apolot has vowed to crush Kenyan fighter Joyce Awino in their rematch slated for this weekend at Smiles Corner Hotel in Kireka, Kampala.

Known to many by her stage name “Black Pearl”, Apolot will return to the ring against Awino in the African title fight dubbed “The Reveletion Night of 1000 Punches” on Saturday, August 31. The fight is in low kick style sanctioned by both Uganda Kickboxing Federation (UKF) and World Kickboxing Federation (WKF).

The two fought in April this year in Tororo and Apolot won by knockout.

“I have trained hard and very ready, so my fans should come expecting the best from me,” Apolot said, adding that “I wish to thank my sponsors, Hima Cement, for their consistent financial and moral support towards my kickboxing career.”

Hima Cement Marketing and Pricing Manager, Charles Mugasi said that the sponsorship is intended to enable her perform to her best and inspire other young girls in Uganda to join the kickboxing sport.

Apolot who has been involved in 21 professional fights winning 12 by knockout has changed the kickboxing landscape in Uganda with her unique techniques and unmatched determination to grow the at different levels more especially young girls.

She has won several tittles from home, continental, and intercontinental fights which makes her the holder of the largest number of belts and gold medals in the sport in Uganda and Africa at large.

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Bamasaaba Sports Tournament gets Ugx 50 Million boost

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Pilsner Lager, a beer produced by Uganda Breweries, has announced a UGX50 million sponsorship package towards the upcoming Bamasaaba Sports Tournament 2019. The tournament will start on August 15 th and run up to October.

Organised by the Bamasaaba Sisimukha Club (BASC), the games bring together various teams from Masaaba communities in both Uganda and Kenya with the aim of honouring culture, promoting unity and the development of the Bamasaaba people through sports and games.

This year’s sponsorship package was announced at a press briefing held at Uganda Breweries’ head offices in Luzira.

While announcing the sponsorship, Edgar Kihumuro, the Pilsner Lager Brand Manager, said, “We live in an era when it is crucial for us to hold our cultural and traditional values close to heart. Pilsner Lager, as a brand, understands and cares about the pride associated with a deep African heritage and this commitment has seen us invest in the development of local sports potential, for example, with the ongoing Pilsner Super 8 Tournament. By sponsoring the Bamasaaba Sports tournament, not only are we advancing a passion for sports but also for the traditions that bring people together.”

The tournament has, in the past, attracted various teams drawn from over 20 clans from the districts covering Mbale, Bududa, Sironko, Manafwa and Bulambuli in Uganda and the Bamasaaba Kenya Chapter which covers Trans Nzoia and Bungoma.

“The Bamasaaba Sports Tournament continues to be a wonderful opportunity for our people to come together in celebration of our culture and tradition. In addition, our youth are encouraged to stay in touch with their rich heritage through sports, which inspire, entertain and give them an opportunity to showcase their talent,” said Israel Koboi, Chairperson of the Bamasaaba Sisimukha Club.

The sports tournament places an emphasis on football and netball that will be played in a series of group knockout stages.

“This year, we plan to include new activities like bicycle riding, a marathon, bull riding and shortput and we are glad for the support of partners like Pilsner Lager for being part of this journey,” Koboi added.

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Kawempe S.S dominates Airtel Rising Stars Kampala Regional Tournament

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Last weekend, Airtel Uganda hosted the best youth football teams from Kampala district at Sendi grounds in Wankulukuku for the Airtel Rising Stars Kampala Regional tournament – the first regional tournament of the 2019 competitions.

The 3-day tournament, which had 16 boys’ and 8 girls’ teams, saw Kawempe Muslim SS dominate on both fronts with their boys team defeating 2018 winner Kampala Junior Team (KJT) 5-4 in penalty shoot-outs following a goal-less draw after 90 minutes.

The Kawempe Muslim SS girls’ team also defeated Uganda Martyrs 2 -1 in an exciting and nerve-wracking match watched by Honorable Nabilah Nagayi, the Kampala Woman MP, FUFA leadership led by 2nd Vice President Darius Mugoya and Airtel Uganda Brand and Strategy Manager Ms. Noela Byuma.

Following their victory, both Kawempe Muslim boys and girls teams walked away with a trophy, gold medals each and 1.5 million shillings each. Runners up KJT (boys) and Uganda Martyrs (girls) also took hom a trophy, silver medals for the players and 1 million shillings. Uganda Martyrs’ Kevin
Nakachwa was named girls MVP while Jeremiah Jabel from St. Mary’s took home the boys MVP accolade.

Commenting about this tournament, Airtel’s Noela Byuma congratulated the winners and encouraged all the other teams to continue training for their comeback in the 2020 tournament.

“The talent that we have seen over the past three days has been a clear indicator for the need to continue investing in grassroots talent development. These youth are skilled, passionate and determined and these are the values that Airtel Rising Stars aims to develop as they go on to pursue professional careers in football,” she noted.

Since 2011, the Airtel Rising Stars grassroots football tournament has given talented boys and girls between the ages of 13 and 17 an opportunity to compete against fellow youth from across the country with hopes of being scouted to join the local league, football clubs all over the world and the Uganda national team. Today, the Uganda national men and women football teams both consist of a number of players who took part in this tournament.

Kampala Region has named thirty boys (30) and 30 girls who will prepare for the Airtel Rising Stars National finals due in early September.

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