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HBO To Replay Canelo's Wins Over Cotto And Khan

By Jake Donovan

As Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez returns to the weight where he claimed his first major title, HBO takes a look back at his brief tour as middleweight champion.

One week prior to Alvarez’ challenge of unbeaten super welterweight titlist Liam Smith, HBO will replay his two most recent victories – the historic win over Miguel Cotto to become the first-ever boxer from Mexico to win the lineal middleweight championship; and his rousing 6th round knockout of Amir Khan this past May.

Both bouts will air back-to-back on Friday, September 9 (12:00 am ET/PT) and Saturday, September 10 (9:15 am ET/PT) on HBO2.

The addition to the schedule is the latest update in prefight coverage planned for the September 17 HBO Pay-Per-View telecast, which will air live from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Profiles and previews of Smith’s career will be limited by documentary-style specials due to network copyrights, since he has never before appeared on an HBO telecast.

The event marks Alvarez’ third career fight in the Lone Star state. His in-state debut came in his title-unification win over Austin Trout in April ’13, which played to a massive crowd at The Alamodome in San Antonio.

Texas also played host to Alvarez’ return to HBO, scoring a 3rd round knockout of James Kirkland last May. The bout took place in front of 31,000 fans at Minute Maid Park in Houston, with more than 2.1 million views tuning in, HBO’s highest-rated boxing telecast since 2006.

Alvarez’ next two fights were the aforementioned wins over Cotto and Khan. Each came with the condition that he’d have to face World Boxing Council (WBC) mandatory challenger – and unbeaten, unified middleweight titlist – Gennady Golovkin. However, Alvarez and Golden Boy opted to instead make another title run at super welterweight, severing all ties to the middleweight division that included his vacating the crown.

Interestingly, Golovkin fights one week prior to the PPV event in a special Saturday afternoon matinee edition of HBO World Championship Boxing. The unbeaten star from Kazakhstan concedes home country advantage to his opponent, traveling to England to face undefeated welterweight titlist Kell Brook, who moves up two divisions.

There will undoubtedly be some sort of tie-in to Alvarez’ PPV headliner, as the network and the involved promoters will continue to tease the possibility of a head-on collision at some point.

Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by !! Shawn on 09-02-2016

[QUOTE=Eastcoast;16997545]The only part HBO needs to replay from [U][B]both[/B][/U] those fights is at the end when Canelo says he's ready to fight Golovkin right now.[/QUOTE] I have a feeling that they will leave that part out. Canelo literally demolished his…

Comment by Idunnoshet on 09-01-2016

[QUOTE=bigdramashow;16997566]wow what amazing fights they were, beating up the ghost of miguel cotto, and knocking out the guy with the worst chin in boxing. Lets give canelo a round of applause!![/QUOTE] Ur right . I'm surprised HBO's not replaying GGG…

Comment by SUBZER0ED on 09-01-2016

They were entertaining fights, but they won't inspire many to tune into the Smith fight. Especially for PPV $$ :lame::nonono:

Comment by Catrin on 09-01-2016

WASTE OF LIFE! I can't believe HBO is playing this crap! I have enough with all the Movie Re-runs they do on a daily basis! HBO is going to CHIT aswell! SHOWTIME is finished too. come on now folks! is…

Comment by Rovi on 09-01-2016

max 200k..........

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