Boxing briefs: Ward-Kovalev 2 replay Saturday; Canelo-GGG press tour; Franco improving; Ann Wolfe debuts in ‘Wonder Woman’

Catch up on this week's boxing news as the summer schedule takes a break.

Canelo Alvarez (left) and Gennady Golovkin pose for media and fans as promoters Tom Loeffler and Oscar De La Hoya look on in Los Angeles Thurday. Photo: Tom Hogan, Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions
Canelo Alvarez (left) and Gennady Golovkin pose for media and fans as promoters Tom Loeffler and Oscar De La Hoya look on in Los Angeles Thurday. Photo: Tom Hogan, Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions

SAN DIEGO, June 24, 2017 – Although several well-known boxers are in action this weekend, none are on U.S. broadcast or premium TV. Worth noting: Polish heavyweight Tomasz Adamek and cruiserweight Krzysztof Glowacki on the same card in Gdansk; Dominican lightweight Javier Fortuna at home in Santo Domingo; cruiserweight and PBC commentator B.J. Flores in Phoenix; and undefeated lightweight Devin Haney headlining a card in Rancho Mirage, California.

Undefeated lightweight Devin Haney headlines a card in Rancho Mirage, California on Saturday.

Haney trains in his hometown of Las Vegas with Floyd Mayweather Sr. under the Mayweather Promotions banner. He’s 15-0 with ten knockouts, and this is his fifth fight so far in 2017, Yes, fifth fight – and he’s only 18 years old. Keep your eye on this kid.

It’s a perfect time to catch up some news from the world of boxing.

Low or no? A different angle of the first of two body shots in Round 8, ending the fight between Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev, as referee Tony Weeks moves in to stop the fight. Photo: David Spagnolo/Main Events

Ward-Kovalev 2 replay Saturday night on HBO Boxing

HBO Sports airs last weekend’s controversial light heavyweight title rematch between Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev, which ended in a controversial eighth round TKO for Ward. The replay airs at 10 pm ET/PT. on HBO and will also be available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and affiliate portals.

Last November, Kovalev and Ward squared off in a 12-round decision, with Ward edging out a unanimous victory by a one-point margin on all three cards. Seven months later, Kovalev hoped to get revenge for his first loss, but it wasn’t to be. Ward (32-0, 16 KOs) retains remained undefeated but for a second time it wasn’t without controversy. Were Ward’s final two punches low blows or not? Watch for yourself, and listen to the post-fight podcast analysis by Kieran Mulvaney and Eric Raskin.

Fans wait to see their favorite boxing heroes on Thursday in Los Angeles. Photo: Tom Hogan, Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions

Canelo vs. Golovkin press tour makes stops in London, NY, LA

Canelo Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) and WBC/IBO/IBF/WBA middleweight world Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) met boxing media and fans at three international stops on a week-long press tour, ending in Los Angeles with a red carpet film premiere for “I am Boxing” at the Avalon Hollywood. Alvarez and Golovkin will meet in a much anticipated showdown on Saturday, September 16 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, broadcast on HBO PPV.

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez signs autographs for fans in Los Angeles. Photo: Tom Hogan, Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Boxing

The stop in Los Angeles was the first indication who passionate Mexican and Mexican-American boxing fans would support. While Alvarez is the best-known and most popular fighter in boxing crazy Mexico, Golovkin is beloved for his aggressive style in the ring, which he calls “Mexican Style.” The fans were split right down the middle 50-50 in their support for either man, which adds to the fun and anticipation for this fight. Golovkin even appeared on Spanish language radio and took questions in Spanish without translation, although he answered in English.

“This is going to be a very tough fight against Golovkin,” said Canelo. “There are fights that are difficult, and this is one of them. I’m going to prepare like I always do at 100 percent. I’m happy we are giving the fans the fight they wanted and demanded on September 16 as that is a great motivation to me. This is a very important fight to all of Mexican fans, and I am going to train as hard as I always do.”

Gennady Golovkin speaks with media and fans as he arrives at Thursday’s news conference. Photo: Tom Hogan, Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions

Golovkin added, “This press tour has been going great, I’ve been waiting 20 years to be in a fight like this. Canelo is a different guy than anyone I have every faced. He is a huge fighter and a great champion. On September 16, we will both put on a great boxing show.”

Featherweight Daniel “Twitch” Franco, with trainer and father Al Franco. Photo: Roc Nation Sports

Daniel Franco improving after suffering head trauma in June 10 fight

California lightweight Daniel “Twitch” Franco is improving in an Iowa hospital two weeks after suffering head trauma in a bout with Jose Haro after being knocked down multiple times on the way to a knockout loss. Franco was placed in a coma to allow his brain to recover, but he is now conscious. His father and trainer Al Franco reported Friday his son took his first steps and will be transported to a rehabilitation center in Omaha, Nebraska soon. The family hopes he will be strong enough to return to Southern California soon. Father Al says Daniel’s motor skills are still slow, “he struggles making the simplest movements. Reaching or grabbing things is a chore. His speech is slurred as well. But he will improve every day and get stronger. It’s only a matter of time,” says the senior Franco.

Franco is a determined individual, and boxers know how to fight back from adversity. The boxing community and Franco’s friends and supporters have contributed to aGoFundMe account to help Daniel and his family with his mounting medical bills. We encourage you to support the Francos in any way possible at this account.

Ann Wolfe plays the role of black Amazon warrior Artemis in the new hit film “Wonder Woman.”

Ann J. Wolfe gets screen time in ‘Wonder Woman’

If you’re one of the millions of people who’s seen the box office hit “Wonder Woman,” and thought you recognized the woman playing the great warrior Artemis, you’re right. Ann Wolfe (24-1, 16 KOs), one of boxing’s greatest professional female champions with eight titles in four weight classes, now much admired as one of the toughest trainers in boxing, told Black Film magazine she won the role per the suggestion of director Patty Jenkins’s husband, a combat sports fan.

In her interview with Black, Wolfe expressed pride as a black woman and a mom about her participation in the film. “I had seen dark-skinned women, medium-skinned women, Hispanics, Asians, Whites and everything you can name. I remembered after the scene, I walked up to Patty and told her it felt so good to look out there and know that every little girl will be able to say, “That is how I am. I’m strong like that. That’s my color … I just don’t look at the black part of it or the strong woman part of it. I’m a mother and I want all young girls to be able to say, “You know what? I can relate to this as well.” That’s what happening now. My part was big enough for me to get a call when I needed to get called. It makes me proud to be a black Amazon.”

Ann Wolfe (left) plays the role of black Amazon warrior Artemis in the new hit film “Wonder Woman, her first acting role. She trains Diana, played by Gal Gadot.

In the original comic books, Artemis is born an Amazon to the Egyptian tribe of Bana-Mighdall. She is an expert with the crossbow and various other weapons, as well as hand-to-hand combat. She speaks multiple languages and is ageless, a loyal ally of princess Diana, AKA Wonder Woman herself. Artemis is a force to be reckoned with. Who else could have possibly played her? It is Wolfe’s feature film debut.

Now would someone please get busy on a screenplay for a movie about Wolfe’s remarkable rise from poverty and incarceration to become a world champion?

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a veteran boxing observer covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego.

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