Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez has another Herculean task ahead of him for his latest impossible labors assigned by Golden Boy Stables.
Alvarez has been busy cracking the iron chins of a cast of former champs and fringe contenders, and his next opponent, Lovemore ‘The Black Panther’ N’dou is no exception, never having ever been knocked out before.
N’dou is a tough as nails South African fighter in a proud tradition who has made hard challenges to the likes of Shamba Mitchell, Miguel Cotto, Junior Witter, Pauli Malignaggi, and Kermit Cintron over his career. He may be 39 yrs old, but good enough still to warrant being tapped as a sparring partner for Floyd Mayweather Jr.
In short, N’dou is a former IBF belt holder who knows his way around a boxing ring and knows an upset of the highly groomed Alvarez can mean yet another title shot.
I’m not sure why the 20 yr old Alvarez has been held back this year when he’s clearly ready to challenge for one of the main titles other than boxing politics that has kept him mostly buried in Mexico. Building a fanbase is the usual justification in spite of already being wildly popular there, probably more so than the Marquez brothers for example.
There is little doubt he will be a big favorite, and the kid can fight with anyone if he’s ever given a chance. I don’t see how knocking out older, durable fighters and yet another fringe contender properly prepares him for a title challenge against a prime champ, but the schedule tells us he’s due to fight this Saturday, December the 4th in beautiful Vera Cruz, Mexico.
Heck, when you put it that way, damn, I’d be happy to swap out a fight with Canelo just to spend some down time in Vera Cruz. Man, that sounds luscious, so maybe he’s one smart cookie!
Anyway, it’s not that big of a fight, but rather more of a Golden Boy watch. He’s their best prospect, and at 34-0-1, 24 KO, it begs the question?
Oscar, why is the kid still playin’ in the minor leagues?
He could beat Berto, Mosley, and maybe Mayweather, or at least a higher ranked contender. C’mon now!
So here we are.
Canelo is charged with mowing down Lovemore N’dou, so if you like hard, scrappy fights and want to see the probable future of boxing, AND you can find a Mexican channel, the kid delivers plenty of action, excitement, and maybe a big knockout, so there it is.