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Cinco de Mayo Canelo vs Miracle Man Danny Jacobs

Saul Alvarez continues to add to his P4P middleweight legacy by taking on the larger, rangier, Ring ranked #2, Danny Jacobs @T-Mobile Arena in Vegas this Saturday, May 4th as an integral part of Cinco de Mayo celebrations that Canelo is noted for.

Just to give you an idea of Canelo’s size disadvantage, at the prefight mandatory 30 day weighin, Canelo was 168.2 lbs and Jacobs was 175.4 lbs, a 7+ lb weight advantage for Jacobs that represents the next division up. Of course Jacobs risks being weakened by having to lose that much more weight to make the 160 lb middleweight limit come official weighin for the fight, but dollars to donuts he makes 160 limit to storm back to that 7 lb weight advantage after both rehydrate. He’s just that much bigger than Canelo and playing a dangerous game having to lose so much weight only to regain it come fight night, but of course such hidden physiologic dangers are the nature of modern boxing and always has been for those 16 divisions below heavyweights. Heavies have never had to meet any limit save being above the 200 lb modern minimum weight in an otherwise open class.

The 32 year old Jacobs, 35-2, 21 KO, is also a well skilled, well experienced boxer/puncher with the ability to “run” when needed that we will probably see in this fight. He earned his Miracle Man ring alias the hard way by miraculously cheating death after being diagnosed with a terrible form of bone cancer. Usually such a life draining illness extracts much of the starch out of any survivor, but Danny started in as a young healthy fighter in great condition, so  in cooperation with the mental and spiritual fortitude needed to supplement such horrific cancer treatments, Jacobs “Licked The Big C” to paraphrase John Wayne after losing a lung to cancer to fight his own way back, and Jacobs seems to have caught lightning in a bottle during his comeback. In short, Danny’s much better than before he came down with cancer, quite a comeback.

Stylistically this is a match between two primary boxer types with good power with Jacobs being significantly taller, rangier, and heavier, thus in theory stronger, but not necessarily. Other than than owning that greater range than Canelo and faster feet for running purpose, victory will come down to subtle boxing and or/fighting differences as each put the other through their paces. Many are predicting Canelo will knockout Jacobs who has been knocked out once before. Sure, anything is possible in any fight, but I don’t personally see that happening though he may get knocked down. Canelo has never tasted the canvas or even hurt for more than a nanosecond in comparison.

A notable element in the build up to this fight is Jacobs making much public noise about how he thought Gennady Golovkin beat Canelo those two times they fought that were officially scored a draw and UD for Canelo, and additionally that he, Jacobs, beat Golovkin in their fight where Jacobs was knocked down and took a decision loss. Going in that fight, Jacobs forfeited his IBF belt after skipping the same morning weighin the day of the fight, that morning weighin having recently gained traction in boxing’s futile attempt to limit the extreme weight losses to make weight before packing on weight gains during the 36 hour prefight interim that may add as 20+ pounds from the official weighin. At best this kind of talk is whistling through the graveyard on a moonless night, and at worst the boxing suits and officials may become irked in knowing that their decisions and actions are called into question after Jacobs himself declined to follow their regulations.

In short, you ain’t supposed to bite the hand that feeds you unless you fancy the dog pound accommodations.

I have long addressed the shambles of the illogical 10 point must system of scoring in boxing used as a smoke screen by disreputable boxing suits to gloss over their incompetent oversight of boxing that has driven not only core fans away, but also any new fans who quickly become discouraged over weekly outrages all over the globe. Such is what we the people expect these days In A World Run by Marketing with no ethical or quality control over the products they produce.

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Moreover, Boxing’s failing hamhanded drug testing has riled up the boxing populace ill equipped to deal with the lack of transparency of these dubious sycophants. Here is there latest travesty of figuratively trying to put leg irons on this track athlete who has passed all their gender test and drug tests, yet by dint of what used to be seen as a happy accident of genetic endowment that so many of the greatest athletes are blessed with, they want to fill her with drugs and hormones so as to lower her naturally high testosterone count to typical female levels so the other gals can have a better crack at all the prize money she’s running away with. And when are these Nazi wannabees gonna start forcing us to dumb down to their level?

I don’t make this kind of DUMB up:

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For this fight both fighters are VADA enrolled, yet we also have the backdrop of Canelo’s 6 month suspension after testing positive for ghost nanograms of a legal substance in Mexico’s food chain. Now we have yet another report of our aquatic wildlife testing positive for “banned drugs” through no fault of their own other than being helplessly trapped in the modern drug addled global environment. The world has never been filthier, and worse, it’s getting filthier by the moment with no end in sight, an apt metaphor for boxing me thinks.

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Jacobs further heaped it on Canelo by saying he has lousy footwork that can be exploited. In particular, he noticed what I noticed during Canelo’s last fight, a crucial detail that may or may not play out in this fight, that of Canelo wearing an elastic knee wrapping, aka, a brace. It was not so long ago between the Golovkin fights that Canelo had knee surgery, so could his wheels indeed be flying off in his prime years to leave him stranded like a beached whale for this fight?

This will be Canelo’s 55th fight in his 15th year of boxing and logging 379 rounds in the ring in comparison to Jacobs 38th fight in 13 years while logging 157 rounds in the ring, less than half the ring wear and tear of Canelo. Few modern fighters today get to Canelo’s ring totals at the highest level of boxing save for Manny Pacquiao, so like Max Schmeling noted in the leadup to the first Joe Louis fight in Yankee Stadium that packed 60,000 fans back when boxing was more fan accessible, maybe Jacobs “zees zumtink.”

Canelo is still in full glow of his largest athletic contract in history, $365 million over 11 fights after signing with the broadcaster of this fight, DAZN. He made his DAZN debut by ostensibly winning his third division title with the World Boxing Association World Super Middleweight Title held by Rocky Fielding @Madison Square Garden that was also his New York debut. The fight seemed a bit orchestrated to me, but then given all the massive media splash, it could be Rocky was psychologically left as a deer in the headlights, a typical syndrome for anyone in any profession stepping up on the big stage for the first time. 

In spite of a sometimes acrimonious relationship with the WBC, Canelo has also inspired them to continue a series of one off championship belts for his fights that has resulted this Mayan belt replete with Mayan calendar symbology and copious Mayan religious figures carved out of native Mayan jade. Moreover, the belt seems to have been made large enough to encompass even El Gordo hisself, Mauricio Sulaiman.

*** Also note the staged theater of Mayan religious figurines in a colorful pantomime as the introductory fanfare of the new belt.

Like middleweight great Marvin Hagler once stated after he got used to sleeping in a cushy bed in silk pajamas, motivation becomes difficult to train as hard as he was accustomed to, and very much like Hagler, Canelo is always in first rate condition as is Jacobs who has earned enough purse money in his comeback to count himself a millionaire in silk sheets, just not in the same multiples class of Canelo.

I myself don’t feel I have a good handle on this fight due to the potential stinker factor if Jacobs chooses to run heavily, the bane of modern American boxing. Anytime a decision goes to the judges, it becomes less a carefully crafted decision and more akin to a dice crap shoot rolled against the grimy wall in a back alley, so let’s crunch some more comprehensive Boxrec numbers:

Canelo has been ranked #1 P4P on Boxrec for a while now as well as being #1 middleweight with Jacobs being #3 middleweight and # 17 P4P. Since losing to Golovkin, Jacobs has won 3 decisions over a collective opponent record of 56-0 who currently rank 26th, 10th, and 7th that averages a Boxrec 14th ranking, a respectable comeback. Canelo’s last 3 fights have been a draw, decision, and KO over a collective opponent record of 102-2 currently ranking 5th, 2nd, and 2nd(Golovkin x2) that averages a Boxrec 3rd ranking, so while Jacob’s 3-0, 0 KO record is technically better than than Canelo’s 2-0-1, 1 KO record, his overall competition pales in comparison.

Oh, and let’s not forget the curse of Canelo being favored 17-2 by Ring “experts.”

Ya basta! I’m full up with number crunching, so let’s see if these fighters can make a place in the Pantheon of Valhalla with a fight that reverberates for 100 years hence. If their dreams cannot exceed their grasp, than what is a Valhalla for?

Día Mexicano@Ground Zero~Canelo vs Junior~Quien Es Mas Macho?

Saul Alvarez, 48-1-1, 34 KO, and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, 50-2-1, 32 KO, currently two of Mexico’s most popular active boxers, square off on Cinco de Mayo weekend, Saturday, May 6, @ T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada in what is being hyped as the biggest all Mexican fight ever. Perhaps, but it also may well be the biggest fight this year as far as the financials goes though the Wladimir Klitschko/Anthony Joshua fight may surpass it or not. Regardless these two biggest fights of the year happen back to back weekends for a thrilling run for boxing.

Canelo has taken a lot of stick from fans for the delay of the Gennady Golovkin bout, but blame Richard Schaefer and Al Haymon for illegally gutting Golden Boy Promotions that have completely upended boxing that resulted in hundred million dollar lawsuits. Then we have All Star Boxing winning a rather dubious $8.5 million judgement they against Canelo in spite of having no contract with him…only in boxing and only in Floriduh could this happen.

So of course Canelo has had to follow the richest prize money against Amir Khan and Junior. Golovkin, in spite of his vastly superior boxing credentials, brings an inferior purse after the down year of 2016 that saw boxing in America it the lowest financial point in in the last 35 years regarding general public interest. Assuming Canelo prevails against Junior, the Golovkin fight will be twice as big as this time as compared to last year and primed for this September. White gloved, snooty, connoisseur snifting boxing purists may not like it, but Canelo has been giving the fans what they want the bulk of his career which is why he has been so financially successful save for the big civil judgement against him. All Star have filed a lien in advance to garnish that $8.5 million judgement on Canelo’s purse for this fight, a huge bite of cash for a really big OUCH!

Before the fight was announced: Best Buds

As to Junior, he’s taken well deserved stick for his lack of dedication, but make no mistake, this kid has a dangerous punch to him as future HOFer Sergio Martinez found out. His post fight career was utterly ruined when he was only barely to crawl out a survivor against Junior, and then Andy Lee KTFU.

After the fight was announced: Grrrrr

Canelo vs Junior

Canelo vs Junior

With this being an all Mexican superfight, the super special, superduper, WBC championship belt for the Mexican Champion of the World will be on the line. Three designs were presented to voted on with the participation of thousands of fans around the world, but primarily Mexicans fans that will decide the winning design, or at least that was the promise by WBC El Presidente Gordo Para la Vida Sulaimán. The “Winning” belt was obviously a complete redesign of the three…only in boxing in the WBC!

All the belts were designed by native Mexican Huicholes Indians. Here were the contenders.

 

And……………………….THE CHAMPION:

The All Mex WBC Belt

The All Mex WBC Belt

Word is that Canelo has made a special point to reject the belt that I assume involves WBC sanctioning fees in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Money and pride is quite enough for Canelo who has indicated a disparagement of the WBC after some heavy handed demands they made upon his career. I suspect amends will be made before the fight since Canelo would otherwise be proud to accept such an outstanding design of his native countrymen.

The Network Numbers, the real bottom line in boxing these days:

The HBO replay of the Canelo-Liam Smith fight drew 459,000 HBO subscribers, but in perhaps in spite of the 50,000 fans that packed Cowboy stadium, the PPV sales appear approximately 300,000. However, it is also supposed the Smith fight was seen by 18 million viewers in Mexico on free television via Azteca 7. Notably, Alvarez’s fight this past May versus Amir Khan drew around 600,000 PPVs and 767,000 HBO subscribers on the replay. His Miguel Cotto fight drew 900,000 PPVs and the replay 901,000 HBO subscribers. Junior may prove to be bigger than all three combined, so we shall see.

Junior has hired legendary Juan Manuel Marquez boxing trainer Ignacio Beristain for this fight, and perhaps most tellingly the notorious Marquez BALCO PED pusher, Memo Heredia, as his physical trainer. Junior was slapped with a minor drug violation of using illegal diuretics to drop weight in the past plus one marijuana violation that cost him $900,000 in a clear daylight robbery by the Vegas commish, so it is quite sad and telling that Junior is resorting to these dubious means at this juncture. It becomes scary to contemplate what Junior could do pumped up on Memo Heredia’s PEDs.

As a preview to this Mexican  family guerra  in Mexico, Canelo older brother “Inocente” Ramon Alvarez was knocked out in the 2nd round by Junior’s younger brother “The Businessman” Omar Chavez to even up that series 1-1, so the Alvarez and Chavez family already have some history of competition. My question would be if Meme Heredia also works with Omar in a family affair?

Lest the 164.5 lb catchweight be a problem for Junior, here he is after hard training for 2 months in the mountains of Mexico a month before this fight, doubtless in the best condition of his somewhat wasted career as to his unfulfilled potential. Here he is probably near the lightheavy limit of 174 lbs looking ready to fight with fire in his eyes at that weight again. All he has to do is lose a gallon of water, and presto, he’s made the 164.5 catchweight with 36 hours to rehydrate and replenish to a probable 190+. Many construction workers deal with similar losses most every day working outside during the summer months.

Ripped Junior

Ripped Junior

Add in that Canelo likely to be at 180+ lbs come fight night, really this is what used to be an ol’ fashioned heavyweight fight. Canelo’s fabled El Gancho Izquierda should prove the difference. However long it lasts, it promises to be HOTLY contested in a WAR strategically waged by Canelo and emotionally waged by Junior, but only after Lupe Contreras asks them, “Quien is mas macho?”

CC Your Buds~Canelo vs Cotto Is ON!

Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas will be exploding come Saturday, November 21st when Saul Canelo Alvarez and Miguel Angel Cotto renew the historical Mexican vs Puerto Rican family feud with a real fight, can you believe it, a real fight in America? Who’d have ever thunk it in this faint hearted day and age of posers, duckers, and bawling punch monkey darlings? Could even be a fight for the ages, but at very least we know from their pedigrees it’ll be good as long as it lasts.

The new promotional kid on the block, Roc Nation, and Golden Boy will share promotional honors after a heart stopping, grueling set of negotiations with Cotto who has lately become something  diva, one of the concessions needed being the 155-pound catchweight. Up for grabs will be Cotto’s Ring Belt and the WBC middleweight belt that he is reported as earning $30 million to defend compared to Canelo’s $10 million. I would have thought the purses would be roughly even after their similar recent PPV numbers, but such is another huge concession that Canelo takes for the opportunity of a lifetime.

Canelo Pounds Kirkland

Canelo Pounds Kirkland

Luckily Canelo has been well priming himself for this big bout at 155 with his last three outings at the weight where he did quite well for himself, knocking the doggie biscuits out of Alfredo Angulo and James Kirkland and forcing Erislandy Lara into a shameless run, shuck, and jive for survival.

Meanwhile, Cotto hasn’t been doing too shabby himself with conclusive knockouts of Sergio Martinez and Daniel Geale. Why he insisted on a silly 159lb catchweight against Martinez? Because he can call more shots at this stage of his career. In making the Geale fight at 157lb, now I could understand as that’s a sweet three pounds under the middleweight limit, but I don’t think those catchweights affected the results anymore than this one at 155lbs will. However, if the winner tries to make Gennady Golovkin make 155, that could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. Cotto might try for that kind of fight, but I think Canelo is ready to move up permanently to the full 160 where he obviously belongs if he wins this, but their futures are not ours to see. First things first.

Cotto Pounds Money

Cotto Pounds Money

In a bad sign of the declining times for Andre Ward, amazingly only 31 years of age and wasting his career away, he is supposed to be fighting another light heavyweight type opponent. Ahh, ha you say, another TBA sacrificial lamb for the needy Ward is it again? Yup, dragged him all the way kicking and screaming out of Oakland they did for this. He can’t even make the cut for the main supporting bout of the night anymore, just pitiful. His heart must be buried in that big load sagging his shorts for this farce, but it’s his career to fritter away, so be it.

Oh, yes and oh, no, so now he can’t even glove it up for his TBA after having a knee problem, so looks like Mr. TBA will just have to wait until 2016 to find Ward in a ring…maybe. What a loss to TBA boxing!

So enter yet another faint hearted P4P poser added to the undercard, Guillermo Rigondeaux , reportedly fighting a last minute TBA, Drian Francisco. World P4P rated by Haymon/Golden Boy News of the Ring Word and still fighting TBAs is it? Such is the fainthearted nature of boxing these days.

As to the otherworldly compelling main event, I strongly favor Canelo. Cotto’s older brother, also named Miguel, managed to rock the teenaged Canelo, slumping him for maybe a second before he recovered quickly to blast the senior Cotto to smithereens shortly thereafter, so could be Cotto has some younger brother payback working here his motivation. Even in his losses, nobody ever had an easy time against Cotto who has added significant caginess to his game to compensate for his fall from the absolute top of his prime. Problem being that Canelo is immensely stronger and even more experienced than Cotto by now, yet still very young and fresh. Simply put, he’s never been beat up. However, trying to walk through Cotto from the gitgo may well be the equivalent of trying to walk through a truck, so I expect Canelo to take his time warming into the fight as a boxer as does Cotto. Then all Hell gets unleashed for the finale.

Yes Sir, Freddie Roach has got Cotto boxing smarter than ever, and Canelo is a high level boxer, so this should be a traditional, high level stakes, aggressive, ring centered boxing display with plenty of applied hurt and heart. Neither comes out completely unscathed in this one, yet the fans may count themselves lucky to remember where they were on this monumental night if the fight is as good as is hoped.

 

Alfredo Angulo Seeks The Truth About Canelo Alvarez

Canelo Alvarez returns to the scene of the crime at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, March 8 to fight a very dangerous big punching Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo.

Alvarez was last seen tethered to a stake in the ring for the ever skulking capricious jackals of boxing when his “promoter” of record, Oscar de la Hoya, needed to hide away at a celebrity drug rehab clinic so as to be removed from the final manipulations of the catchweight Alvarez fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. The overall performance was the usual canned rinse and repeat Mexican Holiday sleepwalk at the MGM Grand that Mayweather has reprised like an annual Punxsutawney Phil Groundhog Day appearance for the last 7 years now. 

The annual rinse and repeat spectacle

The annual rinse and repeat spectacle

Alvarez was easily “guided” by referee Kenny Bayless after repeated warnings into boxing with the notoriously slow paced defensive Mayweather resulting in a nondramatic duck and peck majority decision. The resultant stinkbomb created by emasculated Mayweather fans when they couldn’t collect their canned rinse and repeat bets made on a Mayweather unanimous decision quickly engulfed the Nevada fat cat boxing establishment to choke them out. Fast forward and they say it’s a new dawn down at the Nevada State Athletic Commission with a new commish, director, and presumably other turnovers so as to no longer “rubber stamp” boxing matches that they have admitted to doing in the past.

“Their words,” not mine. No need for me to make this stuff up when boxing is a gold mine of the “stuff.”

Alvarez would seem to be thrown to the wolves again in this SHOWTIME PPV® promotion against the WBA 7th ranked Angulo who is otherwise unranked by Ring with only a 30th Boxrec ranking. With all respect to Angulo who is considerably more dangerous and capable than his slight 22-3 record shows on paper, this should not be a PPV promotion and likely does poor numbers unless Alvarez truly is a one off media phenom at age 23. I see a PPV baby unfavorably compared against the grizzled PPV kings Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao who have millions of PPVs sold over many years.

Nonetheless, the unwashed public can’t get too weepy over the cinnamon whiz kid who made a $12 million guarantee plus residuals in his last encounter that he took a lot of stick for. Angulo for his part is guaranteed to start like a bad joke delivered with a killer punchline when the bell rings. He’s also a fellow Mexican fighter like Alvarez, but that’s where the comparison ends. Angulo started his pro career with modest acclaim as an undefeated former Mexican Olympian and developing knockout artist, but The Fates did him no favors in his losses. He was deathly sick with the flu against Kermit Cintron in what was meant to be his breakout fight. He refused to call off the bout and took the expected loss when he had no zip in his feet or oomph to his punches. He rebuilt with 4 straight knockouts against solid contenders before being detained on the US border for most of a year in a ham handed Homeland Security snafu. After being released he was rushed into a fight against fellow slugger James Kirkland who himself had been released from the clink earlier in the year, but at least with the chance to whip himself back into shape with 5 quick fights before they met. The result was an epic encounter of concussive savagery that left both fighters terribly battered and the poorly trained Angulo beaten down when the smoke and debris finally cleared. In his last loss to Erislandy Lara, Angulo had put him down hard twice with a favorable end in sight before his left eye mysteriously blew up and he had to turn away in pain. The stoppage was an horrific result for a fighter who gives it his all in every fight like Angulo does.

Alvarez has always been able to make adjustments, even in the Mayweather fight that saw him taking some of the last rounds as he stalked Mayweather around the ring, but he has never faced this type of raw power, strength, and pressure as Angulo has. Angulo has always made a good fight, so maybe that’s what the PPV honchos were thinkin’ when they were sitting around drinkin’ up this PPV disaster, that at least the fight would be a great one even if the PPV numbers didn’t deliver.

Regardless, the supporting bouts are weak with no star power though they are credible matches of ranked contender/champ types. Noteworthy is Canelo’s 32 year old brother and fringe lightweight contender Ricardo Alvarez seems to be overmatched against a sharp looking undefeated knockout phenom out of Weslaco, Texas, Omar Figueroa. Not a fan of putting brothers on the same card in a critical match such as this since a brutal loss can negatively impact the brother who follows.  Perhaps the saving grace is that Canelo has been in against stronger grown men all through his teenage years with a reported 100 unofficial Mexican fights added to his 44 official fights, so maybe his constitution is stronger than he is credited with.

As it turns, that bullet was dodged when Omar Figueroa suffered a wrist injury and scratched himself from the card. Maybe Ricardo Alvarez has a chance against the replacement if he fights at all since I don’t see him listed on the card any more.

Bottom line, this is a deadly serious gut check fight between Alfredo Angulo and Canelo Alvarez, a real shame that there will have to be a loser, but such is the life of fan friendly Mexican fighters from time to time, and now their time lies in wait…..waiting, waiting, always waiting for the inevitable.

Combatants in good cheer

Combatants in good cheer

 

Trout Fishing For a Whopper–Canelo Alvarez vs Austin Trout.

The year 2013 looks to be a big transition year in boxing and one of the bigger transitions is Austin Trout finally landing the biggest whopper of his fight dreams against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez for a light middleweight WBA/WBC unification. This “dream” bout takes place Saturday, April 20th  in ol’ San Antone for any Texas fight fiends still interested in the finer science of fisticuffs.

The unification story is just small patooties stuff. The orgs will quickly split the belts off at the most opportune time in the near future as is the transitory nature of titles these days. Canelo won the belt vacated by Manny Pacquiao who won the belt stripped off Sergio Martinez after he won their WBC middleweight belt. Sergio in turn won his 154 lb WBC belt from the stripped Vernon Forrest. Incredibly the WBA belt Trout first won has more strippages than a Red Light District No Tell Motel in Vegas, and so it goes in the strippage crazy merry-go-round world of ABC orgs.

Miss Corona, Canelo, Oscar, Jesse James, Austin

Miss Corona, Canelo, Oscar, Jesse , Austin

For Trout, these are new opportunities giving him the recognition he believes he deserves. Win, lose, or draw, he’s in a bigger mix for as long as he produces good fights. Golden Boy has a big stable of potential 154 lb fights to keep him busy for years. The venue came about because of bold moves by Canelo who has been ahead of the opportunity sweepstakes as soon as Golden Boy Promotions signed him as an 18 yr old Mexican sensation. With a record of 41-0-1, 30 KO, he has not yet disappointed like so many touted phenoms, yet he’s only 22 years of age with plenty of gas left in the tank.

The disclaimer: Canelo Alvarez vs Money Mayweather may soon be archived in the dusty bins of The What If Library of Fantasy Fights” if recent trends hold. Alvarez was the first fighter of record to reserve the Cinco de Mayo weekend as the perfect date for the Mayweather fight, something Golden Boy Promotions has been pointing to with some four co-promotions between the two over the past few years. Alas, Mayweather negotiations are always a prickly, back stabbing, down and dirty affair, so ultimately Alvarez refused to support the Mayweather trump card again and staked out his claim as the headliner in his own venue to play his own wild cards.

The unvarnished facts of today are that Alvarez is already ahead of the pro career of Floyd Mayweather Jr at the same age when both were holding their first WBC belt. Alvarez has more defenses against a higher grade of fighter than Mayweather faced at age 22, fact, and he won his title a year earlier than did Mayweather, fact. Not only that, but he’s well ahead of Golden Boy Promotions founder Oscar de la Hoya at the same age with his own cracking promotional company staging boxing matches in boxing crazy Mexico, fact.

Unvarnished facts are heresy to regrettable Americans anchoring the current hunkered down HBO vs Showtime vs Golden Boy vs Top Rank entrenched lockout that threatens to put a stranglehold on American boxing. The kid takes a lot of profane stick and cheap shots in the antisocial media websites, yet precious few boxers have ever accomplished more than Alvarez at the same age. He can take heart knowing that Julio Cesar Chavez had more than his fair share of rabid detractors as happens when any boxer surges to the top.

At the kickoff presser to official announce the big dukem up, the prime aged 27 year old Austin Trout announced, “I don’t think he has his man strength yet. I will impose my will on him. I am going to take him out of his comfort level.”

Such tepid fodder well short of the usual doomsday beatings of a lifetime, knock you into the next county morgue stuff typical fighters utter in the build up to their fights, but perhaps indicative of a more direct sweet science approach the southpaw Trout is looking to apply to the hide of the orthodox Alvarez.

Since Alvarez made his Golden Boy American debut against aspiring fellow prospect, Larry Mosley, a close relation to Shane Mosley, Canelo has gone 19-0, 15 KO against a much stronger line up of prospects, fringe contenders, and former champs than the mostly journeyman padded record of local fighters Trout has been promoted with.

An added amusing aspect to the proceedings is watching the hordes of antisocial media critics eat their brown stained shorts when Alvarez signed the fight. Such is their nature that they almost immediately took to moaning that Trout will not get a fair shake in the officiating.

Meanwhile, the self appointed Ring “boxing experts” got exposed recently after some 20 odd “experts” picked Brandon Rios to knock out Mike Alvarado in their dynamic rematch, ouch! Almost the same number picked Donaire over Rigondeaux, ouchie~ouchie! Figure on a panel of baboons to be able to pick around 50% winners by chance alone, but no matter, Ring and too many other experts have been too blinkered to understand the timeline of Alvarez accomplishments in the lead up to the fight.

An interesting parallel is this bout somewhat reprises the Mayweather/Corrales fight. Both were similarly undefeated and highly regarded though still relatively unproven at the elite level. The slightly younger 23 year old Corrales at 33-0 had higher quality defenses with more wins than the 24 year old Mayweather at 24-0, but Mayweather had the advantage of the biggest name, Genero Hernandez in his record. Mayweather also had a Ring P4P ranking, similar to Alvarez who has a Boxrec #8 P4P ranking and looking to crash the Ring P4P list.

In spite of fewer fights against lesser competition, I will use his moniker to prove a point, there is No Doubt that Trout is a quality operator with a decent chance to win this fight. He did what he had to do against the home favorite Miguel Cotto, waging an aggressive no quarter asked war as Cotto’s best shots bounced harmlessly off him like popcorn. Alvarez was similarly put through his paces against Shane Mosley.

One advantage on paper for Alvarez runs contrary to the claim Alvarez has not faced legitimate 154 lb fighters. Fact is he beat the Ring ranked #4 Ryan Rhodes, a big southpaw who had fought as high as super middle, as big or bigger than Trout. The result was a lopsided beatdown for Alvarez who was only 20 years of age at the time, not even needing his full “man strength” as I suspect southpaw Austin Trout will learn once they step into the ring. Facts are that Canelo has been matched hard and often in Mexico since age 15, so he knows how to beat bigger, stronger, “man strength” fighters and now he’s matured into a physical match for Trout with more power. Speculation has it that Trout has more speed, but Alvarez is certainly speedier than Cotto who had no problems catching up to Trout.

I like Alvarez in this fight for all of the above reasons, but I have to wonder what happens as the sometimes farcical Golden Boy promotions aligns with the farcical Showtime. Thus far Canelo has been immune from the dubious officiating and dirty fighting of Hopkins and Mayweather fights because he comes to actually fight and thus far has scarcely struggled save a competitive bout against Mosley. On his worst day he has yet to quit as Hopkins is prone to do.

This being a Texas fight, that also means the inglorious Laurence Cole is the “chosen” ref, the lousiest ref in boxing since the lamentable Joe Cortez thankfully exited the ranks. Cole pulled Danny Garcia off the knocked down and out on his feet Eric Morales in their first bout to nurse Morales to the closing bell Joe Cortez style. He was one of the Showtime cabal of dirty refs in some of the most ham handed officiating and judging of recent years. He DQed Arthur Abraham for knocking out Andre Dirrell in their supersix tourney in spite of being blocked way out of position to even see the details of what transpired.

We have no idea what GBP options are on Trout or any other machinations going on behind the scenes. The Showtime banty tourney featured some of the most blatantly dirty fighting ever seen as Abner Mares merrily fouled his way to spurious wins Andre Ward style to claim the tourney.

Making The Big Splash

Making The Big Splash

I can’t say for how long Golden Boy will have Alvarez signed, but the kid could turn out to be the Mexican Oscar De la Hoya Golden Boy looking to expand north, so Alvarez has much to lose in the short term if he loses to Trout. In turn, Golden Boy will have at least temporarily staved off another competitor in promotions.

I’m trying to ignore my well justified cynicism as I close up. If the fighters have any say so, it’s a great night featuring high level boxing, plenty of guts and heart, and some big challenges to overcome. Let’s cross fingers X X and hope the poohbahs, judges, and ref keep their sticky fingers out of the fight and let the fighters decide how best to proceed without the usual monkeys on their backs.

To quote the reknown Latin Lover of Linguistitudes, Lupe Contreras, “Quien es mas macho?”

Saul Canelo Alvarez vs Austin No Doubt Trout

Saul Canelo Alvarez vs Austin No Doubt Trout

An American Holiday–Saul Canelo Alvarez vs Magic Matthew Hatton

The current EBU welter champ, Magic Matthew Hatton, will be travelling to the Honda Center, Anaheim, California on Saturday, March 5th, for a fateful encounter against widely acclaimed Mexican wunderkind, Saul Canelo Alvarez.

Magic Time

Magic Time

This is a bit of a novelty bout in that normally we don’t see EBU champs abandon lucrative title defenses to fly over the pond to challenge a red hot Mexican contender, but truth is that Magic Hatton has won all 6 of his fights in the US and should in theory feel relatively comfortable fighting a fighter looking like just another Irish fighter in Alvarez.

The comfort level won’t last long after the first bell chimes in since the 20 yr old Alvarez is in reality already near legendary in Mexico and hopefully wrangling his promoter, Golden Boy, to make this his breakout year. Hatton has also pressured his promoter into making this his biggest year, and his promoter is none other than acclaimed older brother, Ricky Hitman Hatton, who has strong Golden Boy ties which is the impetus for this classic confrontation.

The breaking news going in is that Golden Boy petitioned the WBC to make this a vacant WBC junior middleweight title fight since Alvarez is the #1 mandatory and “Silverbelt” holder.

The previous title holder was Manny Pacquiao who relinquished the belt shortly after winning it in his last fight against Antonio Margarito.

Magic Hatton is at a traditional athletic peak at age 29, and has a bit more ring experience, 299 ring rounds at 41-4-2, 17 KO to Canelo’s 213 rounds at 35-0-1, 26 KO, but experience seem to be his only advantage going into this bout. They are otherwise about the same size and strength with Canelo having a speed and power advantage and harder overall competition coming up the rankings compared to Hatton who has stepped up his competition recently to get to this point.

A significant common denominator is Lovemore N’dou whom Hatton struggled to a draw against whereas Alvarez laid a technical thrashing on him.

I’m thinking Alvarez is the big betting favorite here. Hatton is a strangely awkward fighter for being so technically oriented, but the few times I’ve seen him he always looks off balance and off his timing to start a bout. While his chin has proven solid at the Euro level, Alvarez is a grade above and could take him out early before Hatton warms and adjusts to the fight.

Many regard this as a mismatch with Magic Hatton being long derided as a joke because he never lived up to Ricky’s achievements, but few fighters ever do. Persistence pays dividends though since Magic Hatton has proven to be a solid fighter in his own right and seems to have finally won over the respect of the British boxing public. It helps that brother Ricky is no longer in fighting trim these days, preferring the role of promoter and thus relieving Matthew of the immediate comparisons.

Bottom line is that many in boxing see so much more untapped potential in Alvarez than they do Hatton, and doubtless that should be the case come fight night. More importantly, win, lose, or draw, both fighters will have increased their international exposure which is a win/win scenario for Golden Boy in what could be an entertaining bout if it manages to go more than a few rounds.

       

Newest Old School Flash

Newest Old School Flash

 

Young Canelo has a mean and hungry old school look about him this time out, so what say you tune in for the first hand results?

Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez vs Lovemore N’dou-Future vs The Past

Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez has another Herculean task ahead of him for his latest impossible labors assigned by Golden Boy Stables.

Canelo Crunch

Canelo Crunch

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.

The Black Panther

The Black Panther

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!

148.9-In Fine Fettle-149.6

148.9-In Fine Fettle-149.6

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.

El Matador de Canelo

El Matador de Canelo

New School vs Old School-Saul Alvarez vs Carlos Baldomir

This coming Saturday at the Staples Center in Las Angeles, California, fast rising Mexican sensation, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez squares off against former welterweight champ, Carlos “Tata” Baldomir, for the WBC Junior Middleweight Silver Title.

Hammy Stretch

Hammy Stretch

Actually, the header should read Really New School vs Really, Really Old School since the 20 yr old Alvarez is 19 years younger than the grizzled Baldomir who has not had a significant win since he turned out the lights on a shot Arturo Gatti some 4 yrs ago. Since then he was shutout by Floyd Mayweather Jr for Tata’s WBC welter belt, equally shut out for Vernon Forrest’s WBC junior middleweight belt, was beat up by a journeyman, Luciano Perez, yet somehow, by hook or crook, Baldomir was quite fortunate to scrape out the sparest majority decision imaginable. Then  he went on to be beaten by Jackson Osei Bonsu in a WBC welter eliminator before finally knocking out journeyman Jairo Jesus Siris in Argentina for a meager measure of redemption last year.

Saul Alvarez is not only younger and fresher, but much faster with excellent punching power, boxing skills, and fighting instincts. He fights like a seasoned champion, which begs the question of why he was held back this year from his first title challenge?

Canelo

Canelo

Canelo’s record is already 33-0-1, 25 KO with 195 pro rounds in the bank. His team claims he may have as many as a dozen more professional fights that aren’t recorded yet. Officially by the records available he turned pro at age 15, so a contender with his record and talent should’ve been moved faster with a premiere promoter like Golden Boy behind him.

Perhaps the clue is his career weight which his been mostly at welter. Folks who follow boxing know that  the WBA/IBF titles belong to overseas fighters Vyacheslav Senchenko and Jan Zaveck, the WBO by Manny Pacquiao, an Arum fighter with a pending lawsuit filed against Golden Boy, and WBC title being controlled by Andre Berto who has been on a career long soft diet. Not many prospective title shots there for a dangerous, up and coming contender who is equally adept at boxing or slugging.

Looking at the junior middle division, the prospects for a world title fight are equally daunting unless he becomes the WBC mandatory to the Arum controlled winner of the WBC title bout between Antonio Margarito and Manny Pacquiao.  Arum fighter Miguel Cotto owns the WBA belt, the WBO by undefeated Sergeii Dzinziruk who may have relocated to the States, and the IBF by Cornelius Bundrage, a Don King fighter not likely to give up a belt to a dangerous, non-King contender.

Golden Boy seems to have given Alvarez the Herculean task of cleaning out the massive set of stables at the higher weight by knockout this year. Fringe contenders Jose Cotto, brother of Miguel, and Luciano Cuello had never been stopped before, and Brian Camechis had only been stopped once, but none could stand in against Canelo.

Tata

Tata

Carlos Baldomir has only been stopped once, way back in the Jurassic era circa 1994, so a knockout may be significant on one level, but really just another fringe contender feather in Canelo’s already fully stocked cap. At the very least, Baldomir is gonna replicate a punching bag since Alvarez should be able to move and punch at will.

Mind you, I’m not dismissing the 39 yr old Baldomir out of a lack of respect, the Argentinian has a 45-12-6 record with 520 professional rounds on the ledger, but he’s slow as molasses in the Arctic and with a 22% KO ratio, his power is next to nil. He’s simply gotten too old, too shopworn to be much use as a test other than whether he can be knocked  out.

A similar yet different test occurs on the card with the 39 yr old  former legend Shane Mosley trying to comeback from his one sided beatdown at the hands of Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Former “ Contender” and WBC junior middleweight champ Sergio Mora recently signed with Golden Boy for the honors. At age 29 and a fast handed busy boxer, this is a bad match up for Mosley who has a history of being handled by boxer types, but the upside for Mosley is that Mora has no power, so the fight likely goes the distance.

The winner regains a measure of past glory and probably a title shot somewhere.

Former WBO super banty champ, Daniel Ponce de Leon faces Antonio Escalante in a WBO featherweight title eliminator. Victor Ortiz looks to continue his climb through the junior welter division by taking on former champ Vivian Harris in a Vicious vs Vicious battle of monikers, so overall the card is a decent one.

Even the Brits are getting in on the act with a nice card in Birmingham. The highlight for me is young British lightheavy contender and EBU champ, Nathan Cleverly, going up against young contender and former EBU supermiddle champ, Karo Murat, who fights out of Germany. This is a WBO title eliminator and both are undefeated, so it’s great to see some young lions risking their zeros with special props to Murat who goes to the lion’s own den for the task.

So, there it is, you’ve been notified in advance that in spite of rumors, boxing is not yet dead.

El Canelo Crunch

El Canelo Crunch

The Fall Guy

The Fall Guy

Sweet Dreams My Darling

Sweet Dreams My Darling