Saul "Canelo" Alvarez's Next Fight: Probably Miguel Cotto
Who is next for the Mexican boxing superstar?
Canelo Alvarez is scheduled to return to the ring on March 8, 2013. However, no opponent has been named yet. There are reports that Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico has been offered an eight-figure payday if he agrees to fight Alvarez on the penciled date above. No news yet if he has accepted the offer or not. Cotto is mulling over whether he will face Alvarez in March or fight Sergio Martinez instead in June.
This fight had been cancelled after Paul Williams' motorcycle accident which left him paralyzed from the waist down. It's still unknown if he will ever walk again.
Saul "Canelo" Alvarez Vs Paul "The Punisher" Williams
Two of some of the best light middleweights in the world are set to collide on September 15, 2012 in the fight capital of the world, Las Vegas, Nevada. Mexican Saul Alvarez is putting his World Boxing Council light middleweight belt on the line when he faces American Paul Williams. Both fighters are coming off wins earlier this year. Paul Williams defeated Nobuhiro Ishida via unanimous decision in February while Saul Alvarez routed veteran Shane Mosley in the undercard of the Cotto-Mayweather fight last May 5. Alvarez also won via unanimous decision.
Alvarez and Williams fought one opponent in common - Kermit Cintron. Williams beat Cintron via technical decision in 2010. Alvarez, on the other hand beat Cintron via technical knockout a year later.
Paul "The Punisher" Williams Fast Facts
*Birthdate - July 27, 1981
*Stance - southpaw
*Height - 6'1"/185 cm
*Reach - 79"/201 cm
*Alias - The Punisher
*Country - United States
*Record - 41 wins, 2 losses (27 of his wins were knockout victories)
Saul "Canelo" Alvarez Fast Facts
*Birthdate - July 18, 1990
*Stance - orthodox
*Height - 5'9"/175 cm
*Reach - 71"/180 cm
*Alias - Canelo (translates to cinnamon in Spanish)
*Country - Mexico
*Record - 40 wins, no losses, 1 fight even (29 of his wins were knockout victories)
Young Prospect Vs Fading Warrior
Canelo Alvarez will be the obvious favorite in this match. Most boxing fans are giving Williams a slim chance of pulling off a victory. After all, William is considered by many as a faded fighter. One who is past his prime. Although he only lost twice, his knockout loss to Sergio Martinez made everyone doubt if Williams still has what it takes to compete among the best fighters in his division. His first loss came in the hands of Carlos Quintana which he eventually avenged by knocking out Quintana in the rematch.
After getting a string of victories over Andy Kolle, Verno Phillips, and Ronald Wright, he faced Argentinian Sergio Martinez which a lot of people believed is the beginning of William's downfall. Their first fight was won by Williams but it could have gone either way. Their rematch a year later was a totally different story as Williams was destroyed by Martinez with a single punch.
After the loss to Martinez, Williams fought Cuban contender Erislandy Lara. It was a fight which everybody believed was won by Lara. Except for the judges. They awarded the victory to Williams instead. Williams' last fight was a fair effort over Japanese Nobuhiro Ishida.
Saul Canelo Alvarez, on the other hand, is an undefeated fighter. He won seven of his last ten fights via knockouts. And in these fights, he was up against good fighters. These include Shane Mosley, Kermit Cintron, Alfonso Gomez, Ryan Rhodes, Matthew Hatton, Lovemore Ndou and Carlos Baldomir.
This should be an easy fight for Canelo Alvarez. However, there is a chance that he will encounter huge problems with Williams' style, height and reach. Williams doesn't have a very sturdy chin. He doesn't have good enough defense. And he can't seem to adapt and adjust within fights.
I'm looking at this fight with a knockout victory for Alvarez. The knockout could happen within the middle rounds. Alvarez has power. With Williams' weak defense, Alvarez's power punches will sooner or later find their marks.
I wouldn't be very surprised though if Williams pulls off an upset. As I said earlier, he has a style coupled with a size/reach advantage that could pose too much problems to the Mexican. If Williams wins this one, it will be via decision.
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