Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is waiting for Miguel Cotto to decide whether or not he will ditch Top Rank and HBO, springing for a ten-figure offer from Golden Boy to fight on March 8th.
Cotto seems to have several offers under consideration, though and is in apparently no rush to make up his mind. Fellow 154-lb. champion Carlos Molina is making his voice heard is trying to take advantage of Cotto’s silence to get noticed.
Molina went on the offensive and called out Alvarez, as well as veteran Shane Mosley and up-and-comer Demetrius Andrade. Molina criticized the current boxing culture in which champions fight infrequently in big-money pay-per-view, and claims to be different.
“I don’t care who it is. I know everyone says that but I mean it,” Molina said of who his next opponent will be. “I would like to bring boxing back to how it was in the old days, with guys fighting all the time. Fighters fight and that’s what I want to do. I’m ready to go.”
Molina’s manager backed up that claim, saying “Carlos is old-fashioned that way. He’ll be ready to go no matter the date and they can put any junior middleweight in the word in front of him.”
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Figuring out what comes next for Miguel Cotto after his destruction of Delvin Rodriguez on October 5th is not easy, thanks to Cotto’s free agent status. With boxing’s top promoters at war with one another, affiliations determine matchups.
Cotto is a rare case with no contractual obligation, although he does have a strong relationship with Top Rank and Bob Arum. There are rumors that Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is a free agent as well, but those claims have been strongly denied by Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer.
“Canelo is under contract with Golden Boy and he is proud and happy to be under contract with us. Canelo will tell you himself and so will his managers. This guy [Arum] has totally lost it,” Schaefer said.
Much of the talk about Cotto’s future points to a fight with middleweight champion Sergio Martinez. Cotto has spoken of wanting to become the first Puerto Rican fighter with belts in four weight classes, and Martinez seems eager for the bout as well.
“Team Martinez is focused on this fight. He would love to fight Cotto, it’s good for the fans and for boxing,” Martinez’s adviser Sampson Lewkowicz said.
Cotto, though, could stand to make more money by taking on Alvarez, who was just prominently featured in the one of the highest-grossing fights in the history of the sport with Floyd Mayweather Jr.
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Like many boys before him whose fathers laced up the gloves, Manuel Lopez never had a choice, he was born to be a boxer, “My father was one my favorite fighters, I looked up to him growing up.” Manny Lopez Sr. was a respectable fighter compiling a career record of 22-3, even earning a shot at the WBC International super middleweight title before hanging them up.
Although his amateur career was brief, Manny Lopez Jr. spent a lot of time competing at the national level with a record of 55-10. “I was always in the top 3 or 4, just always falling short in national tournaments.”
There’s no shame in competing and losing to the highest level of competition. With failure comes a goal, obstacles worth knocking out. It builds character, develops strength and sometimes leads to opportunities you never knew were possible. Lopez was awarded a full ride boxing scholarship to Northern Michigan University, where he would have an opportunity to further his education and train at the United States Olympic Education Center, “It was by far the biggest accomplishment of my amateur career.”
Now as a professional, Lopez is 4-0 and training under the watchful eyes of Shann Villhauer, “Shann was actually my first coach so we have a strong bond and relationship. I trust him to the max.” He currently shares the home gym of local world champion Mike Alvarado, where both are getting ready for their next bouts on October 19th at the First Bank Center in Broomfield, CO. Lopez is grateful to hone his skills with a fighter of Alvarado’s level, “It’s motivational, and he pushes me to be the best. If he can become a world champion from Denver, so can I.”
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Floyd Mayweather further strengthened his claim to greatness with a one-sided defeat of Saul Alvarez in Las Vegas.
In doing so the 36-year-old American secured the WBC and WBA light-middleweight titles and stretched his unbeaten professional run to 45 fights.
He pockets upwards of $45m (£26.1m) for his efforts, a world record purse, and the fight is set to go down as the most lucrative pay-per-view show in history.
The judges scored the fight 114-114, 116-112, 117-111.
Mayweather was never threatened, making his Mexican foe look ordinary at times, and the announcement of CJ Ross’s drawn card was met with stunned silence.
“It is about skills,” said five-weight world champion Mayweather. “I came out and showed my skills.
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Its been 18 days since former lineal jr middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez experienced defeat for the first time at the hands of Floyd Mayweather.
So what’s next for the 23 year old star who, along with Adrien Broner, seemingly represents the future of boxing?
Team Alvarez is in a difficult situation and there are three important factors that will come into play when selecting his next opponent.
1. No Journeymen: Given Canelo’s star status, the public won’t accept a tune-up fight. He’ll have to face a legitimate top 10 opponent to maintain or retain credibility.
2. World Title Needed Soon: Sure, Floyd Mayweather will be the acknowledged champion in the jr middleweight division but major world titles, saturated or not, still carry a lot of significance and Team Alvarez will undoubtedly be targeting the IBF and/or WBO jr middleweight straps sometime soon. (Mayweather owns the WBC and WBA titles).
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