Around 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday, the insanely popular, former WBC and WBA Light Middleweight World Champion, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez along with his entourage of 10 or more people arrived in these two-4 door, 7-seat Cadillac Escalades, one white, the other black, for his Press Conference and workout at the House of Boxing Gym in Paradise Hills, a blue collar neighborhood in San Diego.
Awaiting his arrival, were the many television camera crews, newspapers and web reporters, photographers, video bloggers and of course the loyal fans.
After shaking hands with most everyone, Canelo, was handed a microphone to speak to the large crowd. “I want to thank everyone for coming out today. You must know that I feel so very appreciative to all the media and fans. Your support has given me my motivation.”
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On March 29th in Culiacan, junior middleweight Omar “Businessman” Chavez (31-2-1, 22KOs) will face the biggest challenge of his career, dangerous puncher Daniel Sandoval (34-2, 30KOs), who fought ten times in the last two years and has a unbeaten streak that stretches back to November 2010.
Chavez says that took such a dangerous fight to prove that he’s ready for the biggest names at 154-pounds-including countryman Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Puerto Rican star Miguel Cotto.
For years there was talk of a fight between Canelo and Omar’s older brother, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Now Canelo and Julio Jr. are too far apart in weight.
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One of the intriguing factors about the March 8th junior middleweight showdown between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-1-1, 30KOs) and Alfredo Angulo (22-3, 18KOs) – is whether or not Canelo is able to deal with Angulo’s constant pressure.
Erislandy Lara, Arguably the best boxer at the weight, was unable to hold Angulo off for more than three rounds, before the Mexican puncher caught up with him in the fourth and scored a big knockdown. Angulo would go on to repeat the same feat in the ninth, but then saw his night end early when he suffered an eye injury in the tenth.
Canelo’s stamina has come into question in several of his ring appearances. He fights at a measured pace and noticeably slows down in the second half.
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Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in September was part of a Showtime telecast that generated $150 million in pay-per-view revenue, an all-time record. The A-side to the show was Floyd Mayweather Jr., who defeated Alvarez, so it’s difficult to ascertain how much Alvarez had to do with the numbers. Get the latest update of Mayweather vs Khan fight on May 3rd.
Apparently, Alvarez believes he played a significant role because he went to Richard Schaefer and told him he was ready to take on the leading role in a pay-per-view event. That’s why his March 8 junior middleweight fight with fellow Mexican Alfredo “Perro” Angulo (22-3, 18 KOs) will be televised on Showtime pay-per-view from MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
This has raised an eyebrow or two in the industry. Is Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KOs) ready to produce solid numbers? Since this is not even a title fight, does that make it a tougher sell? Schaefer answered all the questions during a recent interview with this newspaper.
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Never mind that he has lost two of his past four fights. Mexico’s Alfredo Angulo has the promotional clout to land the first pay-per-view headliner of his career. Get the latest updates of Mayweather vs Khan fight.
Angulo’s relentless, brawling style was sufficient for Golden Boy Promotions to match him with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on March 8 in Las Vegas. The super-welterweight bout will be Alvarez’s first since his majority decision loss against Floyd Mayweather Jr. last September.
Golden Boy eagerly wants to maintain Alvarez — its most appealing fighter — on the pay-per-view landscape. Alvarez is hugely popular in his native Mexico and western United States, and Golden Boy looks at the 23-year-old redhead as a possible torchbearer for the sport once Mayweather retires.
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