SAN DIEGO, March 7, 2014 – Even with some good fights on the undercard, the decision by Showtime and Golden Boy Promotions to make Saturday’s event in Las Vegas featuring Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo was a stretch.
Millions paid good money to see Alvarez fight Floyd Mayweather last year. But fans have to think twice about what their budget can absorb with three far better pay per view boxing events still ahead this spring: Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley II in April, Floyd Mayweather vs. Marcos Maidana in May, and Sergio Martinez vs. Miguel Cotto in June. Throw in the possibility of Gennady Golovkin vs. Julio Caesar Chavez Jr. in July, which is the current hot talk.
On Friday, one of the undercard fights was cancelled, the title defense by junior middleweight Carlos Molina versus Jermall Charlo. Molina remains in custody in Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas on an outstanding 2007 warrant and due to immigration issues.
Prior to Friday’s weigh-in, the weight limit was raised one pound for the main event. Canelo Alvarez weighed in at 155 pounds, one pound over the original limit of 154 pounds. Alfredo Angulo weighed in at 154.5 pounds. That pound cost Alvarez $100,000, the amount he agreed to pay Angulo for agreeing to the new weight limit. There will be a second weigh-in at 3 p.m. Saturday. Alvarez will owe Angulo more money if he doesn’t come in under 168 pounds.
Nothing is more maddening in boxing than a fighter who can’t make weight. This is their job. What gives with Canelo? This can’t be anything but bad news.
It doesn’t make anyone too eager to pay their $49.99 ($59.99 in HD) for fights that threaten to be dogs. Woof.
The main event isn’t a poor match-up even with the strikes against it. Despite his loss to Mayweather, Alvarez (42-1-0, 30 KOs) remains wildly popular among Mexican and Mexican-American fans. Unlike the typical Mexican power puncher, Alvarez is smart and patient. His defensive skills are not given enough credit. Alvarez says he learned a lot from the Mayweather fight and he’s eager to show the results in the ring.
Angulo (22-3, 18 KOs) is a tough customer with a compelling story. He missed the first half of 2012 out of the ring while sitting in jail due to immigration problems. His legal team finally won his release, and his training has seemingly gone well under the guidance of veteran Virgil Hunter.
Angulo is coming off an unfortunate tenth round TKO loss to Erislandy Lara, stopped due to an eye injury. He had knocked Lara down twice before the fight was called. It was enough for him to get the call against Alvarez and his first appearance on a pay per view card, even though he is not well known outside hardcore boxing circles.
Alvarez is suspect is in his ability to withstand a lot of punishment. How much he might be off his rhythm since his loss to Mayweather is hard to gauge. Can Angulo get to Alvarez with his heavy hands and score big? Alvarez is normally the faster man and harder to hit.
In return, Angulo can’t allow himself to become a target in his eagerness to do damage to Alvarez. If he fights with patience and slowly wears Alvarez down while waiting to place his best shots in the later rounds, he has a chance. Oddsmakers have made Alvarez the overwhelming favor in this fight, but many people are rooting in their hearts for the hard-luck guy, the 2004 Olympian from Mexicali who deserves a break.
The fighters remaining on the undercard all made weight, and there are contests worth watching here. Leo Santa Cruz (26-0-1, 18 KOs) puts his super bantamweight title at on the line against Cristian Mijarees of Mexico (48-7-2, 3 KOs). Exciting lightweight Nihito Arakawa of Japan (24-3-1, 16 KOs) fights Jorge Linares of Venezuela (35-3, 23 KOs) in a 10-round elimination fight.
Be patient and hang onto your money for April 12 and June 7, and maybe July 12. You won’t miss out. Communities Digital News will host our first live boxing chat of 2014 for Canelo vs. Angulo and the undercards as well. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter for your reminders.
“Canelo vs. Angulo: Toe to Toe” from the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas airs at 9 p.m. ET on Showtime PPV; our Communities live chat begins at 9 p.m. ET.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +
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