SAN DIEGO, March 8, 2014 – Yes, there is a “dog” in tonight’s fight from Las Vegas, Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo who challenges the Mexican star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
But will the fight itself be a dog? Showtime and Golden Boy Promotions both say their pay per view expectations are low. Good thing, because it’s a stretch for a lot of fans to cough up $60 for tonight’s event.
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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, including Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley II in April.
Canelo Alvarez weighed in at 155 pounds, one pound over the original limit of 154 pounds. 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 today. Alvarez will owe Angulo more money if he doesn’t come in under 168 pounds.
The main event isn’t a poor matchup 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. 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 he’s been training well under the guidance of veteran trainer Virgil Hunter.
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.
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.
“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 right here on this page.
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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