The comeback trail for Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KO) begins this Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Alvarez is a Mexican superstar and the top fighter for Golden Boy Promotions, and he is arguably the biggest draw in the sport. Alvarez will be facing off against Mexican compatriot, Alfredo “Perro” Angulo (22-3, 18 KO).
They are both coming off losses against formidable opponents. Angulo lost a competitive fight against the slick Cuban Erislandy Lara, and Alvarez to the pound-for-pound king, Floyd Mayweather Jr. Regardless of what Golden Boy says publicly while promoting the fight, they set it up for “Canelo” to win and put his career back on track. Angulo is anything but a walk-through opponent, however; fans and oddsmakers alike need to be very careful when making their pick for Saturday.
Alvarez is favored at -500, which says to the casual fan that “Canelo” is sure to be dominant. It may not be that easy — at least not as easy as those numbers indicate.
Angulo will charge forward looking to back up Alvarez and cut off the ring. If he succeeds, he will be sure to deliver heavy shots and test Alvarez’s chin and body. He is a big puncher, recording 18 of his 22 victories via knockout, and if he proves to be strong enough to hurt Alvarez, watch out, Golden Boy may have to change their plans.
For Alvarez he will need to bring out his finest boxing shoes to ward off “Perro”. He will need to rely on top conditioning, lateral movement and a stiff jab to keep Angulo at a distance for 12 rounds. Alvarez, although a decent puncher, recording 30 of his 42 victories by knockout, will not want to go “toe-to-toe” (coincidentally the name dubbed for the fight promotion) and trade with Angulo.
The underdog possesses one shot knockout power, and has proven it against top-level competition. It is sure to be a great bout filled with drama, and the victor will be looking for a world title shot this summer.