Last Saturday night, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez came out like a man on fire. He absolutely laid it to Alfredo “Perro” Angulo, stopping him via a 10th-round TKO, a good stoppage by veteran referee Tony Weeks. We learned a few different things from Canelo’s performance.
First and foremost, I think we all thought at least once, “Man, Floyd Mayweather Jr. is worlds above the rest of the competition.” Six months ago, Floyd made Canelo look elementary at best. He beat him in a virtual shutout except on C.J. Ross’ scorecard, but let’s be honest — her scorecard rarely matters.
You can see the difference in Floyd’s level and Canelo’s just from how impressive Canelo looked on Saturday against a legitimate opponent in Angulo. Unfortunately for fight fans, Angulo was not his normal self. He was terribly slow, throwing very few punches, not cutting off the ring, and rarely even looking for the one-punch KO that he has the ability to land.
Following the conclusion of the bout, I began to think of potential opponents for Canelo on his next PPV date, July 26. With the current “Cold War” between Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank, Canelo can only fight against other Golden Boy fighters, which really limits his options.
At 154 and 160, there is terribly limited competition for him. A date with 160-pound undefeated titlist Peter Quillin could be a possibility and perhaps a good draw as well. Quillin is Cuban-American from New York City with a decent draw. If you combine that with Canelo’s enormous star status, it could turn out to be a high-level event and a good scrap.
Of course, there’s a hitch — Quillen is set to fight in April. He will need to come out of that bout relatively unscathed to be able to make a July date with Canelo. Aside from that, I don’t see an immediate matchup that that’d entice the public.
Canelo will no doubt have big paydays in the near future, but he needs to have competitive bouts. It would be in the best interest of the golden boy himself, Oscar De La Hoya, to smooth things over with Top Rank Inc. sooner rather than later. Top Rank has some huge opportunities for Canelo between 154-160 pounds. A couple of individuals named, Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez, Miguel Cotto, Gennady Golovkin to name a few.
Could Canelo be the answer to the “Cold War’’?