Like it or not, Canelo Alvarez is not a hype job.
Like it or not, Alfredo Angulo couldn’t do anything effective against him.
Like it or not, had referee Tony Weeks not stopped the fight when he did, Angulo would have continued to take more and more punishment which he didn’t deserve.
Like it or not, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is a good fighter and has the potential to become a great fighter.
As I had picked Alfredo Angulo to win, I kept waiting for him to step on the gas. I anticipated that Canelo would win the first few rounds and that with all the heavy shots he was throwing, he would tire, then that would be where Angulo would capitalize but he didn’t.
He had moments where he looked good but immediately afterwards Canelo would come back with a combination of his own that made him look better. There were times when he did look like he was slowing down but they seemed to draw Angulo into a false sense of confidence which Canelo would quickly shatter with his punches.
Perhaps the best moment of the fight was round eight when Canelo actually went with his backs to the ropes and continued to make Angulo miss shots, even borrowing the shoulder roll a la Floyd Mayweather.
As for the stoppage by Tony Weeks in the tenth round after Canelo landed a single uppercut… do I agree with it?
Well, I can see both sides.
On one hand, it was just one shot and Angulo didn’t seem to be incredibly hurt by it in any means.
On the other hand, he’d taken a lot of shots by that point, his eyes were swollen and if Weeks didn’t stop the fight did you really want to see Angulo take more shots when he wasn’t really having much luck by that point. The more I think about it, the more I agree with Weeks decision, even if it did make the conclusion of the fight seem like a bit of an anticlimax.
I respect Virgil Hunter as a trainer and have no problem admitting that I don’t know much about boxing as he does, but I also know that Angulo was not “coming on strong” like he told Jim Gray. The audience may have roared in agreement at that statement but how often have we seen fights go on too long where a fighter takes unnecessary punishment? How often after those fights have we seen fighters suffer irreversible damage? And how often then are we quick to criticize the officials in and around the ring for not doing their job properly?
Remember Tony Weeks was the third man in the ring for the first meeting between Jose Luis Castillo and Diego Corrales. He was also the third man in the ring when Levander Johnson lost a one-sided knockout loss back in 2005. Five days after that fight Johnson was dead.
Where does Canelo go from here? At the post-fight press conference Erislandy Lara volunteered himself but he might have to wait as according to Floyd Mayweather, Lara has an appointment with Ishe Smith, a fighter under Floyd’s promotional banner. There is a good chance that it could be the winner of Martinez and Cotto but we’ll have to wait and see.
Either way, whoever Canelo Alvarez gets in the ring with, it’s sure to be a good fight.