Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 knockouts) successfully defended his WBC light-middleweight title against Josesito Lopez (30-5-0, 18 knockouts) on Sept. 15, stopping the challenger during the fifth round of their encounter at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.
Offensively, Alvarez' performance against Lopez was spectacular, as the 22 year-old hurt the latter early and often, sending him to the canvas in the second, third, and fourth rounds, before finishing him off in the fifth.
However, Alvarez' defense wasn't as sharp as his offense was, and Josesito landed his share of decent shots during the fight. It made me wonder how "Canelo" would do against a heavy-handed boxer.
Alvarez' handlers seem to think that he's ready to face the best boxers on the planet, and they're hoping to secure a fight against one of the big-names in the near future.
"We would certainly be open to making a fight with Floyd [Mayweather] and I think that's at the top of Canelo's wish list as well," Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer said after the fight. "Other names do include Miguel Cotto and the man that beat Cesar Chavez Jr. tonight, Sergio Martinez. What we really think, first and foremost, is that [Alvarez] is ready. You see the tremendous improvement. He really is ready and we're not afraid to put him in front of any of those names."
Even though Alvarez looked good against Lopez, it's important not to overlook the fact that he had a considerable size advantage during the fight. Lopez was actually a pound heavier than "Canelo" at fight time, but it was pretty clear who the bigger, stronger man was.
In my opinion, Alvarez isn't yet ready for either Martinez or Mayweather, as his defense still needs some work. However, he does seem to improve with each fight, so it's only a matter of time before he eventually gets there.
I don't like the idea of putting "Canelo" in the ring against elite, elusive fighters like Martinez and Mayweather, and he'll be better off going against less technical big-names like Miguel Cotto and Manny Pacquiao in the near future.
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