COMMENTARY | A few days before Saul Alvarez's high profile bout with Austin Trout at San Antonio's Alamodome on April 20, it was reported that a warrant had been issued for his arrest in his home state of Jalisco, Mexico. Alvarez, who was already in Texas at the time of the issuing of the warrant, was momentarily safe, but would apparently be in hot water upon returning home.
The arrest warrant stemmed from an alleged altercation in October of 2011 between the WBC junior middleweight champ and then-IBF junior flyweight titlist, Ulises "Archi" Solis in Guadalajara, Jalisco. According to Solis and witnesses, Alvarez confronted the much smaller man over a dispute involving Alvarez's then-girlfriend and struck Solis with three punches before leaving the scene. The 5' 3" Solis was left with a fractured jaw, a chipped tooth, and alleged lingering injuries that have effectively ended his career as a world class fighter (In March, in his second bout since the injury, the usually durable Solis was knocked out in two rounds by Edgar Sosa).
At the time the arrest warrant was issued, eighteen months had passed since the alleged incident took place and Solis had fumed the whole time, publicly criticizing the slow movement of the Mexican legal system and the apparent favoritism shown to Canelo.
"I just want to say to Mexico and to everyone reading this that, in Jalisco, with the government of Emilio González Márquez [now former governor of the state of Jalisco], there is no justice," Solis told the media.
The announcement that an arrest warrant had finally been issued gave Solis at least the hope of a real day in court, but that hope didn't last long.
Fast Forward to April 29, nine days after Alvarez's unanimous decision victory over Trout.
Instead of being taken into custody and sent to defend himself against the long-standing charges, Canelo reportedly avoided his home state of Jalisco and went straight to Mexico City, where he was given a hero's welcome and invited to meet with Mexican President, Enrique Pena Nieto. In a forty-five minute private meeting, the 22-year-old champ would present Nieto with the gloves he used in the Trout fight.
On April 30, a statement was issued from district judge, Alejandro Guevara Pedroza, dismissing all charges against Alvarez and even clearing the name of Alvarez's brother, Juan Ramon, who had actually taken the blame for the assault. According to Judge Pedroza, witnesses had been "manipulated" by Solis and, therefore, there was "insufficient evidence" available to further pursue the case.
Predictably, Solis was outraged at the judgment.
"Yesterday," Solis wrote via his official Twitter account, "the President of the Republic receives him and today the arrest warrant gets canceled…what a coincidence, no?"
"I saw this coming," he continued, "Influence is power in this corrupt country. When are we going to see a Mexico without corruption? When will this end?"
For those familiar with the Mexican legal system, there was little anticipation of anything resembling a fair trial in this case. Canelo Alvarez has become a superstar in Mexico and a symbol for all things wholesome and right with the country. Alvarez, whether guilty or not, would not be dragged through the mud as the nation watched and as TV giant Televisa, owner of exclusive broadcasting rights to all of Alvarez's fights, put question marks next to high-profile TV dates.
As things would have it, there would be no trial at all and, as is customary in Mexican legal cases involving "untouchables," everything was left up in the air. Somebody had broken Solis' jaw in two places, witnesses say it was Canelo who did it, Canelo's brother actually admits to doing it-but nobody will be held accountable.
For the record, Saul Alvarez maintains his innocence in all of this. Meanwhile, his brother, in a written statement issued to the court, claims to have struck a belligerent Solis in self defense after Solis initiated a physical altercation. But it's all a moot point now. Only a handful of people actually know the real truth behind what happened that October morning, but nobody in a position of authority cares to find out.
Paul Magno was a licensed official in the state of Michoacan, Mexico and a close follower of the sport for more than thirty years. His work can also be found on Fox Sports and as Editor-in-Chief of The Boxing Tribune. In the past, Paul has done work for Inside Fights, The Queensberry Rules and Eastside Boxing. For breaking news, additional analysis, and assorted crazy commentary, follow him on Facebook, @TheBoxingTribune or on Twitter, @BoxingBTBC.
Sources: El Diario, YouTube, Univision, Twitter, Processo
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