On July 11, Golden Boy Promotions confirmed rumors that undefeated Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will face Josesito Lopez on Sept. 15. Alvarez will no longer get to headline his first pay-per-view on that date, and he’ll have to settle for a Showtime broadcast instead.
Given the fact names like Austin Trout, Erislandy Lara, and Cornelius Bundrage were thrown around as potential opponents for Canelo, many boxing fans are a bit disappointed with Golden Boy’s decision to go with Josesito.
WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. wasn’t impressed with Alvarez’ decision to take on Lopez, and he took a few jabs at the rising Mexican star.
“[Canelo and his team] have been criticizing me for years….my work ethic, everything,” Chavez Jr. said during an interview with Boxingscene.com. “I’ve shown [over] the last two years what I’m capable of doing and they’ve shown what they are capable of doing in the last two years. … The kind of fighters I’m facing….he has faced no quality fighters in a long time. I’m facing Sergio Martinez, the best middleweight in the world. He’s not facing anyone.”
Lopez did pull off a huge upset in his last fight against Victor Ortiz, breaking the former WBC welterweight champion’s jaw in the ninth round. However, Lopez was behind on all three judges’ scorecards when the fight was stopped, and I definitely didn’t think his performance was enough to get him a shot at Alvarez.
When you factor in the fact that Lopez will be moving up to the 154-pound division for the first time in his boxing career, the chances of a competitive fight breaking out are pretty slim.
However, it wouldn’t be fair to question Canelo’s courage because of Golden Boy Promotion’s selection, considering the fact he was willing to test his skills against Paul Williams before a tragic motorcycle accident forced “The Punisher” out of the bout.
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David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.