In less than 24 hours, undefeated Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (40-0-1, 29 knockouts) will square up against Josesito Lopez (30-4-0, 18 knockouts) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., and many in the boxing community expect him to successfully defend his WBC light-middleweight title.
Golden Boy Promotions president, Oscar De La Hoya, feels Alvarez is ready to start fighting the elite boxers of the world.
“I would love to see him fight against [Sergio] Maravilla Martinez for instance if he wins,” Oscar De La Hoya said during an appearance on ‘The Boxing Lab.’ “I would love to see him against Floyd Mayweather. I would love to see him fight against Miguel Cotto. Absolutely. Hey, bring on [Erislandy] Lara. Bring on the other guys. Canelo Alvarez is ready. … Look, we have a plan for him and the kid is very ambitious and at 22 years old, there’s no other fighter that has accomplished what he’s accomplished outside the ring and inside the ring.”
Canelo Alvarez secured a unanimous decision against “Sugar” Shane Mosley in his last outing, but I personally didn’t think he did enough to establish himself as a threat to the top fighters in boxing. Alvarez’ handlers didn’t think he was ready for the likes of Mayweather either, and they quickly shot down the idea of a fight against boxing’s pound-for-pound king, saying the 22 year-old wasn’t ready.
Given the fact Alvarez hasn’t laced up his gloves since then, De La Hoya’s change of heart is a little surprising.
In terms of potential, Alvarez has the tools needed to become one of the biggest superstars in boxing, but it wouldn’t be in his best interest to rush into big fights. If Saul Alvarez emerges victorious against Lopez on Sept. 15, he’ll be better off aiming for the likes of Lara, before trying to test his skills against Mayweather or Martinez.
Luis Sandoval, “De La Hoya: I Would Love Canelo To Fight Martinez”
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.