Saul "Canelo" Alvarez was ringside for Victor Ortiz' June 23 showdown against Josesito Lopez, and the Mexican up and comer was impressed with what he saw. Ortiz - who came in as a 10-1 favorite against Lopez - wasn't able to answer the bell in the 10th round due to a broken jaw.
"I had never seen Josesito fight before, that's me being honest," Alvarez said. "He surprised me. Since the first round, you could tell it was going to be a good fight. And that's what it ended up being. … The Soto-Matthysse fight, Victor with Josesito was a real good fight. I liked Josesito's attitude a lot. He had a lot of heart. Sometimes boxing surprises us and it was a good fight."
Ortiz was initially scheduled to face Alvarez on Sept. 15, but that bout has now been cancelled. Canelo is once again without an opponent for what is supposed to be his first PPV headliner.
Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer plans to announce Alvarez' next opponent later on in the week, but there's a decent chance the fight will no longer be on PPV.
"I can't think of anyone at the moment but that's why I have my team," Alvarez added. "I just prepare. I'd like to fight the best but they aren't ready. [Floyd]Mayweather is in jail. [Miguel] Cotto won't fight in September. So I just want to fight the best [available]."
I don't think Saul Alvarez is ready for the likes of Mayweather, but he just might be able to handle Cotto. Unfortunately for him, a September bout against Cotto is out of the picture, and he'll probably have to settle for a lesser opponent unless something unforeseen happens.
Given Alvarez status, I'm sure he'll be able to find a suitable replacement for Ortiz, but I have to wonder if the multiple opponent changes will have any effect on him come fight time.
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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.