With Paul Williams out due to injuries suffered during a recent motorcycle accident, James Kirkland has agreed to step in to face Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on Sept.15. The event will be appropriately called “Knockout Kings,” and Canelo’s WBC light-middleweight belt will be on the line when the two meet at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV.
“September 15th, it’s on. [James] is ready,” Kirkland’s legal advisor Michael Miller told Boxingscene.com. “He wants to go to training camp tomorrow. He’s ready to go. I asked him ‘what about the shoulder’ and he said ‘I’ll cut my arm off and beat that boy with my cut off arm if I have to – make the fight.’ That’s how excited he is about it. He is ready to go.”
On Paper, a fight between Kirkland and Alvarez favors the Mexican fighter, but it wouldn’t be wise to count Kirkland out. Kirkland has devastating power in his hands, and Canelo might find himself in some trouble if the “Mandingo Warrior” connects.
However, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer is pretty sure Alvarez is ready for a dangerous puncher like Kirkland, and he doesn’t expect the fight to go the distance.
“The fact is Kirkland has always been on Canelo’s radar,” Schaefer said. “It’s a fight which we always wanted to do. It didn’t happen because with Kirkland we didn’t expect him to be ready but now he is ready. He got cleared. It’s very exciting because it is one of those fights where you can leave the judges at home. I guarantee you, I will take bets on that, that there will be a knockout. Either Canelo is going to get knocked out or Kirkland is going to get knocked out. That fight is not going to go to the scorecards. That’s why we are going to call it ‘Knockout Kings.'”
I do agree with Schaefer’s assessment of the fight, and I’m sure the fight between the two will be quite entertaining. After all, it’s the type of fight hardcore and casual boxing fans alike can enjoy, and it’ll give Canelo an opportunity to test his chin.
Rick Reeno, “Canelo-Kirkland Deal Reached: Kirkland Ready For War”
Boxingscene.com, “Schaefer: Forget The Judges, Canelo-Kirkland Ends in KO”
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.