And what we’re about to witness on September 14 is two undefeated fighters who are clearly in their prime, go at each other in a match that will be so big that it might even bring President Barack Obama ringside.
Here’s my thoughts about this exciting bout.
You have in Saul “Canelo” Alvarez a young strong hard hitting kid who can also move around in the ring with lateral movement and dexterity. And he’s hungry for that opportunity to become the number one pound per pound guy in the division.
He’s coming off a spectacular win over Austin “No Doubt” Trout who by the way, put up a tough fight but just didn’t seem in my opinion to have what I consider that “killer instinct” that one needs to have.
You can’t be a nice guy once you get in the ring. You’ve got to go in there and have that spirit of literally taking a man’s head off. Otherwise, you’re going to lose the fight before the opening bell. This is what I think makes this bout an intriguing one because both these guys possess that spirit.
“Canelo” has shown that he’s willing to go in there with anyone, and when he does, he goes in there with a ferociousness that is rarely seen. Floyd Mayweather on the other hand, has been in there with some of the best that ever faced him. From Jose Luis Castillo, Auturo “Thunder” Gatti, Zab Judah, Ricky Hatton, “Sugar” Shane Mosley, Genaro Hernandez, DeMarcus “chop chop” Corley, Oscar De La Hoya, Sharmba Mitchell, Juan Manuel Marquez, Miguel Cotto, and most recently, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero, the list goes on and on.
There are probably a few that I didn’t mention, but the fact of the matter is that none of these guys could beat him. What you must understand about Floyd is that his skill level far excedes the level of his opponents. And that’s because of his work ethic. In spite of the fact that he’s making tons of money, he still trains as though he’s starving. And he goes in there with a “killer instinct” each time he fights. If he should continue on and remain undefeated in his career, he certainly won’t be the first to do so (the great Rocky Marciano, and Ricardo Lopez are just a couple of guys that I can mention that retired that way).
But he will definitely leave a huge mark in boxing’s rich history no matter what happens. This bout is a much anticipated one, and it will hopefully, be the one that will leave it’s imprint in the pages of great fights.
As I always say, we’ll see what happens.
In other boxing news … there’s a couple of fights scheduled for this weekend that must be taken note of.
First, there’s the Marcos Maidana vs Josesito Lopez match up with Alfredo Angulo vs Irislandy Lara as the semi-main event that’s taking place out at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. This will be telecast live on Showtime Championship Boxing and is being brought to you by Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions.
And also on the same night “Bad” Chad Dawson goes against Adonis Stevenson live on HBO Championship Boxing. This is an event that will also feature the return to the ring of Yuriokis Gamboa who is going up in weight to go against Darley Perez at 135lbs. This will be Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson’s SMS Promotions in association with Gary Shaw Promotions.
And we’re all looking forward to seeing Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley vs Juan Manuel Marquez in September.
This should be interesting folks as Bradley who has already been tested this year will be going against a well seasoned veteran in Marquez. This one is being brought to you by Bob Arum’s Top Rank Inc., and will be telecast live on HBO.
As I always say, we’ll see what happens.
I hear that Carl Froch wants a rematch with Andre Ward in the U.S. only if it’s in Las Vegas. I got to tell you something folks, I don’t think he can beat Ward if he fought him Timbuktu.
And finally, Denis Lebedev is asking the WBA for a rematch with Guillermo Jones who took the cruiserweight title from him like he stole something.
I think they should turn the page, and start a new chapter on that one.
That’s all for now, we’ll talk later.
Southern California based Mohammed Mubarak’s Ringside Update column can also be seen in the Pace News, the Inland Valley News, and the High Desert Inland Valley News. Mohammed is a portrait artist as well. He can be contacted at [email protected] for your comments.