Saul Alvarez has come along way since claiming the WBC championship with a win over, unkown outside to the boxing world, Matthew Hatton a little over a year ago piling impressive victories in the process over fighters such as Kermit Cintron, Alfonso Gomez, and veteran Shane Mosley. These bouts have done little to solidify the young mexican star’s status as a pound for pound elite. It also doesn’t help that his next fight, scheduled for Sept 15th in Vegas, will be against a much smaller man who will be jumping up 2 weight classes, Josesito Lopez, a natural jr. Welterweight. Regardless of his size, Lopez has earned his shot thanks to his upset Victory a few months ago against the very popular Victor Ortiz in a bout that was suppose to have set up an eventual clash between Canelo and Ortiz. Neverless, Golden Boy Promotions decided to set up an Alvarez/Lopez showdown even though it was originally thought that Lopez, despite the victory, was too small as a natural junior welterweight to climb up two full weight classes to fight the heavy-handed Canelo. This fight might be evedence that GBP is endeed trying to keep Canelo on the winning path considering the fact that there were much more intrigueing match up options for Canelo such as Vanes Mantirosyan, Alfredo Angulo, and Cornelius Bundrage just to name a few. Contenders that would of made a Sept 15th Canelo fight much more appealing from a fan base standpoint. Instead, the boxing world will be treated to a jr Welterweight against a jr Middleweight main event. With that being said, a victory will do nothing for Alvarez except earn him another pay day. Then again it does put him in a potential spot to face the winner of Top Rank Promotion’s Chavez Jr./Martinez showdown that will be taking place just blocks away. If Chavez Jr. is able to successfully defend his Middleweight championship, a fight between himself and Alvarez would in fact be dubbed as the Mayweather vs Pacquiao version of Mexican bouts. However, it’s still too early to tell or predict future negotiations especially involving totally opposite sides like that of Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions. The bottom line is that the boxing world should be in store for one heck of a boxing evening come Sept. 15th in Las Vegas. One main event being free, and the true one being televised on pay-per-view for a fee of $59.99. So which one will you be watching? As for me, got to go with Top Rank on this one!
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