Looking Ahead: Canelo is Taking a Big Chance with Angulo

Canelo Is Back

After piling up 43 wins (more like 47, if the stories about his unsanctioned fights in Tijuana are true) by the time he was 23 years old, Canelo suffered his first loss at the hands of Floyd Mayweather, which, as 44 other guys can attest, is nothing to be ashamed of.

After six months off, it’s time for Saul to get back on the horse, so you’d think it stands to reason that his people would pull a page out of the old “how to manage a fighter” handbook and set him up with a showcase fight. You know, some soft touch. A light hitting Boxer or a weak-chinned puncher. An opponent, as they say.

Not This Time

Nope, they chose to throw him in there with an animal. A non-stop, kill-or-be-killed brawler. A Dog, if you will. If you don’t know Angulo, allow me to offer you a brief introduction.

2011-11-05 Alfredo Angulo vs James Kirkland by simbros2

Say what you will about Alfredo Angulo’s technical skill or his ability to avoid punches, but he’s one of the last guys on earth you’d seek to fight if you were looking for a safe opponent. By choosing this fight, Canelo and his people send a pretty clear message that they are willing fight tough guys. Dangerous guys. Guys with something to prove.

Good for him. This is a fight I want to see, and I’m sure I’m not in the minority. We’ve yet to see Alvarez really get into a war, and for those of you familiar with Angulo, we’ve yet to see him not have one. Unlike some other champions and rising stars in the game right now, Canelo is actually taking a fight with high risk and very little upside. Sure, he’ll be the favorite to outbox (and perhaps even outslug) El Perro, but it’s certainly no foregone conclusion.

Beating Angulo doesn’t do anything to raise his profile (which was Nacho Berstain’s excuse for why Marquez won’t be fighting Ruslan Provdonikov) but losing this fight would be a major setback for a guy who is on the short list of potential big time Pay per View draws going forward. This fight offers an intriguing question as it pertains to Alvarez’ ability to take a licking and keep on ticking, and the drama lies in waiting for the answer.

As far as a technical breakdown of what this fight offers, we’ll cover that as the fight nears. In the meantime, a salute to team Alvarez for taking a fight worth watching, not merely an exhibition or a tune-up. These are the kind of things the real fight fans appreciate, and more importantly, remember over the long haul.

-Manh Ha-