Canelo v Angulo: Canelo Hype Or The Real Deal?
This Saturday the man labelled as the next star of the sport makes his return from a one-sided defeat at the hands of Floyd Mayweather.
Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez aged just 23 holds a great record of 42 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw and before his loss to Mayweather was really being toasted as the one to takeover Mayweather's dominance of the sport. It was to prove a misplaced lack of acceptance for Mayweather's ability.
Mayweather is in a league of his own and he easily beat the young Mexican despite Canelo being the bigger and younger man. Canelo didn't ever really get into the fight and didn't cause Mayweather any trouble at all in the fight.
The defeat has left question marks over the legitimacy of the hype that has surrounded the Mexican. Some say that he was shown not to be as good as initially thought whereas other just accept that Mayweather put on an unbelievable performance.
Some look over Canelo's impressive record and question if it is actually all that impressive with wins against an over-the-hill Shane Mosley, a much smaller Josesito Lopez and Austin Trout as his biggest performances. Trout is a good boxer who holds a win over Miguel Cotto but he perhaps proves to be the only great performance on Canelo's record.
Such a view would appear naive though as Canelo is a highly impressive young boxer competing at the top of the sport at only 23 years of age. He still has a lot to learn but his potential is incredible.
The man standing in his way of a winning return is fellow Mexican Alfredo 'The Dog' Angulo. Angulo is a tough, hard-hitting boxer who should provide great proof of exactly where Canelo stands in the world rankings.
Angulo aged 31 holds a record of 22 wins and 3 losses. 18 wins come by way of knock-out highlighting the power that he holds in both hands. Angulo himself will be heading into the fight on the back of a defeat against the technically sublime Erislandy Lara.
Angulo gave Lara a big test and dropped the Cuban to the canvas twice, firstly in round 4 and then in round 9. The fight ended in controversial fashion after Angulo suffered a bad eye injury. Angulo was piling on the pressure and can claim that he would have gone onto win the fight.
This fight should be entertaining for a number of reasons including that the winner can label themselves as the best Mexican boxer at this point of time. This is something that motivates Angulo heavily and likely does Canelo too.
Canelo is going to be looking to put on a good performance following his loss to Mayweather and will be determined to get back to winning ways. If he is to reignite calls that he is the future star of the sport he needs a victory come Saturday night.
Angulo's all-action style is made for fan-friendly viewing and Canelo is a hugely popular boxer so the fans shouldn't be short of entertainment come fight night.
Canelo heads into the fight as the favourite but this is a really tough fight. I'm backing Canelo to come through successfully in a tight fight with a points win. This should be a really interesting match-up and the excitement is starting to build.
Alvarez v Angulo: Battle To Be Best Mexican