By: Marcus (Mook) Washington
Canelo Alvarez’ career has gone from being the next Mexican big money superstar to having to prove himself worthy of big purses. Tonight’s fight against James Kirkland has sold a ton of tickets but has gotten little buzz, in part because of Mayweather-Pacquiao fatigue but also because Canelo’s two lackluster performances.
Alvarez looked completely outclassed by Floyd Mayweather. In a fight where he was clearly the bigger man, he couldn’t cut off the ring and never seriously threatened to win the fight. Mayweather’s speed and precision made Alvarez look like a B fighter.
In the fight against, Erislandy Lara, Alvarez looked less than spectacular. It was a decision that could have easily favored Lara. Alvarez benefited from being rewarded for being more aggressive but he had the same problems in that fight as he did against Mayweather.
He will not have that problem tonight when he fights Kirkland. Kirkland will be more than willing to stand in front of Alvarez and exchange with him because he believes he’s the more powerful fighter. This will help Alvarez in two ways. He will have a fighter in front of him that will help him provide an exciting fight and he’ll have a chance to show off his superior boxing skills. This is the type of fight Alvarez needs at this juncture of his career.
Assuming Alvarez wins tonight and Miguel Cotto takes care of Daniel Geale, it sets up a potentially great match up against Puerto Rican. Alvarez vs Cotto would be a spotlight fight in the second half of the year that would renew the Mexico-Puerto Rico boxing rivalry. That will galvanize fans and will put Alvarez right back into the spotlight. A win over Cotto would put Alvarez back on the road to super-stardom.