Without a doubt, hate him or love him, Canelo is and will remain to be a mega boxing star. The kid is 24 years young, an ex-world champ, and a dying breed type of fighter that is willing to fight anyone in his division. Any doubts? Well lets just look as his current resume. Before that, even as a rising star with a belt, Canelo was eager and willing to fight Paul Williams and James Kirkland back in 2012. Neither fight took place due to unfortunate course of events and contractual issues, but things have changed now, and Canelo Alvarez seems to have put his “pedal to the metal,” so to speak. Alvarez fought pound for pound king, Floyd Mayweather in September of last year, fought Alfredo Angulo in March of this year- a fight many said Canelo would avoid, and fought Erislandy Lara on July of this year- another fight that Canelo was suppose to avoid. In other words, in a span of 11 months, Canelo Alvarez has built an extraordinary resume. Something rarely seen is this modern era of boxing. Again, hate him or love him, that alone deems some respect.
Now to the point of this article, Canelo has one more date this year to fight. It is being rumored that Canelo will return either on November 15th or December 6th, but the biggest news dropped by Golden Boy Promotions vice president, Eddie Gomez is that Canelo will be giving fight fans a break and won’t be fighting on pay-per-view for his last fight of 2014. Eddie Gomez stated, “Canelo isn’t going to go pay-per-view. We don’t want to saturate the market.” In these rough economic times in the US, this definitely seems to be a great idea for fight fans, but the biggest news dropped by Gomez was this- “He’s willing to go live on either Showtime or HBO. We’ll see. Maybe another network. He has no contract with any network.” This right hear is big news!
All of us who follow the sport, we all know the “tele novela” type of drama the business side of boxing is going through. Since Schaefer’s departure from Golden Boy, Oscar has reportedly stated that he’s working on mending differences with Top Rank and HBO. If Canelo takes the HBO route, he leaves the saturated Haymon/Showtime boxing and pretty much builds his own “yellow brick road.” Bernard Hopkins and Kovalev seems to already be set to take place with HBO Boxing, and now Canelo showing that he’s a “network free agent” simply opens up his possibilities in the future. It definitely makes a Alvarez-Cotto a strong possibility for 2015.
As far as Canelo’s next fight, in either Showtime or HBO, they have 3 possible opponents: James Kirkland, Demetrious Andrade, and Joshua Clottey. Out of the three possible opponents, its seems as if James Kirkland is Team Alvarez’s first pick, but that is yet to be seen. Either way, the course of boxing seems to be drifting to possible better days. Who ever Canelo fights with and where ever they fight, lets all hope it helps bring an end to this boxing “Cold War.”
Till Next Time,
Rudy “Ruthless” Gutierrez