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Maybe it’s just due to Mayweather-Pacquiao taking up most of the boxing news by a storm, but it seems to me that the fight between Canelo Alvarez and James Kirkland is being drastically overlooked. Casual and hardcore fans alike believe this will be an easy day in the office for the mexican superstar. I, however, believe they are dead wrong.
James Kirkland isn’t an easy fight for any one. Yes, he lost to a feather fisted Nobuhiro Ishida, who was able to catch Kirkland dry but since then he has gotten back to his winning ways and impressed the boxing world with his destructive victory against Glen Tapia. Let’s get the facts straight here. We all know that Kirkland has holes in his game. He has little to no defense and his footwork leaves a lot to be desired. However, his lumberjack “chop you down” type power and his relentless pressure more than make up for the boxing skills he lacks. In his previous fight, Kirkland threw a staggering 644 punches in just six rounds and landed a monstrous 47% of those punches. The 73 power shots he landed in round four is a 154 lb. division record (according to Compubox). That kind of pace is hard for anyone to keep up with, including the red haired superstar Canelo Alvarez. If he wants a easy night, I’d recommend Canelo jump on him early and try to get him out there. Kirkland is like a steamroller, hard to start but once he gets moving he will destroy everything in his path.
For some reason unbeknownst to me Canelo has gotten the reputation and the aura of a knockout artist. He did stop Angulo inside 10 rounds but couldn’t put him down. The only other recent KO he has was against a junior welterweight in Josesito Lopez. In comparison, Kirkland fought a better version of Angulo, was able to drop him, and get him out of there in six rounds. There is no denying Canelo is a talented fighter but it will be interesting to see how he fairs against Kirkland. Canelo has yet to face a true power puncher and a true pressure fighter, both of which Kirkland does well. It will be interesting to see if Canelo has the tangibles and skills to make the necessary adjustments to wheather the storm come May 9th.
What people say is a easy fight for Canelo, I see as one of the last tests for him. We have seen him in there with good boxers, now let’s see him in there with a good puncher.