Former light middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KOs) is set to face Mexican countryman Alfredo “Perro” Angulo (22-3, 18 KOs) on March 8 in the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Showtime pay-per-view.
It’s not a surprise that Canelo’s team chose to fight Angulo and not the other fighter IBF light middleweight titleholder, Carlos Molina, (22-5-2, 6 KOs) due that it would have been a tougher fight for Alvarez because Molina is known for making his opponents look dull in the ring.
Angulo gives Canelo a better opportunity to look good because Angulo is a come forward fighter and has a willingness to brawl which can make for an exciting match up.
The fight itself is not worthy of being a PPV though, since both fighters are coming off losses. Canelo was outclassed by Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Angulo quit in his last fight due to damage suffered to the orbital bone in the 10th round against Erislandy Lara, who has been calling out Canelo and is considered to be the best in the light middleweight division.
To make it worthy for PPV, Golden Boy Promotions has to stack up the undercard with fights like Abner Mares vs. Jhonny Gonzalez, part two. But it’s going to be tough to sell to the general boxing community.
Going from fighting the best in the world in Mayweather to now fighting Angulo who has been exposed when he has stepped up in competition, losing to Kermit Cintron, James Kirkland and Lara means this a backwards step for Canelo.
For Canelo to be a major PPV fighter and be considered one of the best, he needs to be match up with tougher competition like facing Lara, Demetrius Andrade, Carlos Molina and Sergio Martinez to name a few.
People might point out that fighting Lara, Andrade or Molina won’t make for exciting fights but it isn’t about making the exciting match ups, it’s about facing the best out there. Defeating Angulo is not going to rise Canelo’s stock or place him in the pound for pound list and Alvarez were to win he needs to step up in order to see has the goods for he once was hyped about.