The bout which turned out to be the most lucrative in boxing history didn’t take long to be filed with the fight it monetarily surpassed. The two contests, in 2007 and 2013, respectively each involved the sport’s number one attraction, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and his opponents were both expected to put on a memorable display which would compliment the staggering box office and pay TV marks. It didn’t happen either time.
Saul "Canelo" Alvarez was taken to pugilistic school last September and his contest with Mayweather sent much of the anticipation which surrounded him crashing down with a sonic boom. Away went his super welterweight title. At times, such setbacks cause a fighter to take an extended break from the ring to contemplate their next steps, especially if they tasted defeat for the first time, as was the case for Canelo (42-1-1, 30 KO’s) last fall.
Surprisingly, the red headed youngster from Jalisco state in Mexico has elected to jump back into the squared circle and he should be applauded for not just taking such a chance, but for his selected opponent as well. Unlike his previous bouts, there may not be such a cultural divide in the stands when he encounters Alfredo "El Perro" Angulo (22-3, 18 KO’s) on March 8 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The non-title bout has been tagged "Toe to Toe" and hopefully, viewers are in for just such a battle.
Angulo is originally from Mexicali, B.C., MX and has had his share of glorious nights in the ring as well as staggering pauses. He is known as an all action, no nonsense fighter whose attributes have endeared him to many fans in his native Mexico. He tasted defeat in November 2011 via sixth round TKO to James Kirkland in an epic war. Two fights came after his seven month lockup at a United States Immigration detention center and then he would go on to lose a heartbreaking stoppage loss to Erislandy Lara last June.
After nearly ten rounds of back and forth action, Alfredo suffered a ghastly eye injury and could not continue, although he likely wanted to do so.Various promotional events are now set to begin and as has become custom, the two gentlemen as well as their handlers took part in an international media conference call this afternoon to discuss the upcoming pay per view contest.
Selected highlights are listed below.
Richard Schaefer, CEO, Golden Boy Promotions: "I was channel surfing a few months ago and I thought how great it would be to stack a card with great fights in the spirit of "wait, there’s more". This will be all action and we’ve put together one of the most action packed cards that I can remember. We have three world title fights on the undercard. Canelo’s brother is on the undercard and this would be the first time that Mexico has produced three world champions from the same family. As you know, Canelo’s brother, Rigoberto has held a title and now his other brother, Ricardo will try to do the same.
Canelo and Angulo don’t need an introduction. Those fans who like to be entertained will certainly enjoy this fight. The tickets went on sale last Friday and so far, over 6,000 tickets have been sold. We’re expecting a sellout."
Opening Statements, Alfredo "El Perro" Angulo: "I’m very happy for this opportunity and I thank everyone for the chance to get this fight."
Opening Statements, Saul "Canelo" Alvarez: "I’m happy to be returning to the ring and I’m very grateful for all the support that I have received."
Canelo on Why He Selected Alfredo Angulo: "He’s a very strong fighter and we decided that he was the best style for me. He comes forward and I feel that this is the best fight for the fans."
If Mexican-American fans will support a pay per view fight: "Of course, yes. I have loyal fans and they’ll always be with me."
Alfredo Angulo on why he chased a Canelo fight: "Saul is a great fighter and this is what I wanted. Everyone will find out on March 8 who is the number one fighter at this weight class in Mexico."