By Marc Livitz in San Antonio, TX: Perhaps five hundred or more loyal fans flocked to the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX today to welcome Saul "Canelo" Alvarez to Texas in great anticipation of the WBC and WBA Super Welterweight bout to take place on April 20. A scant few were present to welcome Austin "No Doubt" Trout as well. Although the contest was originally set to take place in Las Vegas on May 4 as part of the Floyd Mayweather, Jr. versus Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero undercard, Alvarez chose to withdraw his name and likeness from the Cinco de Mayo weekend promotion when Mayweather, Jr. would not guarantee a September 14 fight between the two fighters. In any case, the fact that ticket prices are set as low as ten dollars should mean a crazed boxing crowd in excess of thirty thousand.
Whether it could be a case of his hair, his freckles or his sheer boxing ability, for the moment at least Canelo Alvarez seems to have surpassed the popularity of his fellow Mexican boxer, Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.
Mayor of San Antonio, Julian Castro expressed his gratitiude towards the fans and the city with such a great boxing tradition. Said Castro, "San Antonio has a rich and proud boxing history. Who could forget in 1993 when (Julio Cesar) Chavez fought (Pernell) Whitaker and other great names such as (James) Leija and (Robert) Quiroga?"
CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, boxing legend Oscar de la Hoya graciously welcomed those in attendance and assured that the spring evening next month will be one to remember amongst the great nights in boxing lore.
"We are excited to bring boxing back to the great city of San Antonio. We’re now bringing a mega fight to you and it really is a dream come true for me and Golden Boy Promotions. Normally, these types of fights are in Las Vegas and sometimes on pay per view. This fight is on Showtime and we had to bring it here to you. We are hoping to fil this place all the way to the top.
These two guys are going to fight like there’s no tomorrow. Canelo is a superstar in Mexico and his country is behind them because they are wanting to see that new fighter who will give them hope in moving forward. He wants to be put to the test and fight the very best. The beauty is that we don’t know who’s going to win."
The first combatant to the stage was Austin "No Doubt" Trout (26(14)-0). He was a very good sport this afternoon considering the fact that there were but a few direct supporters of the New Mexico fighter outside of his own promotional camp.
"On April 20, a blessing will be in store for everyone. We all know that this fight wasn’t wanted by many, but the fans made the push. The champion, Canelo heard the call and I thank him for that. I want to prove to you that I can win. I do believe that I am the better fighter because there would be no point of me getting in the ring if I didn’t think that I could win. It won’t be easy, but on April 20, I will leave the ring as the unified champion."
The undefeated superstar from Jalisco, Mexico was a man of few words as his time at the podium was simply put, "This fight is not easy, but I know that my country has my back. I’m very humbled and I’m going to continue to work hard. April 20 will be a great fight."
March 13, 2013