Saturday, March 8, Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (42-1-1) will take on Alfredo Angulo (22-3) in a junior middleweight matchup. The bout will be held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada and televised on Showtime.
For Canelo, the bout marks his return to the ring after a loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0) in September of 2013. After losing his junior middleweight title, Canelo is surely looking to get back in the win column and put on an impressive performance to move to the second half or post Mayweather part of his career.
Strategically, Angulo is perfect for Canelo because he will continue to move forward and right to him. Contrary to Mayweather, Angulo will not try to outbox Canelo and will surely be looking to land a power punch that ends the fight. With 18 out of Angulo's 22 victories coming by way of knockout, it is no secret that he possesses significant punching power. Therefore, it is imperative that Angulo attempt to hurt Canelo early in the fight in order to capture his respect.
On the other hand, Angulo is coming off a loss to Erislandy Lara (19-1-2) for an interim WBA light middleweight title. However, Golden Boy is rewarding Angulo with the fight due to his style of coming forward in order to provide Canelo's fans with an exciting fight.
Odds wise, according to Bovada's Sportbook, Canelo (-900) is being highly favored in this fight as he has the skills and punching power to handle Angulo (+550). Many boxing critics are not giving Angulo much a chance in this encounter and it seems it may take a "punchers chance" to pull off the upset.
In the end, boxing fans will get the opportunity to view the return of Canelo in a match up he will likely dominate. It should be interesting to depict what Golden Boy has in mind for Canelo as it is no secret that he is one of their biggest attractions that still has a lot left at only the age of 23.