According to a March 8, 2014 Forbes report, when Saul Alvarez steps into the ring against Alfredo Angulo, Showtime hopes the 12-round fight silences those critics who believe tonight’s “Canelo” vs. “El Perro” bout was more suitable for live (online) streaming and/or free for TV subscribers of the network rather than on pay-per-view (PPV).
“Canelo thinks he can became the next big PPV star,” said Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaeffer this week. “You can’t just turn the switch for a one million PPV star,” but “Canelo owns the Hispanic market.”
The MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., will be the site for this 155-pound (Catchweight) encounter between two Mexican warriors looking to get back on the winners’ circle.
The action gets underway with five preliminary bouts, followed by the four-fight televised main card on PPV. Showtime’s coverage commences at 8 p.m. EST (7 p.m. CST/6 p.m. MST/5 p.m. PST) with Canelo vs. Angulo Countdown show, which boxing fans can watch (live stream online) right here on Examiner.com (video above).
The end of the free live stream (9 p.m. EST) it’s time for Showtime PPV to take over TV/PPV broadcasting duties. Boxing fans in the United States can follow the rest of the Canelo vs. Angulo 2014 TV card on Showtime PPV – those in the United Kingdom can tune to BoxNation (Livesport), Mexican boxing fans please turn to Televisa, and RPC Channel 4 in Panama would be yet another option.
For (42-1-1, 30 KOs) Saul Alvarez, the redhead from Guadalajara will try and erase the memory of his first defeat as a pro, and continue on his path towards one of greatest fighters ever to emerge from the Land of the Hot Sun.
To do so, Canelo will have to prove he’s improved since being heavily outpointed by Floyd Mayweather Jr. (Sept. 14), while putting on a show for the fans and executives who believe he’s a legitimate PPV draw for years to come.
“It is a big responsibility to headline on pay-per-view,” he said during Thursday’s final pre-fight press conference. “It shows the end result of everything I’ve done in the gym.”
Standing in Canelo’s way is 31-year-old (22-3, 18 KOs) Alfredo Angulo, a former Olympian with heavy hands and plenty of guts – tailor-made for Alvarez to outclass this evening in impressive fashion.
El Perro is coming off a disheartening loss to Erislandy Lara, suffering an orbital-bone fracture (left eye) that led to a TKO stoppage in the 10th round of a fight he was winning in most experts’ scorecards.
Can Angulo shock the world, hand Canelo a devastating defeat, and deal the network a crushing body blow by talking out their PPV star? Don't miss the action by taking a look at the complete Canelo vs. Angulo 2014 fight card (free live stream online & TV/Showtime Boxing PPV):
Canelo vs. Angulo 2014 - Showtime PPV Televised Fights
- Canelo Alvarez vs. Alfredo Angulo – 155-lb catchweight (12 rounds).
- Leo Santa Cruz vs. Cristian Mijares – super-bantamweights (12 rounds for Santa Cruz's WBC title).
- Jorge Linares vs. Nihito Arakawa – lightweights (10 rounds).
- Ricardo Alvarez vs. Sergio Thompson – lightweights (10 rounds).
Canelo vs. Angulo 2014 - Preliminary Fights Live Stream Online
- Francisco Vargas vs. Abner Cotto – super-featherweights (10 rounds).
- Will Tomlinson vs. Jerry Belmontes – super-featherweights (10 rounds).
- Joseph Diaz Jr. vs. Jovany Fuentes – super-bantamweights (8 rounds).
- Keandre Gibson vs. Antonio Wong – junior-welterweights (6 rounds).
- Steve Lovett vs. Francisco F. Molina – light-heavyweights (4 rounds).