All of the training is done. All of the talk has been talked. Now all that is left is the weigh-in and the big fight tomorrow night that promoters are calling "Toe to Toe" which will take place before a full house at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
For Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and Alfredo "El Perro" Angulo the trip to the scales this afternoon should be nothing more than a formality. Both men have appeared fit, trim and relaxed this week as they have made various media appearances leading up to tomorrow night's bout.
Angulo's trainer, Virgil Hunter, has said that his man is ready, totally focused and that he's very much looking forward to see what his charge will do against the 10-1 favorite in Alvarez.
"Everything went well, we had real good training camp," says Hunter of the preparations that saw Angulo work with Hunter's other fighters Andre Ward and Amir Khan. "He's ready to go. We've worked on defense and we've stressed some areas that we feel like could be beneficial for us to address."
The two 154-pound fighters will weigh in this afternoon at 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time inside the very arena where they will face off tomorrow night. The doors open at 1:00 p.m and there will likely be a raucous crowd that will gather for the event that is being live streamed by Showtime, the network that will televise the bout on pay-per-view.
One of Alvarez' most trusted advisors, "Chepo" Reynoso, claims his young protege is all set for Angulo. "Look, at this moment there is really not much more to say. Words don't mean anything. Both guys are ready to go and ready to fight. But I will say this; On Saturday night the world is going to know and they're going to witness a great war, a great battle between two great Mexican warriors."
Chepo's son, trainer Eddie Reynoso, said they trained 10 long weeks for Angulo. "It's all part of the plan, it's all part of the design. I'm well aware of 'Perro" Angulo, I've known him for a long time and I know that he's dangerous. He's the kind of fighter that with one punch he can change everything."
For his part, Alvarez has been easygoing and charismatic all week long. When he was asked about the challenge of Angulo he was matter-of-fact in explaining how he perceives the match-up. "Boxing is about styles," he said at Thursday's final pre-fight press conference. "And I think with his style and my style it's going to be a war. We're going to give you guys a war. I've been the type of person that says talk is cheap, so we'll see what's going to happen on Saturday night."
The two fighters faced off on Thursday and Angulo is a little taller than Alvarez. He claims that working with Ward and Khan have prepared him very well for what he will likely see on Saturday night. "I sparred with both of them," said Angulo. "Khan is very fast and I don't think Canelo is faster than Khan. Ward is big and a very good boxer and very experienced. He helped with my defense. They helped me a lot."
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