Rather than scrapping on a card headlined by Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Cinco de Mayo weekend, Mexican superstar and WBC light middleweight titleholder Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will meet WBA light-middleweight champion “No Doubt” Austin Trout in a unification bout on April 20 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KOs) bailed after the 36-year-old Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs), a longstanding WBC world welterweight king who was named The Ring “Fighter of the Year” in 1998 and 2007, refused to guarantee they’d battle each other on September 14.
“Canelo said he wouldn’t fight on the May 4 undercard unless he had a written contract to fight Floyd [in the fall], assuming he won and assuming Floyd beat Guerrero,” Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer said. “Floyd told us he didn’t have a problem fighting Canelo, but he wasn’t going to sign anything now. He said, ‘All of my focus is on Guerrero,’ and I’m not signing anything to fight anybody until after that fight is over. Canelo feels he’s his own man and can carry his own event. He knows there are people who doubt him and, I agree with you, it’s a risky fight for him. But this is what Canelo wants. He is his own boss and we do what the fighters want.”
The 22-year-old Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KOs) last threw fists in September with an easy defense of his crown against interim WBC welterweight titlist Josésito López.
Comparatively, the 27-year-old Trout (26-0, 14 KOs) recently impressed with a resounding unanimous decision triumph over Puerto Rican icon Miguel Cotto on December 1 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Trout, a southpaw who is a native of Las Cruces, New Mexico, is a defensive wizard with a prolific jab and great intelligence.
Unfortunately for the New Mexican with feathery fists, Alvarez, who began boxing professionally at the ludicrous age of 15, is a powerhouse rightfully considered the elite welterweight prospect in the world.
Alvarez is a thunderous slugger and the redhead will floor Trout within 10 rounds when they tussle on the unofficial holiday for reefer smokers.
Similarly, Mayweather will outclass Robert Guerrero (31-1-1-2, 18 KOs) this spring and remain perfect inside the squared circle.