In a potentially epic clash for the ages, The Ring and WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez may throw fists with WBC light middleweight titleholder Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on September 14.
Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KOs) will next scrap WBA light-middleweight king “No Doubt” Austin Trout in a unification bout on April 20 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
The Mexican superstar was tentatively slated to battle Trout (26-0, 14 KOs) on a card headlined by the 36-year-old Floyd Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs) on Cinco de Mayo weekend.
However, Alvarez bailed after Mayweather, longstanding WBC world welterweight royalty who was named The Ring “Fighter of the Year” in 1998 and 2007, refused to guarantee they’d face each other on Mexican Independence Day weekend.
The 22-year-old Alvarez, who last performed in September with an easy defense of his crown against interim WBC welterweight titlist Josésito López, began boxing professionally at the ludicrous age of 15.
Alvarez, a thunderous slugger who is rightfully considered the elite welterweight prospect in the world, will floor the extremely competent 27-year-old Trout within 10 rounds when they tussle on the unofficial holiday for reefer smokers.
“There are considerable plans for Alvarez starting in September. He'll fight against Martinez, (Miguel) Cotto or Alfredo Angulo,” said Ramiro Gonzalez of Golden Boy Promotions. “Floyd Mayweather didn’t sign the fight with Saul for September 14th, but GBP agreed to keep Saul as the head star of the PPV card.”
Meanwhile, Martinez (50-2-2, 28 KOs), a menacing southpaw who is actively involved in domestic violence and anti-bullying causes, most recently fought on September 15 when he defeated Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. by a unanimous decision to capture the WBC middleweight belt at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The 5-foot-10, 158 pound Martinez, who has also dabbled professionally as a cyclist and soccer player and only began prizefighting at the late age of 20, is set to defend The Ring and WBC middleweight titles against unbeaten British contender Martin Murray on April 27 in Buenos Aires.
Martinez, the 2010 “Fighter of the Year” who is currently ranked by Ring Magazine as the fourth preeminent pound-for-pound boxer in the world, sustained a partially torn meniscus in his right knee and a broken left hand while utterly outclassing the 27-year-old Chavez (46-1-1-1, 32 KOs) for 11 rounds.
Regardless, the native Argentinean will overcome the dangerous 30-year-old Murray (25-0-1, 11 KOs) this spring.
Roger “Pit” Perron is a venerable boxing trainer from Brockton (Mass.) who now works with Mike and Rich Cappiello at their gym, Cappiello Brothers Boxing and Training.
“Sergio is a truly great fighter,” said Perron, 76, who worked in the 1980s with International Boxing Hall of Famer Marvelous Marvin Hagler at the Petronelli Brothers Gym. “The only men he couldn’t take today are (Floyd) Mayweather and (Andre) Ward.”
Despite graying and turning 38 in February, absolutely nothing indicates that Martinez is diminishing in the squared circle.
It’s difficult to predict who’d emerge victorious in a match pitting the precocious Alvarez against the decorated Martinez.