Remember The Name – Saul Alvarez

Saul Alvarez

I take pride in finding a talent that many sports fans may not have heard of and the spreading the word on this talent, this again was the case in the early hours of last Sunday morning.

Tuning in to watch the eagerly anticipated Mayweather versus Mosley boxing bout I had the pleasure (some may say reward for staying up so late) to view Saul Alvarez, a talent who hopefully will grace the sport for years to come.

Alvarez is the tender age of 19, and has already faced 33 professional fights since he amazingly turned professional at the extremely tender age of 15. Yes 15 years of age and he’d become a professional fighter.

I had awoke from a haze to watch the prestigious talent of Alvarez, enter the ring under the glowing banner of Golden Boy Promotions, the boxing promoter founded by the legendary, Oscar De La Hoya.

A promotions banner that boasts talents including; Manny Pacquiao; Juan Manuel Marquez; Amir Khan; Floyd Mayweather Jnr; believe me this list could go on forever. Alvarez is literally the next talent off the production line.

He was fighting the impressive yet aging, Jose Miguel Cotto, and this was to be his toughest test to date, plus couple this with been on such a prestigious boxing under-card, in an audience full of boxing legend, including Mohamed Ali and you begin to realise the importance of this bout.

Cotto was here to win and this was evident from the off when he made Alvarez fully aware of his strength, almost knocking him to the canvas then following it up with several fluent punches, almost ending the dreams of the 19 year-old Mexican.

What happened in the remainder of the fight showed a talent which is here for the long-haul, a talent who is wise beyond his youthful years. He came back strong, he showed strength of character to move through the gears and to entertain the watching public.

He had a fluent technique, is extremely able to punch with both hands, likes to be a showman in the ring, but most importantly he likes to fight, knock his opponent to the floor and win!

Of his 33 (including this) bouts to date, he is undefeated, winning 32; 24 by way of a knockout and drawing only one of his fights to date. Then at the end of the 9th, Alvarez had his win as the referee intervened to stop Cotto’s beating continuing.

Check out some of the highlights of Alvarez fighing earlier in his career below;

Thoughts? Impressive, I’m sure you will agree.

Most boxers have a self-confidence, an arrogance that allows them to move to the top of their sport, but Alvarez is shy compared to most, he was recently quoted:

“I want to be a world champion”

As simple as that! Known affectionately as El Canelo (The Cinnamon Kid), due to his ginger hair and his light complexion. I have respect for many in sport and among them would be former boxer and now commentator, Jim Watt, who said “There is a quality about his work.”

I couldn’t have put it better myself!

Finally, he is currently the NABF (North American Boxing Federation) Champion in his prefered boxing weight, welterweight, I personally believe he will go on to win many more high-profile belts in the years to come.

Watch this space as his talent and reputation continue to grow under the guidance of Golden Boy Promotions and when he hits the dizzy heights of the top of his sport just remember who told you about him first.

Cheers for reading as usual.

Gaffers

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2 Responses to “Remember The Name – Saul Alvarez”

  1. Mike Says:

    It was a big fight you a young lad, nice to see him get the chance to fight someone of Cotto’s pedigree – let’s not forget Cotto was fighting Pacquiao not long ago.

    Will be keeping an eye on this lad, though he did have a tendency to retreat to the ropes, it does indeed seem he’s got a great future. Get work from Golden Boy to get him the fight and especially on the Mayweather undercard.

    • gafferssportsblog Says:

      Thanks for your comments Mike,

      I feel he enjoyed boxing off the ropes, as it allowed him to show his aggressive nature whilst boxing clever. The sport needs more fighters of his calibre and hopefully under the guidance of Golden Boy he can move forward at a reasonable pace and become a household name in the years to come.

      Cheers, Gaffers

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