There is a lot of boxing pride in Mexico, so when two of its best and most ferocious fighters square off, there is no denying how big of a fight it is to the combatants and their country.
Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo knows the score.
“Every fight is important, but this one is more special because of all the fans in Mexico will know that the winner of this fight is the No. 1 Mexican fighter,” Angulo, who will take on Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on Saturday in the junior middleweight main event at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on Showtime pay-per-view), said at Tuesday’s arrival at MGM Grand. “It’s a huge fight for Mexico and it’s a huge fight for ‘Canelo’ and me.”
Angulo, of Mexicali, Baja California, is 22-3 with 18 knockouts. Alvarez, of Guadalajara, Jalisco, is 42-1-1 with 30 knockous.
This card is being staged by Golden Boy Promotions.
Even though Saul “Canelo” Alvarez of Mexico is just 23, he has been a pro since 2005 after turning pro at the of 15 in Jalisco, Mexico. During all that time, the only blemish on his record was a draw when he entered the ring this past Sept. 14 to take on Floyd Mayweather Jr. at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Like most who challenge Mayweather, they realize once they are in the fray that Mayweather is even better defensively than thought. Mayweather schooled Alvarez and won a majority decision that was only such a decision because since-disgraced judge C.J. Ross scored it a draw.
Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KOs) on March 8 will get back in the ring for the first time since that first loss when he tangles with fellow Mexican Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo in the junior middleweight main event at MGM Grand (on Showtime pay-per-view).
Alvarez was asked how he got past the loss to Mayweather during a conference call this week.
“I have a lot of family. I have a lot of support, friends, and my team, and I’m very strong-minded,” Alvarez said. “I’m very strong-minded. So yes it was a loss, but I learned a lot from it, and I just move on. I just – I gained experience and move on. But again, I’m strong-minded. I don’t dwell on the past. Now I look forward to the future.”
The future is now, as this fight with Angulo (22-3, 18 KOs) could be an absolute ring war.
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez really thought he was going to be the one to hand Floyd Mayweather Jr. his first loss. Instead, Mayweather gave Alvarez his first setback this past September at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Alvarez, along with fellow Mexican Alfredo Angulo, on Tuesday first played host to a conference call, then to a news conference in Los Angeles formally announcing their fight for March 8 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on Showtime pay-per-view).
One reporter asked Alvarez how difficult it was to overcome his initial defeat. To his credit, the 23-year-old was very candid about it.
“It was hard, and it hurt my honor,” said Alvarez, who lost his junior middleweight title to Mayweather. “It’s very tough. Nobody ever wants to lose.”
But you know what they say, it’s not whether one loses, it’s how one responds to it. From the sound of it, Alvarez is responding well.
“But I don’t see it as a loss, I see it as a learning experience,” he said, “and I’m going to take the best out of it.”
Alvarez is 42-1-1 with 30 knockouts. Angulo, 31, is 22-3 with 18 knockouts.
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez of Mexico and countryman Alfredo “Perro” Angulo on Tuesday at 1 p.m. will play host to a news conference formally announcing their junior middleweight fight slated for March 8 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on Showtime pay-per-view).
The proceedings will take place outdoors near the Cafe Pinot Restaurant by the Los Angeles Central Public Library in downtown Los Angeles.
Former champion Alvarez, just 23, is 42-1-1 with 30 knockouts. Angulo, 31, is 22-3 with 18 knockouts.
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez of Mexico and countryman Alfredo “Perro” Angulo recently signed to fight each other March 8 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on Showtime pay-per-view).
Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KOs) is coming off his first setback, a majority-decision loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in September, and it sounds like he’s really aching to lace up the gloves again.
“This is a great fight for me and for the fans and I can’t wait to get back in the ring on March 8,” said Alvarez, a former junior middleweight champion who lost his title to Mayweather. “Angulo is a true warrior and I have to be alert every second of every round when I fight him. I expect that we will put on a fight no one will ever forget.”
Angulo, 22-3 with 18 knockouts, is never in a dull fight.
“‘Canelo’ is a great young fighter who has earned his way to the top,” Angulo said. “That being said, I know I’m hungrier than he is right now and I will take him to places he’s never been. Our fans in Mexico and around the world will see what we’re all about when we fight.”
A total of four fights will make up the pay-per-view portion of this Golden Boy Promotions card. The other big one will see Leo Santa Cruz (27-0-1, 15 KOs) of Lincoln Heights defending his super bantamweight belt against Cristian Mijares (49-7-2, 24 KOs) of Mexico.
Golden Boy Promotions has told BoxingScene.com, ESPN.com and other publications that a deal has been reach for former junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez of Mexico to take on countryman Alfredo Angulo on March 8 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on Showtime pay-per-view).
This fight figures to be hard-hitting and likely won’t go the distance. Angulo, 31, is 22-3 with 18 knockouts. He most recently was stopped in the 10th round of a close fight by Erislandy Lara in June at Home Depot Center; Angulo decked Lara twice.
Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KOs) is just 23. He lost a majority decision to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in his most recent fight in September at MGM Grand.,
Former junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez of Mexico will take on countryman and contender Alfredo “Perro” Angulo on March 8 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, according to a story on BoxingScene.com generated by Notifight.com.
Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KOs), just 23, last fought Sept. 14 at MGM Grand and lost his two belts to Floyd Mayweather Jr. via majority decision. Angulo (22-3, 18 KOs), 31, is coming off a 10th-round TKO loss to Erislandy Lara in June at Home Depot Center. It was a bout in which Angulo twice decked Lara.
The epilogue for All Access: Mayweather vs. Alvarez will be televised Wednesday night on Showtime at 10 p.m. It is Showtime’s final piece of coverage for the Sept. 14 junior middleweight championship bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, won by Mayweather at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The show will take viewers behind the scenes for a look at all the drama of fight week as well as fight night
This past Saturday’s junior middleweight title fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez won by Mayweather at MGM Grand in Las Vegas set a record for pay-per-view revenue, Showtime announced Thursday.
The previous record of $136 million was set by Mayweather and Oscar De La Hoya for their 2007 fight won by Mayweather. Showtime reported that Mayweather-Alvarez, which came at a higher cost of $64.95 and even more for high definition, did about $150 million in revenue, and that could increase when all is said and done.
It is still not known if the record of actual buys was broken. That was 2.48 million for De La Hoya-Mayweather. Showtime said that so far it has tracked a projected 2.2 million buys for Mayweather-Alvarez.
The fight will be replayed on Showtime on Saturday night.
The junior middleweight title fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez of Mexico this past Saturday in Las Vegas had a national rating of 41.1 points in Mexico, which equates to 77-percent share, a record for a boxing event televised in Mexico.
The numbers mean some 22.1 million viewed the bout in Mexico on Televisa.
Mayweather won via majority decision.
Pay-per-view numbers in the U.S. have yet to be released by Showtime.