After struggling badly to defeat Erislandy Lara (19-2-2, 12 KOs) by a 12 round split decision that still has boxing fans questioning the validity of it, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) finds himself with a big target on his back with the top fighters in the super middleweight division wanting a piece of him.
They not only want a piece of the red-haired Canelo due to the nice payday they’ll get in fighting him, but they also want a fight against him because they sense weakness after watching how poor he looked in the Lara fight. In other words, they smell blood in the water in seeing a weakened Canelo, who is not the fighter that many fans and fighters thought he was when he was dismantling overmatched opposition like Josesito Lopez, Matthew Hatton, Ryan Rhodes, Kermit Cintron, and Alfonso Gomez.
IBF 154 pound champion Carlos Molina and WBO champ Demetrius Andrade have come out this week in wanting a piece of Canelo. They didn’t like the idea that his fight last Saturday against Lara was referred to as a match to decide the best fighter in the junior middleweight division. They didn’t see that as possible given that they hadn’t been involved in the fight. But with that said, they’d like to get a shot against Canelo so that they can find out for themselves whether he’s better than them or not.
Andrade feels that he should be at the head of the 10-man list that Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar De La Hoya talked about when he said that there are 10 fighters that are waiting in line to get a crack at Canelo.
De La Hoya told Lara that he needs to go to the end of the line behind the unnamed 10 fighters waiting for a chance against the orange-haired Canelo. Andrade wants to be at the head of the list, but the reality is he’s not anywhere close to being No.1. He’s not well known enough for Canelo and Golden Boy to make that fight.
Besides that, Andrade is just too dangerous for a flawed fighter like Canelo to face right now. Yeah, Canelo might be able to obliterate him if he’s able to get inside Andrade’s reach to land his big power shots, but there’s also a chance that Andrade might end up out-boxing Canelo or even knocking him out if he lands one of his big shots. No way is Golden Boy going to take that chance by letting Andrade test his skills/power against their top fighter.
The guy that De La Hoya and Canelo’s trainer/manager Chepo Reynoso are talking about as a potential opponent for Canelo is James Kirkland. He’s better known than Andrade and Molina, and he’s flawed to the extent to where Canelo might be able to score a quick knockout if he’s able to come at him hard to pour on the heat during the early part of the fight. Kirkland has been fighting on cable for some time now, so he’s someone that will help Canelo become better known without the risk involved in fights against guys like Andrade.