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Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KO’s) had stated recently that he would definitely be fighting three times in 2014, and this news made a lot of fans very happy. However, Canelo is now saying that if his fight next month against Alfredo Angulo (22-3, 18 KO’s) is an especially violent one, then he’ll reduce the number of times he fights in 2014 to just 2. The Angulo-Canelo fight will be taking place on March 8th at the MGM Grand, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
“It doesn’t all depend on how the PPV does,” Canelo said via Fightnews. “It also depends on how I feel after this fight. If this fight is a war, I’ll only fight twice this year.”
If Canelo has doubts whether he could get through three fights in 2014, then he should have selected an easier opponent without power. Angulo isn’t the type of guy you want to select if you’re hoping to fight three times in 2014, because he takes a lot out of his opponents even when he loses the fight. The only fight where he didn’t take a lot out of one of his opponents was when he fought Kermit Cintron in 2009, and the only reason why he didn’t wear Cintron down was because he ran for him for 12 rounds.
Angulo has a lot incentive to win this fight, because his career is at a crossroads after his 10th round stoppage loss in his last fight against Erislandy Lara last year in June. Angulo can’t afford to lose this fight if he wants to remain in the top 15 as a top contender. Canelo’s situation isn’t nearly as dire, as he’s got the size, power, talent and youth to get back on the winning track even if he loses to Angulo. To be sure, it would be a tough blow for Canelo’s career if he gets beaten in this fight, because it would be his second straight bout where he was beaten. Canelo lost to Floyd Mayweather Jr. by a 12 round decision last September. Getting beaten by Mayweather isn’t so bad as getting beaten by Angulo, so it’ll be a lot tougher blow to Canelo’s career but not a fatal one.
If there’s anything Angulo can learn from his last fight against Lara it’s that he can’t afford to take it easy on his opponents. He must put a lot of pressure on Canelo to force him into a war like he’s never seen before.