(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KO’s) and his team have been working on different plans and battle strategies to use on Canelo’s next fight against Alfredo Angulo (22-3, 18 KO’s) on March 8th in their Showtime pay-per-view bout. The strategies are basically simple ones. Canelo will either box Angulo if his power is too much for him or he’ll stand in the pocket and slug with him to tr and get him out of there in the same way he’s done against the many smaller fighters he’s faced during his career.
Angulo, 5’9 1/2,” isn’t one of the typical small welterweights that Canelo and Golden Boy Promotions has pulled up to the 154 lb division to fight him. Angulo is a real junior middleweight with excellent power, and that’s what makes this fight so interesting. It’ll be the fist time that Canelo fought a real junior middleweight with power instead of a small welterweight coming up in weight to take him on.
“We are working on different styles and once inside the ring we are going to see which one works better against Angulo,” Alvarez said via Fightnews.com. “If we need to box to beat him, we will and if we need to fight, we’ll do that also.”
I hope for Canelo’s sake that he doesn’t over-think this fight the same way he did in his recent loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. Canelo came into that fight with a game plan that he must have fought on the bottom of a box of Crackerjacks, because it was a stupid idea for him to try and box Mayweather instead of using his big size and power advantage to try and stomp Mayweather. Now that Canelo has lost that fight, he’s about to make another mistake by thinking too much for his fight against Angulo. Canelo needs to stick with what got him to this point and that’s by slugging. He looked terrible in trying to out-box Mayweather and Austin Trout, and that’s clearly not his game. He can’t outbox his opposition. He needs to slug with them and hope that he beat them.
The thing with Canelo is he gets stuck with one plan during his fights, and he fails to adapt quickly enough to keep himself from struggling.