By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
Former undefeated WBC super welterweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KOs) will stand “Toe-To-toe,” with the rough and rugged Alfredo Angulo (22-3, 18 KOs). The two will headline a SHOWTIME Pay-Per-View event at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV beginning at 9 PM/ET. The event will also be broadcast live from more than 400 theatrical theaters throughout the country.
The bout will be Canelo’s first since dropping a majority decision and the WBC 154-pound title to Floyd Mayweather last September. Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schafer believes that Angulo was his best option.
“Canelo could have fought one of those 154-pounders, and he could have fought for a world title, and it would have been a dance festival. But Canelo doesn’t like dance festivals. Canelo wants to entertain, and I can assure you – I can assure you that this fight March 8 between Canelo and Alfredo will be the most exciting, the most exciting fight, from all those upcoming pay-per-view events. Canelo means excitement. He’s explosive. Alfredo means excitement and is explosive. And if you put those two together it’s can’t-miss TV.”
Angulo is an aggressive fighter with knockout power in both hands. He will move straight and fight Alvarez ‘toe-to-toe.’ While Canelo-Angulo is an action-fight, it’s hard to say whether it will be more exciting than Floyd Mayweather’s WBC/WBA welterweight championship unification bout against Marcos Rene Maidana on May 3, on SHOWTIME Pay-Per-View. Canelo-Angulo will deliver excitement, but does have the storyline behind the crossroads WBO welterweight championship rematch between Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley on April 12.
Canelo-Angulo is a chance to see Alvarez in his first appearance since his first professional loss to Mayweather last fall. Should Canelo emerge victorious on March 8, there is the chance that he will fight Miguel Cotto if he manages to become the first Puerto Rican to win a world title in four separate weight classes by besting Sergio Martinez for the WBC middleweight championship on June 7, at Madison Square Garden, New York City.
“The most important thing here is we have to train with full conscious of what we have in front of us, of how dangerous Alfredo Angulo is and can be during the fight, and that’s the important thing,” Canelo said during a recent conference.
Canelo added: “Obviously [Angulo’s] a fighter that comes forward, that hits hard, that can take a punch, and that’s what’s going to make the fight live up, and that’s what the people want to see. They want to see action, and that’s what they will see March 8, a lot of action.”
Alvarez’ growing resume consists of quality victories against world champions Austin Trout, Sugar Shane Mosley, and Kermit Cintron. In each high profile encounter, Alvarez has displayed improved boxing skills, in addition to his aggressive knockout style.
“I fight both ways,” Canelo said. “I can box, and I can go toe-to-toe, but we’re going to do what is more convenient for me, and that’s what we’ll impose once we’re in there.”
Main Events Press Release
In a little more than two weeks veteran heavyweight Tomasz “Goral” Adamek will take on 2008 Olympic Bronze Medalist Vyacheslav “Czar” Glazkov for the IBF North American Heavyweight title and the IBF #2 Eliminator at Sands Resort and Casino in Bethlehem, PA. The March 15th fight will be aired on NBCSN Fight Night along with the Chilemba v. Grachev co-feature beginning at 9:00 PM ET / 6:00 PM PT. The young challenger, Glazkov, 29, opened his training camp to the media and the general public yesterday for an inside look at his workout regime as he prepares to face the dangerous Adamek.
Czar began training at Underground Boxing and Fitness in Brooklyn, NY when he arrived from the Ukraine on Friday, February 21, 2014, but claims to have already adapted to the change in time zone and location: “We just came about three days ago. We have adapted a little bit. Now that we have had our second sparring I think the next two weeks of training before the championship are going to be great.”
Glazkov’s sparring partner yesterday, Newton Kidd, said “He’s got that Klitschko punch.” To which a humble Czar replied, “That is a great compliment but the ring will show the truth. I have prepared myself the most for this fight and we will see what happens after that.” Despite being humbled by the compliment, Czar was not short on confidence. He said, “I don’t see any other way to come into the ring than with confidence that I am going to win the fight. There is no other way for me.”
Preparation is key for this fight because these two competitors are not strangers. Prior to Adamek’s fight with Dominick Guinn on August 3, 2013, Czar sparred with Tomasz. However, Glazkov does not think this will give him any advantage on March 15th, “I think we are on equal grounds here since I sparred with him, he also sparred with me. So whatever I have learned about him, I am sure he learned about me as well.”
With so much at stake both men are at a crossroads in their careers. Adamek, 37, is looking to prove he still belongs among the elite members of the heavyweight division. A win for Vyacheslav will catapult him to the top of the heavyweight division. However, he tried to downplay its importance when he said, “I don’t consider this fight to be anything out of the ordinary or special. I take each fight the same. I come responsibly, I train hard but after winning this fight I will take a #2 position in the heavyweight division and that is very important.”
Both men are promoted by Main Events. This presents a bittersweet challenge for Main Events’ CEO, Kathy Duva, who said, “I hate putting two of our fighters against each other. I feel like Archie Manning when the Giants play the Broncos! But we made this fight because it’s the right fight for both guys and it will be fantastic in the ring. I won’t enjoy it but the fans at the Sands and watching on NBCSN will see a great fight.
About March 15th: The March 15th edition of NBCSN Fight Night at Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem features the twelve-round heavyweight match-up between Tomasz “Goral” Adamek and Vyacheslav “Czar” Glazkov for the IBF North American Heavyweight Title and IBF #2 Position Eliminator.The Co-Feature is a ten round light heavyweight match-up between Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba and Denis “The Pirate/Drago’s Son” Grachev.
Doors open at 6:00 PM ET. The Co-Feature and Main Event will be broadcast live on NBCSN Fight Night at 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT.
Tickets start at $55 and are available through TicketMaster.com (key word: Peltz Boxing). The card is presented by Main Events, Peltz Boxing, Ziggy Promotions, and Pushka Promotions in association with BAM Boxing and Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem.