It seems like Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (W41-L0) is ready to make a true mark in the sport of boxing. The young twenty-two year-old mexican superstar has demanded a fight with Argentinean star Sergio Martinez (W50-L2), and he wants the fight made in May.
Alvarez recently told BoxingScene.com “We had a meeting with people of Golden Boy Promotion and we agreed that out next fight is May 4. The first option is Serio Martinez.”
Many expected that Alvarez would face the winner of the upcoming fight between Miguel Cotto and Austin Trout. Even the winner of the upcoming Erislandy Lara vs Vanes Martirosyan bout was mentioned as a possible opponent for Alvarez.
Instead, it seems like Alvarez wants to go straight to the mountain top as fast as possible, and a fight against Martinez will certainly present him that opportunity. Most importantly, a victory over Martinez will set up a mega fight against Floyd Mayweather, the fight which Alvarez most desires.
Martinez is coming off a victory over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr on Sept. 15 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas in which he dominated Chavez Jr for 11 rounds but was almost knockout in the 12th. The boxing world was impressed by the overall performance of Martinez, but it seems as if Alvarez might have seen some weaknesses that he can capitalize on against the Argentinean.
The same night, just a few miles from the the Thomas & Mack Center, over at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Alvarez annihilated Josesito Lopez in a lopsided five rounds before referee Joe Cortez stopped the bout.
Its hard not see Martinez accept the fight against Alvarez given that Alvarez is one of the biggest draws in boxing. Martinez has been a legitimate champion and pound for pound name for quite some time now. Still, he has failed to become a huge PPV superstar like Mayweather, Cotto, Alvarez or Chavez Jr. For him, the choice to accept the fight should be an easy one.
Unless Floyd Mayweather comes knocking on the door of Alvarez or Martinez demanding a fight, its hard not to see this match up taking place. It makes sense not only for the fans, but financially it will be a huge paycheck for both fighters, probably their biggest to date.
Lou DiBella, the manager of Martinez has spent the last few years claiming that his fighter, Martinez, is the most avoided fighter in the world. Now, with this statement from Alvarez himself, the ball is DeBella’s and Martinez’s court, lets see how they responds.