Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. TBA
By Steve Kim, MaxBoxing (June 2, 2012) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © German Villasenor)
Saul Alvarez
The search to find a suitable dance partner for WBC junior middleweight titlist Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on September 15th at the MGM Grand took another bizarre twist as James Kirkland, who just a day or two ago was tabbed to replace Paul Williams, was then scratched almost immediately from this assignment. Here was a tweet from Steve Carp from the Las Vegas Review Journal (@stevecarprj):
“James Kirkland injured his shoulder while training this a.m. and has pulled out of his Sept. 15 fight vs. Canelo Alvarez at MGM in Vegas.”

But there are whispers that Kirkland wasn't happy with the money he was to have received for that fight and that there were people buzzing in his ear to seek a better deal. It just seemed strange that a guy who wasn't supposed to even begin the boxing portion of his preparation for this fight till the beginning of July suddenly reinjures his right shoulder just a day or two after the deal is struck. Regardless, now the search is on find a new(er) foe for “Canelo”- not named Erislandy Lara- for this coveted date.

There's already lots of conjecture about the winner of tonight's bout between WBA junior middleweight champion Austin Trout and Delvin Rodriguez stepping in. The winner of the rematch between IBF junior middleweight beltholder Cornelius Bundrage and Cory Spinks is also a possibility. However, the problem with the latter two is they don't fight till June 30th. Yeah, this card may seem cursed but trust me; it will move forward. The question is, just who will televise it? Top Rank, it turns out, has a hold on the pay-per-view slot for this date. But the word around the industry is that Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer has been in discussions with both HBO and Showtime to bring this card to their non-pay-per-view platforms.

Honestly, if you’re down to your third opponent as the B-side, unless you're a Manny Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather, it's highly questionable as a pay-per-view event. But if you have “Canelo” against a solid foe, such as Trout or Rodriguez (who will bring a belt) and an opening feature of WBC featherweight titlist Jhonny Gonzalez versus Daniel Ponce de Leon, it's a very good card on either of the premium cable networks.

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