|The young gun and the old pro: Saul Alvarez vs. Kermit Cintron
By John J. Raspanti, Doghouse Boxing (Nov 22, 2011) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © German Villasenor, DHB)
By John J. Raspanti, Doghouse Boxing: Saul “El Canelo” Alvarez will defend his title for a third time against
two-time welterweight champion Kermit “The Killer” Cintron November 26
at the Plaza Mexico in the Distrito federal.
The 32-year-old Cintron (33-4, 28 KOs ) feels his experience and ring
savvy will be too much for the 21-year-old titleholder to withstand.
"It's been a while since I've worn a world title belt around my waist
and I can't wait to do it again in November,"said Cintron. "Alvarez is a
good, young fighter, but I have the experience and the power to beat
him. I know this fight is in his backyard, but I won't need judges for
Alvarez smiled when he heard Cintron's comments.
“Everybody talks and criticizes me, “said Alvarez to boxingscene.com.
“They always say they are well prepared, and then the truth comes out
and they bite the dust.”
Alvarez (38-0, 28 KOs ) claimed the vacant 154-pound belt with a
one-sided 12-round decision over Matthew Hatton. In June, he followed up
the Hatton triumphant with another dominant performance. The youngster
from Mexico dismantled and stopped game Ryan Rhodes in the 12th and
final round. In his second defense, Alvarez struggled at times with
Alfonzo Gomez before TKOing him in the sixth round. The fight was part
of a HBO-PPV split-site fight card with Floyd Mayweather and Victor
Ortiz being the other main event.
Cintron won his first 24 fights until he faced nemesis Antonio Margerito
in April of 2005. Margerito withstood Cintron’s powerful punches and
floored him four times on route to a fifth round stoppage. Cintron
regrouped and was victorious in his next five fights (including winning
the IBF welterweight belt) until facing Margerito again in 2008. This
time Cintron lasted a round longer until a wicked body shot put him down
for the count.
In 2009, Cintron battled to a controversial draw with middleweight title
holder Sergio Martinez. Three months later he won a decision over
slugger Alfredo Angulo. In May of 2010, he met Paul Williams in Carson ,
California . The fight had just begun to heat-up when Cintron lost his
balance and fell through the ropes, landing on a table. In pain Cintron
wanted to continue but the ringside physician thought otherwise. The
fight went to the scorecards. Two of the three judges gave Williams the
technical victory by split decision.
Cintron took 14 months off to regroup. He was back in the ring in July
of this year to take on young Carlos Molina. Molina won an upset
10-round decision. Cintron looked slow and ring worn. He returned to
action a month later and methodically defeated Antwone Smith in Saint
Charles , Missouri . The victory didn’t put a stop to the whispers that
Cintron is an “old” 32.
Alvarez will be giving up three inches in reach and two inches in height
on November 26. Though undefeated, there are many who consider him an
over publicized media creation. Alvarez began his professional career at
15 years old and was fighting 12-rounders three years later. His record
shows he defeated Jose Cotto, former welterweight champion Carlos
Baldomir, and Lovemore Ndau.
This is a trap fight for Alvarez that could depend on which Cintron
shows up. If the Cintron who labored in his last two fights appears,
Alvarez will prevail. However, if the former champion manages to turn
the clock back to 2009 then Alvarez could be in trouble. Alvarez has
youth and speed on his side while Cintron has faced the tougher
opposition. Despite Cintron’s recent mediocre performances, the
Houston-based Puerto Rico native is still a step-up for Alvarez. His
boxer-puncher style could give the hometown hero some problems.
It's hard to go against a champion fighting in his homeland especially
one as popular as Alvarez. The fight will be a competitive one, but
Alvarez should find a way to prevail late, or by decision.
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