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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Canelo vs. Angulo preview and prediction

 Canelo vs Angulo preview and prediction

Fellow Mexicans Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and Alfredo Angulo will meet in the ring on Saturday night, Mar. 8. Both men coming from defeats from their last fight and wanted to get back to the winning column. The fight will be on Showtime pay-per-view that starts at 9 p.m. ET at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Canelo (42-1-1, 30 KO's) is in a mission to be back in ring to maintain the path where he was before after pound-for-pound kingpin Floyd Mayweather Jr. handed him his first career defeat in September. A fight that turned out to be the highest-grossing pay-per-view fight of all time.

On Mayweather's defeat Canelo said that he learned a lot from fighting Floyd.

"I learned a lot from fighting Floyd, but I'm ready to get back in the ring to maintain the path that I was on before. This is what I love to do. I live to fight and we're ready for Saturday." said Canelo.

It's exciting to see what difference Canelo will bring after a learning experience fighting the world's best -- aka TBE. I think what he learned from Floyd fight is that: he can't out-boxed the best boxer -- maybe he can out-muscle. But that game plan he failed to do.

In the opposite corner Angulo (22-3, 18 KO's) is also coming from a 10th Round TKO defeat against Erislandy Lara in June. Angulo dropped Lara twice before he turned his back on Lara in the middle of a competitive fight. Many debated: as to when it is OK to quit in boxing.

Angulo is confident of winning this fight.

"Everyone can have their own opinion on who will win the fight. My fans know what I do in the ring and they know what to expect on Saturday night.

"My hand will be raised. I'm ready now and I will give the fans my best performance against Canelo. You will see the best Alfredo Angulo on Saturday."

Angulo is a good puncher who comes forward and keeps on throwing till an opponent drops. He's tough as nails (but not if he's hit in the eye) that will keep the pressure right in front of an opponent.

The tale of the tape

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Canelo had a clear advantage in experience and age. It's an unusual advantage to come together. At 23 years old, Canelo had compiled already a total 44 fights under his ledger compared to Angulo's 26 fights at age 31.

With regards to height and reach, both men were equal. Angulo is taller man by one inch, but shorter in reach by two inches.

I think the factors that will matter more in this fight will be the experience, and the quality of opponents that they fought.

Canelo just fought the best but lost.

Angulo fought the best fighters but also lost. One thing I'm sure he will be there to give any opponent a fight.

My Preview:

I think in the first half of the fight, Canelo will give up some of the rounds being in the defensive to weather the early onslaught of Angulo. I believed Canelo can fend off most of Angulo's punches but absorb some of them very well. I feel there will be no game changing shots that would happen in the first half.

In the middle rounds as Canelo started to imposed distance with his jab, will stepped up his offense, popping Angulo with crisp left and right combination to the head. Angulo's face that is already swelling and his work-rate fading, in the Round 10 something dramatic will happen.

My final verdict:

In Round 10, with Angulo's right eye nearly shut, Canelo unleashed power combination to the body that forced Angulo to the ropes. Canelo followed up hooks to the head that opted the referee to hopped in to stop the fight. Canelo TKO 10 Angulo.

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