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Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Is Canelo eyeing Kirkland and Cotto?

Rumour has it that Mexican boxing sensation, Saul Alvarez, is likely to square off with the hard hitting James Kirkland in November or December in San Antonio, Texas. 

The 23-year-old superstar from Guadalajara recently claimed a hard fought 12 round split-decision victory over slippery Cuban southpaw, Erislandy Lara, in Las Vegas.

Alvarez, known as 'Canelo', battled non-stop from the first bell until the last at the MGM Grand and came from behind, courtesy of numerous barrages of energy sapping body attacks, to out-hustle the unwilling Lara.  

Canelo (44-1-1, 31KO's) was disappointed with Lara's refusal to engage in a fight and is apparently keen to give his adoring fans an altercation to remember. 

If a bout against the all action Kirkland does indeed materialise, rest assured the former unified light middleweight champion won't have to chase a negative opponent around the ring all night. 

'The Mandingo Warrior' (32-1, 28KO's) knows only one way to fight - he marches forward and throws countless punches that are thrown with bad intentions, until his opponent is laid out or quits. Or until he himself is knocked out.

Trained by former women's world ruler, Ann Wolfe, the ferocious Texan has gained a reputation as one of the most ruthless fighters in the world today. 

In his last outing, the 30-year-old Kirkland annihilated the previously undefeated Glen Tapia in less than six rounds. 

Tapia fought bravely, but ex-convict Kirkland was simply too much man for him to handle. Constant and crushing combinations to the head and body repeatedly rocked Tapia to his core, before the referee pulled him off the tracks and out of the way of the onrushing freight train that is Kirkland. 

If Canelo comes through the expected Kirkland date unscathed and with his impressive record intact, the boxing fraternity may be able to look forward to a duel with the newly crowned WBC middleweight King, Miguel Cotto. 

Cotto (39-4, 32KO's) snatched the title from long time champion, Sergio Gabriel Martinez, in June at Madison Square Garden in New York City. 

The Puerto Rican legend decked the ageing Argentine on no less than four occasions, before forcing a tenth round retirement. In doing so, Cotto became the first man from his famous fighting country to win legitimate world titles in four different weight-classes.

The styles of Alvarez and Cotto would fit together perfectly for a must see, top class contest of character, will and skill.