Monday, September 30, 2013
Team Canelo eyes Cotto fight next
By Salvador Rodriguez
More than two weeks have passed since Canelo Alvarez experienced, for the first time as a professional, the taste of defeat.
Hitting the wall was hard on the former junior middleweight titlist after he and his team believed things would go very differently against Floyd Mayweather Jr., who won a split decision that, in truth, boxing's pound-for-pound king dominated.
But Alvarez, it seems, is slowly bouncing back. He will get back into the gym this week to loosen up and then fly to Los Angeles to talk about available options before deciding on his next move.
In an interview with ESPN Deportes, Alvarez's trainer, Eddy Reynoso, said that the highest-profile available 154-pound fight for Canelo now is a bout with Puerto Rican icon Miguel Cotto.
"He's the biggest name, Cotto," Reynoso said. "I think we would be the most ideal, but we have to see how he goes with Delvin Rodriguez on Oct. 5.
"Alfredo Angulo is coming off a defeat by knockout, Victor Ortiz hasn't fought in a while, Vanes Martirosyan isn't that well known in the pay-per-view market, [and neither is] Erislandy Lara. But we are not crossing anyone off or putting anyone in line; those are just names."
Former middleweight titlist Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., who on Saturday won a disputed decision over Bryan Vera after paying to increase the weight limit to 173 pounds (in a bout whose originally contracted weight was 160), recently expressed his interest in facing Alvarez at middleweight.
"It's an interesting bout, but I think that Chavez won't move down to 160 again. He's a tall guy," Reynoso said. "It would be difficult for him to make the weight. Besides, we don't need to hand out advantages. We'll continue at 154 pounds, we'll stay there."
Alvarez's team has analyzed the Mayweather loss and accepted that the Canelo was blown out of the ring by great defense, better velocity and vital experience, along with Mayweather's technical advantages.
"In this fight, there were a lot of important things that led to the defeat," Reynoso said. "We showed that [Canelo] is a marketable fighter, with good ratings here [in Mexico] and there [in the United States]. We have to do big things. We're on a very prestigious level.
"We prepared ourselves like never before. We did everything, we took everything in account, were aware of all the aspects, but we have to recognize that Mayweather is an excellent fighter. There are no excuses. We like to recognize when we win, [but] we lost to a great boxer."