Don King, on Mike Tyson

"Why would anyone expect him to come out smarter?
He went to prison, not to Princeton."

"To me, boxing is like a ballet, except there's no music
and the dancers hit each other."

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Exciting Canelo Alvarez is ready for boxing's Elite fighters

 Canelo Alvarez, of Mexico, right, punches Josesito Lopez during a super welterweight championship boxing match on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, in Las Vegas. Alvarez won the match. Photo: Isaac Brekken / AP

LAS VEGAS (AP) — When Saul "Canelo" Alvarez was asked at his post-fight news conference whether he's ready to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr., the young champion showed off both his growing grasp of English and his flair for the dramatic.

"I was born ready," he said to laughter and cheers.

Even at this early stage of his pro career, Alvarez is confident his moment for global stardom is rapidly arriving. After all, he sold out the MGM Grand Garden for his first major event as a headliner in the U.S. on Saturday night, even for a fight against an overmatched opponent — and even while another beloved Mexican boxer fought just a few blocks down Tropicana Avenue.

Promoter Richard Schaefer says the weekend's show, culminating in Alvarez's beatdown of 12-to-1 underdog Josesito Lopez, only proves his 22-year-old redhead is a superstar who's ready to take on the biggest names between 147 and 160 pounds: Mayweather, Miguel Cotto, Sergio Martinez or anybody else willing to tangle with Canelo.

The Golden Boy Promotions CEO thinks the bout and the crowd's reaction to it was "the coming-out party for Canelo Alvarez."

"You saw the quality. You saw the reactions from fans, the electricity in the air," Schaefer added. "It was maybe one of the best nights of boxing Golden Boy has ever put on."

Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KOs) has won 37 consecutive fights, and he defended his WBC 154-pound belt with brute efficiency, battering the undersized Lopez until referee Joe Cortez stopped it with 5 seconds left in the fifth round.

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Canelo Alvarez is ready for boxing's biggest foes - SFGate

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