By Jeff Newman: Former WBA/WBC 154lb champ Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) will be back in the ring in three months on December 6th against one of three possible opponents – Carlos Molina, Joshua Clottey or James Kirkland – says Canelo’s promoter Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions.
De La Hoya says he’s looking to see which one of these fighters will be available to fight the 24-year-old Canelo in December. Clottey, 37, has been the one that has been mentioned the most as the likely opponent for Canelo, and he’s also the one that has led to a lot of criticism from hardcore boxing fans, as few of them want to see the aging fighter wind up as Canelo’s next opponent.
“Canelo is coming back in December; there is a fixed date or opponent set,” De La Hoya said to the record.com.mx. “I’ve talked about James Kirkland, Joshua Clottey, Carlos Molina we’re also contemplating, but we’ll see who’s available to fight Saul”.
Molina and Clottey are both poor options for Canelo to fight, but then again many of the names that are on his resume are poor names or at least poor options by the time that he fought them. He’s fought a lot of guys like a 40+ year old Shane Mosley, a 39-year-old Carlos Baldimir and Lovemore N’dou.
Most recently, Canelo fought a past his best Alfredo Angulo last March in a horrible mismatch. In the fights where Canelo had deviated from his usual weak opposition in fights against Austin Trout, Floyd Mayweather Jr and Erislandy Lara, he’s struggled badly. Canelo was beaten by Mayweather and he arguably should have lost to both Lara and Trout.
Kirkland would be a far better opponent for Canelo than either Clottey or Molina, but he’d also be a lot more dangerous for him, and I’m not sure that De La Hoya is all that eager to put Canelo in with another tough opponent, not after the tough time he had last July in beating Lara by a 12 round split decision.