De La Hoya: I’m going to spar with Canelo for Trout fight
By Dan Ambrose: In a show of support for his young red-haired star, Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar De La Hoya says he’s going to spar with WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 Ko’s) to get him ready for his unification clash against WBA junior middleweight champion Austin Trout (26-0, 14 KO’s) on April 20th at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
De La Hoya said on his social media site, “For Canelo’s fight against the Dangerous Trout, I’m going to spar with Saul. I’ll send video soon. Let’s go San Antonio.”
De La Hoya must really worried for Canelo if he’s volunteering to do some sparring with him because a loss for who Trout calls Golden Boy’s Golden Goose [Canelo] would be disastrous in terms of slowing down Canelo’s progress into turning into a pay-per-view star along the lines of Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao.
The last thing that De La Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions needs is for Canelo to beat beaten by Trout right before they schedule Canelo’s first PPV bout in September. Canelo will be fighting his first headlining PPV bout on September 14th against Miguel Cotto, Alfredo Angulo or Sergio Martinez, and if Canelo gets beaten by Trout then Golden Boy is going to have to rethink the idea of making that a PPV bout, unless it’s going to be on Mayweather’s undercard.
Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum is insistent that Pacquiao will fight on September 14th, which means that Canelo’s fight will have to be packaged with Mayweather’s. In other words, Canelo will be on Mayweather’s undercard, but what do you expect for a guy coming off of a loss like Canelo will be?
Instead of De La Hoya wasting Canelo’s time with useless sparring, De La Hoya should be trying to hire the best sparring partners they can to help Canelo get ready for Trout, because believe me, Canelo needs help plenty of help for this fight.
De La Hoya should also be working with trying to help Canelo’s stamina issues by putting him on a treadmill because if Canelo turns red in the face after six rounds of fast action against Trout, we could see him get worn down in the second half of the fight by the arguably more athletic and fit Trout.