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Saul Alvarez vs. Ricardo Mayorga rumored to be in the works for June

By Sean McDaniel: A potential fight between WBC junior middleweight champion Saul Alvarez (36-0-1, 26 KO’s) and two-time former world champion Ricardo Mayorga (29-8-1, 23 KO’s) is rumored to be taking place in June. Mayorga, 38, was recently stopped in the 12th round by WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto in his last fight on March 12th. After the bout, Mayorga spoke of retirement and wanting to look for new profession.


However, Mayorga soon after made an about face, saying he’s been offered two easy fights in his home country of Nicaragua and one tough fight. The easy fights were supposed to come first before the difficult fight. If Mayorga ends up fighting the 20-year-old Alvarez, you would have to consider this a really tough fight because Alvarez is a lot younger and punches very hard. The timing for such a difficult fight like this is not good for Mayorga because he’s coming off a knockout loss and an injury to his left hand. But who knows?

If the money is good, which it probably would be because it almost definitely be an HBO fight, Mayorga could find this too hard to resist taking this fight. It was thought that Alvarez would defend his new captured WBC title by facing one of his top contenders like Ryan Rhodes. But if this rumor of Mayorga is true, it looks like Rhodes is going to have to wait a while before he gets a shot at Alvarez. In his last fight, Alvarez won a lopsided 12 round unanimous decision over Matthew Hatton on March 5th. Alvarez looked powerful in that fight, but very vulnerable as well due to his lack of head movement and defensive skills. Mayorga might be trouble for Alvarez because Mayorga wouldn’t have to go looking for him like he did in his loss to Cotto.


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