Saul Alvarez vs. Alfonso Gomez a possibility for September 17th
By Dan Ambrose: WBC junior middleweight champion Saul Alvarez (37-0-1, 27 KO’s) could be defending his title against welterweight fringe contender Alfonso Gomez (23-4-2, 12 KO’s) on September 17th in a still to be determined venue.
If the 30-year-old Gomez gets the call for the fight it will give Alvarez a nice short fight that will likely be explosive for four or five rounds before Alvarez destroys the 5’9″ Gomez. Alvarez is on another level compared to Gomez, who has struggled when matched tough. Gomez does well against B level fighters and fringe contenders, but when he’s been in tough with the likes Miguel Cotto and Peter Manfredo Jr., Gomez has lost.
Gomez hasn’t faced a tough challenge since being destroyed by Cotto in a 5th round TKO three years ago in 2008. Since then, Gomez has win his last five fights against Juan Manuel Buendia, Raul Munoz, Jesus Soto Karass, Jose Luis Castillo and Calvin Green.
Alvarez dominated Ryan Rhodes in a 12th round TKO in his first title defense of his World Boxing Council title in June. Before that, Alvarez easily beat Matthew Hatton by a lopsided 12 round decision in March.
Alvarez’s fight on September 17th will be shown on HBO in a split site card with Floyd Mayweather Jr. taking on WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz in the main event.
Gomez is a decent opponent but not nearly as interesting as someone like Ricardo Mayorga, who Alvarez was previously mentioned as interested in fighting. Mayorga is bigger than Gomez and is dangerous in the early rounds due to his power and unorthodox attacks. However, Mayorga may want too much money and that could prevent the fight from being made.
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