Alvarez-Gomez: How many times will Saul knock Alfonso down before the bout is stopped?
By Dan Ambrose: I’ve seen WBC junior middleweight champion Saul Alvarez (37-0-1, 27 KO’s) dominate his last two hapless opponents Matthew Hatton and Ryan Rhodes, making them look really bad in the process of giving them long and methodical beatings.
The 21-year-old Alvarez now has another mismatch set up, this time on September 17th against recently elevated number #7 ranked World Boxing Council contender Alfonso Gomez (23-4-2, 12 KO’s) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calfornia. This mismatch will be shown directly before Floyd Mayweather’s bout against WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz on HBO in a split site telecast.
Gomez is about as over his head as you can get and still be on a major boxing card. He’s got about a zero chance of winning and the only real fun with this fight is guessing how many times Gomez will hit the canvas before the fight is mercifully stopped by a kind referee. Miguel Cotto had Gomez down three times when he fought him in 2008.
Oddly enough, that was the last time that Gomez fought a live body. He’s faced mostly soft opposition since then as he’s padded his record and picked up a five fight winning streak to get this fight. It’s too bad he didn’t face anyone really good during that time like Alfredo Angulo or Vanes Martirosyan because then we could be sparred with having to see the Alvarez vs. Gomez mismatch. But as far as the guessing game goes, I see Gomez hitting the deck four or five times. I’m just hoping he’s not put down with a harmless jab like he was in the Cotto fight. I want to see some quality knockdowns in this fight.
Alvarez needs to be matched a lot tougher. I don’t like Alvarez being tossed in teething biscuits to improve on. If he’s the WBC champion then he should be taking on dangerous opponents instead of guys like Gomez, Hatton and Rhodes.