Is Alfonso Gomez a step down for Saul Alvarez?
By Gerardo Granados: Alfonso Gomez is a brave rugged veteran who has never reached the level of a top pound for pound boxer; he has never defeated a prime top division fighter, when he engaged against Miguel Angel Cotto the fight was a total mismatch. He is doing his job rapping songs to heat up the bout but no matter how much he wants it he might not win the fight.
Yes, professional boxing is a business but what does Alvarez can learn by fighting against a tailor made rival? I believe this fight is only good for Alfonso Gomez who will make the most out of it, he has nothing to loose and everything to win; he is a brave one and will do all he can to upset Alvarez; he didn’t quit against Cotto and certainly wont quit against Alvarez. Perhaps that is what Canelo can learn from Alfonso.
Logic tells that Alfonso might be able to last a couple of rounds against Alvarez, he is a good welter but he has never been considered as an elite fighter, now he is moving up to light middle against a young fighter that has the tools to not only defeat him but to totally dominate him. Canelo did a great job against a bigger Ryan Rhodes who is also an experimented veteran, what can Gomez do better than Rhodes? Gomez has a good chin but doesn’t have great power to push off Alvarez, he doesn’t have great speed and mobility to outbox him either, his defensive skills are average and his eyebrows are really damaged.
If Alvarez isn’t able to fully dominate and knock out Gomez then it could prove that he was not ready to hold a world title yet.
After seen how easily Miguel Angel Cotto dismantled Alfonso Gomez it was evident that Alfonso was not as good as some might believed he was. Of course Saul Alvarez can not be compared to Cotto already but he can not be considered to be in the same level of Gomez.
If victorious, then on his next fight Alvarez better be matched against a high ranked light middle because if he is called the WBC light middleweight champion then he has to prove he is not only a hype job who is been spoon fed with unworthy contenders as his critics have stated, otherwise it would prove that his promoters rushed him to the title because of his fame and not because he was ready. Fernando Vargas was a great fighter but he should have waited one or two more years before been fed to the lions. It wont take too long before fans notice that he is been protected and will demand him to engage against a legit contender to the title. But will Alvarez promoters allow it?
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