Alvarez, Rios and Broner: Three of the best fighters in boxing today
By Kasim Aslam: The world of boxing is at an exciting stage. Talented fighters and fierce encounters run through every division today (Apart from the heavyweight division) which entertain millions of fans across the world. Out of the hundreds of fighters that are trying to make a name for themselves three stand out as clear as ever in their quest to achieve glory: Saul Alvarez, Brandon Rios and Adrian Broner. All three men have taken the boxing world by storm thus far and are destined to achieve great things.
Saul Alvarez (38-0, 28 KO’s) currently the World Boxing Council (WBC) junior middleweight champion has done nothing wrong on his road to the top. The undefeated Mexican, who has recently signed to ‘Golden Boy ‘is currently considered one of the best welterweight prospects today and it is easy to see why. Convincingly defeating British pair Ryan Rhodes and Mathew Hatton, Alvarez has a brutal combination of precision accuracy and devastating power that has so far taken 38 victims. To understand the depth in quality of Alvarez one must analyze his last fight against Alfonso Gomez on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather and Victor Ortiz for the WBC light middleweight title. Alfonso was considered to be considered a worthy opponent with wins against Jesus Soto Karass, Jose Luis Castillo and the late and great Arturo Gatti. However, Alvarez, playing the role of counter puncher managed to pick off and cleverly box his way until the 6th round with dazzling combinations and good use of the uppercut. The ending came during the 6th round with an explosive combination that left Alfonso helpless in the ring. Alvarez pin point accuracy, strength and stylish combos are key factors in his progress that will no doubt lead him to a victory against hard puncher and all round tough opponent Kermit Cintron.
Saul Alvarez is not the only talent that we should admire. Outspoken but undefeated WBA Mexican lightweight champion Brandon Rios (29-0, 21KO’s) has had his critics but no one can deny that he has a talent that speaks volume. Rios has dismantled every opponent thrown at him from Omari Lowther to Urbano Antillon. Rios has not only dispatched these opponents he has done so with class and furiousness knocking out 21 out of the 29. Rios’ last fight was the second time he has headlined a boxing card against Urbano Antillon. The fight itself lasted 3 rounds that showcased his power more than anything. By the end of round 2 Antillion’s face had looked as though he had been fighting for 12 rounds with cuts and bruises gracing his face. The spectacular aspect about Rios’ defeat was the way he boxed so close to Antillion but was still able to pull off the power shots with great rewards. The knockout came with a brutal right hook that floored his opponent. Rios has been criticized in the past through his flamboyancy and cockiness which no one can deny. However he has forged a partnership with PR person Nancy Rodriguez which has seen a growth of maturity in Rios in and out of the ring. This level of development of Rios’ attitude and boxing skill will definitely carve him out to be a special talent.
Last but not least is undefeated Junior Lightweight boxer Adrian Broner (21-0, 17 KO’s) who has the world talking about his potential and exciting boxing ability. Broner, aged 22 still has a lot to learn but it is easy to see the raw talent that he possesses. From Broners last fight with Jason Litzau it is possible to see a resemblance to a young Floyd Mayweather in the way he stands, his defensive guard and his no fear attitude. Whereas Alvarez and Rios come with raw power, Broner is very much a technical boxer who studies his opponents while picking his opponent with his quick and dangerous jabs however given the slightest of opportunities Broner comes in swinging ruthlessly until his opponent is no longer able to continue. This was exactly what had happened in the Litzau fight, which ended in a first round TKO. Broner is scheduled to now fight Argentine Vincent Martin Rodriguez for the vacant WBO super featherweight title. Big things are expected from this lad and so far he is delivering on all account convincingly. His competitors will have to study him closely because Broner will be raring to go.
These three fighters might not be everyone’s cup of tea. Many will disagree about the selection and many will add their own fighters such as Peter Quillin however these 3 fighters are destined to go a long way in the boxing world.