Saul Alvarez to face Paul Williams on September 15th at the MGM Grand
By Jason Kim: It’s now officially confirmed! WBC junior middleweight champion Saul Alvarez (40-0-1, 29 KO’s) will be defending his title against former two-time WBO welterweight champion Paul Williams (41-2, 27 KO’s) on September 15th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
According to RingTV, it’s still not ironed out which network will be televising the fight – HBO or Showtime. However, that’s something that Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer will be negotiating with them to see which one he can get the best deal with.
Oscar De La Hoya, the president of Golden Boy Promotions, told RingTV “Here you have Paul Williams, who is a very dangerous fighter who keeps coming, so it’s going to be a dangerous fight, but I have all the confidence in the world in Canelo that he will have another spectacular night against a very dangerous fighter in Paul Williams.”
Well, of course De La Hoya figures Alvarez will win, because they wouldn’t have made the fight with Williams if they didn’t assume that Alvarez will be able to give Williams a beating. There’s really not a whole lot of danger for Alvarez unless he gets worn down by Williams, because he’ll definitely be there to be hit by Alvarez. It was only two fights ago that Williams took a terrible one-sided beating against Erislandy Lara in winning a controversial 12 round unanimous decision last July. It’s the say Williams now that it was then.
The only thing that’s changed is Williams took a soft fight against Nobuhiro Ishida the last time out and was able to get an easy lopsided 12 round decision win in February. Alvarez should in theory be able to do exactly what Lara did with Williams expect that the popular Alvarez won’t have to worry about being jobbed by the judges. Believe me, if Alvarez does a number on Williams, he’ll be given the decision because he’s too popular not to be given the win.
Williams was destroyed by hard hitting Sergio Martinez in a 2nd round knockout in November 2010. Martinez knocked Williams out cold with a left hand to the head. Instead of taking a break, Williams went from that fight into the Lara fight and took a ton of punishment in that fight. A lot of people were thinking that Williams was shot after the Lara fight, but he came back against Ishida to show he still has a lot left. Williams does well when facing non punchers like Ishida.
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