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Canelo-Angulo replay tonight on Showtime along with Garcia-Herrera

By Dan Ambrose: For fans who didn’t get a chance to see Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KO’s) annihilate a terribly over-matched and strangely weak Alfredo Angulo (22-4, 18 KO’s) last Saturday night on Showtime pay-per-view, they can see the fight tonight on regular Showtime if they subscribe to that cable channel. Showtime will be showing the replay of the Canelo-Angulo fight in addition to the Danny Garcia vs. Mauricio Herrera card from the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez, Bayamon, in Puerto Rico.

Fans will also get a chance to see ALL ACCESS: Canelo vs. Angulo epilogue tonight, which will go into what took place after the fight.

Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer was glowing on Friday with the news that the Canelo-Angulo fight card hauled in over 350,000 PPV buys. Showtime vice president of sports Stephen Espinoza was also excited about the number of buys that the fight card generated, saying “We are thrilled with the numbers from Saturday’s event. March 8 was the first time Canelo Alvarez headlined his own pay-per-view, and he decisively proved that he was ready to carry a pay-per-view card. These results are especially impressive in comparison to the pay-per-view performances of other boxing events over the past few months. It could be significantly higher when more numbers come in, but right now we know that it’s easily over 350,000.”

Canelo didn’t exactly do it all himself in attracting the number of PPV buys for the card. The card also had Leo Santa Cruz vs. Cristian Mijares, Jorge Linares vs. Nihito Arakawa and Sergio Thompson vs. Ricardo Alvarez. Canelo obviously brought in most of the fans, but I’d say that Leo Santa Cruz brought in a decent amount as well. His fight against Mijares was certainly more interesting to watch than Canelo’s, even thought it was a mismatch as well. To be quite frank, all three of the fights that ended up being televised on Showtime PPV were mismatches for the most part. You can say that the Alvarez-Thompson fight was slightly competitive, but it really wasn’t in my view. Ricardo was getting punched around by an out of shape super featherweight in Sergio Thompson, and if not for Ricardo’s weight advantage after rehydrating up in weight, he’d have probably been knocked out.

What I hope we don’t see from Golden Boy Promotions, Showtime and Canelo is a bunch of easy mismatches for Canelo for the next 10 years in order to take advantage of his huge popularity. If a lot of fans are willing to pay to see Canelo fight over-matched opposition like Angulo, then I wouldn’t be surprised if Golden Boy and Showtime continue to have Canelo fight weaker opponents like Angulo in order to get the easy money and the high ratings from his safe fights. If fans are willing to see Canelo beat up on guys that have no chance against him then we might see that as a formula for Golden Boy’s and Showtime’s match-making for the red-headed Mexican fighter. We already saw Canelo tell one of the best fighters in the division [Erislandy Lara} that he has to wait his turn before he’ll fight him. Now we’re probably going to see Canelo fight someone like Carlos Molina next. In other words, another mismatch.

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