When it was announced that Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez will be facing Shane Mosley on the 5th of May i have to be honest I was very excited. For 2 reasons, the first being that it was on the undercard of what could potentially be the fight of the year, and also that Alvarez will finally be coming up against a guy that could cause him more problems that he is used to.
Don’t get me wrong I am a huge fan of Canelo but it has come to light that he has never really faced anyone that could trouble him. Since winning the vacant WBC light middleweight against Matthew Hatton, Alvarez has gone on to win 3 fights on TKO decisions against Rhodes, Gomez and Kermit Cintron. I really thought that Cintron would cause him more problems than he did but Alvarez never looked troubled. Whilst Alvarez was contemplating his next move, Mosley was still recovering from the destruction and class that he had come up against when he fought Manny Pacquiao 6 months before. Mosley’s last win came at the hand of Antonio Margarito in 2009, a fight which Mosely showed his in ring ability and got the TKO win in rd 9. He then went on to lose to Floyd Mayweather. After having Mayweather on the canvas early on he seemed to have peaked to early and allowed Mayweather to come back and dominate the fight, Mosleys age had seemed to caught up with him through the later stages of the bout. A draw against Sergio Mora left people asking if it was now time to stop and leave the ring behind him, something Mosley admits himself he wouldn’t be doing due to his love for the sport.
Mosley thinks experience will be the important factor when these to men clash in Las Vegas, with a 19yr age gap between these 2 men it will certainly prove interesting to see what approach both fighters take to the ring. Overall I think this will be exactly what Alvarez needs to take him to the next step, a high profiled fight with a 3 weight winning champion. This is exactly what Frank Warren is looking for with Nathan Cleverly as they pursue a match-up with Bernard Hopkins.
The fight every boxing fan is crying out for is an all Mexican clash between Alvarez and Middleweight Julio Ceaser Chavez, but we know this is a way off at the moment as both boxers try to build themselves a bigger resume’ before thinking about crossing paths. And for Alvarez, taking on Shane Mosley is a perfect stepping stone when climbing nearer to a super fight. For Mosley, he has proved already he can mix it up with the Mexican style of boxing but this is a must win fight, and if he does he will walk away the WBC championship and we might just be seeing a little more than we thought of ‘Sugar’ Shane in the future. For me, experience or not, I think Mosley will struggle to come to terms with the speed and power Alvarez Possesses, Mosley’s heart will carry him to the end of the fight but I can see a 12 rd UD for Alvarez.