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Who will win the “Canelo” Lottery?

This week the boxing world suffered a major setback when former 2 division champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams was left paralyzed from the waist down following a tragic motorcycle accident.  The accident left undefeated champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez without an opponent on September 15th. 

“Canelo”, who has recently dedicated his next fight to Williams, was slated to face James Kirkland.  The fight appeared to be sign, sealed, and delivered for September 15th on HBO, but Kirkland then pulled out citing a shoulder injury.  The injury is being said to have Kirkland shelved until October/November of this year.

Once again “Canelo” and his promoter Golden Boy are searching for a replacement.  There are many deserving contender and fellow champions that are being looked at.  The following is a breakdown of potential fighters that could win the “Canelo” lottery:

Erislandy Lara:

Lara is currently my number one choice.  He is currently the number one contender to the WBC Jr. Middleweight title, now held by Alvarez.  Lara is also under the same promotional stable as Alvarez, and has recently been clamoring for the opportunity.  Lara, who dropped a very controversial decision to Paul Williams last year, is coming off of a 2nd round dismantling of fringe contender Ronald Hearns.  The only issue is Lara, even though he 100% deserves the opportunity, is too much of a risk for Alvarez and too little of a reward in the eyes of the casual fan.  Though the boxing public would be drooling over this battle, Golden Boy doesn’t feel risking their “Golden Boy” to someone who isn’t as marketable.

Carlos Molina:

Carlos Molina may not have a gorgeous record but he has proven time after time he is worthy of a title shot.  Since losing to Mike Alvarado, in a close Majority Decision, in 2007 he has gone 11-1-1.  His loss was a very controversial DQ to James Kirkland in a fight he was clearly winning before the referee disqualified him, in Kirkland’s home State of Texas.  The other blemish was a 10 round majority draw against current number one contender Erislandy Lara.  The choice of Molina could be held up by not being a Golden Boy fighter, and that his record is not as marketable to the general public.  Even though the boxing public knows it would be a competitive fight the general public will think it as a huge mismatch.

Cornelius Bundrage:

“K-9”, the current IBF Champion and former Contender Semi-Finalist, is slated to face mandatory Corey Spinks in a rematch.  Bundrage won the title by stopping Spinks in the 5th round in Spinks’ hometown of St. Louis.  “K-9” has been kept quite inactive by who he says is now his former promoter Don King.  Golden Boy won the Bundrage-Spinks II purse bid and is promoting this fight on the 6/30.  Though the problem with this fight is they would most likely have to call off the fight with Spinks and pay some step aside money with a guarantee Spinks would face the winner.  On the plus side, Bundrage is marketable since he was on the contender and this would be a unification bout.  Being a unified champ could be something Alvarez very much wants for his legacy and negotiating power in upcoming fight.

Gabriel Rosado:

The Philadelphia fighter is fresh off his 9th round stoppage of fringe contender Sechew Powell this past Friday on NBC Sports.  Since losing to Derek Ennis in 2010, the Peltz promoted Rosado has been on a 6-0 streak.  His popularity has been increasing significantly since he has been very impressive in his stoppages over Soto-Karass & Powell on NBC Sports.  This could be a win-win for Golden Boy.  Rosado is very marketable plus he may be the most cost effective choice, while allowing the winner of Bundrage-Spinks II to unify with the winner.  Also I am sure Golden Boy would have co-promotion options if Rosado were to emerge victorious.

Austin Trout:

The WBA Champion was successful this past weekend defeating former Welterweight champion Delvin Rodriguez.  Austin looked great in victory and would makes sense for Alvarez in a lot of way.  First, Trout won his title by defeating the older brother of “Canelo”, Rigeberto Alvarez in Cancun, Mexico.  Second, it would be a unification bout.  Third, Trout is a huge fan favorite with a quickly growing fan base.  All of these factors added together without a doubt would lead to successful event.  They only downside is Trout isn’t a Golden Boy fighter so Golden Boy would look to secure options if Trout were to win. 

Any of these potential opponents would be very suitable for “Canelo”.   Any of these guys would be suitable for the fans.  Most importantly any of these guys would be suitable for HBO.  The announcement should be coming shortly until then it will remain to be scene.

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