by Jorge Alarcon-Swaby
Golden Boy Promotions has announced that a bout between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (40-0) and Vicious Victor Oritz (29-3) has been finalized for a September 15 PPV Event at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV
Alvarez’s original opponent was Paul “The Punisher” Williams (41-2) but after Williams was left paralyzed from an unfortunate motorcycle injury, the fight was obviously canceled.
Golden Boy moved quickly and found a new opponent for Alvarez in James Kirkland (31-1). After agreeing to the fight, Kirkland would put the bout on hold, stating he had suffered a hand injury. The truth eventually came out, revealing that Kirkland just wanted more money. Golden Boy simply denied him the request and moved on.
The next guy in line seemed to be Austin Trout (25-0) who defeated Delvin Rodriguez on a Golden Boy card this past June 2 while Alvarez sat ringside. Not impressive by Trout’s performance, Golden Boy decided to search for a new opponent.
Being that this will be Alvarez’s first PPV fight, Golden Boy looked to secure a well known name and one that the fans would tune in for. They made a very unexpected move in picking Victor Ortiz, a move most fans are very happy with.
Victor Ortiz is one hell a fighter, he has been in the ring with such champions as Amir Khan, Marcos Maidana, Lamont Peterson and Floyd Mayweather Jr. It is a big step up for Canelo Alvarez, a fighter many thought was being protected by Golden Boy Promotions.
It’s a great matchup in every aspect. Alvarez is Mexican, Ortiz is Mexican-American. Alvarez is only 21 years old and Ortiz is only 25. Both are young and in their primes… what more could you possible ask for?.
Before the fight takes place, Victor Ortiz has some business to take off against another opponent. Dealing with fight cancellations himself, after his opponent Andre Berto (28-1) tested positive for banned substances, their highly anticipated June 23 rematch was cancelled.
Golden Boy who also promotes Ortiz, found a new opponent for him right away in Josesito Lopez (29-4), a young and hungry fighter looking to make a name for himself.
If Ortiz can get past Lopez on June 23, which he should, then one of the biggest fights of the years is already in the books for September 15.
There is not one boxing fan in the world who is not excited for this fight. It will be an all out brawl and I doubt that judges will have any say in who the real winner is, I doubt this fight will go the distance.
There will be knockout !