Boxing: Canelo Alvarez vs. Paul "The Punisher" Williams Set for September 15

Ralph LongoAnalyst IIIMay 22, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 05:  (L-R) Canelo Alvarez throws a left to the head of Shane Mosley during their WBC super welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 5, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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As has been reported by Dan Rafael of ESPN, Saul "Canelo" Alvarez is set to face Paul Williams on September 15 in Las Vegas for the WBC Light Middleweight Championship. 

I think that this will be a great fight, and I place the odds at about even money.

It's going to be fascinating to see if Canelo can deal with the high work rate and length of Paul Williams. Will he be able to get inside on the 6'1" windmill that is "The Punisher"? 

I'm also really happy to see Canelo and Golden Boy Promotions take some risk and throw their biggest young star into the lion's den against an opponent that he isn't at all guaranteed to beat. Too often, young fighters are matched very soft in an attempt to build them up and pad their record. 

Well, in this case, Canelo will be facing an extremely live opponent, and there's a serious danger that he'll lose his "0" come Mexican Independence day. 

The good thing for Canelo is that even if he loses, boxing fans and reporters will respect his willingness to face the top fighters in the world. He'll be 22 years old when the fight takes place, so a loss won't break him at all. 

As for Paul Williams, this fight is his chance to get back into the picture of the pound for pound top 10.

He's looked shaky in recent years, after suffering a devastating KO at the hands of Sergio Martinez (I was at the fight, it was ridiculous) and a highly controversial decision against Erislandy Lara. 

If he can win this fight, his career is rejuvenated. If he loses, it's back to square one for the Aiken, South Carolina native. 

This fight promises to be a good one, as they both aren't afraid to trade shots and both have really solid power. I wouldn't be surprised if this was a Fight of the Year candidate. 

So, overall this is a great fight for boxing, and props to Canelo and Golden Boy Promotions for taking this fight. It promises to be a tough, grueling fight that either man can win. That's the type of fight that is good for boxing. 


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