Here is Potshot Boxing’s (PSB) prediction for the upcoming junior middleweight fight between Canelo Alvarez and James Kirkland.
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will be making his way back to the squared circle after his controversial split-decision victory over Erislandy Lara back in July of 2014. This is a fight where I felt Lara actually won that fight, but you really could not be mad at Canelo getting the decision because this fight between Canelo and Lara was a close fight.
Well fast-forward to May 9, 2015, Canelo should have an easier time in the ring this time around because he is fighting James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland; a fighter that don’t mind coming forward and standing in front of Canelo which should make this fight an explosive fight.
I expect for Canelo, however, to be the one looking to counter the aggressive Kirkland in this fight. I expect for Kirkland to come out swinging for the fences as he will try and back up Canelo and land huge fight-stopping punches on Canelo.
This fight will have very little boxing and a whole lot of brawling because both of these fighters love to fight; Canelo is just a better boxer than the 2. There will be one piece that will be missing from Kirkland’s armor on May 9, and that is Kirkland’s former trainer Ann Wolfe. Wolfe, a former world women’s boxing champion in her own right, is well known for pushing Kirkland to the limits during their training relationship together which always makes him more of a beast in the ring come fight time.
Well, Wolfe will not be in Kirkland’s corner on May 9, so there is no way I can pick him to win a fight against the next “Golden Boy” of boxing. Don’t get me wrong, Kirkland will still bring the heat to Canelo on May 9, 2015, but the question will be whether or not Kirkland can go to that other place to mustard up stamina to deal with the punishment that he is going to take from Canelo.
My prediction is NO.
Predicition: Saul “Canelo” Alvarez by Technical Knockout
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