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Canelo Alvarez: Mayweather's next opponent is Boxing's Golden Boy

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Alvarez is going to be a superstar for many years. (©GettyImages)
Alvarez is going to be a superstar for many years. (©GettyImages).

Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez is a 23 year old boxer who goes into his 44th professional fight against the king of the sport Floyd Mayweather on the 14th September.

Canelo is a remarkable young man who, despite being so young, is already a unified light-middleweight champion. He is a tough young Mexican who is extremely popular and is perhaps the golden boy of Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions.

De La Hoya has great faith is his young fighter and believes that he will go on to do something that he was unable to and beat Floyd Mayweather.

With a record of 42 wins and one draw, he is confident boxer on the rise; the current WBC, WBA and The Ring Magazine light-middleweight world champion is already at the top of the sport.

Canelo is from a real boxing family with six brothers also lacing up the gloves. Canelo already has a list of impressive opponents in his career including the likes of Miguel Vasquez (the current IBF lightweight world champion) whom he defeated in just his third professional fight. 

He has also fought and beaten the likes of Shane Mosley, Joesito Lopez and Austin Trout. These are top level fighters and for a 23-year-old to have been in with them, let alone triumph, is just remarkable - Canelo really is a one-off.

An aggressive style with good power and an ability to land good combinations make a boxer who many believe is going to be the star of the sport for years to come - whether all this is enough to beat his next opponent is debatable.

For me this will be a close fight, but I just think that Mayweather is in a league of his own.

I really do think that Canelo is a fantastic boxer but I believe he will come up short against a man who, in my opinion, still does not receive the level of credit that he deserves.

I would probably be predicting a victory for Canelo over any other boxer out there in the welterweight or light-middlewight divisions except for 'Money'.

It is scary to think that Canelo will improve greatly over the coming years as he is still very young and will mature both physically and mentally.

He will also improve from going into the ring with the best and for me will be the stand-out boxer out there when Mayweather retires.

If Canelo and Mayweather had been similar ages and both in their prime then it would be more difficult to say who I would back to win. part of this is because Canelo hasn't yet reached his prime, and this fight has probably come too soon for Canelo.

I am very excited for what the future holds in store for Canelo Alvarez and he is a likeable, talented young boxer who we should expect to be writing about for years to come.

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