The busy sound of the city streets, the traffic horns and sound of bells ringing, slowly becomes a normal synchronized rhythm. However, everything stops for a moment with people praising, clapping and blowing their horns harder as the pale skin and red hair Saul Alvarez passes by. The 21-year old who became the youngest WBC junior middleweight champion is loved, and treated like a celebrity in Mexico. Many already donned him as the next boxing superstar.
Everything was laid down for him, from winning a silver medal in the junior Mexican national championships, then winning the title the following year, all the way from his first professional fight after just 20 amateur fights.
He was Mexico’s new golden boy, and Saul gamely embraced it.
He had what it takes to be a champion, the charisma, excitement, and yet he has something that sets him apart from a typical Mexican fighter. He is like Picasso working in the ring. Every fight is like a master piece slowly unfolding into your eyes. He is a complete package at a young age. He can slug it out and then methodically dissect his opponents. He can avoid three punches then gives back four punches in return.
Saul wants to be the best and follow the footsteps of the great Muhammad Ali. But somewhere down the line being the best means you have to fight the best. And it doesn’t have to be fighters who donned the same family name of a future hall of famers. Like Matthew Hatton which is Ricky Hatton’s brother and Jose Miguel Cotto, who is the brother of Miguel Angel Cotto.
There are no shortcuts and no free passes, everything goes into the chain. Logically, to stay on the top is to beat all the opposition or the nearest threat.
Winning against Alfonso Gomez this September 17 doesn’t really mean anything for Saul’s career. He is expected to win and dominate Gomez in a convincing fashion. That has been happening for most of his career─ he was always expected to win.
The real test would definitely be against Vanes Martirosyan, the undefeated Armenian who is equally fast and talented as Alvarez. Vanes is the number one contender that is slowly making waves in the boxing ring together with his infamous coach, Freddie Roach. If that fight happens, then it would be Saul’s ultimate acid test.
He is destined to greatness ever since the first time he put on some boxing gloves while he was still twelve years old.
Out of the ordinary synchronized rhythm of a normal busy life. One goes out of the norm. Saul who was called “Canelo because of his cinnamon hair comes out special… Mexican fans knew they have a rough diamond in the making. It is his destiny… it’s in his genes…, and Saul is just a fight away.
One Vanes Martirosyan fight away…