Early in his career, Juan Manuel Lopez had a lot going for himself, but the only two losses of his career have put up a huge question mark on his future. Before the first loss of his career he accumulated some major wins over very credible opponents. For his 22nd professional fight he went up against veteran fighter Daniel Ponce De Leon in a highly anticipated matchup in which he won via TKO in the first round. Many fighters at 22 fights are prospects or contenders and his 22nd fight made him a star. Ponce De Leon is not an easy opponent and Lopez’ victory over him was what he needed.
Lopez would continue fighting top ten opposition winning close decisions or by knockout. For his 31st fight he went up against veteran Mexican Orlando Salido. The fight was action packed with both fighters having bad intensions in their punches. Salido would go on to get the biggest victory of his career and present one of the biggest upsets of the year by 8th round KO derailing plans for a future bout with Cuban fighter Yuriorkis Gamboa. Continue reading
This Saturday, April 20th two of the best junior middleweights in boxing will get it on in a unification bout. I am talking about none other than Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Austin “No Doubt” Trout. The majority of people are picking The WBC champion Alvarez to win this one and Trout will again be the underdog. This makes no sense to me, but lets take some time and go over the pros and cons of the fighters.
Canelo Alvarez has over 41 professional fights, at the young age of only 22 years old. That is a lot of experience for a guy so young. However, his best competition within those 41 fights is an old watered down version of “Sugar” Shane Mosley, as well as a degraded Kermit Cintron.
Austin Trout only has 26 professional fights under his belt but his opposition has been much better, at least in my eyes. Trout faced the game Delvin Rodriguez and beat future hall of famer, Miguel Cotto, who was fresh off a good showing against Floyd Mayweather Jr. Experience edge goes to Trout.
Both fighters have enough pop that you have to respect them, but I believe Alvarez has the edge here. He turns his punchers over and plants his feet more than Trout. The statistics also back me up on this. Alvarez sports a knockout percentage of 71.43%. While Trout possess a knockout percentage of 53.85%. Having the edge in power could allow Alvarez to wear down Trout for the later rounds but you have to be able to hit him, this leads me into the next point, ring generalship. Edge in power goes to Alvarez. Continue reading