There was talk and rumors happening around the boxing community that Saul "Canelo" Alvarez will possibly be facing off against Paul "The Punisher" Williams. According to The Ring Magazine, the fight has officially been inked for Sept. 15th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on pay-per-view.
This is huge news as not only will it be Canelo's first time headlining his own pay-per-view as the main event, but this may also be the toughest challenge in the young man's career.
Paul Williams may not be the man he used to be, but he's tall, has a long reach and can really put the pressure on other fighters. Shane Mosley, despite losing by a wide margin, seemed to irritate Canelo at some points with his pitty-pat punches. In his fight against Jose Cotto, Canelo had to survive the onslaught of Cotto's punches in the first round of their fight.
Paul Williams is a completely different beast than those two fighters and will make Canelo work for a win. He will keep pressure on Canelo throughout the fight as he has averaged almost a thousand punches thrown per fight in his last two fights.
In his fight against Erislandy Lara in 2011, he threw 1047 punches, and in his fight against Nobuhiro Ishida in 2012 he threw 934 punches.
Throwing more punches might be key for Williams winning the fight as sometimes activity can win fights. That's supposedly how Williams won his controversial decision over Lara last year.
Golden Boy deserves major props for creating this fight, as Canelo is one of their most protected fighters (as shown by his last five fights since winning the belt) and this is a huge step up in competition. They must be looking to do huge numbers with this pay-per-view because if they had chosen James Kirkland instead of Williams, then this fight might not sell as well.