Canelo Alvarez: The Joke of the Junior Middleweight Division

Henry MartinSenior Analyst IJuly 9, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 04:  WBC super welterweight champion Saul Alvarez (L) and Shane Mosley face off during the official weigh-in for their bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 4, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Alvarez will defend his title against Mosley on May 5, 2012 in Las Vegas.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Saul "Canelo" Alvarez is supposed to be the future of pay-per-view boxing. A project of Golden Boy Promotions and protege of Oscar De La Hoya. He had a bright future of being the first man to give Mayweather his first professional loss and the new pay-per-view attraction after Mayweather and Pacquiao retired.

Since he won his WBC 154-pound belt, he has been nothing short of a joke at the weight class. How people are still able to get behind him and support him is beyond me.

Alvarez first won his belt when he won a lopsided decision over Matthew Hatton, a welterweight fighter that is best known for being Ricky Hatton's brother.

From there, he defended his belt against Ryan Rhodes, a highly touted British domestic junior middleweight who's actually the best person Alvarez has fought since he won his title. He impressed and knocked out the challenger in 12 rounds.

From there, everything just went down hill.

Next, Alvarez defended his title against welterweight Alfonso Gomez, a fighter famously known for being on the first season of The Contender and retiring Arturo Gatti in his last professional fight. Gomez was actually giving Alvarez fits before he was knocked out in the sixth, a stoppage that was too premature.

After Gomez, Alvarez defended against a very shot Kermit Cintron. Normally, I don't like referring to fighters as shot unless there's very good reason too. Cintron was just that, after his ring dive fiasco against Paul Williams, he returned only to lose a lopsided decision to Carlos Molina. He followed the Molina fight with a tune-up fight against an unknown fighter and was for some reason offered a shot against Alvarez.

It was evident before the fight even started that he'd be knocked out. Cintron was out by the fifth and Canelo was given another easy defense of his title.

Finally, earlier this year, he defended his belt against the 40-year-old Shane Mosley who hadn't won a fight since 2009. The same Shane Mosley who showed nothing in his last three fights against Pacquiao, Mayweather and Sergio Mora.

Mosley was actually game for this fight and was doing more than his last three, but it was no use against the bigger Alvarez who pummeled him for 12 rounds.

Since Alvarez won his belt, his run of opponents has been a joke. He has fought three welterweights in Gomez, Hatton and Mosley and only two junior middleweights, one who had no business even being within 10 feet of Alvarez.

Alvarez constantly gets passes for his opponents because he's only 21 and still developing. The truth is Alvarez's time for development is over and has been since he won his belt. Unless he actually wants to start defending his belt against real competition or even just junior middleweights, he shouldn't be wearing it.

There are a bunch of people in his division lining up to fight him, and he constantly ignores them to fight opponents who don't deserve to be in there with him.

According to,there are multiple sources saying that Canelo's next opponent would be either Mayorga or Josesito Lopez. Mayorga is more unlikely since it came from his mouth and he's crazy, but this is a joke beyond belief.

Alvarez has prime competition calling him out, and he's looking to a old washed-up fighter who hasn't done anything since 2007 and a junior welterweight that took out his former welterweight opponent, Victor Ortiz.

I give credit to Alvarez for initially taking the Paul Williams fight, even the James Kirkland fight. But Ortiz was pushing it and now he's either facing a fighter faded beyond belief or a junior welterweight.

Until Canelo decides to fight actual competition—who are at least in the same division as him—he's the joke of the division.