Does Canelo Alvarez or Adrien Broner Have a Brighter Boxing Future?
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Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and Adrien Broner are two of the brightest young stars in boxing.
Both carry undefeated records and both will be fighting for championships in the upcoming months.
Broner, 23, is a lightweight who has fought his last four matches between 130 and 134 pounds.
Alvarez, 22, is a light middleweight fighter. He has fought his last five matches at weights between 153 and 154 pounds.
Broner (26-0-0), who carries the WBC lightweight title, will fight Paulie Malignaggi for the WBA welterweight title in June when the two men meet in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Alvarez (41-0-1), who holds the WBC light middleweight crown, will fight Austin Trout in April for the Super world middleweight title in San Antonio.
Both fighters appear to have the confidence in addition to their all-around ability that could take them a long way in the years to come. But as each have climbed up the ladder in a significant way, it seems that Alvarez may have a chance to hit the big time before Broner.
That would immediately turn Alvarez into a big-time boxing name. And if he could somehow summon all his power while Mayweather was looking ahead to another bout, Alvarez could become one of the sport's superstars.
Mayweather has not yet agreed to a fight with Alvarez, and that makes Alvarez angry.
Alvarez and Broner both have a solid knockout record. Alvarez has knocked out 30 of his 42 opponents, while Broner has knocked out 22 of 26 opponents.
Taking their size differential into account, Alvarez would appear to be the more dangerous of the two men. He is bull strong and has registered stoppages in four of his last five fights.
Alvarez has decent boxing skills, but it is his straight right and power that makes him stand out. Alvarez is solid and punishing. He is all business in the ring.
The same cannot be said about Broner. In his last fight against British fighter Gavin Rees, Broner seemed to dance and pantomime through most of the early rounds.
He did not take the fight seriously and Rees was able to tag Broner with some good shots.
While Broner was not in any danger, it doesn't do him much good to clown his way through fights and turn it on when he feels like it.
That's just what Broner did in the fourth and fifth rounds. He knocked down Rees in both rounds and Rees' corner stopped it in the late stages of the fifth round.
Broner thinks he can beat anyone who steps in front of him. That's confidence, but there's also a lot of "look at me" to his game. He wants to be a champion, but he also wants to be a star.
If he wants the trappings that come with a championship more than he wants to fight, he'll find out how punishing the sport can be.
Alvarez appears to be a bit more single-minded in the ring. He understands the showmanship angle of boxing, but he wants to punish his opponents from start to finish.
He is a more serious fighter at this point in his career and it may get him a bigger opportunity before Broner gets one.
However, if that big opportunity comes against Mayweather, he's going to have to develop a lot more boxing skill than he has now.
Mayweather is one of the sport's all-time great fighters. At this point, Alvarez is an up-and-coming fighter and Mayweather would appear to be too much for him.
But a well-prepared Alvarez just might get the education he needs in a fight with Mayweather to set himself up for a decade of success in the sport.
Alvarez appears to have a brighter future at this point, but if Broner can show a bit more seriousness and maturity, he may be able to catch up.
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