Saul "Canelo" Alvarez is scheduled to face Austin Trout in a huge Light Middleweight Championship unification bout on Saturday night, but the fight is suddenly in doubt as a warrant has been issued for Alvarez's arrest.
According to Miguel Rivera of BoxingScene.com, Alvarez and his brother, Juan Ramon Alvarez, are wanted in Mexico due to alleged crimes against boxer Ulises "Archie" Solis in 2011.
Alvarez allegedly attacked Solis on Oct. 25, 2011 and broke his jaw, but Canelo has denied his involvement in the incident and contends that his brother was the one who engaged with Solis.
It isn’t yet known how this information with affect Alvarez’s fight on Saturday, but it is set to take place at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, so Mexican authorities obviously aren’t very far away. Should the authorities act, it could derail one of the biggest fights of 2013.
Should Alvarez be allowed to fight on Saturday?
Both Alvarez and Trout are undefeated and considered to be rising stars in the sport. Alvarez is especially promising as he holds an incredible 41-0-1 record despite the fact that he is only 22 years old. A win over Trout would immediately make him one of boxing’s elite fighters.
Provided the fight proceeds as scheduled, this could weigh very heavily on Canelo's mind. He hasn't faced a ton of adversity over the course of his career as he has always been more talented than his opponents. Trout already represents his biggest test, and with an arrest warrant reportedly hanging over his head, it could be very difficult for him to focus over the next few days.
Trout is coming off a huge win over Miguel Cotto, he has a ton of confidence and he presumably has a clear head. It will be very interesting to see how this news impacts both Alvarez and Trout if their fight on Saturday is still on tap.
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