Mexico's favorite red headed fighting machine will be back in the ring on December 4 against veteran Lovemore N’Dou, according to Ray Wheatley of World of Boxing.
It appears N’Dou’s IBO welterweight title will not be on the line in this one.
N’Dou (48-11-2 31 KO) is a 17 year veteran and has fought some of the best fighters in the game today. He basically has lost to every good fighter he has ever faced.
He has losses to Sharmba Mitchell, Miguel Cotto, Junior Witter, Paulie Malignaggi (twice), and Kermit Cintron. His best win is either Naoufel Ben Rabah or Phillip N’Dou.
Neither name strikes fear into your heart but the Rabah win made him the IBF light welterweight champion. He lost the title in his first defense.
He is the IBO welterweight champion and is coming of a win over previously undefeated Bongani Mwelase. Mwelase was undefeated but totally untested.
If you know his name at all you probably remember him from the second Malignaggi fight where Malignaggi had to cut his hair extensions in between rounds in Manchester.
This appears to be another showcase fight for Alvarez and honestly really reminds me of his last fight against Carlos Baldomir. They are both veterans with a lot of losses and great chins.
In the 11 losses N’Dou has suffered he has never been knocked out. He has lost to some good punchers and has lasted to the final bell each time.
N’Dou is a durable veteran who doesn’t have the skills to compete at the top level. He is the kind of guy you root for and the kind of guy who always seems to be hanging around.
It appears that Golden Boy is taking Alvarez on the senior circuit and showcasing his power by having him try to knockout veteran fighters who have never been knocked out.
This fights don’t teach us anything about Alvarez and showcase his strength (power) and keep his biggest shortcoming hidden (speed).
I love watching Alvarez and believe that he can become a legitimate Mexican superstar but he is going to have his bumps along the way. His speed will be exposed at the top levels and you can't avoid saying that.
N’Dou is a natural light welterweight fighter and has only fought at welterweight four times in his 61 fights. He has average power and his speed won’t make Alvarez look bad at all.
It is also interesting to see Alvarez move back down in weight after his last three fights at 150. He weighed 150, 150 ¾, and 150 ½ for his last three fights.
His team has insisted all along he would fight at welterweight and it appears that they will follow through with that. The advantage is, his power would be even better but his speed will be even more exposed.
You would think he would stay at the light middleweight limit where his speed would be closer to the top tier fighters. At any rate this should be a fun scrap as neither fighter is a very slick boxer.
I expect a fun fight that sees N’Dou get knocked out for the first time. Alvarez is a fun fighter and hopefully an American station picks this up but this fight will prove nothing.
This isn’t the best fight out there but Alvarez is staying active and is piling up knockouts which is getting the fans talking. Especially the Mexican fans, and with them behind him he doesn’t need anyone else.
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