Saul Alvarez To Face Alfonso Gomez Sept. 17 at Staples Center on Starpower Card

Henry MartinSenior Analyst IJuly 19, 2011

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18:  Saul Alvarez of Mexico takes a punch from Carlos Baldomir of Argentina in the WBC Super Welterweight Silver Title fight at Staples Center on September 18, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Well, it's official.

While browsing Alfonso Gomez's Facebook page today, I learned that he is indeed Saul Alvarez's next opponent come Sept. 17.

The rumors are also confirmed that Alvarez will be on the Mayweather vs. Ortiz card, but hosted at a different venue (Staples Center). 

Alvarez's trainer, Eddy Reynoso, has also confirmed the fight according to Boxing Scene.

Alvarez will be fighting for a third time this year, defending his WBC light middleweight trinket against the former contender superstar.

This is not really a surprise as Reynoso made it no secret that he has been targeting Gomez as the next opponent for some time now. Reynoso stated he would want either Mayorga or Gomez as the next opponent. Seeing as Mayorga effectively retired after his bout with Cotto, Gomez was his next choice.

For those of you who don't know Alfonso Gomez, he's a former participant of The Contender, which was a boxing show hosted by Sylvester Stalone and Sugar Ray Leonard, where 16 boxers competed for $100,000.  

He was joined by other notable fighters such as Peter Manfredo Jr., Sergio Mora, Ishe Smith and Jesse Brinkley.

You may also remember Gomez from his title bout against Miguel Cotto, his near matchup with Chavez Jr. and being the last man to have fought and defeated the late and great Arturo Gatti.

Now, going into the fight, Gomez is the heavy underdog. 

Gomez usually fights in the welterweight limit and was brutalized in his last title match against Cotto.

Alvarez has destroyed his past two opponents, and Gomez would be his second opponent coming up from the welterweight division this year.

This wouldn't be the first time Gomez was the underdog in a fight against a heavier opponent. Gomez, who was still a welterweight at the time, fought a then-undefeated and highly-touted middleweight named Manfredo Jr. during The Contender and won by unanimous decision.

Canelo's going to be a much faster, younger and smarter fighter than Manfredo Jr.

Gomez needs to spend the next two months training his heart out if he wants a chance at blemishing the young undefeated champion's record.

While everyone has already written off Gomez to lose, I have my fingers crossed. Keep in mind that this is the year of the upset.