In a recent turn of events, Saul Alvarez (38-0, 28 KOs) now finds himself with a date against an easy prey in ex-welterweight champion Kermit Cintron (33-4-1, 28 KOs), the same guy who lost to Antonio Margarito twice and dropped a fight against journeyman Carlos Molina. Alvarez and Cintron will slug it out on November 26th, 2011 for Alvarez’ title.
A lot has been said about reigning WBC light middleweight champion Saul Alvarez’ rule in the division wherein he has not faced any legitimate opposition. After winning the title against Matthew Hatton, who operates a division lower and was not even a championship caliber type of fighter, Alvarez went on a stoppage spree, dispatching an unknown Ryan Rhodes and an outclassed welt weight Alfonso Gomez, who earned fame for being part of a reality boxing TV show.
Alvarez and his handlers has successfully eluded real threats such as top light middleweight Vanes Martirosyan, who was far more deserving of a crack at the belt Alvarez now holds when Manny Pacquiao vacated it prior to fighting Shane Mosley in May 2011.
Cintron has yet to reestablish himself as a contender and if his recent unanimous decision win over young Antwone Smith is any indication, the Puerto Rican banger has not found his rhythm yet. The Cintron of old, that monstrous power-puncher who steamrolled over his first 24 opponents, 22 by knockouts, before he got stopped by Antonio Margarito, has been a no-show in his last five fights.
If anything, this fight was purposely designed to boost Alvarez’s popularity and marketability if and when he gets past Cintron. A victory over a former champion whose aura of formidability has long gone, however, does not add any luster to Alvarez’ resume, but rather a popular name.
Whether he is on the comeback trail or not, Cintron is in a unique position to make dent in the boxing world if he can score a huge upset and wrest the crown from Alvarez. But can Cintron conjure up such victory? He has the tools. But can he? Or is he just another cherry picked from the bunch?
Cintron will prove to be a decent match for Alvarez. But chances for an upset are slim to none. However, this is boxing and anything can happen. Nothing is set in stone until the victor’s hand is raised, so to speak.
And maybe, just maybe, Cintron ain’t that easy to begin with.