A day before former junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Alfredo Angulo weighed in for their 12-round battle, the two fighters and their camps negotiated a slight change to Saturday night’s bout.
According to reports, Alvarez knew he wouldn’t make the 154-pound weight limit so Angulo agreed to a one-pound increase in exchange for an additional $100,000 to his purse. Angulo will now pull in $850,000 for the fight, and Alvarez will earn a minimum of $1.25 million.
At the official weigh-in Alvarez came in at 155 pounds, and Angulo at 154 1/2 pounds. The two Mexican countrymen will meet for the first time at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
The 23-year-old Alvarez is hoping to recover from the first loss of his career after falling to Floyd Mayweather six months ago in the very same venue. Blessed with the unique blend of hand speed and ferocious power, Alvarez had won 42 consecutive fights before the Mayweather bout, with 30 by knockout.
Angulo has split his last four fights, and most recently suffered an orbital bone fracture to his left eye in a technical knockout loss to Erislandy Lara back in June. Two years removed from his brief WBO light middleweight reign, the 31-year-old also packs plenty of power as evidenced by his first-round knockout of Raul Casarez with a sharp left hook in 2012.
Beginning his career in 2005, Angulo has posted a 22-3 record with 18 knockouts.
Betting Odds: Alvarez -600 and the over/under on rounds is 8 1/2 at Bovada.lv
Time: Scheduled for an 11 p.m. EST start time
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Prediction: Alvarez by knockout in the ninth round.