I was just posting my thoughts about fans’ speculation regarding the replacement for Paul Williams against Saul Alvarez when ESPN broke the news. While the boxing world’s thoughts and prayers are with Paul Williams, we can’t help but wonder who will be able to fill the void in the showdown with Alvarez. The division is loaded with prospects and talent making the list of potential opponents much more complex. The first names that came to my mind were Cotto and Ortiz. While Cotto is probably a little too much for the rising star, surely the fight with Alvarez would be an epic battle. While Ortiz has already named his replacement opponent after the recent scandals with Berto and Peterson, I still consider him a great matchup for Alvarez. Other names on the list could include Sergio Martinez, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and, yes, James Kirkland. I’m not disappointed in the decision to put Alvarez against a slightly smaller obstacle in Kirkland. They’re both rising stars and stylistically Kirkland will be a challenge for Canelo because Alvarez will not be able to muscle his opponent around as much or take punches as often. Who would you most have wanted to see Alvarez face?
An Alternative for Alvarez