Veteran Puerto Rican and former welterweight titleholder Kermit Cintron doesn't trust the judges for tonight's fight in Mexico City against WBC junior middleweight titlist Canelo Alvarez, and as such is coming to score the knockout:
"I didn't come here to talk, I came to knock Canelo out because I want that belt. I came here to be a champion again and hopefully I won't get robbed in the fight by the judges."
It's never a good idea to trust the judges on foreign soil, though Don Jose Sulaiman of the WBC does assure Cintron that his WBC judges are "upright, decent, and highly competitive," though I'm not certain what he means by "highly competitive."
After reading Sulaiman's words, this song plays:
If Cintron (33-4, 28 KO) really fights for the knockout, I still expect he's going to lose, but this is definitely the Last Chance Saloon for him. While he's never given me any reason to believe he can or will win this fight, given that he tends to choke on the big stage (yes, yes, he beat Alfredo Angulo, and we all know Angulo's got the record of a superstar), here's hoping he's taking this fight for exactly what it is: An opportunity he doesn't deserve but one he can take advantage of nonetheless. Canelo is still a young fighter who could be prone to frustration or dumb fighting if Cintron can crack him.
Bad Left Hook will have live, round-by-round coverage of Alvarez vs Cintron and Broner vs Rodriguez tonight. The show starts on HBO at 10:30, following the second episode of Cotto-Margarito 24/7.