While some of us may feel that Canelo has picked the easiest choice of opponent to comeback against, there is no denying his popularity and the fact that his return was always going to be a big deal regardless of who he chose to fight. Ever since it was announced that he would be making his comeback on March 8 there has been anticipation to see how he would respond to suffering the first loss of his career. The choice of opponent was almost superfluous, it was going to be big big whether he fought Miguel Cotto or Dana Rosenblatt.
In the end, contender Alfredo Angulo got the call. In terms of realistic options, Angulo is the biggest name. He is not a star by any stretch of the imagination but he has had some memorable fights over the last few years, namely his losses to Erislandy Lara and James Kirkland. He did better than expected against Lara who is considered, when Floyd Mayweather isn't campaigning at 154, to be alongside Carlos Molina as the top junior middleweights in the world. In short, he will come to fight and not lay down for one of boxing's biggest stars.
Unsurprisingly, fans have responded as expected, as 3,000 tickets have already been sold via pre-sale. Tickets are to officially go on sale this Friday with a press conference to take place next week.
Here is what Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer had to say about the sale numbers, via Boxing Scene:
"I'm working on finalizing March 8th at the MGM. It's going to be a hell of a lineup. I'm trying to finalize these fights before we have the press conference next week for Canelo - Angulo fight. Today's pre-sale was unbelievable. I think close to 3,000 tickets were already sold and the official on-sale is on Friday."
The undercard will consist of Canelo's younger brother Ricardo fighting Omar Figueroa. Also being negotiated is for Golden Boy pay-per-view undercard mainstay Leo Santa Cruz to make a defense against Christian Mijares, and Jorge Linares may also be on the card as well.