Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer is telling us that Alfredo Angulo has earned the right to fight Canelo Alvarez. But he hasn't earned it through a series of wins over top competition. Instead, according to Schaefer, it's Angulo's exciting style in the ring that has given him the opportunity to face Canelo in a pay-per-view fight on March 8.
Here's exactly what Schaefer had to say, via Boxing Scene's Keith Idec:
"You don't just get the opportunity, you earn the opportunity. And I think Alfredo has earned that in the way he fights. Boxing has really moved (in a direction), I think, particularly in the last couple of years or so, where excitement, win or lose, is being more rewarded. And fighters don't really have to go back in the line if they lose in exciting fashion. And sometimes, an exciting loss these days is frankly more valuable than a boring win."
What Schaefer says here is no secret. Even though he claims that boxing is moving toward favoring exciting fighters win or lose, it's always favored them to a certain degree. There's a reason why HBO brought Arturo Gatti back a billion times no matter how often he lost to guys like Ivan Robinson or Angel Manfredy. We all knew, win or lose, we would get our money's worth when he stepped into the ring.
Angulo is a pressure fighter who will come forward, right to Canelo. That's why he was picked for Canelo's comeback fight, and Schaefer is pretty much admitting this. He's the opposite of Floyd Mayweather, Canelo's previous opponent. Angulo also has a different style from the man who beat him in his last fight, Cuban southpaw Erislandy Lara. If Canelo's opponent was based on pure wins and losses, Lara would be getting the call.
Do you agree with Schaefer that Angulo has earned the right to fight Canelo on PPV due to his style?