Harold Lederman has been around the fight game for decades as a highly-respected judge, an analyst, and for many years now, the familiar "OK, Jim!" voice of HBO's boxing broadcasts, serving as their unofficial scorer. This time on "Hey, Harold!" he takes a look at Saturday's matchup between Canelo Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KO) and James Kirkland (32-1, 28 KO).
Harold on Canelo Alvarez
"He's the best young fighter in all of boxing today."
"Canelo Alvarez is just a young kid from Guadalajara, Mexico, who just does everything right. He boxes, he punches, he moves. He's so above 24 years old it's amazing. ... Looked great with Austin Trout, looked good with Erislandy Lara. All the fights that he wins, he looks very good. Looked great against Ryan Rhodes on HBO."
Harold on James Kirkland
"He's a guy who's had problems outside the ring. James has only lost one fight, and to tell you the truth, I think James Kirkland's one of the hardest hitters in all of the junior middleweight division."
Harold on the fight
"I'm really looking for a great fight. The all-around ability of Canelo Alvarez taking on the huge punching power of James Kirkland."