LAS VEGAS — On a big fight night in the biggest fight city, Mexican star Saul "Canelo" Alvarez will get a portion of the spotlight Saturday when he takes on newcomer Josesito Lopez of Riverside.
They will fight for a title belt at 154 pounds in the main event at the MGM Grand Garden. A mile or so down the road, at Thomas & Mack Center, another major fight card will take place and be headlined by Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. against Sergio Martinez, fighting for a middleweight title belt.
Dueling promoters Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy and Bob Arum of Top Rank, who won't be seen having dinner together a lot these days, have made attendance predictions that, if fulfilled, would put as many as 35,000 in seats for the two fights. Schaefer has said that he may need to add bleachers to the MGM Grand layout that would bring his ticket sales to 16,000. Arum has said he is closing in on 19,000 tickets sold at Thomas & Mack.
Alvarez, notable for red hair, freckles and a calm, cool punching style, has a 40-0-1 record, with 29 knockouts. He is Golden Boy's golden boy, now that company President Oscar De La Hoya is retired.