Saul Alvarez should fight Floyd Mayweather, says Glenn McCrory
Unbeaten Mexican starlet Saul Alvarez can skyrocket to the very top of world boxing, says Glenn McCrory.
Last Updated: 14/03/13 2:09pm
The Mexican, who is still just 22, has won 40 and drawn one of his 41 fights and now he has made a name for himself he is going to be in huge matches.
I had my reservations about Alvarez in the past because, despite his unblemished record, he wasn't facing the greatest fighters in the world and had trouble getting rid of Matthew Hatton, someone you would expect a potential superstar to destroy.
But he has upped his game recently in bouts with Kermit Cintron and Josesito Lopez and is improving with every fight; he is getting stronger, punching harder, developing his defence and becoming a better all-round performer.
Alvarez looks like a Hollywood heartthrob but he fights just like the great Mexican boxers of yesteryear; he wants to get at his opponents and pick up wins, but most of all he wants to impress his passionate boxing nation and knock people out.
The WBC light-middleweight champion will meet unbeaten WBA counterpart Austin Trout in a unification bout on April 20 - and I would love him to face Floyd Mayweather should he come through that match in Texas unscathed.
It would be a perfect match for both men as it would allow us to see whether Alvarez is all he is cracked up to be and give Mayweather the opportunity to show that he is an all-time great - something I was ridiculed for questioning in this column a few weeks back.
Mayweather - who will kick off his big Showtime contract with a duel against Robert Guerrero in May in his first fight in a year - obviously has a load of fans who think he is a boxing legend, and he could very well become one.
But he needs to face guys of the calibre of Alvarez, Lucas Matthysse and Manny Pacquiao to prove it and not rely on wins over Ricky Hatton and a sub-par Oscar de la Hoya, who was nowhere near the fighter of old when Mayweather met him.
Frank Warren has been and still is a great promoter but at the moment there is another show in town, the Matchroom stable, and WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns is the latest man to sign for Eddie Hearn.
The Scot obviously feels it is the right move to switch from Warren's stewardship to Hearn's and I am delighted because it means we will get to see the 29-year-old box on Sky Sports, something I have wanted to happen for a long time.
Ricky is one of British boxing's great success stories - and in a lot of ways he has Warren to thank for that - so he deserves to be more widely known; the he should be a hero in Scotland but I bet that if he walked through Edinburgh town centre few would notice.
Burns, who conquered Kevin Mitchell within four rounds to retain his belt in September, should be stopping traffic in London, that's how good he is, and hopefully he will get that sort of exposure now that he has penned a deal with Matchroom.
There have been murmurs that Ricky could battle Adrien Broner, but I don't think that is a fight the Brit would win, so I would urge him to wait for the American to outgrow the lightweight division, and then become undisputed champion once he's gone.
Matchroom have also captured Brian Rose and Lee Selby recently, to add to a roster of fighters which also includes Carl Froch, Carl Frampton, Kell Brook and Tony Bellew, and I think they are solid acquisitions.
British light-middleweight titlist Rose will probably go no higher than European level, though he will still be fun to watch, while Selby, the British and Commonwealth featherweight champion, is a fiery hard-hitter who can go onto bigger and better things.
As shown on last week's Ringside, I recently went back up to the North East to help a group of unemployed guys try to get back into work - you can see what happened by watching the video below - and I had a great time.
The lads saw me as a former world champion and TV pundit and didn't realise that I was on the dole from 16 to 24 years of age - and signed off in the ring after I won the world cruiserweight title in 1989!
I'd like to think I inspired them by proving that if you work hard you can make something of your life when it appears you have nothing, and they certainly responded to what they were told from various people throughout the week.
The kids came into the gym with their hoods up and their chins down and one of them was talking about how he was fighting under a bridge at the weekend to try and make some money, but after completing the challenges we set them, including cooking in a restaurant, designing boxing apparatus, and working as a team, their confidence really grew.
They are now far better equipped to speak and sell themselves in job interviews, while they also have a piece of paper saying they have gone through the TKO course (training, knowledge and opportunity), which is supported by Sky Sports, Lonsdale and the British Boxing Board of Control.
Employers should now give these guys the time of day and I was so glad to be involved in their development that, as I write this, I am on my way to a similar scheme in Liverpool.