Thursday, 07 March 2013 17:23

Canelo Alvarez to Spar with Oscar De La Hoya in Preparation for Trout

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WBC junior middleweight champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KO) will face his WBA peer Austin Trout (26-0, 14 KO) in a unification showdown April 20th at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
And, apparently, the 22 year old red-headed Mexican will have a little extra help when preparing for Trout.

"For Canelo's fight against the dangerous Trout, I'm going to spar with Saul. I'll send video soon. Let's go San Antonio," stated boxing legend and promoter Oscar De La Hoya.

So why would a retired 40 year old legend spar with a young, hungry 22 year old champion?

For starters, De La Hoya must be really concerned about Trout's speed and technical skills and believes he can help fighter's chances by not only giving him advice, but by delivering some real "hands-on" training.

Can Canelo Alvarez find a better, more skilled, more accomplished sparring partner than an in-shape De La Hoya?

Probably not.

Even at 40, an in-shape De La Hoya would probably be favored against several Top 10 Welterweights, Jr Welterweights and even Middleweights - So that leads us to the next question...

There have been rumors of De La Hoya's return to the ring for nearly two years. Will Oscar take this opportunity to test his mettle against Alvarez and use his performance in sparring as a measuring-stick to determine if he should make a comeback?

Given the success of Bernard Hopkins, Vitali Klitschko and Juan Manuel Marquez at advanced ages, there's no reason to rule out a De La Hoya comeback.

What if things get heated in sparring?

With the competitive nature of both De La Hoya and Alvarez, its easy to see things getting ugly in the ring.

If one guy lands a solid, hard shot the other, not to be outdone, will be compelled to unleash some fury of his own.

In the long, rich history of boxing, has a promoter ever sparred one of his fighters?

Lee Cleveland

Lee is Managing Editor of, a student of the Sweet Science and longtime boxing fan.