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Canelo-Kirkland Close For May 2nd in San Antonio?

By Steve Kim

Sources close to the situation have told BoxingScene.com that a fight between Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez (44-1-1, 31KOs) and James Kirkland (32-1, 28KOs) is on the verge of being finalized for May 2nd at the Alamadome in San Antonio, Texas.

Alvarez, had hoped to be facing Miguel Cotto on that date before negotiations broke down and the deal was taken off the table over the weekend . Back in 2013, Alvarez drew nearly 40,000 fans as he battled Austin Trout in this venue.

The hard-hitting Kirkland, who hails from Austin, Texas, has not made an appearance in the ring since stopping Glen Tapia in December of 2013.

Canelo-Kirkland was actually on the docket to take place at one point in 2012. Kirkland withdrew from the bout with a claimed injury only days after agreeing to the terms. He was ultimately replaced by Josesito Lopez, who was stopped in five rounds on September 15th of that year at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

It will be interesting to see what happens with May 2, as discussions continue for a Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao fight on the same date. If Mayweather-Pacquiao is finalized, which many are doubting at this point, then Canelo's fight is likely to move to a different date.

Steve Kim is the news editor for BoxingScene.com. 

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Spray_resistant on 01-22-2015

[QUOTE=joseph5620;15308085]My major issue is that Kirkland has had one fight in three years. He's not going to be the same fighter. Even if he was, he's too wide open and wreckless for a fighter like Canelo. [B]Kirkland doesn't have the…

Comment by joseph5620 on 01-22-2015

[QUOTE=Spray_resistant;15308077]This is a really good fight and is being under appreciated by posters in this thread. Canelo isn't some clenching inside game master, he has slow cement feet, and he will stand his ground. I don't see how this wouldn't…

Comment by Spray_resistant on 01-22-2015

This is a really good fight and is being under appreciated by posters in this thread. Canelo isn't some clenching inside game master, he has slow cement feet, and he will stand his ground. I don't see how this wouldn't…

Comment by jai mari078 on 01-22-2015

I am a die hard life long boxing fan, and I am getting so SICK of the politics of boxing. I think mos of us don't expect Floyd to fight Pacquiao, but I was sure Canelo/Cotto was gonna get done.…

Comment by PETUFF on 01-22-2015

not a payper view ?? i am not paying a dime for this crap!:boxing::boxing:

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