By Miguel Rivera
Jose "Chepo" Reynoso, the longtime manager of Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) was very happy with his boxer's performance last Saturday night in Las Vegas.
Before a sold out crowd at the T-Mobile Arena, Canelo officially moved up to the middleweight division and challenged IBF, IBO, WBA, WBC middleweight champion Gennady 'GGG' Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs).
After an exciting twelve rounds, the fight ended in a controversial twelve round draw.
Chepo points out that a lot of critics were predicting that Golovkin would destroy Canelo and knock him out, but none of that happened. The manager was very pleased with how Canelo performed in his first fight at the full middleweight limit of 160-pounds.
"Well look, I gave Saul a 10 because he was not the favorite to make a great fight and he made a great fight. Regarding his defense, he came away with a clean face. I am very pleased [with his performance], but most of all with the fight. Myself and my team are very happy with what has been accomplished. We have to recognize what we had in front of us, a champion who is undefeated, very strong and we have to say that they had predicted that he was going to knock Saul out and in the end we are happy with what happened in the fight and we will continue working," Chepo told ESPN Deportes.
There is talk of a second fight taking place in May, during Cinco De Mayo weekend. There is a rematch clause that Canelo can exercise if he so chooses.
Chepo can't guarantee that a second fight will happen in May - it all depends on the negotiations when they sit down with Golden Boy Promotions.
"At the moment none of that is being handled. What we know is a fact is that [Canelo] is not going to fight again this year, he will return in May. We have not met at all with Golden Boy. After a period of well-deserved rest and after we set the date to meet [with Golden Boy], we will discuss what is convenient for Saul's career," Chepo said.
"The good thing is that Saul has many possibilities. The middleweight division is getting interesting and the best thing is that he gave a great performance in his first fight in this new division. I liked it as he did. He came in at the weight, he was not heavy, he was not slow. I repeat we are very happy with the performance of Saul."