Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Saul Alvarez Shows Class, Lets Baldomir Keep $12,000

By Michael Marley

Too often we only hear about the business side of boxing.

We hear and read of the nasty feuds and fights between fighters and promoters, promoters and managers, fighters and trainers.

Credit unbeaten Mexican welterweight Saul "Canelo" Alvarez for providing a breath of fresh air and a reminder that boxing is also a sport.

Alvarez stood to pocket $12,000, or 20 percent of Argentina veteran Carlos "Tata" Baldomir's purse from their fight taking place Saturday night in Los Angeles.

The veteran from Santa Fe, Argentina, weighed in at 153.4 pounds, well over their "catch-weight" limit with something called the WBC Silver junior middleweight title at stake. Alvarez was on weight at 150.5 pounds.

California rules required the assessment of Baldy's $60,000 dollar purse because he did not make the contracted weight.

Easiest 12 G's the young Mexican fighter ever made, right?

Wrong, as the red-haired Alvarez refused the money.

Mature move and act of decency by a mere 20-year-old.

Alvarez is 33-0 with 25 knockouts while Baldomir stands 45-12-6 and has been skidding since a shock victory over Zab Judah a few years ago in Madison Square Garden.

(It didn't shock me as I worked with Baldy at the time and knew his capabilities against erratic Judah.)

"You don't hear of something like this very often," veteran promoter Don "War A Week" Chargin told me by phone from LA. "I confirmed it in Spanish with the manager, Jose Reynoso.

"The manager said Alvarez refused the money, said he didn't want take it that way. The fighter said, 'Let Baldomir keep it.'"

It was immediately unclear what, if any other sanction, the commission would bring against Baldomir.

It is possible that this will be Baldomir's last fight or his final high profile bout if he loses.

Baldomir weighed 162 pounds Saturday morning and the fight is on.

Michael Marley is the national boxing examiner for examiner.com. To read more stories by Michael Marley, Click Here.

Tags:
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by lutenco on 09-19-2010

He did the right thing!!!

Comment by S H A R K B O Y on 09-19-2010

[QUOTE=Freedom Fighter;9258258]Saul Alvarez is a class act. The sport of boxing needs more good sportsmen like Canelo, instead of woman-beaters and crackheads.[/QUOTE] Of course you'd follow a ginger Mexican like Canelo.

Comment by -EX- on 09-19-2010

[IMG]http://i56.tinypic.com/2qdsn7r.jpg[/IMG]

Comment by Freedom. on 09-19-2010

Saul Alvarez is a class act. The sport of boxing needs more good sportsmen like Canelo, instead of woman-beaters and crackheads.

Comment by Gino Ros on 09-19-2010

[QUOTE=ricky1978;9255820]Respect for Canelo, generous decision the one he made...props to him...[/QUOTE] why does that girl in your avatar have her eye brows like that?

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (34)
Top Headlines Chavez Jr: Canelo Alvarez is Afraid of Gennady Golovkin! Frank Warren: I Strongly Fancy Walsh To Beat Gervonta Davis Braekhus Feels Refreshed With New Team, Plans For Showcase Joe Ham To Fight For Belt On Burns vs. Indongo Card De La Hoya: Canelo Would Beat Mayweather 'Easy' in Rematch! Luke Campbell Hopes To Get a Crack at Mikey Garcia's Title Chavez: I've Fought Better Opponents Than Canelo, I Can't Lose! Angel Garcia and The New York State Athletic Commission Horn's Promoter Will Wait To See How Pacquiao-Khan Plays Out Sullivan Barrera Denies Receiving Contract For Beterbiev Fight Arum Skeptical of $38M Offer to Bring Pacquiao-Khan to the UAE Roy Jones Jr. Wants Anderson Silva on Mayweather-McGregor NSAC Director Doubts Canelo-Chavez "Bet" Will Push Through Pacquiao Announces He is Negotiating With Khan for Next Fight Photo: Dmitry Bivol vs. Robert Berridge – Official Weigh-In Sanchez Adjusts Golovkin's Sparring Schedule For Jacobs Fight Emmanuel Rodriguez-Omar Narvaez Moves To March 11 SHO Bill Photos: Deontay Wilder, Gerald Washington Open Workouts Haye Wants Steel Fence To Avoid Violent Bust-Up With Bellew Miguel Flores Makes No Excuses After TKO Loss To Dat Nguyen Canelo: Chavez Jr. Accepted Our Bet, He Better Honor It After Loss! Shannon Briggs vs. Fres Oquendo Deal is Reached Oner: Avni Yildirim Too Strong, Will Take Teeth of David Benavides Adrian Granados Will Be Back on Showtime, Says Manager Cautious Chavez Certain He’ll Make 164.5 for Canelo Fight Michael Perez vs. Marcelino Lopez Tops ESPN2 Bill on April 20 Broner-Granados Fight Peaked at 859,000 Viewers on Showtime Canelo Plans To Vacate WBO Title, Fight at 160 - After Chavez Bout Joe Gallagher: Liam Smith Expects Tough Fight With Williams Izu Ugonoh: I Have To Be at My Best To Beat Dominic Breazeale Chavez Expects to Enter Ring at 180; Canelo Not Concerned DiBella: Unlike Wilder-Wawrzyk, 'Nervous' About Wilder-Washington Chavez: Canelo Picked Me Over GGG For 'Easier Fight, More Money' Gavin McDonnell: I'll Do Whatever it Takes To Beat Rey Vargas Izu Ugonoh Aims To Make a Statement in Big Career Showcase Liam Williams on Liam Smith: This Is A Real Fight, It'll Be Good Cecilia Braekhus' Former Coach Ready To Help Svensson Win Angulo: Canelo Lacking The Heart and Balls To Face Golovkin Mayweather Sr: I Would Beat Conor McGregor's Ass - And I'm 63! Adam Bashanov Set To Turn Pro on Ceylan vs. Lowe Card
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement