Undefeated boxers Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez and Vyacheslav Senchenko will meet in title fight, promoter says
Unbeaten Mexican star Saul "Canelo" Alvarez will get his first world title shot early next year at the Honda Center, his promoter announced Tuesday.
Alvarez, 20, will fight Ukraine's Vyacheslav Senchenko (31-0, 20 KOs) either Feb. 27 or March 5 in Anaheim, Golden Boy Promotions Chief Executive Richard Schaefer told The Times. Senchenko is the World Boxing Assn. welterweight champion. The card will also likely include a competitive lightweight fight between Gilroy's Robert "Ghost" Guerrero and Australia's Michael Katsidis.
Schaefer said he also is working to bring another significant fight to the Southland April 23.
He said he's in talks with Showtime sports executive Ken Hershman to stage the finale of the network's world bantamweight unification tournament, pitting Abner Mares of Hawaiian Gardens against Joseph "King Kong" Agbeko at LA Live's Nokia Theatre.
-- Lance Pugmire
Photo: Mexican boxer Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, left, fights South African challenger Lovemore N'dou on Dec. 4. Credit: Saul Ramirez / EPA