By Felipe Leon
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Just like in the rest of the boxing world, the conversation at the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez-Alfonso Gomez post fight press conference held in the Chick Hearn press room located in the lower bowels of the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, CA, quickly turned to the controversial ending of the “Star Power” main event between newly crowned Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Victor Ortiz.
“I would have done the same to him if he would have done it to me,” the 21 year old WBC super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez said when asked what he would have done if Mayweather had cold cocked him like he did Ortiz. “Both of them made mistakes, Victor was first and he didn’t pay attention. Boxing should be a clean sport but sometimes you have to respond but boxing should be clean.”
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Gomez (23-5-2, 12 KOs) also had an opportunity to give his opinion on what he saw transpire in the city of lights, “You have to protect yourself at all times. Mayweather is cold blooded so you should expect it. I wouldn’t do something like that because I am not cold blooded but like they say, everything is fair in love and war.”
After hurting Gomez with a left uppercut followed by a hard straight right hand, Alvarez unleashed a heavy barrage of punches on the unresponsive Gomez in the sixth round to prompt referee Wayne Hedgepeth to halt the contest and award the red-headed superstar the win and the second defense of the title Alvarez won earlier this year.
“We are very happy with the win, we were able to work on many things,” an unscathed Alvarez said regarding the bout. “I wanted to try other things but my opponent didn’t let me, he would come in a lot with his head but everything ended well.”
“I was very relaxed, I think I am more mature, more confident and experienced, I am very happy,” Alvarez continued. “He never hurt me, we studied him and we knew what he was about. He always threw punches and he didn’t give up. I went out and did my job, I don’t take anything away from Gomez, and he is a great fighter.”
Gomez, who is the more experienced of the two with fights the likes of Miguel Cotto, Jose Luis Castillo and the late Arturo Gatti among others, was very humble and diplomatic in his statements, “I think it was a good fight. He did rock me in the sixth round but I wasn’t hurt. I have been cut, my both swelled up and down to the canvas before and they have let me continue. I think that the referee did stop it prematurely but sometimes they look for the quickest way to end it. I thank ‘Canelo’ for the opportunity.”
As usual in a Saul “Canelo” Alvarez press conference, the talks swayed to the elephant in the room, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. but in a twist, the question was posed to Gomez and not Alvarez.
“Chavez Jr. comes forward and ‘Canelo’ is a counter puncher so it makes for a good fight,” Gomez said when asked who he taught was the better of the two. “If and when they face each other, then we will see.”
Gomez also compared Alvarez with another high profile champion he had faced in the past, Miguel Cotto, “Cotto was a more solid fighter but Alvarez is a great champ.”
When asked who would be next in his ledger or whom he would like it to be, Alvarez, like always, gave his now almost mantra-like response.
“I will have to get together with my team, with Golden Boy and discuss it,” he said calmly. “I want to get back in the ring in December and who ever it is, I will ready.”