By Alexey Sukachev
Russian welterweight Marat Khuzeev (18-4-1, 7 KOs) is planning a high game on August 8, when he takes on 19-year old unbeaten 147lb sensation Saul Alvarez (27-0-1, 20 KOs) from Juancatlan, Mexico. The fight between the WBC #4 and WBO #5 Alvarez and 28-year old Khuzeev is scheduled for ten rounds, billed for the vacant WBC Youth title and will be held at Auditorio Benito Juarez in Zapopan, Mexico.
“As we know, Alvarez has already chosen to fight Carlos Leonardo Herrera in September. With all due respect to this talented fighter, Saul is looking way past Marat, and that’s not the wisest decision on his behalf. He better be ready for a tough test this coming Saturday and I don’t think he will be able to pass it smoothly”, reflected Khuzeev’s manager Oleg Bogdanov. “We watched Alvarez’s fights recently and, though he is tough and strong, he lacks some seasoning and he is too raw in technical department. I hope Marat will capitalize on that. We are planning for a sound upset. Don’t blink!”
Saul Alvarez is already 4-0, 4 KOs, this year, having won and thrice defended the NABF belt in the welterweight class. Khuzeev scored an easy second-round TKO over journeyman Patricio Chikokolo this July in Klimovsk.