Lem Satterfield

Alvarez-Cintron tops HBO triple-header?

Golden Boy Promotions has scheduled an HBO triple header to be headlined by WBC junior middleweight beltholder Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Kermit Cintron on Nov. 26 in Cancun, Mexico, with a couple of other fighters competing in Cincinnati.

Alvarez (38-0-1, 28 KOs) will face Cintron (33-4-1, 28 KOs) in the main event, and the show will also feature 22-year-old junior lightweight contender Adrien Broner (21-0, 17 KOs) in a clash for the WBO’s vacant belt, as well as featherweight prospect Gary Russell Jr. (18-0, 10 KOs) against separate opponents from Broner’s hometown in Cincinnati, according to Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer.

Alvarez is coming off last month’s sixth-round knockout of Alfonso Gomez (23-5-1, 12 KOs).

A former two-time welterweight beltholder, Cintron has battled to a disputed draw with RING middleweight titleholder Sergio Martinez (48-2-2, 27 KOs), been stopped twice by ex-beltholder Antonio Margarito (38-7, 27 KOs) and lost a controversial decision to former two-time beltholder Paul Williams (39-2, 27 KOs).

The hard-hitting Cintron is coming off of 10-round unanimous decision over Antwone Smith (20-3-1, 12 KOs) in August that helped him to rebound from a 10-round unanimous decision loss to Carlos Molina (19-4-2, 6 KOs) in July.

Opponents being considered for Broner include 28-year-old Roman “Rocky” Martinez (25-1-1, 16 KOs) of Puerto Rico and 26-year-old Vicente Rodriguez (34-2-1, 19 KOs) of Argentina.

Martinez  scored one knockdown in the third, and two more in the sixth and final round of his knockout over Nigerian southpaw Daniel Attah (26-8-1, 9 KOs) of Washington, D.C. last weekend.

Rodriguez is 13-0-1, with nine knockouts, since losing by unanimous decision to William over 10 rounds in August of 2008.

For Russell, the opponent being considered is 29-year-old Luis Franco (10-9, 6 KOs) of Cuba, who is coming off a fourth-round knockout of Adolfo Landeros in August.


Lem Satterfield can be reached at lem.satterfield@gmail.com

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