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'Canelo' Alvarez keeps Cinco de Mayo pull vs. James Kirkland
'Canelo' Alvarez keeps Cinco de Mayo pull vs. James Kirkland

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez flexed his muscles as Mexico’s greatest worldwide boxing attraction to help nudge Floyd Mayweather Jr. toward Manny Pacquiao. And now Alvarez will need his strength again as he prepares to cap a memorable Cinco de Mayo boxing week with an HBO-televised light-middleweight showdown against heavy-hitting James Kirkland on May 9 in Houston. Kirkland, from Texas, is 32-1 with 28 knockouts, including a December 2013 beating of Glen Tapia. The 24-year-old Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) shrugged off the feet-dragging of middleweight world champion Miguel Cotto in talks earlier this year to make an expected toe-to-toe brawl at Minute Maid Park, home of the...

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