It seems like regardless what day Canelo Alvarez-James Kirkland lands on, the site will definitely be in San Antonio and in the Alamodome. Jessie James Leija and Mike Battah are adamant that they can pack the Alamodome with 65,000 people should the fight land in San Antonio.
While on a call promoting the HBO Latino card on March 12th between Will Tomlinson and Francisco Vargas that will also be taking place in San Antonio, De La Hoya exuberated the same confidence.
“We are going to fill the arena we are going to give them shades of Chavez-Whitaker in San Antonio for Canelo-Kirkland,” De La Hoya said.
Chavez-Whitaker drew close to 60,000 fans that night at the Alamodome in 1993. It seems that all promoters involved feel they can eclipse that number with Canelo-Kirkland especially on a traditional boxing date of May 2nd should Mayweather-Pacquiao not happen.
Canelo, who is keen on fighting on the Cinco De Mayo weekend, would go head to head with Mayweather unless Mayweather’s opponent is Manny Pacquiao. He was in negotiations with Miguel Cotto for a possible super fight but moved on after giving Cotto a deadline.
Kirkland has been inactive since December of 2013, A lot of pundits see Kirkland as a threat to Canelo if he was with trainer Ann Wolfe. However, all indications point to Wolfe not being in Kirkland’s corner that night. But like all things with Kirkland, they can quickly change.
For not it seems that San Antonio is the location with the Alamodome for Canelo-Kirkland with May 2nd or May 9th being the date depending on how Mayweather and Pacquiao pan out.