Floyd Mayweather’s Protege Defends Canelo Alvarez Against “Insecure and Petty” Remarks

Published 04/29/2024, 1:14 AM EDT

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Sometimes, it pays to call a spade a spade. Beating around the bush might save some heartburn, but it only drags on the matter. Better douse the fire now than regret later. That’s precisely what Curmel Moton did when comments following the announcement of his absence from the much-vaunted Canelo AlvarezJaime Munguia main event appeared.

The young prodigy from the Mayweather stable, though only three fights new, is already well-regarded in the professional circles. Incidentally, his pro-debut occurred at the Canelo Alvarez-Jermell Charlo title defense on September 30 last year. He has already opened the year’s account with a fight at the first PBC-Amazon Prime PPV event on March 30. So why not follow it up with another dazzling performance on a Canelo Alvarez undercard? Unfortunately, as he shared quite forthrightly a few days ago, it may not happen. Fans of the enormously talented 17-year-old will have to wait for some more time. For the time being, he landed a perfect jab for a troll.

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First of all, a no-show on the Cinco de Mayo weekend bears no relation to Canelo Alvarez, period. That’s how Curmel Moton responded. He said, “The reason I’m not fighting on the 4th has nothing to do with Canelo; everyone entitled to they own opinion, and I got injured; that’s it. Canelo is way too big of a star to act insecure and petty like that.

The detailed reply came after a user made an unsavory comment following his update on next week’s match. On April 26, through his X/Twitter handle, Curmel Moton revealed a few details. “Unfortunately, I will not be fighting next weekend on the 4th. I appreciate all of your support except me. Back in June, I promise to put on a show.


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Sadly, probably for this user, the explanation was not sufficient. Hurling back at the young boxer, they said, “No way Canelo took you off the card for picking Benavidez.

Perhaps the user had been hinting at a conversation not so old. While speaking with a reporter, the Utah born fighter shared where he stood in terms of the Canelo Alvarez-David Benavidez controversy.


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Rallying with the Monster

I just you know Benavidez; uh, he’s the boogeyman. I feel like everybody’s just ducking him, and um he’s fought all the guys that, uh that were willing to fight him, and he did them bad. You know he he uh he showed why he he’s a real king. You know, Canelo was the king, but I feel like his time’s passed a little bit…Canelo is definitely a great fighter, but I feel like it’s Benavidez time,” said Moton during the interview with 210Boxing TV. It is interesting to note that the young boxer’s second professional match took place on the David Benavidez-Demetrius Andrade undercard on November 25 last year.


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Several attempts to secure a fight with Alvarez didn’t bear any fruit. As a result, ‘The Mexican Monster’ decided to move up a division. After a gap of over six months, he will return on June 15 to fight Oleksandr Gvozdyk in the co-main event of the Gervonta Davis (now Abdul Wahid)Frank Martin fight.

What’s your take on the whole issue? When the reasons appear clear, do you think comments like those made by Curmel Moton are justified? Please share your views with us in the comments below.


Written by:

Jaideep R Unnithan


One take at a time

Jaideep Unnithan is a senior boxing author at EssentiallySports. Inching towards the milestone of over 2000 articles, he has been a chronicler of day-to-day developments happening inside and outside of the squared circle. Having a keen eye on the punches traded inside the ring, he has written opinion pieces on the fighting styles of Floyd Mayweather Jr, David Benavidez, and Terence Crawford.
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Snigdhaa Jaiswal