5 keys for Canelo Alvarez

A victory for Saul "Canelo" Alvarez against Josesito Lopez on Saturday in Las Vegas may seem guaranteed to many people. But it is far from that.

Even though the WBC junior middleweight champion is the clear favorite, his supremacy is not that overwhelming. Alvarez (40-0-1, 29 KOs) will have to put together an intelligent strategy in order to avoid surprises, while Lopez (30-4, 18 KOs) will have to pull off yet another upset by defeating the prohibitive favorite.

In these five keys, we analyze the tools available to Alvarez as he attempts to craft a victory Saturday.

Immediate pressure

Punishment to the body

KO before the sixth

Fighting in close quarters

Cut off the ring

Bernardo Pilatti is a contributor to ESPNdeportes.com.