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Canelo Alvarez knocked down Josesito Lopez
three times en route to a dominating fifth round technical knockout defense of his WBC Super Welterweight World Championship in front of a sold out crowd of 14,275 fans at the MGM Grand
Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. on Saturday. There are times when one has to admit his mistake. Canelo Alvarez looked for more impressive than I anticipated.
Canelo displayed not only the power but also great speed and defense. While Lopez was by far out of his weight class, in typical Lopez fashion he displayed a warriors heart by getting off the canvas 3 times only to be stopped by Joe Cortez. After the third knockdown it was apparent that Cortez was one final flurry away from stopping the fight. That came at 2:55 in the 5th round.
However within those 5 rounds Canelo showed he was the superior fighter. Where does Canelo go from here? The Goldenboy team probably has a couple fighters targeted, with the huge support Canelo had in the arena tonight, its safe to say that he is a superstar in America as well, Mexican independence weekend or not.
“I’m not always looking for the knockout, but this was perfect tonight,” Canelo said. “I had a big responsibility fighting for my fans around the world this weekend and I think I made them happy. I want the big fights now – (Miguel) Cotto and (Floyd) Mayweather.”
On Saturday night Canelo proved me wrong. Very wrong. But just as Lopez admitted he was out of his class, I can admit how very wrong I was. Size or not, Alvarez is a force to be reckoned with.
In what surely will be considered a Fight Of The Year candidate, former world champion Marcos Maidana (32-3, 28 KOs), of Santa Fe, Argentina, scored a knockout at 0:43 of the eighth round to defeat perennial contender Jesus Soto Karass (26-8-3, 17 KOs), of Sinaloa, Mexico and captured the vacant WBA Intercontinental Welterweight Title.
In other bouts featured on SHOWTIME, Daniel Ponce De Leon (44-4, 35 KOs), Cuahutemoc, Mexico registered a technical decision over defending champion Jhonny Gonzalez (52-8-0, 45 KOs), of Mexico City, Mexico to capture the WBC Featherweight World Championship.
In the opening bout Leo Santa Cruz (21-0-1, 12 KOs), of Los Angeles, Calif. defended his IBF Bantamweight World Championship against former two-time world champion Eric Morel (46-4-0, 23 KOs), of San Juan, Puerto Rico, with a technical knockout victory in the fifth round when Morel’s corner stopped the bout.
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