Angulo of Mexicali Mexico reacts to referee Tony Weeks
stopping of the fight in the 10th round against Saul
Alvarez of Guadalajara Mexico during their super
welterweight boxing match, Saturday at The MGM Grand
Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Alvarez won by TKO.
LAS VEGAS -
Frustrated in his big fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr.,
Canelo Alvarez found a much easier target in Alfredo Angulo.
battered a game but outclassed Angulo on Saturday night before
stopping him with an uppercut that prompted referee Tony Weeks
to move in at 47 seconds of the 10th round of their junior
(43-1-1) never was able to put down Angulo (22-4), but hit him
throughout the fight with hard combinations that almost always
found their mark. By the middle rounds, the only suspense left
was whether Angulo could go the distance.
The fight was
in marked contrast to the last bout for Alvarez, who was
dominated by Mayweather in the richest bout ever. But while
Mayweather was the master of defense, Angulo was there to be
hit all night long — and Alvarez did just that.
I was the best fighter and definitely rebounded from the
Mayweather fight with my performance," Alvarez said.
was never close to going down, protested when Weeks moved in
to stop the fight after a big left uppercut to the head.
Before the 10th round began, Angulo's corner had pleaded with
the ring doctor to give their fighter one more round to try
and turn things around.
upset because they should have let the fight go on,"
Angulo said. "I'm fine and I was fighting."
stopped going forward, but he paid a price, taking shot after
shot to the head as Alvarez teed off seemingly at will.
Alvarez won all but one of the first nine rounds on two
ringside scorecards, and two on the third. The Associated
Press had him winning eight of the first nine rounds.
punching stats were just as lopsided, with Alvarez landing 295
punches to 104 for Angulo.
was booed by many in the crowd that filled the MGM Grand arena
for the junior middleweight showdown between the two Mexican
fighters. There was no title at stake, but the 23-year-old
Alvarez seemed determined to win big to erase memories of the
loss to Mayweather, the only one of his career.
He landed the
first left hook he threw seconds into the fight and it was
quickly apparent that Angulo would have no answer for his
speed and power.
wanted to please the fans because he felt in the Mayweather
fight he let a lot of people down," promoter Richard
Schaefer said. "Canelo was not satisfied with just the
win. He came to make a statement and you saw that."
already a big star when he met Mayweather in September, but
the red-haired fan favorite was frustrated by Mayweather's
defense and lost almost every round. He said before this fight
that he learned a lot against Mayweather, and vowed to show it
in his comeback fight.
The only time
Angulo even seemed to be in the fight was in the eighth round
when he landed some good punches to the head and kept
advancing. But Alvarez came back to dominate the ninth round,
prompting the ring doctor to look at Angulo between rounds to
see whether he could continue.
so secure in my jab and my stamina was there," Alvarez
said. "Of course I was a little tired, it's boxing. But I
was ready to finish the fight and even go 10 more
guaranteed $1.15 million to $850,000 for Angulo. The purses
were adjusted when Alvarez agreed to pay $100,000 to Angulo on
Friday to raise the weight limit to 155 pounds from 154
because he couldn't make the original weight.
main event, Alvarez watched from his dressing room as his
brother, Ricardo Alvarez, was knocked down twice on the way to
a decision loss to Sergio Thompson in a 135-pound fight.
the harder hitting fighter from the opening bell, winning
easily on one scorecard and narrowly on the other two in
taking the 10-round decision.
undercard fight, Leo Santa Cruz remained unbeaten in defending
his 122-pound title with a lopsided decision win over Cristian
Mijares of Mexico.
who lives in Los Angeles, shook off a cut near his right eye
from a head butt in the fourth round to win every round on two
ringside scorecards and all but one round on the third in
improving to 27-0-1. Mijares, a former 115-pound champion,
fell to 48-8-2.