In what was the third title defense of his WBC junior middleweight title, Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (39-0-1, 29 KOs) had little trouble getting past former welterweight titleholder Kermit Cintron (33-5-1, 28 KOs) in Mexico City on Saturday night.
From the start, Alvarez was aggressive, unloading on vicious one-two combinations that seemed to bother, and knock Cintron off-balance every time they landed. While Cintron, who has now lost 3 out of his last 5 fights, since a 2009 win over Alfredo Angulo, managed to connect with a few wild hooks to keep Alvarez at bay, they were too few and far in between to make much of a difference as Alvarez continued applying pressure.
In the fourth round, Alvarez landed a hard combination that sent Cintron down to one knee. For a brief moment, it appeared that Cintron would stay on the canvas but he made it to his feet and was unsteady for the remainder of the round. Alvarez however, would make sure to step on the gas in the fifth as he went right after Cintron and finally forced the stoppage, earning the TKO, in front of a raucous crowd at the Plaza de Toros.
After the fight, Alvarez called out Floyd Mayweather, saying he wants to fight him in May.
“Next year we want the best, we want Mayweather in May,” declared Alvarez.
In the co-featured bout, which took place across the continent in Cincinnati, Ohio, Adrien Broner (22-0, 18 KOs) delighted his hometown fans with a systematic beatdown of Martin Rodriguez (34-3-1, 18 KOs) to claim the vacant WBO junior lightweight title; the first title of his career.
Broner was fast and sharp from the start, landing clean power shots to the head of Rodriguez, but by the middle of the second round, Broner was beginning to look for one punch, which let Rodriguez put some pressure on and land some punches.
After being corrected in his corner between rounds, Broner came out intelligently in the third, using combinations again and letting Rodriguez swing wildly, before catching him with an uppercut that sent him reeling towards the ropes. Rodriguez swung back hopelessly and Broner timed him and unloaded with a left hook that sent him down to the canvas. Rodriguez was badly hurt and made no effort to get to his feet as he was counted out.
In a non-televised fight, unbeaten prospect Gary Russell Jr. (19-0, 11 KOs) scored a devastating knockout of Heriberto Ruiz (48-12-2, 30 KOs) in the first round. A right hook connected right on the jaw of Ruiz, which sent him crashing down, ala Ricky Hatton against Manny Pacquiaio. Ruiz remained on the canvas for some time, before being allowed to get up. A KOTY candidate for sure.
Also on the card in Cincinnati was heavyweight Deontay Wilder (20-0, 20 KOs), who kept his knockout streak alive with a one-punch destruction of David Long (11-2-2, 7 KOs), who also remained on the canvas for minutes while being attended to, before finally getting helped to his feet.
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