Canelo overpowers Angulo, Santa Cruz dominates Mijares
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1) stopped fellow Mexican Alfredo Angulo (22-4) in the 10th round on Saturday night at the MGM Grand, in Las Vegas.
Although Angulo was not put on the canvas, referee Tony Weeks decided to step in at 47 seconds of the 10th round as former WBC and WBA light-middleweight champion Alvarez landed a big left uppercut. Angulo was cut over both eyes with bad swelling at the time the fight was halted.
Angulo looked weight drained and weak. In contrast, Canelo was powerful in every round and he wasn’t tiring. He landed combinations at will on Angulo and by the middle rounds the only suspense left in the fight was whether or not Angulo would be able to last the distance.
"Tonight, I was the best fighter and definitely rebounded from the Mayweather fight with my performance," Alvarez said.
Although Angulo was well behind he believed he should have been given the opportunity to carry on fighting.
Angulo said: "I'm upset because they should have let the fight go on. I'm fine and I was fighting."
The 31-year-old did not stop coming forward but often found himself walking straight onto power punches from Alvarez, 23, who won eight of the first nine rounds on two judges' scorecards and seven on the third.
"He wanted to please the fans because he felt in the Mayweather fight he let a lot of people down. Canelo was not satisfied with just the win. He came to make a statement and you saw that," Alvarez's promoter Richard Schaefer said.
The only slight drawback for Alvarez came on the day before the fight when he was forced to hand over $100,000 of possible earnings to Angulo after weighing in at 155 pounds, 1lb over the light-middleweight limit.
Also on the card, Leo Santa Cruz (27-0) retained his WBC super-bantamweight title with a one-sided 12 round unanimous decision over Cristian Mijares (49-8-2).
The final judges scores were 119-109, 120-108, 120-108.
The 25-year-old Mexican is one of the most exciting boxers in the sport at present and he threw more than 1000 punches against his over-matched rival.
Mijares is a former two-time super-flyweight champion and a multiple title contender but had little to show for his efforts against the young champion.
After dominating the opening rounds Santa Cruz was cut over the right eye in the 4th round after Mijares clashed heads with him.
Santa Cruz continued to break his opponent down but although he threw everything at the veteran, Mijares refused to quit, and his increasingly defensive tactics saw him through to the final bell.
"Mijares is a great boxer," said Santa Cruz. "I came to do what I had to do to win. We practised everything to put on a great fight."
Former two division world champion Jorge Linares (36-3) dominated Nihito Arakawa (24-4-1) in winning by a one-sided 10 round unanimous decision in their WBC lightweight title eliminator bout. The final judges scores were 98-92, 100-90, 100-90.
Super featherweight Sergio Thompson (29-3) defeated Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s older brother Ricardo Alvarez (23-3-3) by a 10 round unanimous decision to capture the vacant WBC International lightweight title. The final judges scores were 95-93, 95-93, 97-91.
Thompson knocked Alvarez down twice in the fight in dropping him in the 3rd and the 8th rounds. Alvarez fell into the ropes in the 3rd after getting hit with a jab to the head. In the 8th, Thompson knocked Alvarez down with a hard right hand to the head.