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Alvarez rebounds by stopping Angulo in 10th round

Alvarez Dispatches Angulo




LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Frustrated in his big fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr., Canelo Alvarez found a much easier target in Alfredo Angulo.

Alvarez 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 middleweight fight.

Alvarez (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.

"Tonight, I was the best fighter and definitely rebounded from the Mayweather fight with my performance," Alvarez said.

Angulo, who 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.

"I'm upset because they should have let the fight go on," Angulo said. "I'm fine and I was fighting."

Angulo never 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.

Ringside punching stats were just as lopsided, with Alvarez landing 295 punches to 104 for Angulo.

The ending 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.

"He 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."

Alvarez was 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.

"I was 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 rounds."

Alvarez was 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.

Before the 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.

Thompson was 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.

In another undercard fight, Leo Santa Cruz remained unbeaten in defending his 122-pound title with a lopsided decision win over Cristian Mijares of Mexico.

Santa Cruz, 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.

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rsand44 March 10 2014 at 3:57 AM

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ROCCOXYZ March 10 2014 at 2:32 AM

mayweather runs like a girl kinda reminds me of pernell whitacre another *****

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Bobby ROCCOXYZ March 10 2014 at 3:00 AM

Is Mayweather Muhammed Ali's daughter who also ran like a girl?

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ELLERY March 10 2014 at 12:55 AM

Just goes to show you who Money May is!

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rockermn March 10 2014 at 4:30 AM

They should not have stopped the fight.Let them beat th hell out of each other and whomever is standing at the end.....WINS..

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jkstray March 10 2014 at 12:24 AM

Foreman destroyed many a fighter that Ali had huge problems with. He destroyed Fraizer,and a host of others that Casius had lost to and or barely beat. When he lost to CC he was young and inexperienced. He destroyed a fighter that beoke CC's jaw- Norton. Jimmy Youngs beat CC but bad scoring caused a loss. Best fighter I have ever seen overall Foreman. Before CC draft dodgeing Ali was the best ever. After that he didn't sting like a cobra but like a bee.

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sttvr March 09 2014 at 11:58 PM

Like it or not Mayweather is and has been the most skilled boxer on the planet for years now! Had he not taken the Canelo fight and beat an over the hill Paq instead people would be saying he was ducking Alvarez, especially after Alvarez's latest victory. People would be saying Floyd is ducking the young strong mighty Canelo. Fortunatly he didnt duck him and once again proved he has superiour skill's and coordination that made Alvarez look like another average fighter. Floyd is one if not the best counter puncher I have ever seen. Ricky Hatton was once a young toughest guy on the plaet per weight kinda guy and I was rooting for him against Floyd, to shut him up.
Floyd more than proved me wrong! Oscar is yet another loser in Floyd's trail of win's. Like it or not Mayweather is the Michael Jordan of boxing right now.
As good or better than Ray Leonard, Duran or Chavez in their prime's, a category Canelo will never be in.

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acol313977 March 10 2014 at 9:53 AM

Canelo Had his chance to make a statement and was either scared or just didn't show up against Mayweather.

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furia001 acol313977 March 10 2014 at 10:38 AM

BOTH ALVARZ AND CHAVEZ JR WERE MADE JUST TO KEEP THE LOCAL BELT FROM MEXICO, THE WBC. IF THIS RED FRECKEL KID CAN'T FIGHT ANY OF THE TOP 7 AT 154, WHAT MAKE YOU THINK THAT HE COULD BEAT MAYWEATHER.. BUT, MAYWEATHER DID A BIG MISTAKE, MAYMONEY SHOULD NOCK THIS RED PUNK OUT. HE GAVE THIS PECOSO ROJO TOO MANY CHANCES. LIKE I WROTE PREVIOUSLY, THERE ARE TWO GOOD RUSSIANS IN THAT CATEGORY, A FEW PUERTO RICANS, AND A FEW AFRICAN AMERICANS. AND ALVAREZ PICK THE EASY ONE. IS LIKE, HE FOUGHT THE MAXIMUN AT 150 POUNDS, AND THEN, HE BECOME AND FIGHT THE WORST. BUT, JUST NAMED A TOP CONTENDERT HAT ANGULO HAVE BEAT. WHEN ANGULO HAD 15 FIGHTS, RAISING TO THE TOP, A PUERTO RICAN BOXER NAME KERMIT CINTRON BEAT HIM BY DESICION. AND, REMEMBER THAT CINTRON WAS HURT IN TWO PREVIOUS FIGHTS BEFORE THAT, HE FOUGHT A CRIMINAL FROM MEXICO, AND GOT HURT WITH PLASTER. AFTER THAT, KIRKLAND SWEPT THE FLOOR AGAINST ANGULO. LANDY LARA, SAME WAY. THE ONLY STATEMENT ON THAT SATURDAY NIGHT FIGHTS, WERE THAT A BUNCH OF MORONS BOUNG THAT FIXED PAY PER VIEW. SAD, YOU COULD BE ORDERING PIZZA AND SODA WITH THOSE 60 DOLLARS.

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darubo27usa March 10 2014 at 11:50 AM

Anyone can hit a punching bag. He had his chance and got dominated by Mayweather.

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joshgommez March 10 2014 at 11:58 AM

i don't get what people sees on canelo's boxing, he's not technical, he is slow, no stamina and last fight was just so they can fool some idiots, he couldn't make weight? wtf, Angulo should've never agreed to a fight like that so the stupid canelo can start to behave like a pro or move to another weight division and I think he just might do that to avoid Lara whom openly challenged canelo after the fight and he just backed down

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Jose manuel March 10 2014 at 3:20 AM

hell televisa pay for this fiasco

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