If you watched the entire Showtime boxing pay-per-view (PPV) last night (Sat., March 8, 2014), then you suffered through three mostly-tepid fights before we got to the big dance, and boy, did Saul "Canelo" Alvarez do his best to ease our suffering; however, the only reason this fight lasted as long as it did was the adamantium chin of Alfredo "El Perro" Angulo.
It looked like we might go to another absurdly lopsided decision before referee Tony Weeks saved Angulo from further damage. Canelo looked nothing like the overly-patient, even timid fighter we saw against Floyd Mayweather. Alvarez came out strong, put a bunch of rounds in the bank, conserved some energy, and then showboated his way to a stoppage that doesn't do justice to the word "domination."
I had it at nine rounds to zero when the fight ended, and if you wanted to give Angulo some pity rounds, I could see one or two, but he had absolutely nothing on one of the top 154-pound boxers in the world. What's puzzlingly curious isn't that Canelo dazzled us with his display of both ferocious power and deft shoulder-rolling defense, but what in the world happened to Angulo's power?
The man who planted Erislandy Lara seemed content to throw half-power shots for most of the first half of the fight, and was too badly damaged to do all that much in the latter half, despite Alvarez giving him multiple opportunities by dropping his hands in those stanzas.
Regardless of what his dance partner did, Alvarez definitely regained his lost mojo with this performance. He routed Angulo in a manner that no man has done before and showed quickness, power and defensive skills we haven't seen before.
In short, he never looked better.
The under card was a plodding affair that saw Alvarez's brother Ricardo drop a spirited decision to Sergio Thompson for the WBC International strap, and both Jorge Linares and Leo Santa Cruz completely outclass Nihito Arakawa and Cristian Mijares, respectively.
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