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Canelo Stops Alfredo Angulo In The 10th Round

Photos by Tom Casino for Showtime

by Gautham Nagesh

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez dominated Alfredo Angulo on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, scoring a 10th-round stoppage in the Showtime Pay Per View main event. Referee Tony Weeks stepped in an stopped the fight after Canelo landed a particularly vicious left uppercut on Angulo, drawing a furious reaction from both the crowd and “el Perro”.

Until that point it had been a masterful performance from Alvarez, who was the better boxer and puncher on this night. We had thought Angulo’s rugged style and strength might present problems for Canelo, but el Perro was strangely listless and never appeared to pose much of a threat.

Canelo, on the other hand, was sharp and aggressive from the opening bell. He brought the fight to Angulo right away, and barely let up on the pressure over ten rounds. If there was any doubt about Canelo’s position near the top of the junior middleweight division, he showed tonight that he remains one of the sport’s premium fighters.

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Preview: Canelo-Angulo, Mike Reed at Rosecroft & Dusty Harrison

Canelo Alvarez photo by Anna John for StiffJab.com

by Gautham Nagesh

This should be a terrific weekend for boxing fans, especially those from around these parts. The main event is Saturday night’s Showtime Pay Per View card headlined by Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (above) vs. Alfredo “el Perro” Angulo, but there are some fights of local interest on Friday Night.

We’ll be heading down to Rosecroft Raceway later to catch a Keystone Boxing show headlined by Mike Reed (below) vs. Bilal Mahasin in a matchup of unbeatens at 140 lbs. Finally, local welterweight Dusty Hernandez-Harrison will be back on ESPN Friday Night Fights as the opening bout tonight against Michael Balasi.

Read on for full preview and predictions:

Strictly speaking, the March 8th Showtime Pay Per View card headlined by Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Alfredo “el Perro” Angulo is a bit outside our wheelhouse. It’s in Las Vegas and doesn’t feature any of the East Coast fighters we follow closely. But that doesn’t mean we won’t be plunking down our $60 to watch (and cover) the show. Judging on entertainment value alone, this might be the best Pay Per View card of the year.

The main event features two fighters coming off losses and desperate to re-assert themselves as top names at 154 lbs. Throw in the fact that el Perro has never been in a boring fight, and you’ve got a recipe for success. The other three televised fights promise to be similarly action-packed: Leo Santa Cruz vs. Christian Mijares at featherweight, rising unbeaten Jermall Charlo vs. contender Carlos Molina at junior middleweight, and exciting lightweight Omar Figueroa vs. Canelo’s brother Ricardo Alvarez. 

Watch the promo video above, and check back here next week for a full preview and predictions.

Chris Arreola KOs Seth Mitchell

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Photos by Esther Lin for Showtime

by Gautham Nagesh

I was ringside at Rosecroft Raceway last night when I heard that Seth Mitchell had been knocked out by Chris Arreola in the first round.

The news spread like salacious gossip among the fight crowd, usually accompanied by a wag of the head. My trainer texted me soon after, mildly surprised that Mitchell hadn’t lasted longer. Unfortunately, he was one of the few I spoke to that didn’t claim, with the benefit of hindsight, to have expected the outcome.

In truth, I had feared exactly this result, but had hoped for one of those rare moments of shock that validate my obsession with the Sweet Science. Experience should have taught me better by now. Only a complete capitulation by Arreola, a replay of Johnathon Banks’ effort in his rematch with Mitchell, would have altered this result. Chris Arreola is a world-class heavyweight. Seth Mitchell isn’t. I knew this long before I sat down to watch the fight on Showtime early this morning. It is why I hedged on making a prediction before the fight.

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Floyd Mayweather Makes It Look Easy Against Robert Guerrero

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Photo by Tom Casino for Showtime

by Gautham Nagesh

Welterweight Floyd “Money” Mayweather cemented his status as boxing’s pound-for-pound king by picking apart Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero on Showtime Pay Per View in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

Floyd looked supremely comfortable against the overmatched Guerrero, who becomes the 44th notch on Mayweather’s unblemished record. Mayweather was landing his straight right hand from the outset, and made Guerrero look foolish at points. Guerrero’s heart and effort can’t be questioned, but he was simply not on the same level as the superlative Mayweather, who somehow impressed despite being the heavy favorite.

Preview: Floyd Mayweather vs Robert Guerrero

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Photos by Tom Casino for Showtime

by Gautham Nagesh

Genius rarely takes an appealing form. But make no mistake, Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a boxing genius, on par with any fighter that has laced up a pair of gloves.

History is littered with countless examples of great men whose personal failings were whitewashed in light of their achievements. Boxing is no different; Sonny Liston was a violent criminal before becoming heavyweight champion, Don King a convicted murderer long before his first promotion. Boxing has been run by crooks and criminals, thieves and low-rent thugs. Many of them are still around. It’s hardly a place for the pious or self-righteous.

Robert Guerrero is both of those things; central casting couldn’t have produced a better champion for the throngs of Floyd-haters than “The Ghost.” His arrest for gun possession not withstanding, Guerrero is the perfect fighter to play the hero to Floyd’s heel. Guerrero’s main backstory is his devotion to his wife, a cancer survivor. He spends every interview praising God and playing the humble Mexican-American fighter, while Floyd shamelessly preens and flaunts his wealth. 

But the beauty of boxing is that once the bell sounds, nothing matters but what happens inside the ropes. And no one in the world is more comfortable in the boxing ring than Floyd Mayweather. He remains a superb stylist, a fluid and elegant counterpuncher of the first order with a preternatural talent for avoiding punches. Guerrero, on the other hand, is a dirty fighter, and one that has never scored a knockout above lightweight. His only hope is to hurt Mayweather with something other than a fist and hope the referee doesn’t notice.

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Too Much Canelo: Alvarez Stops Smaller Josesito Lopez

Photos by Tom Casino for SHOWTIME

by Gautham Nagesh

Mexican junior middleweight sensation Saul “Canelo” Alvarez was simply too big and too strong for Josesito Lopez on Saturday night. Alvarez methodically imposed his will on the game, but overmatched Lopez, scoring three knockdowns with body shots on the way to a 5th-round stoppage at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Lopez showed once again that his heart is as big as anyone in the boxing game, but the rest of him wasn’t enough to trouble Canelo. Lopez took a significant amount of damage before referee Joe Cortez finally stepped in to stop the carnage.

"Canelo’s a badass," Lopez admitted after the fight. "We felt good. But I think the size was pretty different."