Saul Canelo Alvarez – Mexico’s Saul “Canelo” Alvarez remained undefeated with a bruising fifth-round technical knockout of Kermit Cintron and successfully defended his WBC light middleweight title Saturday night in Mexico City.
He remains the youngest reigning champion in the world at age 21. He spent the first three rounds feeling out Cintron, a former welterweight champion, before punishing the Puerto Rican with body shots and straight right hands in the fourth round. He knocked Cintron down once and had him in trouble at the end of the round, but Cintron was saved by the bell.
In the fifth round, Cintron came out and caught Alvarez with some combinations, but Saul eventually overpowered him with several powerful straight right hands, and referee Hector Afu stepped in and stopped it at 2:53 of the fifth round.
Alvarez landed 79 total punches to Cintron’s 41, and had a huge edge in power shots, 62-19.
Saul said he listened to his corner’s instructions. “Don’t despair, as we said from the beginning,” he said. “I think we did a very good job and that was the end result.
“He’s a very strong fighter, we prepared intelligently and followed the instructions from the corner and that’s how we ended up winning the fight.”
After the fight, Alvarez called out undefeated Floyd Mayweather, the world’s top pound-for-pound fighter. “Next year we want the best, we want Mayweather in May,” he said. “Apart from the money, we want to fight the best in the world and he’s the best pound for pound, so we want to fight him.”