Relentless and at the top of boxing, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez made a super middleweight history, uniting the titles by defeating Caleb Plant, in an 11th round referee stoppage, Saturday in Las Vegas.
Being a Mexican head and shoulders bout, the question wasn’t whether the American could create an improbable sensation, but whether he would end up doing it. The penultimate round answered that, when Canelo found the horrible left-to-right and left hook chain slot, which brought down Blunt for the first time. Struggling to get up and keep his balance, the latter was calculated and then allowed to continue.
Finally, a right-left-right sequence overtook him, the referee putting an end to this ordeal, even if the American rose again. Alvarez was already jubilant as he climbed the ropes. “It took some work for me, he is a good fighter. He has all my respect,” The 31-year-old Mexican commented.
Thanks to this 57th victory (including 39 before the limit) in 60 matches (two draws, one loss), he added to his record the IBF belt, until then the king of his opponent, in WBA, WBC and WBO. actually. Since 1988 and the four belts era, he became the sixth boxer to join the “Unified” club, after Ukraine’s Oleksandr Usyk (light heavy) and Americans Bernard Hopkins (midfield), Jermaine Taylor (midfield), Terence Crawford (welterweight), Josh Taylor (welterweight). the middle).
At the MGM Grand Garden Arena packed with 16,586 spectators, including a very large Mexican colony who chanted his title the entire time, Canelo was patient during the first three rounds. All under the eyes of Mike Tyson, who predicted his victory, and considered him the best boxer of his generation.
Blunt was able to put up a jab at times, but he never caused his then steamy opponent to suffer. His left hook – his “weak” arm – proved destructive in the long run. He was so easy at times that his dribbling around the neck at times insulted the impotent American.
“He was already injured and I wanted to kill him.”
He even paid himself the luxury of not sitting in between several rounds, while Blunt took a few seconds longer than the bell to heal, it finished as he announced: before the twelve rounds. “Finally, I got it. That’s how it was supposed to end. He was already injured and I wanted to kill him.”, summarized.
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