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SHO Boxing: Alvarez vs. Lopez
Boxing: Alvarez vs. Lopez
Saturday September 15, 2012 Showtime Boxing presented the WBC super welterweight (154 lbs.) championship from the MGM Grand Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada between champion Saul Canelo Alvarez and challenger Josesito Lopez. Canelo Alvarez is only 22 years old. He hails from Guadalajara, Jalisco Mexico. Canelo (Spanish for cinnamon) has defended his championship belt five times. Upon entering the bout Alvarez was (40-0-1, 29 KO’s). Josesito Lopez is 28 years old and represents Riverside, California. He became the challenger by scoring a TKO victory over Victor Ortiz June 23, 2012. Lopez record was (30-4-0, 18 KO’s) at fight time.
In the first round, challenger Josesito Lopez connected with hard punches to the face of champion Canelo Alvarez. But Canelo, the stronger fighter won the round with left and right combinations to the body and head of the challenger. In the second round Canelo bombarded Lopez with heavy duty combinations to the body and brought Lopez to the canvas with a tremendous left hook to the liver. In the third round Canelo continued the onslaught with constant combinations and Lopez went down again for an eight count. Lopez an extremely tough fighter with fast hands was able to land punches to the head and body of Canelo but to no avail. The fourth round was the same as the previous two rounds with Lopez getting belted across the ring and eventually taking an eight count. The fight was stopped for forty-five seconds in the fourth round, so Lopez could recover from a borderline low blow by Canelo.
At 2:55 of the fifth round referee Joe Cortez stopped the fight when Canelo hit Lopez with a barrage of jabs, uppercuts and hooks to the head and body. Lopez was bleeding from the mouth and nose throughout the fight. This was Cortez’s last bout as a referee and he made the correct choice by stopping the fight and rewarding Canelo Alvarez a TKO victory. Canelo Alvarez record is now (41-0-1, 30 KO’s) and Josesito Lopez is (30-5-0, 18 KO’s). Lopez moved up from 147 pounds to fight Alvarez at 154 pounds. Lopez is a match for any welterweight but could not compete with the much stronger champion Canelo Alvarez at 154 pounds.
Paul Malignaggi, the current WBA welterweight champion, was added to the team of Showtime boxing commentators. Paul gave experienced, knowledgeable and insightful commentary throughout the bout.
There was no mention during the fight of the HBO pay per view WBC middleweight championship bout between Julio Caesar Chavez Jr. and Sergio Martinez. Sergio Martinez won the fight in a lopsided decision. However Chavez almost knocked out Martinez in the final round. Chavez is younger, bigger and stronger than Martinez. But Martinez is the disciplined boxer and Chavez did not train seriously enough to win the fight.