Saul "Canelo" Alvarez Stops Kermit Cintron
By Gabriel Montoya, MaxBoxing (Nov 27, 2011) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © German Villasenor)
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Saul Alvarez
Live from Mexico City, Its HBO LIVE! The guests included fighters past their prime, fighters who never had one and a cavalcade of future cable boxing stars who we know about as much about after Saturday’s fights as we did going in.

The main event featured Golden Boy Promotions’ Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, a 21 year old star with 39 wins, no losses, 29 knockouts and a title belt to go with no dangerous names on his ledger. He was taking on Kermit “The Killer” Cintron, a fighter past his prime now who has not looked good in three fights, two coming into tonight’s action. It was a re-run of Canelo’s last fight against Alfonso Gomez only this time, Canelo took some power shots from Cintron dead in the face which halted his forward progress momentarily.

The fight was a rudimentary affair which should have been called Pre-Ordained Win. Alvarez started slowly, moving forward little by little. Cintron tried to jab and use his right. But it wasn’t until he got hit with a series of rights that dropped him, that Cintron began to fight back hard and with purpose. He laid into Canelo, turning him and landing a hard right hand but it was not enough and by round’s end, Canelo got in a left hand that left Cintron dazed on the ropes as the bell rang.

In the fifth, Canelo came out looking to finish off Cintron but The Killer was not having it just yet. He let his hands go and did what most punchers do, he let his hands go and tried to go out on his shield. Instead, he went out on the ropes as the ref stepped in as soon as Canelo opened up. The time was 2:53 of the fifth.

Afterwards, rather than calling out James Kirkland who is a Golden Boy contender at junior middleweight, or Austin Trout and Cornelius Bundrage who have belts or even Erislandy Lara, another GBP fighter, Canelo called out Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Ok.

In the co-feature, Adrien Broner picked up a vacant super featherweight belt against Martin Rodriguez. The fight lasted just three rounds. In the first pretty nothing happened except we realized Broner was in against an overmatched, very slow fighter making his US debut with no hope of a return. In the second, Rodriguez let his hands go more and seemed to have some success. Broner stayed patient, looking for his moment.

In the third, Rodriguez went for broke, pushing Broner to the corner and letting everything go. It was for naught as the ref inexplicably backed them out of the corner, Broner landed a right uppercut and finished with a nice body shot and a brutal left hook. The time was 1:43 of the third.

In the post-fight, Broner had his father brush his hair while max Kellerman talked about how great he is.

In the special feature, Heriberto Ruiz got knocked the hell out by a right hook to the body and head delivered by featherweight prospect soon to be champion Mr. Gary Russell, Jr. It was highlight reel material.

Making his pro debut, Chris Pearson, middleweight, scored a brutal knockout over Steven Chadwick. Pearson, a southpaw who was this close to the Olympics before deciding to go pro under the Haymon Boxing banner, got in a series of nasty right hooks that put Chadwick down and out.

“It feels pretty good,” said Pearson afterwards. “Those gloves are actually smaller than the ones I used in the World Series of Boxing. But it worked in my favor to finish the guy out. I definitely am going to have to be a lot smarter in the pros. And a lot more strategic.”

Pearson made his semi-pro debut with the L.A. Matadors last year, making a name for himself a s acorwd pleasing all action fighter. I expect him to be the same way as a full blown pro.

More of Gabriel's recent work:
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You can email Gabriel at maxgmontoya@gmail.com, follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/gabriel_montoya and catch him on each Monday’s episode of “The Next Round” with Steve Kim. You can also tune in to hear him and co-host David Duenez live on the BlogTalk radio show Leave-It-In-The-Ring.com, Thursdays at 5-8 PM PST. Gabriel is a full member of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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