|Saul Alvarez drops and stops Kermit Cintron in five
By John J. Raspanti, Doghouse Boxing (Nov 27, 2011) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © German Villasenor, DHB)
By John J. Raspanti, Doghouse Boxing: Saul
“Canelo” Alvarez (39-0-1, 29 KOs) successfully defended his WBC junior
middleweight championship by stopping former world welterweight champion
Kermit Cintron (33-5-1, 28 KOs) on Saturday night at the Plaza Mexico
in Mexico City.
Nicknamed “The Killer” the 32-year-old
Cintron had said before the fight that he would knock Alvarez out. He
attempted to set the tempo in round one by jabbing and throwing some
hooks. Alvarez, showing the patience that is becoming one of his
trademarks occasionally countered back. Alvarez landed a nifty double
left hook and hard right hand halfway through the round.
two was closer as both boxers stayed in the middle of the ring. Alvarez
was trying to time Cintron to land his big right hand. Cintron, kept
throwing punches, but most were short though his jab was finding
Alvarez’s face. He seemed tentative and unsure of himself.
was back in control in round three methodically attacking Cintron with
hooks to the body and head. Cintron landed a nice check left hook that
had no effect on the 21-year-old champion.
In round four
Alvarez again landed his double hook to the body and head of Cintron.
The former champion looked tired as he tried to move around the ring
more. Alvarez landed another hook to Cintron’s body and then came over
the top with a big right hand that sent Cintron to the canvas. The punch
discombobulated Cintron, turning his legs to jelly. He gamely pulled
himself up, but by the end of the round was hanging on for dear life as
Alvarez landed yet another double hook at the bell.
Rican challenger landed a big left hand that stung Alvarez at the start
of round five. Soon though the much stronger Alvarez was back in control
landing his own right hand that knocked Cintron to the ropes. Cintron’s
movement looked shaky and unsteady. Alvarez let fire with a three punch
combination, the biggest being a right hand, that shook Cintron badly.
The referee, noting Cintron’s condition, jumped in and halted the fight
at the 2:53 mark of round five.
Alvarez’s victory was the
biggest of his career and arguably his most impressive. After
complementing Cintron, he called out a familiar foe ( Floyd Mayweather
Jr.) during his interview with HBO’s Max Kellerman.
(Cintron) is a very strong fighter, "said Alvarez. “We prepared, and we
won the fight. Next we want Mayweather in May. He‘s the best pound for
Adrian “The Problem” Broner (22-0, 18 KOs) scored an
explosive knock out over tough Martin Rodriguez (34-3, 18 KOs) in the
third round. The victory earned the 22-year-old Broner the WBO Jr.
welterweight championship. The fighters exchanged rounds with Broner
dominating the first with quickness and power, while Rodriguez was more
busier in round two. Broner wobbled Rodriguez with a counter uppercut
one minute into round three. He followed up his advantage with a big
combination that knocked Rodriguez to the canvas. The time of the
knockout was 1:43 of round three.
"When I was six I told my dad I would be a world champion,” said the happy victor. ”On Nov.26th I’m a world champion.”
The fights were part of the HBO’s “Boxing After Dark” series.
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