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  • Tarrian Rodgers

Canelo breaks boxing history in a one-sided victory over Jermell Charlo

If you ask any boxing pundit, they may tell you Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (60-2-2, 39 KOs) is currently the best boxer in the world. However, leading up to Saturday’s super middleweight bout Canelo’s opponent Jermell Charlo (35-2-1, 19 KOs) questioned that theory even taking it as far as questioning Canelo’s skills. The actual fight didn’t live up to the hype nor animosity especially from Charlo’s end. It seemed as if Charlo fought to survive not to win. Canelo dropped Charlo in the seventh round and beat the 154-pound champion by huge margins on the scorecards of judges Max De Luca (118-109), David Sutherland (118-109) and Steve Weisfeld (119-108). Charlo got off to a slow start, truly never finding any kind of rhythm. Canelo's pressure and ability to push forward gave Charlo all sorts of problems. Much can be made of the results of this fight, for one Charlo ended a 16-month layoff largely caused by two broken bones in his left hand sustained during a sparring session a few days before last Christmas. He also gained 14 pounds to make this fight happen. The ring rust seemed to be a real thing. As for Canelo he was able to do everything he wanted to do in the ring. His jab and body work was on point tonight. Canelo was able to keep Charlo on his bicycle throughout the fight. The fans even booed at one point because Charlo kept backing up with limited engagement. This fight for both fighters seemed to be a high priced warm up. For Charlo he says he’ll go back to his natural division at 154. He still owns the IBF, WBA and WBC championships and can return to the 154-pound division to defend those titles. If Australia’s Tszyu (23-0, 17 KOs) beats WBC interim champ Brian Mendoza (22-2, 16 KOs) on October 14 in Broadbeach, Australia, Charlo could try to fully unify the 154-pound titles again by boxing Tszyu next. Canelo says he”ll be back on Cinco De Mayo weekend against the likely winner of David Benavidez vs Demetrius Andrade that’s if that fight gets made official. "Nobody can beat this Canelo," Alvarez said. "We worked on the body because he's a great fighter and knows how to move around the ring," Alvarez said. "We trained for three months in the mountains without my family or anything because I just love boxing so f---ing much. Boxing is my life and boxing has made me the best in the game today"I needed 12 rounds to show that I am the best and to show who is better.” Canelo also made history becoming the first four-belt undisputed champion to defend his titles three times.

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