By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Undisputed super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez (60-2-2, 39 KOs) dominated undisputed junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo (35-2-1, 19 KOs) over twelve rounds on Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. After a slow first round, Canelo began teeing off in round two. He continued to stalk and rough up Charlo. In round seven, a Canelo right hand sent Charlo to a knee. Canelo then outworked Charlo the rest of the way. Scores were 119-108, 118-109, 118-109.
In a historical match that pit two undisputed champions, Canelo began the bout slow feinting and stalking as Charlo used the ring and kept his distance. Canelo began swinging for the fences in round two as Charlo continued to box. Attacking to the body in the third, Canelo ripped away with a hard right as Charlo complained off a low blow but was not acknowledged as the punch was clearly above the belt line, the Mexican kept stalking and backing Charlo. The Mexican superstar began to let his hands go as he ripped away to the body and followed upstairs as Charlo clearly kept his distance.
Canelo kept stalking in the fifth as Charlo finally let his hands go with a combination but that wasn’t enough as Alvarez connected boldly through the round. Reaching the halfway mark, Canelo kept going at Charlo and continued to out-hustle him as Alvarez partially landed a solid uppercut to close the sixth. A huge right by Canelo in the seventh drilled Charlo. He went down but got up and continued to fight. It was all Canelo through eight as he had Charlo backing up.
Charlo had a busy round in the ninth as he appeared to outwork Canelo circling the ring and throwing combinations. In control of the fight, Canelo boxed with poise through ten rounds. Late in the fight in the championship rounds, Canelo was clearly in control and had the fight in the bag as Charlo’s only hope was the knockout. The twelfth and final round, it was Canelo that finished with the pressure in route to the decision win.
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