Canelo Crushes Cintron In 5,
Broner & Russell Dispose Of Foes Early
By William Trillo
Photos: Etzel Espinosa & Pat Lovell - Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
Max Kellerman summed up the night best when in his closing
statement he said of the fights broadcast on HBO, “Everyone
on this (televised) card had the right guy in front of him.”
That was an understatement of epic proportions.
From the aptly named Monumental Plaza de Toros, which
translates literally to The Place of Monumental Bull, WBC
light middleweight champ Saul “Canelo” Alvarez improved his
record to 39-0-1 with 29 KO’s after he beat up Kermit
Cintron (33-5-1,28 KO’s) to retain his title.
For the most part Cintron looked tentative and afraid to
really commit to any punches at all. “Canelo” played a game
of cat and mouse for three rounds but let loose in round
four dropping Cintron once and then hurting him at the end
of the round leaving Kermit bloody and stuck in a sitting
position on the ropes.
Maybe for lack of knowing where he was Cintron let things
fly in round five and even caught Alvarez with a few shots,
but it was too little too late as “Canelo” swarmed Cintron
with a barrage of right hands that forced the ref to stop
the fight at 2:53 of round five.
After the fight “Canelo” threw his sombrero into the May 5th
Floyd Mayweather Jr. sweepstakes by saying it had nothing to
do with money but it’s because he wants to fight the
The portion of the HBO broadcast from U.S. Bank Arena,
Cincinnati, Ohio featured a quick handed fighter from the Al
Haymon stable who showed not only quick powerful hands but
also displayed some savvy post fight interview skills. That
fighter was super featherweight Gary Russell Jr. who
improved his record to 19-0 with 11 KO’s. Russell made quick
work of Heriberto Ruiz (47-12-2, 29 KO’s) by dropping and
stopping his foe with a sweet double right hook in the first
Super featherweight Adrien Broner (22-0, 18 KO’s) KO’d
Vicente Martin Rodriguez (34-3-1,19 KO’s) at the 1:43 mark
of round three. Broner was doing a poor mans version of
Floyd Mayweather for most of the fight but the Argentinean
who had fought no names in his country for 99.9% of his
career exposed Broner as nothing more than a “Faux Floyd”
numerous times before getting stopped in the third round.
Broner didn’t do himself any favors by demanding his Father
comb his hair for him on camera before he conducted his
interview. Broner would be wisely advised to cut the “Pretty
Boy” crap and just stick to fighting, unless of course he
really thinks he is the second coming of “Money May”, and if
he does…ugh…I don’t wanna think about it.