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  Canelo Dominates Charlo

By William Trillo
Photos: German Villasenor


Any hopes or dreams that Saul Canelo Alvarez (60-2-2, 39 KOs) would fade in the late rounds versus Jermell Charlo (35-2-1, 19 KOs) have been squashed. Looking sharper than we have seen lately, a polished Canelo was in complete control from the start and remained so until the final bell rang after twelve impressive rounds. It was the type of performance that will keep Alvarez on top of the Pound4Pound rankings for the remainder of 2023.

Without a significant jab, Charlo was unable to keep the charging Canelo off him all night. Any movement by Charlo to escape was cut off by Canelo who appeared to be at the top of his game all night. Outside of a decent round five, it was difficult to see Charlo winning any rounds.

Inside the first minute of round seven, Canelo landed a crushing right hand that forced Charlo to take a knee. Taking the eight count, Charlo was able to weather the storm. After that, credit where credit is due, hats off to Charlo for going the distance with one of todays best champions.

Judges score totals read 119-108 and 118-109 twice, all in favor of Canelo.

With the IBF, WBA, WBC and WBO World Super Middleweight belts still in his possession, we can look forward to a major event coming on Cinco De Mayo 2023.

As Alvarez stated after the fight, Nobody can beat this Canelo!

Jesus Alejandro Ramos Jr. (20-1, 16 KOs) was on the receiving end of one of the worst decisions rendered in 2023. The fans booed as the winner Erickson Lubin (26-2, 18 KOs) gave his victory speech. If someone were to suggest, The Fix Was In, it would be hard to argue with them. Lubin was gifted a decision by scores of 115-113, 116-112 and 117-111.

To his credit Jesus Ramos did not complain but rather stated he learned never to let the fight go the the judges scorecards again. On the eve of his 28th birthday, Lubin was unceremoniously handed the WBC Diamond Super Welterweight belt.

Yordenis Ugas (27-6, 12 KOs) was a game warrior but he just not keep up with the heat thatMario Barrios (28-2, 18 KOs) brought into the ring. Dropping Ugas early with a power jab, Barrios was just too strong for the 37-year-old. With his eye swelling with each passing round, it was questionable to let the fight go on.

Barrios sent Ugas to the floor two more times in round twelve, capping off a commanding show. Final scores all in favor of Barrios read 117-108 and 118-107 twice. Barrios captured the WBC Interim World Welterweight title with the victory.

It was a fan friendly Middleweight battle that must have had the Punchstat team nursing a case of writers cramps at its conclusion. It was punches in bunches from both fighters but it was Elijah Garcia (16-0, 12 KOs) who uncorked a triple right hook to the body and head of Jose Armando Resendiz (14-2, 10 KOs) in round eight that sealed the deal. Resendiz rose to his feet and tried to recover but it was to no avail. The fight was waved at the 1:23 mark of that eighth and final round.

Frank Sanchez (23-0, 16 KOs) made Scott Alexander (17-6-2, 9 KOs) quit after four rounds in this battle for the WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight strap.

Dont look now but Light Heavyweight Oleksandr Gvozdyk (20-1, 16 KOs) is back. Just ask Isaac Rodrigues (28-5, 22 KOs) about that. Wasting little time Gvozdyk crushed Rodrigues in a two round demolition. Look for Oleksandr to climb back up to the top of the 175 pound division.

Gabriel Gollaz Valenzuela (28-3-1, 17 KOs) stopped Yeis Gabriel Solano (15-3, 10 KOs) in the sixth round of a scheduled eight round Super Lightweight battle.

Middleweight Terrell Gausha (24-3-1, 12 KOs) squeaked out and eight round Majority Decision over KeAndrae Leatherwood (23-9-1, 13 KOs). Scores read 76-76 even and two judges saw it identical for Gausha 78-74.

Super Middleweight Bek Nurmaganbet (11-0, 9 KOs) needed just three rounds to dispatch his foe Abimbola Osundairo (5-0, 3 KOs).

Middleweights Abilkhan Amankul (4-0-1, 4 KOs) and Joeshon James (7-0-2, 4 KOs) fought to a uneventful Draw. Scores read 39-37 for Amankul and 38-38 twice.

In the walkout bout, Justin Viloria (4-0, 3 KOs) took a four round unanimous decision over Angel Barrera (4-2) in a four round Super Featherweight closer.


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