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  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 best….whatever.

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 round.

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.


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