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  Saul "Canelo" Alvarez Has Star Power

By Carlos Cordoba
Photos: William Trillo


Floyd Mayweather Jr. was the center of attention in the boxing world tonight. The top earner in the fight game KO’d Victor Ortiz at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV capturing the WBC welterweight crown. While all eyes were awaiting the events that were about to take place in Vegas; one of boxing’s future stars was prepping boxing fanatics around the world for what was to come.

WBC super welterweight champ Saul Canelo Alvarez 38-0-1, 28KOs retained his belt by knocking out Orange County’s Alfonso Gomez 23-5-2, 12KOs in the sixth round of the televised co-feature of “Star Power”. The bout was televised on HBO PPV and took place at Staple Center in Los Angeles, CA and was the prelude to Floyd Mayweather’s controversial victory over Victor Ortiz in Las Vegas. Golden Boy Promotions hosted the card in association with Mayweather Promotions and Canelo Promotions.

The Los Angeles main event began slowly as both fighters methodically stalked one another. The action quickly picked up in the middle of the opening round. Canelo connected with a stiff s left jab to score his first knockdown as round one came to a close. It was clear that Canelo was the stronger fighter from the inception of the bout. His punches were followed by loud thumps and clearly made Gomez think twice about initiating the action.

Alfonso Gomez was relentless amidst his opponent’s power. He remained in the fight by being the aggressor and the more active fighter. He was successful at times, landing several straight rights in round number three and throughout the bout. Albeit, Canelo seemed unfazed. He appeared like he was looking to catch Gomez coming in with something to end the bout quickly.

Canelo began to take control of the bout as the action progressed. Round number four saw the young star open up with three or four consecutive right upper cuts as Gomez was coming in. The following round saw Canelo continue to counter punch with heavy bombs by way of right and left hooks. The bout continued on until Canelo connected with one of those bombs mentioned above. A vicious right upper cut sent Gomez staggering back on his toes. Canelo followed through and forced referee Max Deluca to stop the bout at the 2:36 mark of round number six.

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, 21, is already an icon in Mexico. It was amazing to see the crowd that he drew at Staples Center. The place was packed. His fans were literally drowning the cheers of those in attendance to support Alfonso Gomez – the hometown fighter. After all, Alfonso Gomez is from La Habra. There is no doubt that if he continues to win and fight better opposition in the process, he will one day become the sports cash cow. After all, he is already one of its biggest stars!

Hugo Centeno Remains Unbeaten


Oxnard’s Hugo Centeno 9-0, 6KOs earns ninth victory against Alfredo Rivera 1-9 in a four round super welterweight bout. The bout began with Rivera on the floor, literally. He was on the canvas two seconds after the opening bell rang, Yes! Centeno took a few steps toward the middle of the ring a proceeded to clock Rivera with a left hook that floored him.

Surprisingly, Rivera got off the canvas and made Ceneto earn his keep for the remainder of the bout. One judge scored the bout 40-35, while the remaining judges ringside scored the bout 39-36 in favor of Centeno.

Ray Rivera Is Successful In Debut

Los Angele’s Ray Rivera 1-0 scored an impressive KO in his first professional bout. Rivera managed to land a devastating straight right followed by a left hook that closed the show and left Rudy Gonzales 0-1 struggling to get off the canvas.

The bout was halted at the 1:26 mark of the opening round. The middleweight scrap was originally scheduled for four rounds.

Antonio Orozco Sizzles in 12th Victory

Antonio Orozco 12-0, 8KOs soundly defeats Fernando Rodriguez 6-6, 3KOs. The promising prospect unleashed everything in his arsenal against his overmatched opponent. The Frank Espinoza managed boxer was able to connect with damaging straight rights all night. When his opponent closed his guard, Garcia would walk in with picturesque uppercuts and followed through to the body.

Orozco outclassed Fernando Rodriguez the entire fight on his way to a dominant unanimous decision victory in the six round welterweight bout.

Mikayl Arreola Opens the Show With a W

Mikayl Arreola 18-0, 10KOs scored a unanimous decision victory against San Bernardino’s Juan Sandoval 5-7-1, 3KOs. The featherweight bout was the opening scrap of the night at Staples Center. On paper the fight was supposed to be a cakewalk for Arreola, but Sandoval forced Arreola into an all out scrap.

Two judges ringside scored the bout 58-55, while the remaining judge scored the bout 57-56 for Mikayl Arreola.


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