Saul "Canelo" Alvarez Has
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
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.
Fernando Rodriguez the entire fight on his way to a
dominant unanimous decision victory in the six round
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.