The match up was billed as “Toe to Toe,” & it certainly lived up to its billing. Canelo Alvarez & Alfred Angulo fought 10 tough rounds on Saturday night, with referee Tony Weeks stepping in to call the action after Angulo ate a powerful uppercut from Alvarez. While the fans weren’t happy with the decision, Canelo was content with the victory, a much needed one after his September loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. He & Angulo traded punch after punch, with Canelo looking very sharp defensively and Angulo looking, “Too tough for his own good,” according to Showtime analyst Brian Kenney.
While the fight looked like it could potentially end in the opening round, with Canelo landing his left hook and multiple jabs on Angulo. He met resistance from Angulo at times, but widely out punched the slower man on his way to the 10th round stoppage. While at first glance, the stoppage may have appeared to be untimely, after further consideration & explanation from the ringside doctors, it appeared to be the right decision. Angulo’s face was badly cut and inflamed, while Canelo did not appear to be affected from the punches he got caught with.
A less important but other pertinent factor in this fight was whether Canelo could establish himself as the next big Pay Per View star in boxing. The talent Alvarez displayed certainly helped his case. The crowd was often on their feet reacting to the combinations thrown and the punches avoided through tactical defense. Alvarez showed no signs of a fallout after his first professional loss. He looked to be every bit of the talented 24 year old that Golden Boy Promotions has claimed him to be, with the final two rounds turning out to be unnecessary in making that determination.
While Canelo stated he would sit down with his team to determine his next move, there are some early thoughts as to who his next opponent might be. The extremely skilled Erislandy Lara is pushing to fight Alvarez, & the fight would make a lot of sense as both men defeated Austin Trout in 2013 & both have stoppage wins over Angulo. The other opponent mentioned is the winner of the summer bout between Sergio Martinez & Miguel Cotto. This match up makes less sense as Alvarez has committed to fighting three times in 2014, & waiting to fight the winner of the Martinez/Cotto bout would put him in a very tight time frame to ready himself for a 3rd bout. Either way, Canelo can leave the MGM Grand tonight with a much different result than the last time he fought there.