Alvarez, Impressive, Scores a 5th Round TKO Over CintronWritten by Lee Cleveland
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Saul "Canelo" Alvarez defends his WBC Jr Middleweight title tonight against former IBF Welterweight Champion Kermit" Cintron in Mexico City, Mexico. The Championship bout will be televised on HBO's Boxing After Dark at 10:30 PM EST.
Saul Alvarez (38-0-1, 28 KOs) has captured the imagination and admiration of his Mexican countrymen by becoming a world champion at the age of 20. Kermit Cintron (33-4-1, 28 KOs) recently lost a 12 round decision to top-ranked jr middleweight Carlos Molina in July and has only been victorious in three of his last six fights - But he still possesses awesome punching power.
Saul "Canelo" Alvarez TKO 5 Kermit Cintron
Round 1: Cintron looks relaxed and the bigger of the two men. A hard left hook by Alvarez lands. Alvarez also landed a hard right that snapped Cintron's head back. Alvarez 10-9
Round 2: Cintron looks to establish his jab. Alvarez lands hard combinations to the body. Cintron is tentative. Alvarez 10-9
Round 3: Cintron comes out more aggressively. Cintron is throwing hard rights but missing. Alvarez is outlanding Cintron and closing the distance between the fighters. Cintron won the first half of the round but Alvarez was more impressive the second half. Alvarez 10-9
Round 4: Canelo is landing hard left hooks to the body. Cintron is down from two rights. Up at 8. They are slugging away. Cintron is hurt as the bell rings. He was saved by the bell. Alvarez 10-7
Round 5: Cintron is getting tagged and staggered but he landed a hard right. Cintron lands a hard combination. Alvarez's back is against the ropes. Cintron is loading up with the right. Alvarez may have been hurt as he's slowing down. Alvarez lands a hard combination and Cintron welts face first but doesn't fall. The referee has stopped it.
The stoppage appeared premature but Cintron was badly hurt and didn't complain. Saul Alvarez called out Mayweather in the post-fight interview.
Rounds 4 and 5 video is below.
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