Quintana KO 6 Latimore
In last night's first bout of the highly anticipated Mayweather-Cotto fight on HBO pay-per-view, southpaw Carlos Quintana (29-3, 23 KO) scored a knockout at 2:19 of round six over the heavily favored DeAndre Latimore (23-4, 17 KO). A hard left-hand ended matters, flooring a badly hurt Latimore who did not beat the count.
"This was a good night for Puerto Rico," said Quintana after the fight.
Vargas UD 10 Forbes
In the second bout of the evening, undefeated welterweight Jessie Vargas (19-0, 9 KO) won a 10 round unanimous decision over 15 year veteran Steve Forbes (35-11, 11 KO). The official scorecards over ten rounds were 100-90, 97-93 and 99-91- all for the winner, Jessie Vargas.
Forbes, who entered the bout as a late replacement for Alfonso Gomez, was noticeably past his peak but still crafty enough to give his opponent a good workout. Vargas' accurate jab and flurries often forced the veteran on the defensive. And when Forbes managed to launch his attacks, Vargas showcased his ability to avoided Forbes' counters by moving out of position and blocking shots with his gloves.
During the Vargas-Forbes bout, Miguel Cotto walked in the arena hand-in-hand with his wife. Oddly, he witnessed part of the undercard and conversed with fans prior to getting laced-up.
Alvarez UD 12 Mosley
In the co-main event, 21 year old undefeated Saul Alvarez (40-0-1, 29 KO) successfully defended his WBC light middleweight title against 40 year old six-time world champion "Sugar" Shane Mosley (46-8-1, 39 KO).
The fighters, especially Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez,' started slowly in the opening round in what could have been viewed a 'feeling-out' process. But in the second round, Alvarez increased the tempo and started to execute his fight plan. The young champion landed several hard body shots followed by brutal head shots that snapped the veteran challenger's head back.
In the third round, Alvarez suffered a cut just above his left eye as a result of an accidental headbutt. Nevertheless, from that point on Alvarez was in complete control of the fight.
In the fifth, Alvarez again increased his punch output, landing hard shots to Mosley's head that rocked the challenger once again. In the sixth, the combatants traded shots in the center of the ring with Canelo, again, getting the better of his 40 year old opponent.
By the end of the seventh round, Mosley's face started to show the signs of a beating as Alvarez landed a whopping 30 of 50 (60%) power shots in that round. Throughout the rest of the fight, Alvarez routinely landed more than half his power shots - a rarity in boxing.
By the championship rounds, Alvarez appeared to be landing punches at-will and continued showing little respect for Mosley's power. But to his credit, Mosley remained game until the end. In the twelfth and final round, Alvarez looked to close the show in devastating fashion but Mosley hung tough, ending the bout on his feet and respectfully.
The judges' scorecards read 119-109, 118-110 and 119-109 in favor of the winner, Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez.