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Saul Alvarez Dominates, Stops Ryan Rhodes To Win

By Miguel Rivera and James Blears

Arena VFG, Jalisco, Mexico - Saul Alvarez (37-0, 27KOs) retained his WBC junior middleweight title with a twelfth round stoppage of mandatory challenger Ryan Rhodes (45-5, 31KOs). Alvarez dominated the entire fight.

The first round was slow paced. Neither fighter did much in the round, but a few quick combinations in the final minute were the difference for Alvarez. The quick combinations of Alvarez were once again the difference in the second. Rhodes was being busy enough or throwing anything of worth to gain the respect of Alvarez. The third round saw a more active Rhodes. He was started to throw more punches, but not enough to outwork Alvarez who was active and throwing eye-catching combinations.

In the fourth round, Alvarez was letting the hands fly. He caught Rhodes with a right hand that sent the British boxer down. Rhodes wasn't hurt when he got to his feet. Alvarez continued to work hard until the round ended. Alvarez dominated the fifth round from start to finish. He was throwing and landing combinations with nearly nothing coming in return from Rhodes. Nothing different in the sixth round. Alvarez outworking Rhodes for the full three minutes and opening a cut under the right eye of the British challenger.

Avarez in full control of the seventh round. Rhodes' corner was threatening to stop the fight if their man didn't pick up the pace in the eight round. No difference in the eight. Alvarez dominated Rhodes with hard punches. Rhodes was hurt to the body and started protecting his left side until the bell. Alvarez continued to punish Rhodes in the ninth and tenth rounds. Rhodes' corner threatened to stop the fight for a second time before the start of the eleventh.

Rhodes probably did his best work in the eleventh, but Alvarez started the twelfth with big punches coming from both directions. The referee had seen enough and stopped the contest when Alvarez hurt Rhodes with a combination.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by daggum on 06-19-2011

[IMG]http://i54.tinypic.com/2w511yq.jpg[/IMG] "i already beat this rhodes guy 5 years ago and no one thought i was the next best thing what gives!"

Comment by Toltec77 on 06-19-2011

I like the way Canelo fought tonight he showed alto of improvement in the ring, he looks like he is becoming a complete fighter. if he can fight a better name fighter then we can truly see if he can…

Comment by Corelone on 06-19-2011

Whoa there son. I'm not criticising Alvarez so much as his recent competition, Rhodes being the perfect example. He was unknown, never won anything, already had a long career (he was old in boxing), and all the stats were against…

Comment by z28ss6706 on 06-19-2011

if anyone is to talk crap about jr, the same should go for canelo. Their level of competition is low, but they are still just kids! Canelo is 20 and jr is 24 now but never fought until he became…

Comment by z28ss6706 on 06-19-2011

I like both Canelo and Chavez jr. But it seems that most people extremely hate on JR, just because he's not his dad. Honestly i believe after last night that Jr's competition is tougher than canelo's.

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