Sergio Thompson Drops Alvarez Twice, Gets Decision
By Rick Reeno
MGM Grand, Las Vegas - Sergio "Yeyo" Thompson (29-3, 26KOs) accepted this fight on late notice and used his the power in his fists to score two knockdowns to win a ten round unanimous decision over Ricardo "Dinamita" Alvarez (23-3-3, 14KOs), the older brother of Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez, in a lightweight contest. The scores were 95-93, 95-93, 97-91.
BoxingScene had it 97-91 for Thompson.
Thompson rocked Alvarez in the first minute and punished him in spurts. Alvarez landed a few good counters to back Thompson up, but he was getting shaken up with every landed punch. In the second round, Alvarez caught Thompson with a series of hard punches to push him back.
During the third, Thompson scored a knockdown when be cracked Alvarez on the chin and he fell backwards, with only the ropes holding him up. They were trading big shots, toe to toe, when Alvarez fought his way out of trouble.
After two more rounds of warfare, Thompson once again had Alvarez in trouble during the sixth. Alvarez came back in the seventh to get a tiring Thompson in trouble as he worked him over against the ropes. At the start of the eight, Thompson dropped Alvarez hard with a huge counter. Alvarez stayed on his toes, moving around the ring to recover his senses.
Thompson was visibly exhausted in the final two rounds, with Alvarez doing most of the work and tagging him with punches.
Alvarez was originally scheduled to face WBC champion Omar Figueroa, who withdrew less than two weeks ago with a hand injury.
I give Thompson a lot of credit for fighting on short notice and getting the win.Comment by Jack Napier on 03-09-2014
flunky siblings have it rough in boxing :lol1:Comment by No bueno on 03-09-2014
Alvarez got lucky and Figueroa was Extremely un-lucky . I don't think Alvarez woulda made the final bell if it was Omar in there . Woulda been a star making performance if Figueroa knocked out Canelos big bro ON CANELOS…Comment by nycsmooth on 03-09-2014
can't c what the 2 judges were looking @ that scored it 95-93...w/out the knockdowns they would've had it a draw, awful scoring...Comment by sugarsmosley_ on 03-09-2014
also thank god it wasnt fig in there because we would need a stretcher ringsidePost a Comment - View More User Comments (12)