Saul "Canelo" Alvarez entered his bout on Saturday night against "Sugar" Shane Mosley in search of a signature victory, and he certainly got it as he successfully defended the WBC Light Middleweight Championship and improved his career record to 40-0-1.
Alvarez earned a comfortable unanimous decision, 119-109, 118-110, 119-110. He dominated the action of this fight by flashing his nice combination of speed and power.
Despite his domination, it was still a highly entertaining fight. Both fighters were giving everything they had, and there were plenty of big shots and action.
The 21-year-old Alvarez is one of boxing's fastest-rising stars, while Mosley is a future Hall of Famer. Despite the loss, Mosley's career speaks for itself as he is 46-8-1-1 and has incredibly held world titles in three different weight classes.
When you add this loss to Alvarez to recent defeats against Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, as well as a draw against Sergio Mora, though, it is clear that Mosley is on his last legs. Alvarez was clearly the younger, quicker and all-around better fighter on Saturday.
Alvarez's victory was especially impressive since he entered the fight as the one with everything to lose. It was already known that Mosley was in the twilight of his career ahead of the fight, so he could afford to go in with reckless abandon and didn't have to worry about the result.
On the other hand, Alvarez had the weight of the world on his shoulders as he would have lost his undefeated record, his title and his billing as an elite, young fighter. Alvarez certainly didn't beat Mosley in his prime, but based on name recognition alone, this victory should be absolutely huge for the red-headed slugger moving forward.
Alvarez has scored some big wins as of late over the likes of Kermit Cintron, Alfonso Gomez and Carlos Baldomir, but his triumph over Mosley trumps them all. With this now in his back pocket, there is no doubt that there are some high-stakes bouts in Canelo's future.
Paul Williams, Antonio Margarito, Joshua Clottey and Cory Spinks are all very interesting options for Alvarez. Perhaps even a huge match with Miguel Cotto could be on the horizon if things play out right. Whatever the case, Alvarez continues to make a name for himself, and should be a major player for years to come.