On Mexican Independence Day weekend, things went about as well as they could have for Saul Alvarez. The rising Mexican superstar stopped Josesito Lopez via fifth-round TKO, running his undefeated record to 41-0-1 with 30 knockouts.
Alvarez demonstrated a ruthlessly aggressive attack against a smaller man, dropping him with crushing body blows in Rounds 3 and 4 and stopping him against the ropes in the corner with a brutal four-punch combination in the fifth.
For his own part, Lopez tried to make a war of it. As Paul Malignaggi declared at one point, "He's fighting the only way he knows how!"
Alvarez showed that he is a dangerous, powerful puncher, an elite offensive fighter who leaves himself open to counters.
That's a recipe for exciting fights and stoppages. And Alvarez made good on that promise Saturday night.