It was a night of lopsided fights on the Canelo vs. Angulo undercard on Saturday night in Las Vegas.
In the co-featured bout of the evening, WBC super bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz remained undefeated, scoring a lopsided unanimous decision over former super flyweight world champion Cristian Mijares.
Scores were 120-108, 120-108 and 119-109.
Bleacher Report scored the contest 120-108 for Santa Cruz.
Santa Cruz (27-0-1, 15 KO) was dominant from the opening round. His volume and pressure were simply too much for Mijares (49-8-2, 24 KO) to compete. The former champion stayed in the pocket for the full 12 rounds, but Santa Cruz was too fast, strong and just too good.
Venezuela’s Jorge Linares showed that he still has the goods to be a contender in the lightweight division, scoring a lopsided unanimous-decision wins over Nihito Arakawa.
Scores were 98-92, 100-90 and 100-90.
Linares (36-3, 23 KO), who in the past has come unglued when faced with adversity, kept the fight in the center of the ring and used quick, crisp combinations to shred his opponent whenever he got within range.
Arakawa (24-4-1, 16 KO), a tough but limited fighter who is as gutsy as anyone, pressured Linares for the full 10 rounds, but he was never able to land with enough power to change the course of the fight.
In our opening contest, Sergio “Yeyo” Thompson captured a unanimous decision over Ricardo Alvarez—the older brother of Canelo—in an all-action lightweight bout.
Scores were 95-93, 95-93 and 97-91.
Thompson (29-3, 26 KO), who was a late replacement, dropped Alvarez (23-3-3, 14 KO) in Rounds 3 and 8, which was his margin on the scorecards.