Canelo Alvarez returned to the ring on Saturday night in Las Vegas, and he made a statement.
Canelo (43-1-1, 31 KO) started fast, didn't let up and bludgeoned the extremely tough Alfredo "El Perro" Angulo, stopping him in Round 10 of his first fight back since his disastrous defeat by Floyd Mayweather last September.
Billed as "Toe-to-Toe," Canelo and Angulo didn't disappoint, trading punches at close quarters for virtually the whole fight. But it was Canelo's speed and precision that proved the decisive factors, and he was able to continually force his foe onto the back foot, negating his power.
Angulo (22-4, 18 KO) was well behind on the scorecards at the time of the stoppage, but he seemed to be closing distance a tad better and was visibly upset with referee Tony Weeks' decision to call the contest after swallowing a huge uppercut in the center of the ring.
The crowd booed lustily, and Angulo and his team protested vehemently, but the stoppage was certainly understandable given how much punishment "El Perro" had taken throughout the fight.
Canelo had spent the previous nine rounds peppering his tough—perhaps too much so—opponent with huge power combinations to the body and head. Angulo could never seem to get leverage on his punches, and with Canelo getting off first in almost every exchange, he was relegated to needing a home run punch to turn the fight around.
As the rounds wore on it became increasingly clear that punch would never come, and Canelo was well on his way to a huge victory, one that is sure to skyrocket him back up the ranks of boxing's fastest rising young superstars.