Those looking for a closely contested fight between Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and Alfredo Angulo Lopez would be disappointed, as Canelo laid it on early and often at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Angulo is known to be a hard-hitting fighter, and it was reasonable to think that he packed the firepower to keep up with the technically sound Canelo; however, that would simply not be the case, as Canelo took the fight easily by a technical knockout in Round 10.
IT'S OVER! Canelo Alvarez defeats Alfredo Angulo by TKO in 10th round of super welterweight bout. pic.twitter.com/i1JW0xZ8oV— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 9, 2014
Early in the fight, Angulo looked as though he was trying to get some range, throwing some probing shots at Canelo. Although, that would be the beginning of his downfall, as Canelo proved to be the more aggressive fighter, landing heavy shots including big rights and uppercuts.
The trend continued through the next several rounds, with Angulo taking some softer shots, appearing to only attempt a heavier strike when he found the perfect opportunity—he wasn't able to get any.
Canelo continued to land some heavy combinations, staggering the lethargic Angulo. By the third round, Angulo was already cut open on his nose, as Canelo continued to lay it on.
Angulo just seemed to have a strange game plan early in the fight, as he ditched his hard-hitting ways and attempted to be more calculated against his opponent. Needless to say, this was not the best idea.
By the later rounds, Angulo began to start throwing heavier punches; however, they were few and far between. He seemed content to stick with his plan on throwing thought-out, calculated punches. This late in the fight, it would not be enough.
Late in the match, all that could really be said about Angulo is that he can really take a punch. He acted as Canelo's personal punching bag throughout the bout and continued to remain standing.
Finally, it all ended in the 10th round. Angulo was simply getting pulverized and was warned about a potential stoppage of the fight. Well, it happened. Canelo landed a huge uppercut, staggering Angulo and effectively ending the match by TKO.
It was pretty apparent what went right and wrong for both of these fighters after looking back over the action of the match.
Not much went wrong for Canelo. He absolutely dominated the bout. However, he began to drop his gloves and showboat a bit in the ring as the latter rounds commenced. In the past, we've seen fighters get a little too confident and lose bouts as a result.
Although, after nitpicking about his showboating, only praise can be heaped upon Canelo. His technique was outstanding, he showed a great amount of aggression and his defense was phenomenal against such a heavy-hitting opponent.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Angulo. He completely dismissed his normal brawler moniker and instead decided to take a more calculated approach to the fight. He probed with soft punches and allowed the fight to get away from him early as a result.
It is easy to think that the match would have at least been slightly more contested had he stuck to his guns and came out firing. His methodical approach may have worked if he had mixed in aggression when the opportunity arose; however, he just couldn't seem to find a rhythm at all throughout the bout.
Going forward, Canelo may look to continue his hot streak by facing Miguel Cotto, according to a statement from Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer recorded by Salvador Rodriguez of BoxingScene.com:
I think if Canelo beats Angulo, then we could be talking about a possible fight against Miguel Cotto or Sergio Martinez. We can not rule out Martinez [winning the fight], but if Cotto wins we will try to make that fight, a great pay-per-view between two of the best junior middleweights. We have to wait and see what happens.
Or possibly a rematch with Floyd Mayweather:
I'm not saying Canelo would beat Floyd. I'm simply saying he'd beat anybody else which will force a rematch since he'd be the best out there— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) March 9, 2014
As for Angulo, a fair amount of rehabilitation and rethinking of his fighting strategy is in order before he looks to find his way into the ring again.