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Why Did It Make the List?
Perhaps the best performance ever for one of boxing's brightest stars. Coming into the fight against Alfredo Angulo, Saul "Canelo" Alvarez needed a big bounce-back victory to reclaim his spot as an elite fighter after a lopsided loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. the previous year.
Alvarez not only looked good against Angulo, he looked like a brand new fighter. The same power and work to the body was there, but the accuracy and level of aggression was eye opening.
Of course, you could say that Angulo was handpicked to make Alvarez look impressive, but it was still a spectacular performance.
Watching the fight it seemed like every 10 seconds my buddy and I were reacting to some ridiculously hard shot from Alvarez that made a sickening thud against the body and skull of Angulo. I think Canelo's punches were so hard that our "oohs" and "ahhs" might have actually been a reaction to the pain we were feeling.
Give all the credit to Angulo for never actually going down, but I don't blame the referee for stopping the fight.
A one-punch knockout isn't what shortens the careers of boxers; it's the sustained beating over an entire fight.
Angulo was taking massive punishment and was way behind on the cards; once his head snapped back violently from an uppercut and he staggered, it was time to end the match.
How Did the Knockout Happen?
A relentless assault from a far superior fighter; Angulo was simply overmatched. I wouldn't call Alvarez a quick fighter with what I've seen from him against Mayweather and Erislandy Lara, but he looked 10 times faster than Angulo, who appeared to be walking around in cement boots.
The fighter who we saw barely able to get off a jab against Mayweather was in complete control the entire fight. Alvarez landed vicious combinations of left hooks and straight right hands, connecting with what felt like nearly every punch he threw.
Angulo was tough, but his defense was embarrassing and he took a beating.
By the time the fight was finally stopped in the 10th round, Alvarez had landed 197 power-punches to 78 from Angulo with a staggering 64 percent connection rate. Landing 50 percent of your power-punches usually means you dominated the fight; 64 percent is absurd.
Amazing effort from Alvarez and a reason to rethink the career strategy for Angulo and his team.