Saul "Canelo" Alvarez once again turned in a masterful, dominant performance against an overmatched European challenger. With veteran savvy and patience, Canelo brutally dissected Ryan Rhodes over 12 rounds, stopping the Brit with just two minutes left in the fight on a series of unreturned blows. Ryan Rhodes is bigger than Matthew Hatton, a full-fledged junior-middleweight, yet Canelo again seemed physically overpowering.
One area where Rhodes couldn't best Hatton (Canelo's previous victim) was in effort. Rhodes seemed content to pace around seeking one-punch opportunities and was beaten to the punch at nearly every turn, with Canelo pouring on power-punch combinations at will. In each fight, Canelo seems more confident, more disciplined, less vulnerable and more economical. The sky is the limit with mega-fights approaching as soon as next year. So who will be Canelo's next test?