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Canelo Alvarez vs Angulo: Golden Boy CEO shocked by Saul's total dominance

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While Canelo Alvarez was a 4.5-to-1 favorite against Alfredo Angulo Saturday night, few expected the former WBC/WBA Jr Middleweight Champion to orchestrate such a brutal, one-sided beat down over the course of ten rounds. In Angulo's defense, the referee's stoppage was a bit premature as "El Perro" certainly had his moments in Rounds 8 and 9 and seemed to be getting stronger as the bout progressed.

However, and for the most part, it was all Canelo Alvarez.

On the rare occasions the powerful Angulo was able to successfully mount an attack, he failed to stun or even move his 23 year old opponent.

Some will assert Angulo wasn't the same fighter who dropped world class foe Erislandy Lara twice last summer. If true, it's because Alvarez turned him into a different fighter early on and for no other reason.

After the first 30 seconds of the bout, Canelo Alvarez, in 'Mike Tyson mode,' had already landed several huge bombs. Alvarez pummelled Angulo so badly in Round 1, some observers may have awarded him a 10-8 verdict despite the fact Angulo stood his ground throughout.

Alvarez softened Angulo early and made him tentative from start. As a result, the latter's offensives were blunted through the first six rounds. 

By the time Angulo finally started looking like the "El Perro" fans had grown accustomed to, he had already absorbed a terrible beating and needed a knockout - or multiple knockdowns - to win.

"You saw how dangerous [Angulo] is in the eighth round, when it suddenly became a slugfest. We know that Angulo is a heavy hitter and you saw that Canelo has a pretty darn good chin as well," Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer told BoxingScene.

"He can change the fight with one punch, but tonight he really didn't seem to have too many of these punches which could become game-changers."


"We all knew that Angulo was not the fastest guy in the world. We all knew that. What I was surprised about was, he usually throws his punches with more authority and more bad intentions."

"He threw a lot of short punches and I was a bit surprised about that. There didn't seem to be that much power in those punches and that surprised me a little bit."

Saul "Canelo" Alvarez pounced on his foe from the opening bell and maintained a frenetic pace for the first five rounds. He landed a whopping 64% of his power punches overall, connecting on 68% in the opening five stanzas.

It was a decisive and brutal showcase for the former WBC/WBA Jr Middleweight Champ who blocked upwards of 80% of Angulo's power shots.

After nine rounds, one judged scored it 88-83 while the other two had it 89-82. All scores were in favor of Alvarez.


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