Canelo and Friends MGM 2019

Saul "Canelo" Alvarez vs Sergey Kovalev and Other Fights at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Nov. 2019. All photos by Al Applerose.

Super  welterweight, middleweight and super middleweight world titlist Saul "Canelo" Alvarez dared to challenge WBO light heavyweight titlist Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev for his title at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday Nov. 2, 2019.

Kovalev used a stiff left jab, the same weapon he used in knocking out his last opponent Anthony Yarde in Russia this past August. Mexico's Alvarez was able to absorb the left and counter.

In a female world title fight undefeated Marlen Esparza fought undefeated Seniesa Estrada for the vacant interim WBA flyweight world title on the Golden Boy semi main event.

East L.A.'s Estrada landed left hooks most of the night and attacked without pause in the scheduled 10 round title fight. Estrada proved to have the stamina to go the extra minute in the world title clash. It was one of her strongest assets.

Ryan "Kingry" Garcia needed only minutes to land a two-punch combination to knock out the dangerous Romero Duno at 1:38 of the first round of their lightweight match. The speedy Garcia remains undefeated. Here is the final punch connected by Garcia taken by photographer Al Applerose.

Welterweight prospect Blair "The Flair" Cobbs celebrated after being knocked down and then knocking out his foe Carlos Ortiz. It was a remarkable comeback win for the energetic fighter. 

Kovalev was effective in using the jab to keep the four-inch shorter Alvarez from attacking inside. It proved to be an effective defensive measure for most of the fight.

Attacking the body was the primary focus for Kovalev who left openings for the body whenever he fired his vaunted right cross. But in the 11th round he left an opening and Alvarez knocked him out to win the WBO light heavyweight title and become a four division world champion. He is now the toast of Mexico.

Houston's Esparza, a former Olympic bronze medalist, scored early in the fight with rights against East L.A.'s Estrada. It was one of the few world title fights fought in 3-minute rounds and proved to be a difference maker in the flyweight fight.

Esparza was bloodied due to an accidental clash of heads in the fifth round but proceeded to battle on until the end of the 9th round. But when the referee asked if she could see, she responded she could not see and the fight was stopped. At the end of nine rounds the judges all saw Seniesa Estrada the winner by unanimous decision 90-81, 89-82 and 88-83. Most observers called it the Fight of the Night. The 3-minute round proved to be ideal for the world title clash.

Ryan Garcia is surrounded by Golden Boy Promotions staff as he poses for the cameras. WIll Garcia be the next great star to emerge from California? Can he win a world title by next year? These are all very credible questions for the budding star.

Evan Holyfield the son of heavyweight great Evander Holyfield needed only 16 seconds to knockout his opponent Nick Winstead in their super welterweight fight.