Canelos New Chapter

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Canelo writes a  new chapter in boxing history

By Igor Frank

LAS VEGAS- History is written by the victor and so Mexican superstar, Saul Canelo Alvarez has written another chapter in a storied boxing rivalry between Mexico and Puerto Rico as he defeated lineal middleweight champion, Miguel Cotto on Saturday night in front of 11,274 fans at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.

“Now it's my era, “said Alvarez, 25, after his hand was raised in victory. “It’s a great victory for me, not just for me but for all of my country.”

All three judges scored the fight for Canelo by a wide margin: 119-109,118-110,117-111. Cotto, who thought he won the fight, couldn’t believe his ears when the scores were announced by Michael Buffer. All he could say was “Wow!” Then he checked on his trainer and walked off the arena without any further comments.

Miguel’s trainer, world famous Freddie Roach seemed puzzled as well. "We thought it was much closer than the scorecards showed,” Roach said. “It was a very competitive fight. Miguel’s defense was unbelievable."

It was a competitive fight, at least early on, but Canelo’s power punches made all the difference. Every time Alvarez landed a punch it seemed as if a piece of Cotto was taken with it. On the other hand when Puerto Rican champion landed a punch which he managed to do quite often; it had absolutely no effect on the younger and stronger, Canelo.

Half way through the fight Canelo’s strength and the way his punches affected Cotto seemed to become more evident.” I feel that I was the faster and stronger fighter tonight,” said Alvarez. ‘I wasn’t hurt by his punches.”

The proud Puerto Rican champion came out firing in the seventh but could not sustain the action. The eighth stanza featured back and forth exchanges because Cotto decided to go for it. Still he wasn't getting the better of it. Round after round Canelo’s size, youth and power, as well as much improved boxing skills made a difference in the fight.

“He showed how beautiful the sport can be when you fight in an intelligent way," said Alvarez’s trainer, Chepo Reynoso.

Knowing he was ahead on the score cards the Mexican star decided not to coast, but instead decided to close the show. He attacked Puerto Rican champion with renewed vigor and unleashed blistering combinations in the final frame of the fight. Cotto was in trouble, but he never conceded the fight and continued to engage and fire back to the delight of the fans.

“Great fight!’ exclaimed Cotto’s promoter Jay-Z

“It's an emotion I just cannot put in words,” said Canelo who displayed a lot of emotions after the fight.

With this win Alvarez became a lineal and Ring middleweight champion of the world. He is the man who beat the man who beat the man. By beating an elite fighter like Cotto, Canelo proved that he is the real deal. Now the boxing world wants to see Canelo prove it again by fighting Gennady Golovkin, who many fighter pundits consider the best middleweight in the world.

“I’m not afraid of any fighter,” said Alvarez immediately after the fight. “GGG is a great fighter, and he is my friend. I have respect for him, but if we do fight it’s going to be at my weight class. I’m the champion; I don’t have to do what he wants."

Later on during a post-fight press conference Canelo said:” I am ready to do it right now!”

Will he treat fans to Canelo vs. GGG next year?

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