Fight Analysis: Saul "Canelo" Alvarez vs. Kermit Cintron

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By Nick Tywalk

Boxing After Dark heads south of the border to see Saul "Canelo" Alvarez fight in front of his own fans in Mexico as he faces off with Kermit Cintron in a junior middleweight showdown. Bob Papa, Roy Jones Jr. and Max Kellerman are all set to call the action.

The tale of the tape shows that Cintron has a three-inch height advantage and a small edge in reach as well. Both men weighed in right at the 154-pound junior middleweight limit. Alvarez is 11 years younger than the 32-year old Cintron, though he's fought an amazing number of pro fights for someone so young and is already a seasoned ring veteran. He is making his third defense of his WBC junior middleweight belt, while Cintron is a former titleholder at 147 pounds.

After a very long set of ring walks and songs for Canelo, we get down to the official introductions. Cintron is 33-4-1 with 28 KOs, though he is only 4-3-1 over the past three years. On the other side, Canelo sports a record of 38-0-1 with 28 knockout victories.

With that out of the way, we're ready to watch 12 scheduled rounds of boxing with Alvarez's title on the line.

Round 1

Cintron is the early jabber, cautiously coming forward. Alvarez is staying calm, looking to counter. Canelo just misses a big left hook. The second one does land. Two-punch combo by Alvarez used as a counter. Both men jab, but Alvarez comes up swinging with two to the head. Cintron tries the right hand off the jab. Alvarez blocks a two-punch combo.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Alvarez

Round 2

Cintron hasn't found any jow with anything but jabs. Alvarez lands a hook and gets tied up. Canelo also lands to the body, backing Cintron up. Alvarez mugs his foe on the inside with both hands. He looks like he is throwing the much more destructive shots. Cintron sticks in a jab, which is answered in kind. More jabbing from Kermit as he moves to his left.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Alvarez

Round 3

Harold Lederman gave the second round to Cintron. He tries to corner Alvarez so he can throw right hands off the jab. There's one that partially lands. Alvarez starts a quick exchange, and both men pick up the pace. Alvarez comes forward behind his left hook and straight right. He's just a hair away from landing a bomb. Another left hook is partially blocked by Cintron. He jabs to get some space. Both fighters swing and miss before Cintron lands a short left hook.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Alvarez

Round 4

Alvarez lands the first jab, though Cintron is still trying to stalk. Canelo is showing good movement, backing just a step when Cintron throws. Alvarez doubles the left hook to the head, then to the body. Cintron throws a series of jabs but can't touch Canelo to the body. Alvarez uses the left hook/right hand again. Another right hand connects and forces Cintron to a knee. He's up but looks badly hurt. Cintron goes down again, but this one is a slip. Cintron bounces around, landing a counter right, but Canelo wilts him with a left hook right before the bell. Kermit is in all kinds of trouble.

Tylwalk: 10-8 Alvarez

Round 5

We'll see if Alvarez can finish this here. Cintron is gamely throwing, landing a combo. Alvarez comes right back with a strong right hand. There's a stinging left from Canelo. Cintron responds with a right/left combination that lands flush. They stand and trade along the ropes. Hooks on the inside from both men. Alvarez backs up a step and lands two from range. He closes the range and smacks Cintron with a series of power punches. Wild swings and misses from each boxer. A nasty left-right combo comes in from Canelo, and the ref rushes in to stop the fight. Slightly abrupt ending but Cintron was definitely taking some serious punishment.

The winner by TKO at 2:53 of Round 5... and still WBC junior middleweight titleholder... Saul "Canelo" Alvarez.

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