By Max Parker
After the first round TKO in the undercard it's already time for the main event between Canelo Alvarez and Ryan Rhodes. They are about to make their way to the ring. Here comes Rhodes first to the tune of "Eye of the Tiger." Here comes Alvarez. The home crowd is heavily behind him. Ryan is 45-4 with 31 KOs and Alvarez is 36-0-1 with 26 KOs.
Here we go...
The square off in the center. Alvarez moves around the parameter of the ring. Ryan is throwing the jabs. Alvarez is bobbing. Nothing happening in the first half of the round. Alvarez hits him in the body. Rhodes lands a right hook upstairs. Alvarez throws a combo while Rhodes is against the ropes. Now he lands another combo.
Rhodes misses with a left hook after a jab to start the round. Still not a whole lot of action here. More than a minute has passed with barely any punches coming form Alvarez. Alvarez lands a big shot upstairs in a big combo. He goes to work again and lands another combo. Alvarez is choosing his punches wisely as he's accurately landing serious bombs towards the end of the round.
Rhodes is remaining busy, keeping the jab coming. Alvarez's power is going to catch up to Rhodes. He's starting to throw more power punches now in round 3. Alvarez backs Rhodes up with big power punches. The crowd is very quiet there.
Both fighters remain tentative. Alvarez is still winning the fight easily, but he's not going in there and looking for the KO, which he probably could with little danger. Alvarez lands a big combo while Rhodes is in the corner. Rhodes bangs a right hand. Alvarez comes back with a sneaky right hand and Rhodes goes down. He makes it up and makes it out of the round.
Rhodes looks like he has his legs under him again. He comes out with a right hand that moves Alvarez. He drops his hands below his waist. Alvarez unleashes another flurry. Rhodes is moving well, but Alvarez's body-head onslaught is getting through. Alvarez is trying to please the crowd, pouring on the power shots. Slow last 30 seconds but still and easy round for Alvarez.
Nothing thrown in the first 30 seconds of the round. Rhodes sneaks in right hook. Alvarez answers with the power shots he's been landing all night. Alvarez lands a left to the body. Rhodes is throwing more now. I think he understands that he needs the KO to win. This is giving Alvarez more counter opportunities. Better round for Rhodes, but I think Alvarez still took it.
Alvarez has opened a cut under the right eye of Rhodes. Alvarez is landing at will. He lands a combo and pushes Rhodes and Rhodes falls. It's ruled a push. Really not much happening in round 7. Alvarez landed a combo here and there. The crowd starts to boo a bit. They want to see Alvarez close this fight.
Alvarez lands a nice right hook. A fight starts in the crowd. Most people are watching the crowd and not the ring. Alvarez could be doing more in this fight. He needs to get this guy out of there. Rhodes looks like he doesn't want to be in there any more, based on his body language. Alvarez seems to have heard me. He's turning up the intensity now and letting Rhodes have it with combos and power punches to the head and body.
Alvarez sends Rhodes backwards with a big right hand. Rhodes lands a good looking right hand. Alvarez is throwing slightly more now, as is Rhodes. That was the most boring round of the fight. Alvarez should let his hands go down the stretch here. Rhodes is providing 0 competition.
Rhodes is getting busier, but Alvarez is still dominating. Alvarez keeps throwing great looking combos. Rhodes is against the ropes and Alvarez tries to close the show, throwing fast and strong combos. Rhodes dodges and makes it out of danger. Another fight breaks out in the crowd and the fans in the front rows turn their heads.
Alvarez keeping the pressure up in round 11. It's getting brutal in there for Rhodes. Rhodes throws some power punches of his own, trying to KO Alvarez. Alvarez lands a looping left after Rhodes misses a combo. Rhodes is bleeding under both eyes now.
Alvarez is really going for the KO now. Alvarez is pouring it on, landing huge punches down the stretch. Rhodes is taking a lot of punishment in there. The ref has seen enough. It's all over.
The winner by TKO in round 12 Saul "Canelo" Alvarez.
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