LAS VEGAS – Canelo Alvarez expressed respect for Jermell Charlo as a result of the unified junior middleweight champion got here up two weight lessons to problem him Saturday evening at T-Cell Area. (picture by Ryan Hafey)
There was by no means a degree of their 12-round, 168-pound title struggle, although, that Alvarez sensed Charlo was truly making an attempt to win. Charlo acknowledged after Alvarez simply defeated him by unanimous resolution that he ought to’ve been extra aggressive, but Alvarez identified that his opponents oftentimes are discouraged from trying to execute their gameplans as soon as they notice how tough it’s to cope with him within the ring.
“I feel that occurred with a lotta fighters,” Alvarez stated throughout his post-fight press convention. “That’s not on my thoughts, proper, to outlive. It’s not that approach, however I did my job. I did my job. And I feel he by no means [did] one thing to win.”
Charlo (35-2-1, 19 KOs) has drawn criticism for combating as if his mere mission was to go the gap with Alvarez (60-2-2, 39 KOs) within the largest struggle of Charlo’s profession. Alvarez pressed the motion all through their bout, typically backed Charlo into the ropes and his energy prompted Charlo to attempt to tie him up each time doable.
A flush proper hand by Alvarez landed to the facet of Charlo’s head and compelled him to take a knee a few minute into the seventh spherical. Charlo recovered, however he remained reluctant to trade with boxing’s undisputed tremendous middleweight champion till the ultimate bell sounded to finish their Showtime Pay-Per-View major occasion.
Houston’s Charlo, who went down for simply the second time in his 15-year skilled profession, prevented what would’ve been his first knockout defeat. He nonetheless misplaced by vast distances on the scorecards of judges Max De Luca (118-109), David Sutherland (118-109) and Steve Weisfeld (119-108).
Charlo linked on solely 71 out of 398 punches, a fee of 18 %, based on CompuBox’s unofficial statistics. Alvarez was virtually twice as correct. He landed 35 % of his punches, 63 extra altogether (134-of-385).
The shorter, stouter Alvarez even out-jabbed Charlo, whose jab is one in all his handiest weapons. CompuBox counted 56-of-189 jabs for Alvarez, 16 greater than Charlo (40-of-283), who landed solely 14 % of his jabs.
“That was my plan, you realize, neutralize every little thing what he’s gonna include,” Alvarez stated. “He’s a counterpuncher, he’s [got a] good left hand. And I attempted to not get hit. And typically fighters can’t do something within the ring, too.”
Keith Idec is a senior author/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He could be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.