On today: Floyd Mayweather outclasses Canelo Alvarez, unifies 154-pound championship

Canelo was outpointed by Mayweather in a 2013 superfight aired on Showtime. Photograph by Naoki Fukuda

A grasp at work.

On Sept. 14, 2013, Floyd Mayweather added Ring and WBC junior middleweight titles to his WBA model by posting a dominant 12-round majority choice over Mexico’s beforehand unbeaten Canelo Alvarez. The official scores had been 117-111, 116-112 and 114-114.

Now, the phrases “dominant” and “majority choice” hardly ever – if ever – seem in the identical sentence. Nonetheless, the official end result doesn’t inform the story. Choose C. J. Ross, who had the temerity to attain this bout six rounds to 6, by no means labored once more.

This was a landslide victory for Floyd Mayweather.

The scoring was not the one controversy. Regardless of a treasure trove of junior middleweight gold being up for grabs, the bout was contested at a 152-pound catchweight. All the time the businessman, in addition to the respectable A-side, Mayweather jumped on the likelihood to place the champion – and the bigger man – via some extra discomfort in coaching camp.

On the night time, nevertheless, this combat was about talent, velocity and reflexes, which Mayweather had in abundance. Canelo landed the odd meaty headshot, and loved success to the physique, however he was unable to inflict severe injury. Mayweather was a genius at controlling distance and he picked his punches superbly.

A win was means out of attain for Canelo lengthy earlier than the bell to start Spherical 12. Solely 23 years of age on the time, the Mexican star would finally take a look at this expertise as a studying curve. Mayweather, nonetheless the boxing savant on the age of 36, was on dazzling kind in one of many largest fights of his profession. There have been some ringsiders who scored each spherical in his favor.

“Mexico has had some nice champions and Canelo is a real champion,” stated Mayweather afterwards. “I simply listened to my dad, he had an excellent sport plan – take my time.”

“He’s an excellent fighter,” acknowledged Canelo. “He’s very skilled, very clever, very elusive – it’s so simple as that. The frustration was attending to me. I simply didn’t know easy methods to catch him.”

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