Saúl Canelo Álvarez once again demonstrated all his ability in a historic fight, defeated Jaime Munguía and defended his world titles

Saúl Canelo Álvarez once again demonstrated all his ability in a historic fight, defeated Jaime Munguía and defended his world titles
Saúl Canelo Álvarez once again demonstrated all his ability in a historic fight, defeated Jaime Munguía and defended his world titles

Canelo Alvarez defeated Munguia in Las Vegas

It was a historic fight for world boxing and especially for Mexican boxing because two of its best current exponents met in the ring set up in Las Vegas. Saul Cinnamon Alvarez defeated Jaime Munguía by unanimous decision: the judges’ cards marked a 117-110, 116-111 and 115-112 for the Mexican, who retained all his world titles. Beyond the result, both met the expectations planted during all the previous weeks and returned a high-voltage event.

During the first three rounds the challenger put up a fight and dominated the fight, at times putting champion Álvarez in difficulties. But in the room the soul of the Cinnamon to explode a bomb in the face of Munguia, who ended up on the canvas. Throughout the fifth he worked on his rival, making her feel the power of his fists. At 33 years old, he demonstrated at all times why it is one of the surnames that will remain in the history of boxing and always had dangerous connections in each of the rounds. Even in the final round he landed a series of blows that put the physical integrity of his rival at risk, who in any case showed great absorption capacity to remain standing.

In it T-Mobile Arena of Las Vegas, Nevada, the world titles of the super middleweight of the four main organizations: World Boxing Council (WBC), World Boxing Association (AMB), World Boxing Organization (OMB) and International Boxing Federation (IBF).

The rented road of Cinnamon began almost two decades ago, although his name resonated strongly in the great world of boxing with that remembered defeat on the cards in a majority decision against the invincible Floyd Mayweather Jr. during an evening held at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas during 2013. He had previously shown his power in brilliant presentations, defeating the Argentine Carlos Baldomir, Shane Mosley, Josesito López and Austin Trout, to name a few.

Mexican Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez knocked down his compatriot Jaime Munguía (AP)

Lose against Money did not stop the upward path of Álvarez, who after that day took out Alfredo Angulo, Erislandy Lara, James Kirkland, Miguel Cotto, Amir Khan and Julio César Chávez Jr. before landing in the memorable presentations against Gennadiy Golovkin, with three combats between 2017 and 2022.

However, at 33 years old, he once again experienced one of the most anticipated fights of the year against his compatriot Munguía. It had been predicted for a long time that Jaime was going to be one of those heading to fight for the scepter. 60 successes (39 KO), 2 defeats and 2 without a winner were Saúl’s statistics before this presentation in Las Vegas. A detail, not at all insignificant, is that in 2022 he had suffered the second defeat of his life on the cards against the Russian Dmitrii Bivol, in the middle heavyweight.

After that event, he returned to his usual path and scored three firm victories by decision of the judges against Golovkin, John Ryder and Jermell Charlo.

Munguía, 27 years old, came to this weekend with a record that was truly scary: 43 wins in which he signed 34 knockouts. No defeats, no draws. He had recently made Sergiy Derevyanchenko and the aforementioned Ryder suffer with his fists, but without a doubt this weekend in Las Vegas was his first big presentation.

“I waited for my moment; Munguía is a great boxer, strong, although a little slow and I was able to hit on the counter. “Now I am in a position to do what I want and ask for what I want.”Alvarez remarked, referring to the possibility of facing David Benavides, who has asked that his status as a mandatory challenger of the World Boxing Council be respected, but has been ignored.

Canelo Alvarez retained his belts in Las Vegas (AP)

It is not a minor detail to remember that during one of the last presentation events of the evening there was a moment of absolute tension when Álvarez crossed paths with his former promoter, the historic boxer Oscar de la Hoya. “It seems like he’s having trouble remembering who helped him become a global star.”, the former world champion claimed. And the Cinnamon He came out to the intersection, to the point that he had to be separated, and then he struck him down into the microphone: “For this idiotic attempt by people on my left, don’t forget that I already came as Canelo to the United States, and that He always profited from my name, he never lost a single cent, but more than that, he made money. “The only thing this man does is be a scourge of boxing, stealing from boxers.”

In the co-star, the Argentine Fabian TNT Maidan fell unanimously on the scorecards after battling for 12 rounds, but without putting the Aztec Mario Barrios. The brother of Chinese he passed up the chance to obtain the interim welterweight world title of the World Boxing Council in what was the most important presentation he underwent in his career. The record of the 31-year-old fighter now indicates that he has 22 wins (16KO) and 3 losses, while his rival now has 29 wins (18KO) and 2 lost fights against Gervonta Davis and Keith Thurman.

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