Saul “Canelo” Alvarez once again etched his name in the annals of boxing history with a spectacular performance, solidifying his reign as the super middleweight kingpin. On a riveting Saturday night, Alvarez secured a resounding unanimous decision victory over Jermell Charlo, defending his undisputed world title in emphatic fashion.
In a showdown between two undisputed champions, Mexico’s Alvarez showcased his mastery, flooring Charlo in the seventh round and successfully defending his WBO, WBC, WBA, and IBF belts. In doing so, Canelo became the first pugilist to achieve the remarkable feat of defending all four titles for a third consecutive time, a testament to his unparalleled prowess in the division.
The judges’ scorecards were unequivocal, with two judges seeing it 118-109 and the third scoring it 119-108, all in favor of Alvarez. Right from the opening bell, Canelo asserted himself as the aggressor, ultimately sending Charlo to the canvas for only the second time in his career during the seventh round. A blistering right to the temple followed by a precision uppercut had the American boxer sagging to one knee.
Breaking Records: Canelo Alvarez’s Unique Achievement over Jermell Charlo
Canelo’s strategy had been meticulously planned – he intended to target Charlo’s body, and he executed this plan with precision, delivering punishing blows from both his right and left hands. Charlo, the undisputed super welterweight world champion, who was stepping up above the 154-pound limit for the first time, struggled to find his rhythm against Alvarez’s relentless assault. The Mexican maestro dictated the tempo, cut off the ring effectively, and consistently pushed Charlo on the defensive.
Alvarez’s record now stands at an astonishing 60-2-2 with 39 knockouts, and he successfully backed up his assertion that his high-altitude training camp in the California mountains had reinvigorated his fitness and strength.
“I’m the best,” declared an exultant Alvarez after the fight. “Who’s better? Nobody can beat this Canelo.” Charlo, who saw his record drop to 35-2 with one draw and 19 knockouts, had no retort to offer, simply acknowledging the nature of the sport, stating, “It’s boxing. Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose.”
In the aftermath of this electrifying encounter, the boxing world stands in awe of Canelo Alvarez’s unparalleled talent and tenacity, as he continues to ascend to new heights in the super middleweight division.