After eleven and a half years of fighting outside Mexico, Saúl Canelo Álvarez won on points and unanimous decision tough British boxer John Ryder and retained all four super middleweight crowns he put on the line in front of a crowd at Chivas de Guadalajara stadium.
Álvarez’s dominance was absolute from the start until the final bell. Canelo set the conditions, he asserted his favorite credentials and didn’t give his rival any chance to ruin his party. Only the knockout was missingthe one he was about to reach by averaging the race, so much so that he dreamed of returning to his homeland.
The 32-year-old Mexican, who has been inactive since his points win at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas against Kazakh Gennady Golovkin last September, has been looking to take center stage from the outset.
Canelo seemed to quickly forget that it came from overcoming it an operation on his left wrist and exposed its wide variety of resources to connect Ryder. Sometimes she chose the body. In others, in the head. In most of them, effectively.
Towards the end of the third round, the English southpaw, interim champion and mandatory challenger of the World Boxing Organization, began to show the marks that Canelo gave him. As if that weren’t enough, his lack of speed not only prevented him from moving forward in search of Álvarez’s humanity, but also made it difficult for him to execute defensive maneuvers.
Average of fifth roundafter a fourth chapter in which nothing has changed, Canelo shot a combination of left and right in the face, and English collapsed. The referee of the match has counted and Ryder stood up denoting courage and beauty.
Although supremacy was still held by the local boxer, the following rounds were the best for the challenger and, consequently, for the fight.
In that pass, Ryder made his best connections, although Canelo came to the conclusion that his opponent’s shots were insignificant to say the least and that the numbers on the cards were favorable, and it was then that he adopted the position of waiting for the favorable opportunity to resolve the cause ahead of time.
The goal was difficult for him because he had ahead of him a rival willing to receive his bombardments and do whatever it takes to stay on your feet. On more than one occasion the legs of the British were made of jelly. For example, at the end of the eighth he visited the canvas again but the referee ruled it a trip, and in the ninth he returned to face Álvarez’s punishment with integrity and even challenge it.
Álvarez finally persisted, but Ryder held his own stand up, stoic and force heroic action in the final assault to claim an epic triumph. However, none of this happened and the Mexican had to settle for extending his record to 59 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses, with one win in the table (judges saw him win 120-107, 118-109 and 118-109).
“He’s a great fighter, with a lot of heart, he had a lot to gain and nothing to lose, and that made him more dangerous,” he analyzed the winner after the match and warned that “there is Canelo for a while“His next target could be 175 pounds, more specifically in a rematch in September with Russian World Boxing Association heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol, who beat him in May last year.”If that rematch doesn’t take place, I’ll go for more fights.”anticipated the man from Guadalajara.
Ryder, who He achieved his goal of finishing the fight on his feethe was therefore left with a service record including 32 wins and 6 losses.
Canelo in Mexico, more than 11 years later
Canelo’s last fight in his home country was on November 26, 2011. On that occasion, he knocked out Puerto Rican Kermit Cintron in the fifth round in Mexico City’s Plaza de Toros to retain his World Council of Super Welterweight title . GB). I was 21 years old.
Then, the boxer born in San Agustín, on the outskirts of Guadalajara, made 22 consecutive appearances for the United States. Tonight was his 35th fight in his country. Of the previous 34, he had won 33, some against Argentine rivals such as Carlos Leonardo Herrera and Carlos Baldomir of Santa Fe and Luciano Cuello of La Plata.
The evening was part of the celebrations for the bicentenary of the declaration of Jalisco as a free and sovereign state (it will take place on June 16th).
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