By Marc Livitz: HBO’s “Star Power” Pay-per-View extravaganza treated fans to a split-site night of action. The main event between Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Victor Ortiz in Las Vegas was preceded by a one bout telecast from the Staples Center in Los Angeles which saw the undefeated and increasingly popular Saul “Canelo” Alvarez take on Alfonso Gomez in a light middleweight contest.
Both fighters, whom originally hail from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico each made the weight limit of 154 lbs., with Alvarez at 153.5 lbs. and Gomez at 152.5 lbs. A stark contrast however, existed between the contestants’ weights once the opening bell rang. Alvarez managed to hydrate himself all the way up to Super Middleweight with his weight at 168 lbs. Gomez remained less drastic at 159 lbs.
Alfonso Gomez gained some notability with his appearance on the American TV reality series “The Contender” in recent years and he managed to throw the normally active Alvarez off his game plan in the early rounds. The opening stanza was very much a battle of nerves and neither fighter did much to separate themselves from each other. That all changed with about ten seconds left when Canelo Alvarez dropped an off-balance Gomez with a straight left. Replays of the knockdown confirmed that
Gomez was basically knocked down by a jab. He then tried to openly engage Alvarez in a battle, which in round 2 saw both fighters throw a few wild shots. Alvarez seemed as though he had lost a bit of control over his punches as the two fighters tried to land a solid shot.
The pace of the bout slowed somewhat in round 3. Gomez had seemingly thrown the normally steady Alvarez into a funk. He was patient as he hoped to change the course of the fight. By the time round 4 began, only the freak knockdown in round 1 made the difference on the scorecards.
Gomez was fighting quite admirably considering his opponent. Alvarez appeared to be content to wait for his chance to land a decisive blow as he connected on a few combinations.