By Derek Bonnett: Saul Alvarez has caught every break in the sport of boxing conceivably except with the fans in the USA. Similarly to Chavez Jr., Alvarez’ every move has been questioned, scrutinized, and demeaned ever since some boxing scribe dared utter the red-haired Mexican had potential to be great. This is often the case with Mexican fighters who dare to fight often and amass an impressive record in a relatively short period of time by American standards. We heard he fought nobody, was a paper champion, beat old-timers, picked on smaller fighters, and got a gift in his biggest win. Then he went and got exposed by the best fighter of his era and had people wondering how much he had left.
Just last week, we watched Vasyl Lomachenko get criticized for taking the quick route unlike Alvarez and being ill-equipped to handle his first world title fight as a professional in bout number two. His loss was not to the best fighter of his era or even his division. Yet, most felt he was the better man for having those twelve rounds under his belt. Is "Canelo" not also better for having shared the ring for twelve rounds with a sure fire all-time great?
Apparently not, because prior to his dominance and eventual stoppage of Alfredo Angulo, Alvarez’ chances were being questioned by quite a few fans. Why Alvarez would struggle greatly with Angulo was beyond me, but there were plenty calling for the upset. Then something really unfair happened: Those same naysayers were hoisting Alvarez back up on a pedestal for his defeat of Angulo. In spite of praise being involved, this act, in my opinion, is also another negative for Alvarez. Why? Because now for some he’s back to the point where his expectations have once again become exaggerated. After all, he only beat Alfredo Angulo, a man James Kirkland stopped in six rounds and Kermit Cintron outpointed over ten. Alvarez was always going to beat Angulo and the win only got him back on track toward re-establishing himself. It did not raise his standing in the boxing world; just as he was before the bout, Alvarez is still the second best man at 154 pounds, not Erislandy Lara or Miguel Cotto.
On Saturday, March 8, at Coliseo Dibos Dammert, Lima, Peru, Alberto Rossel defeated Gabriel Mendoza by unanimous decision in a twelve round interim WBA light flyweight title bout. Rossel notched his fourth title defense in his homeland and raised his record to 32-8 (13). Mendoza dipped to 19-3-2 (16).
Rossel maintained his number seven ranking among SecondsOut’s top-rated 108-pounders.
Also on this date, at MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, Saul Alvarez stopped Alfredo Angulo in ten rounds of a light middleweight bout. The halt came at the :47 mark. At the time of the stoppage, Alvarez led on the score cards 89-82 twice and 88-83. "Canelo" lifted his ledger to 43-1-1 (31). Angulo fell to 22-4 (18).
Alvarez remained SecondsOut’s number two junior middleweight, behind only his lone conqueror Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Also on the card, Leo Santa Cruz won a unanimous decision over Cristian Mijares in a twelve round WBC super bantamweight title bout. The champion prevailed by scores of 120-108 twice and 119-109. Santa Cruz defended his title for the second time and improved his dossier to 27-0-1 (15). Mijares fell to 49-8-2 (24).
Santa Cruz held onto his number two ranking amid SecondsOut’s best super bantamweights.
SecondsOut ranked fighters in action through March 16, 2014:
On Saturday, March 15:
At Villa La Ñata Sporting Club, Benavídez, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Juan Carlos Reveco versus Manuel Vides in a twelve round WBA flyweight title bout
At Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez, Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Danny Garcia versus Mauricio Herrera in a twelve round WBA/WBC super lightweight world title bout
At Dynamo Palace of Sports in Krylatskoye, Moscow, Russia, Grigory Drozd versus Jeremy Ouana in a twelve round cruiserweight bout; Rakhim Chakhkiev versus Juho Haapoja in a twelve round cruiserweight bout
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