By Mike Sloan live from ringside: Lightweight contender Ricardo Alvarez had a much harder time than he had hoped for when late replacement Sergio Thompson stepped in for Omar Figueroa. Alvarez, whose brother “Canelo” was the star of the evening, probably would have benefited by opting out off of the card because on Saturday night, he was pounded for ten rounds and lost a unanimous decision.
Thompson, a bomber from Chetumal, Mexico, used precision punching and perfect distance to pick apart the Guadalajara fighter from the start. Thompson continuously racked his foe with a stinging right hand throughout the encounter; he wobbled him several times and floored him twice. Though the first of the knockdowns came in the second courtesy of a hybrid left hook/jab, it was the right hand that did Alvarez in.
Alvarez was felled by a straight right in the eighth and by the time the final bell sounded, the left side of his face was a battered, swollen mess. Thompson (29-3, 26 KOs) was nearly flawless with his leads and counters and wound up winning via tallies of 95-93 (twice) and 97-91. SecondsOut also scored it for Thompson, but by the wider margin of 98-90. Alvarez dipped to 23-3-3 with 13 KOs.
“In the first round I knew I hurt him and I knew I had sufficient power at 135 pounds,” Thompson said. “I’m very excited about this because I was training for another fight and I took this fight on one week’s notice and I was able to counter him effectively.”
Thompson (29-3, 26 KOs) knocked down Alvarez (23-3-3, 13 KOs) for the first time in his career in the third round and scored another knockdown in the eighth round with a thundering overhand right.
“I’m going to talk to my team to see if I should stay at 135 pounds,” Alvarez said. “I threw punches like I normally do, but the power wasn’t there.”
March 8, 2014