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Article: Canelo Alvarez remains the king of super middleweight

Canelo Alvarez remains the king of super middleweight

Canelo Alvarez remains the king of super middleweight

By William Dumoulin

Photo credit: Premier Boxing Champions

This Saturday, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, in an evening presented by Premier Boxing Champions in association with Golden Boy Promotions, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (61-2-2, 39 KO) faced Jaime Munguia (43-1, 34 KO) in a 100% Mexican duel. The 4 titles of the undisputed super-middleweight champion, Canelo, were at stake in a duel which promised to be frenzied from the first bell.

Boxing fans were not disappointed, as from the start, Jaime Munguia came out like a lion throwing a lot of punches, trying to destabilize Canelo. The latter therefore lost the first three rounds. However, a big uppercut in the 4th round changed the fight as Alvarez sent Munguia to the mat. From that point on, the undisputed super middleweight champion dominated his compatriot, using excellent upper body movements, strong defense and excellent counterattack, especially with his left hook and uppercut, to win the rest of the rounds. This resulted in a unanimous decision victory for Alvarez (117-110, 116-111, 115-112). Canelo demonstrated in this fight the extent of his boxing IQ and that he is still capable of dominating against the division's elite.

The rest will be interesting, as several contenders are ready to face Canelo in his next fight, in September. Will it be David Benavidez, Edgar Berlanga, William Scull, Christian Mbilli, or someone else?

In the semi-final of the evening, Mario Barrios (29-2, 18 KO) defended his WBC interim welterweight title against Fabian Andres Maidana (22-3, 16 KO). Behind a good jab, Barrios managed to quite easily dominate his Argentine opponent and win a unanimous decision on the judges' cards (116-111 X 3).

Another interim WBC title was on the line, this time at featherweight as American Brandon Figueroa (24-1-1, 19 KOs) faced former world champion Jessie Magdaleno (29-2, 18 KO). The fight was much tougher than expected for Figueroa, while Magdaleno had a lot of success during the fight. However, at the end of the 9th round, the interim WBC champion managed to land a big body shot that ended the fight, while his opponent was unable to get up.

To open the main card, the very talented Eimantas Stanionis (15-0, 9 KO) was finally back after two years of absence. For the occasion, he defended his regular WBA welterweight championship against former Olympian Gabriel Maestre (6-1-1, 5 KO). In a fight that took place mainly in the clinch, Stanionis had the upper hand with good defense, greater volume and greater precision in the punches thrown. The judges handed out scorecards largely in favor of the Lithuanian world champion (117-111, 118-110, 119-109).

Premier Boxing Champions will present another gala, as part of their broadcast agreement with Amazon Prime, on June 15, when Gervonta “Tank” Davis will face Frank Martin. In the semi-finals of this gala, David Benavidez will have the chance to win the WBC interim light heavyweight title when he faces former world champion Oleksandr Gvozdyk.

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