By Geno McGahee
Canelo Alvarez, 42-0-1, 30 KO’s, had his hands full in a competitive fight with Austin Trout, 26-1, 14 KO’s, winning a decision via scores of 115-112, 116-111 and 118-109 in a fight that was much closer than the scorecards indicated. Trout was dropped in round seven from a right hand, but other than that, the bout was relatively even, with ebbs and flows. The power of Canelo was the difference in the end, although he fought cautiously.
There was open scoring and when Canelo was informed that he was well ahead after 8 rounds, he fought like it. He didn’t take any chances and just deflected punches, cruising safely to the victory.
Alvarez can now look forward to Floyd Mayweather, JR., if he gets beyond Robert Guerrero.
Omar Figueroa, 21-0-1, 17 KO’s, blitzed Abner Cotto, 16-1, 7 KO’s, and walked through him with relative ease. Figueroa landed a left hook to the body which crumbled Cotto to the floor. He got up at nine, but it didn’t last long from there. Another body shot put Cotto down for the full ten. Figueroa is a guy to watch.
Jermall Charlo, 13-0, 9 KO’s, pounded Orlando Lora, 29-4-2, 19 KO’s, into submission in four rounds, picking up the TKO win in a super welterweight contest.
Super flyweight, Ivan Morales, 21-0, 13 KO’s, cruised to an easy UD over Raul Hidalgo, 17-8, 13 KO’s.