Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez put on a dominant performance to defeat Jermell Charlo by unanimous decision in Las Vegas.
Judges scored the fight 119-108, 118-109, 118-109 in favor of the Mexican superstar who held on to his undisputed super-middleweight status.
Alvarez was in control of the fight from the start, pressing Charlo against the ropes and unleashing body shots on the American.
The 33-year-old Alvarez scored the only knockdown of the fight in the seventh round with an overhand right and an uppercut.
It was just the second time in his career Charlo had been knocked down, but he was quick to get back to his feet.
🐐 Canelo Alvarez at age 33:— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) October 1, 2023
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Alvarez continued to dominate and while failing to get the knockout blow, came away with a statement victory
Charlo, who had not fought since May last year and jumped up two weight classes for this fight, landed some solid punches but offered nothing that could stop his opponent.
The win improves Alvarez’s record to 60-2-2 as he successfully defended his world titles for the second time this year, having defeated Britain’s John Ryder on May 6 in Mexico.
“Nobody can beat this Canelo,” Alvarez said after the fight. “We know he’s a great fighter. He knows how to move in the ring. We worked on attacking the body for three months. For three months in the mountains without my family… We made an excellent preparation”