First and foremost, A big round of applause to all the combatants that partook in tonight’s event called, “Toe to Toe.” Many “boxing” experts expressed their dislikes and concerns about this event being no good, and what not. Well the “few” of you who ordered it, or freeloaded off some friend and watched this boxing event, I’m pretty sure you all had a great time watching some action packed fights. “Toe to Toe” lived to its expectation and provided four exciting fan friendly bouts. Once the whole Carlos Molina issue arose, many even made the bold statement that “Toe to Toe” should not be pay per view and be televised on Showtime for free. Well, tonight, once again, boxing proved to be alive and thriving.
Many have argued that Canelo is a fraud, a creation, and a paper champ because of the way he was brought to the US market by Oscar de la Hoya. However, after tonight’s performance, was a “beast” unleashed? In a shocking manner, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez obliterated Alfredo Angulo. In other words, the “Toe to Toe” main event ended up being nothing more than target practice for Canelo Alvarez. This without a doubt turned out to be a surprise because many of us, including the Heavy Bag team, expected a lot more from Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo. We expected Angulo to give Canelo hell, and pressure him the entire 12 rounds like we’ve never seen before. But in reality what we all witness was a superb Alvarez on many boxing dimensions.
Off the bat, in the first couple of seconds, Canelo threw and connected a brutal left hook to Angulo’s head that could had knocked out any other opponent at 154 lb. division. This was contrary to what many said that Canelo is a “slow starter.” Aside from his poor performance against Floyd “Money” Mayweather, we have seen that Canelo is not a one dimensional fighter, as generally Mexican fighters are categorized. Canelo has proved that he has the ability to box when needed, go toe to toe when needed, and exhibit world class boxing defense, often confused as taking time off to rest. On the other side, Angulo started slower than what many expected. He simply just stood there and obserbed everything Canelo had to offer. For the first four rounds, Angulo seemed to be playing “patty cake” with Canelo’s gloves, as there was no sing of force behind his punches. It wasn’t till several rounds later, and after get scold by Virgil Hunter, where Angulo began to apply more pop on his punches and tag Canelo here and there. But it all seemed to be a little too late, as Angulo’s face began to deform and swell up. Canelo was simply landing at will.
There where several moments where the fight appeared in becoming an all out dog fight, as both Mexican warriors stayed in the pocket exchanging leather. In round 8th, the crowd went crazy as Angulo landed a solid right that caught Canelo’s attention, and begged for more as he walked to the ropes with his guard down. In valiant manner, Canelo without looking kept bobbing and weaving, and even attempting a couple of shoulder rolls, most likely acquired during his fight with Floyd. Seemed that Canelo did learned something in his defeat. In round 9, along with Angulo and many fans disgust, Tony Weeks, stopped the fight when Canelo landed a vicious uppercut on Angulo’s face. Angulo didn’t appeared to look hurt or staggered, but Mr. Weeks saw and was aware of all the unnecessary punishment that Angulo was taking and decided to save Angulo from him self, and awarding the technical knock out victory to Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
It’s safe to say that we can all agree to disagree whether the stoppage was correct or not, however, this decision should not taint Canelo’s spectacular performance tonight. The kid this his job, fought a strong and tough opponent, and fought a fight in a way that many didn’t think Canelo would do. Canelo fought Angulo’s fight, and came victorious. For that matter, kudos to Canelo. As far as Perro- well, he lives to fight another day! In all honesty, it was tough watching Angulo take so much punishment. Angulo is a really nice guy with an enormous heart who has a lot to live for. Once all emotions are put aside, many will coincide with Tony Weeks’ decision after reviewing the tape. We would all hate to have another Magomed Abdusalamov situation, or god forbid another tragedy like Frankie Leal.
So, what’s next for Saul “Canelo” Alvarez? Two opponents, James Kirkland and Erislandy Lara. Lets see if a “beast” was truly unleaded.
Till Next Time,
Rudy “Ruthless” Gutierrez