Tonight there are two major boxing cards, both in Las Vegas, which is astonishing because I was told the sport died several months ago. Bloody Elbow provides you live coverage of the night's action, and this post will cover the WBC Light Middleweight (154 lbs) Championship fight between undefeated Mexican sensation Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (40-0-1, 29 KOs) and valiant underdog Josesito Lopez (30-4, 18 KOs), who typically fights at junior welterweight.
I will be here to provide live results of the undercard fights and full round-by-round commentary of the main event. Brent Brookhouse has you covered over at SBNation.com as well as Bad Left Hook.
The Showtime broadcast starts live at 9 PM ET and is delayed to the West at 9 PM PT. There are four fights on the card so the main event will probably happen at around midnight-ish eastern time.
There are two rules you should really pay attention to: NO SPOILERS of Martinez vs. Chavez Jr. or any other fight on that card. Doing so will result in warns and possibly bans. Secondly, NO ILLEGAL STREAM LINKS OR DISCUSSION. Even cryptic references will be snuffed out and you'll be virtually thrown out by Bloody Elbow's bodyguards.
Here's the full Showtime card:
Saul "Canelo" Alvarez vs. Josesito Lopez - Weight Class: 154 lbs
Jhonny Gonzalez vs. Daniel Ponce De Leon - Weight Class: 126 lbs
Marcos Maidana vs. Jesus Soto Karass - Weight Class: 147 lbs
Leo Santa Cruz vs. Eric Morel - Weight Class: 118 lbs
Full results after the jump.
Undercard Results Recap
Leo Santa Cruz vs. Eric Morel - IBF Bantamweight Championship
Santa Cruz and Morel spent much of the fight in close quarters, and the 36-year-old challenger Morel had no answer for Santa Cruz's left hook to the body. The champion Santa Cruz kept a high pace, threw multiple combinations throughout the fight and gave Morel no space. Santa Cruz threw over 100 punches in multiple rounds and his body work along with excellent mixing of strikes to the head significantly reduced Morel's offensive output as the rounds dragged on. In the end, Morel was taking too much of a beating, and his corner stopped the fight at the end of the 5th round. Fun fight, but pure domination by the young Mexican. Leo Santa Cruz (21-0, 12 KOs) def. Eric Morel (46-4, 23 KOs) via TKO (corner stoppage) at the end of the 5th round.
Marcos Maidana vs. Jesus Soto Karass - vacant WBA Inter-Continental Welterweight Title
I can't even properly describe this fight. Maidana had two point deductions for repeated fouls, and Soto Karass had one for punching after the break. Maidana lost his 2nd point in the 7th round from hitting on the break, but responded with a thunderous right hand that floored Soto Karass. While Soto Karass survived the round, Maidana swarmed Soto Karass in the 8th and Kenny Bayless stepped in to save him from any more punishment. This was an ugly, beautiful and entertaining slugfest all at once. Marcos Maidana (32-3, 29 KOs) def. Jesus Soto Karass (26-8-3, 17 KOs) via TKO (referee stoppage) at :43 of round 8.
Jhonny Gonzalez vs. Daniel Ponce De Leon - WBC Featherweight Championship
Surprisingly, this was a very reserved fight with little in the way of wild flurries and huge exchanges. Gonzalez controlled the early rounds but failed to land damaging blows. In the 6th round, Ponce De Leon hurt Gonzalez with a left hook, chased him across the ring and fired a left to the body, and flurried until Gonzalez was through the ropes and down. At first glance it looked like a push, but Kenny Bayless gave a knockdown anyway. Ponce De Leon pushed the pace and started landing the harder punches, but in the 8th round an unfortunate and nasty clash of heads occurred, setting off a nasty cut over Gonzalez's right eye. The round was scored, and the fight went to a technical decision. Ponce De Leon pulled off the unanimous decision upset, and evidently the last three rounds didn't make a difference Daniel Ponce De Leon (44-4, 35 KOs) def. Jhonny Gonzalez (52-8, 45 KOs) via technical decision (79-72, 79-72, 77-74) and is the NEW WBC Featherweight Champion. 79-72 is an absurd scorecard by Dick Hauck and David Sutherland.
Saul "Canelo" Alvarez vs. Josesito Lopez - WBC Light Middleweight Championship
Round 1 - Both fighters come out jabbing early. Good right over the top by Canelo. Left hook to the body by Lopez. Canelo throwing his left more than usual, his jab is landing well. Body shot and a right hook by Canelo. Right hand by Lopez blocked. Good left hook glances and the round ends with Canelo landing the better shots and showing off his speed. 10-9 Canelo.
Round 2 - Lopez comes forward early and lands shots to the body and to the midsection. Now a good right by Lopez with Alvarez against the ropes! Good body shot by Canelo and Lopez is against the ropes. Both men missing shots but Alvarez DRILLS a left to the body. ANOTHER BODY SHOT AND AN UPPERCUT AND LOPEZ IS DOWN! And he is saved by the bell! 10-8 Canelo
Round 3 - Another left hook to the body drops Lopez! Canelo is walking him down and brutalizing his body. Left hook, right hook, flurry in the corner by Canelo! Lopez is trapped. Canelo starting to pick his shots. Another body-head combo by Canelo. Lopez lands a right but Canelo is unfazed. They finish in the center of the ring and Lopez is a warrior. He can't take much more, can he? 10-8 Canelo
Round 4 - Lopez constantly on his backfoot now. Eating shots against the ropes. Two right hands back Lopez up and they clinch, Cortez separates them. Canelo just misses a left uppercut. And I think Canelo just threw a low blow. Timeout is called by Cortez and Lopez is recovering. Replay looks to be below the belt line. Time back in with 1:10 left. Lopez firing away combinations but with little power or effectiveness. Lethal head-body combination against the ropes sends Lopez down yet again. And he's saved by the ball again. 10-8 Canelo
Round 5 - Lopez eating more shots against the ropes, Cortez is looking closely. Lopez is throwing but Canelo is avoiding so easily. Canelo and Lopez fighting inside but Canelo is landing cleaner shots and Lopez is hurt again. Lopez lands a good right cross. Canelo throws short uppercuts inside. Now he's unleashing more shots, two more right hands, and Cortez steps in to stop it just before the end of the round. Just pure dominance from one of the best in the world. Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KOs) def. Josesito Lopez (30-5, 18 KOs) via TKO (referee stoppage) at 2:55 of round 5 to remain the WBC Light Middleweight Champion.