Houston, TX – In one of the fast paced and exciting fights in recent memory, Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez scored a highlight reel knockout over the incredibly rugged James Kirkland. With the win Canelo improves his professional record to 45-1-1 (32 KOs).
The fight got off to an unbelievably fast pace. Kirkland came right out of the gate landing hard hooks which seemed to stun Canelo for a moment. Kirkland was doing very nice work of smothering Canelo’s attack and keeping him pinned to the ropes. Around a minute into the round, Canelo managed to clinch Kirkland and force a break in the action. This gave Canelo the space he needed to work. He rocked Kirkland repeatedly with hard hooks to the body and then dropped him in the final minute with a hard right hand counter.
Miraculously, Kirkland managed to finish the round on his feet. Kirkland came back and arguably won the second round. He weathered the storm in the early part of the round and took advantage of a slightly punched out Canelo. He managed to keep Canelo pinned to the ropes for the vast majority of a grueling round.
Round three started the same as the first two, at a whirlwind pace. Kirkland was beginning to really get through to Canelo and have some very nice success. However, the far more technically skilled Canelo snuck in a beautiful right uppercut as Kirkland was coming in and floored the Texas native hard. Kirkland was not going to give in though, he managed to beat the count and continue to throw hard punches. Canelo hurt Kirkland to the body and the feigned to the body and caught Kirkland with a thunderous overhand right as Kirkland was uncorking a wide and wild hook. Kirkland hit the canvas in a very ugly and scary scene. There would be no count.
Canelo will now be patiently watching to see what happens between Miguel Cotto and Daniel Geale on June 6th. Should Cotto come out victorious, a Canelo vs Cotto fight would be one of the biggest the sport has to offer.