- Canelo Alvarez floors James Kirkland three times en route to TKO win
- Kirkland (32-2, 28 KOs) was without longtime trainer Ann Wolfe
- Alvarez improves to 45-1-1, 32 KOs and eyes Miguel Cotto showdownSigning off from Houston
That’s all for now, but tonight’s outcome sets the stage for a vastly fascinating series of fights ahead. Should Miguel Cotto get through Daniel Geale on 6 June – not a sure thing – a Canelo-Cotto showdown essentially becomes the biggest fight that can be made today. Certainly a meeting between the winner and Gennady Golovkin is a mouth-watering prospect as well. Big things ahead. And for once, they don’t involve Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao.
A sampling of the reaction from boxing insiders from a knockout that reminded us just how dangerous Canelo can be.
Round 1Kirkland sprints from the corner. Nice right hand from Kirkland early. Making good on his promise to keep this fight in a phone booth, keeping Alvarez covered up against the ropes. But now Alvarez lashes back with a left hook and an uppercut and he’s hurt Kirkland! Seems Kirkland backed off after that first body shot. Kirkland is down! Incredible first round and Kirkland barely made it out.
Guardian’s unofficial score: Alvarez 10-8 Kirkland (Alvarez 10-8 Kirkland)
Round 2Canelo picks up where he left off in the first, attacking to the head and body. Kirkland needs to start throwing punches or the referee could stop this. He looks out on his feet. Only Kirkland’s superhuman conditioning has kept him in this. Halfway through the round and finally it seems Kirkland has his feet back under him. He’s got Canelo backed up against the ropes now as he throws combinations to the head, but Canelo fires back with a thudding body shot that hurts Kirkland. Might Canelo have punched himself out? An all-out war. Kirkland giving as bad as he’s getting.
Guardian’s unofficial score: Alvarez 9-10 Kirkland (Alvarez 19-18 Kirkland)
Round 3 (Alvarez wins by TKO!)Kirkland with a left to the body, but Canelo comes back with two sharp hooks and some nice comhination punching. A massive right uppercut from Canelo and Kirkland is floored again! Makes it to his feet and convinces the referee he’s OK, but then a destructive right hand from Canelo knocks Kirkland down and out cold. It’s over! Canelo Alvarez wins by knockout!