Canelo Dominates Charlo, Retains His Undisputed Super Middleweight Titles Via A Unanimous Decision

Canelo Alvarez dominated a resilient Jermell Charlo to retain his undisputed super middleweight titles with a unanimous-decision win.

The fight began with a contrast of styles. Canelo used his feints to get a feeling over how Charlo would come out, as the latter boxed on the outside with his jab. Alvarez sought to go on the offensive as he let loose with his hooks and aimed to back Charlo up. While nothing of note landed, Canelo was the busier fighter.

Charlo continued to use his jab, but Canelo responded with more shots to the body in the second. The American was on the ropes again, the very thing he needed to avoid to increase his chances of success. Alvarez continued to stalk his opponent as Charlo resorted to more clinching as Alvarez dominated the first three rounds.

In a fight that was very one-sided, Charlo’s biggest success came in the fifth. A left hook caught Alvarez on the side of the head, which was followed up by a combination. But once again, Alvarez’s hooks made contact as the Mexican was unfazed by Charlo’s power. Canelo continued to swallow everything that Charlo threw, as the difference in weight was noticeable. Charlo’s power from 154 pounds could not penetrate Canelo’s defense.

 

It was the same theme in the second half of the fight. The American’s output had to increase, but in doing so, he suffered. Alvarez landed a huge right hand, which was followed up by an uppercut to the chin in the seventh, which sent Charlo to the ropes. The American took his time to get up as Canelo followed up with a jab and a left hook. Charlo, though, made it out of the round.

As the fight entered round nine, Charlo’s aim was clear. To target a Canelo, who may have become tired following his attacks. But ultimately, Charlo’s power shots had no impact on Canelo despite the American staying with the Mexican.

In the final two rounds, Charlo needed a stoppage to make history. Derrick James instructed his fighter to go all out and let his hands go. But the American could not find anything to trouble Alvarez, but he did make it to the final bell. The scorecards read as follows: 119-108, 118-109, 118-109.

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