WBA/WBC super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez (56-1-2, 38 KOs) stopped previously unbeaten WBO champ Billy Joe Saunders (30-1, 14 KOs) by an eighth-round stoppage on Saturday night to become a three-belt champ on Saturday night at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Canelo hurt Saunders with a powerful left uppercut in the 8th round that closed his left eye. Immediately getting hurt, Saunders backed off and threw nothing for the remainder of the round.
At the end of the round, Saunders shook his head and let his trainer know that he didn’t wish to continue fighting.
“I thought I beat his cheek, and I told [trainer] Eddy [Reynoso] ‘He’s not going to come out because I broke his cheek.'”
Underard results from Texas
WBO light flyweight champion Elwin Soto (19-1, 13 KOs) defeated former IBF/WBA/WBO minimumweight champion Katsunari Takayama (32-9, 12 KOs) by a ninth round technical knockout in the co-feature. The referee Lawrence Cole jumped in and stopped the fight in what appeared to be a premature stoppage in the ninth. Takayama was taking shots as he coming forward, but he didn’t look hurt. Cole made a judgmental call to halt the fight due to some of the big shots the 37-year-old Takayama was taking in the round. The much bigger, stronger, and younger 24-year-old Soto had hurt Takayama in rounds 1, 6, and 8. Basically, Soto hurt Takayama in every round with big shots, but it didn’t stop the brave Japanese fighter from coming forward. Sotto was definitely gassing out from the pressure that Takayama was putting on him, and it would have been interesting to see how the fight would have played out.
Souleymane Cissokho (13-0, 8 KOs) survived a ninth round knockdown to defeat WBA Inter-continental junior middleweight champion Kieron Conway (16-2-1, 3 KOs) by a 10 round split decision. The scores were 96-93, 95-94 for Cissokho, and 97-92 for Conway. Boxing News 24 scored it for Cissokho. Conway dropped Cissokho in the ninth round from hard uppercut. Cissokho barely beat the the count.
Heavyweight contender Frank Sanchez (18-0, 13 KOs) defeated journeyman Nagy Aguilera (21-11, 14 KOs) by a six round unanimous decision. Sanchez, 28, hurt Aguilera with a right hand with a right hand to the shoulder and back of the head in the sixth. Aguilera went down in delayed reaction and complained of being hit with a rabbit punch. He wanted a point deduction from Sanchez, but it didn’t matter. Aguilera was unable to continue fighting because his left shoulder was injured.
Super featherweight prospect Marc Castro (3-0, 3 KOs) kept his perfect knockout record intact with a fourth-round stoppage of Irving Macias Castillo (9-2). Referee Rosario Solis stopped the fight at 2:04 of the fourth round. Castro was hitting Castillo at will with shots.
Welterweight Christian Alan Gomez Duran (20-2-1, 18 KOs) defeated Xavier Wilson (11-3-1, 1 KOs) by a second round knockout. The fight was halted at 2:19 by referee Rosario Solis.
Light welterweight Keyshawn Davis (3-0, 2 KOs) pitched a shutout with a lopsided six round unanimous decision over journeyman Jose Antonio Meza (7-5, 2 KOs). The scores were 60-54, 60-54, 60-54.
Welterweight Kevin Davis (2-0, 1 KOs) was shockingly dropped in the fourth round but held on to defeat Jan Marsalek (8-3, 7 KOs) by a four-round unanimous decision. The scores were 38-37, 38-37, 38-37. The performance by the 24-year-old Davis leaves a lot of questions about whether this guy is going to be the fighter that some thought he’d be. Although he’s young, he should have been able to beat the Czech fighter a lot easier than he did if he was for real.