Canelo is the big boss again
By Yannis Mihanos: Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (56-1-2) for one more fight dictated the outcome of the fight and proved who’s the boss in the middleweight division.
Billy Joe Saunders (30-1) tried many tactics, but none of them worked.
They didn’t work because he was not able to sustain the power of the blows that Canelo was throwing at him.
The bigger space in the ring (22 feet) helped Saunders to stay a bit more in the rounds than he could.
But it was a matter of time until Canelo finally got him, first with a big punch in the ribs and then one that crashed Saunders’s cheekbone.
There was no need for further heroisms by Saunders; his team did well to stop the fight in the 8th round.
It’s hard for any fighter to accept a defeat without going the distance; a similar thing happened to Deontay Wilder.
It has passed so much time, and that defeat from Tyson Fury still hurts. It’s the quitting part that most bothers him.
His fighting pride is hurt.
If the fighter has a possibility to win then, he may continue even if is hurt, but in this case, Saunders didn’t stand a chance.
No one can say that Saunders didn’t have courage; anyone who comes into the ring and fights is a brave one.
What now for Canelo?
So more belts now for Canelo, all coming at the right time and place.
Canelo now shows great maturity and mastery over his craft.
His training and preparation show in the ring.
The work speaks for itself
It’s something that before was put on hold when Oscar’s Golden Boy promotions were doing the selection of the fights.
It was taking too long, and he could hardly fight for two times per year.
But Canelo likes to fight frequently. Why not if you train hard and you are fit enough?
Any opponent who thinks he can beat this Canelo he must think again. At the moment, this version of Canelo cannot get outsmarted or outboxed .
He has found his winning formula and the momentum is all on him now.
He is the boss
Who’s gonna be next in line? Caleb Plant seems to be the next in line, the best candidate for next September, he is a champion and Canelo wants to clear all other champions in the division.
Full stadiums is now unusual
It felt a bit unusual to see again so big crowd after a long time of watching fights and matches in empty stadiums and theaters.
The AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas was packed with many Canelo supporters.
It was a great night and a great spectacle, a welcoming return of audiences in boxing.
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