Anaheim- Rising star from Mexico, Saul Canelo Alvarez dominated Matthew Hatton over twelve one sided rounds in front of a raucous crowd at the Honda Center on Saturday night. All three judges scored the fight the same 119-108 for Alvarez who thus won a vacant WBC super welterweight crown. Alvarez’s American promoter, Golden Boy is banking that twenty year old red head Mexican super star will be able to cross over to United States. Televised by HBO Boxing After Dark this was the first time Canelo Alvarez headlined a major fight card in US. Did he pass the test?
It is a definite yes in terms of selling tickets and creating a fan fair. 11,674 fans, the second largest crowd for a boxing match at the Honda center ever, gathered to watch young Alvarez perform. It was really loud inside the arena. Fans jumped up and stayed up every time Alvarez landed a meaningful punch. Mariachi bands were playing really loud music and the atmosphere was very festive. But the best way to describe the way Alvarez affects fans is to share a text I received from a lady friend of mine. The text read:”I am falling in love with that red hunk.”
What about his performance in the ring? Let’s examine that.
Alvarez threw almost a hundred more punches, landed 294 punches while Hatton only landed 138, connected at a very high percent, 47% to be exact and had a clear advantage in power. But when I asked him about his performance after the fight Alvarez said: “He gave me some trouble, but it was a good experience.” Most expected a knock out over a smaller man who typically stands in front of his opponent and fights.