Yesterday, we brought you Gennady Golovkin’s five greatest knockouts. Today, we list the five best from his upcoming opponent Saul ‘Canelo Alvarez.
Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez
Alvarez, who made the jump to the paid ranks when he was 16 and has at just 27 already competed in 51 pro bouts, isn’t quite the puncher that Golovkin is, but he has still registered some 34 knockouts. A fighter that looks remarkably comfortable in the ring and completely unperturbed by pressure, Alvarez is a wonderful counter and combination puncher. Though he is not your typical Mexican fighter, he adeptly and viciously mixes between head and body like the greatest of his countrymen.
Here, presented in order – from the earliest to the latest – are some of his greatest KO’s…
Vs. Jeferson Luis Goncalo…
The young Alvarez fought journeymen with abysmal records almost exclusively until 2008, when the level of opposition began to rise. That year he beat a number of fighters with decent ledgers, on paper at least, like 17-0-1 Gabriel Martinez, 21-2 Miguel Vazquez, and 16-1 Raul Pinzon. The following year, he won the NABF welterweight title with a TKO of the 12-1 Luis Antonio Fitch and made several successful defences. One of those came against 19-3-3 Brazilian Jeferson Luis Goncalo, who had won four straight.
The 18-year-old Alvarez badly hurt Goncalo with a right hand in the ninth before unloading on him with a furious fusillade of shots, one of which knocked him completely unconscious.
(Skip to 27:35 if the time-stamp doesn’t work.)
Vs. Carlos Leonardo Herrera…
After the Goncalo fight, Alvarez KO’d Marat Khuzeev of Russia inside two in August of 2009 to claim the WBC Youth welterweight title. He made his first defence just over a month later, taking on once-beaten Argentina Carlos Leonardo Herrera.
The fight lasted just 2:46, as Alvarez flattened ‘El Gitano’ with a crisp, flush right hand.
(Skip to 5:52 if the time-stamp doesn’t work.)
Vs. Carlos Baldomir…
In September of 2010, Alvarez took on another Argentine in former WBC champion Carlos Baldomir.
In the previous four and a half years, Baldomir had scored wins over Zab Judah and Arturo Gatti. He had also incurred decision defeats to Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Vernon Forrest. So he was seen as a significant step up in class for Alvarez.
The young Mexican was more than up to the task, however, and he became the first man to stop Baldomir in 16 years when he detonated a massive left hand on the teak-tough veteran’s chin. Baldomir fell right to his face and lay motionless for several seconds. He tried to scrape himself from the floor before the count of 10 but failed and Alvarez climbed the turnbuckle to celebrate the biggest win of his career to that point.
Vs. James Kirkland…
By the time Alvarez fought Kirkland almost five years later in May of 2015, he had established himself as one of the biggest names and best fighters in boxing. Only Floyd Mayweather Jr. had managed to blemish his record with an L and he had scored significant wins over the likes of Shane Mosley, Austin Trout, Alfredo Angulo and Erislandy Lara.
In Kirkland, Alvarez faced a fighter with 28 knockouts in 32 wins and one of the most aggressive styles in boxing, but who’s chin had at times looked a little suspect.
Kirkland came out all guns blazing, as expected, but Alvarez had way too much for the powerfully-built Texan and turned in an exhilarating display, dropping his foe in the first and twice in the third. The final knockdown came courtesy of a beautiful but savage ‘Canelo’ right hand that sent Kirkland twirling to the canvas unconscious.
You can watch the whole fight below but skip to 11:50 for the finish…
Vs. Amir Khan…
Alvarez made the first defence of the WBC middleweight title that he ripped from Miguel Cotto in November of 2015 against a rather surprising foe – Amir Khan. Khan began his career as a lightweight before having success at super-lightweight and he had spent the three years before fighting Alvarez campaigning at welterweight. He was certainly not a natural middleweight.
He was, however, a very fast, very skilled fighter, and he gave Alvarez serious trouble for the first five rounds or so of their May 2016 clash. He was only delaying the inevitable, though. In the sixth, Alvarez finished the fight the way everyone had anticipated – with a chilling knockout of the brave Brit.
If you missed our rundown of Gennady Golovkin’s best knockouts, check it out here.
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