Mexican superstar and WBC light middleweight titlist Saul “Canelo” Alvarez successfully defended his belt with an easy unanimous decision triumph over shopworn former three-division champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley on Cinco de Mayo at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Canelo (40-0-1, 29 KOs) battered Mosley (46-8-1-1-, 39 KOs) on a card headlined by a 154-pound bout pitting WBC world welterweight king “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather versus Puerto Rican icon and WBA world light-welterweight titleholder Miguel Cotto.
The 40-year-old Mosley, an admitted abuser of performance enhancing drugs who is a miserable 2-4-1 in his last seven bouts, is more spent than an 80-year-old lady of the night.
In stark contrast to the weathered graybeard nicknamed “Sugar,” Alvarez is the preeminent welterweight prospect in the world.
“This was a great experience,” said the humble Alvarez, 21, who started boxing professionally at the ludicrous age of 15. “I felt really good and I want to thank Shane for giving me this experience. He’s a great fighter, a true veteran. I tried to knock him out. He took a lot of punches, but it didn’t work.”
“Canelo” has spectacular power in both of his fists and his punches land with resounding thuds.
The precocious Mexican, who fought valiantly after suffering a cut over his left eye in the third round, has all the necessary skills and abilities to soon command the boxing landscape for the next decade.
Jeff Lyons possesses an encyclopedic knowledge of “The Sweet Science” and contends Alvarez will become the next big-name in the sport.
“Alvarez doesn’t fight like most Mexican boxers do,” said Lyons, 32, a resident of South Boston. “He’s very tactical and controlled. He could be a great one.”
This weekend didn’t merely prove that fresh “Cinnamon” is better than stale “Sugar.”
Saul Alvarez’s performance on Saturday night further exhibited that boxing has found its newest sensation.