Canelo Alvarez defends belt, stops Lopez in 5th

Canelo Alvarez defends belt, stops Lopez in 5th

Cebu : Philippines | Sep 17, 2012 at 1:19 AM PDT
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Skooter reporting 0917/12

Saul Alvarez stopped Josesito Lopez late in the fifth round Saturday night, defending his WBC 154-pound title with a unremitting display of power from a 22-year-old Mexican star who’s ready to fight boxing’s prime names after taking over one of its most improbable challenger.

Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KOs) systematically obliterated Lopez's unlikely title hopes by knocking down Lopez in the second, third and fourth rounds. Another series of unyielding combinations finally forced referee Joe Cortez to step in with 5 seconds left in the fifth, sending Alvarez to his 37th consecutive victory. The Associated Press had him winning 40-33; Lopez 30-5.

Alvarez was guaranteed a $2 million purse to just $212,500 for Lopez, although he's likely to make more.


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Canelo Alvarez, right, of Mexico, punches Josesito Lopez during a WBC super welterweight championship boxing match on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, in Las Vegas.
skooter is based in Cebu, Central Visayas, Philippines, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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