In an important Junior Middleweight bout tonight Saul Alvarez defeated Kermit Cintron. Cintron recently set a punch record for the weight class for jabs in a single round but against Alvarez was unable to make use of his arsenal in the same way. The skilled Alvarez fought at a three-inch height disadvantage and one-inch reach advantage, but showed his superior speed and technical ability against the veteran. Max Kellerman offered the insight that “one of the problems is that Alvarez is the better counter-puncher,” not to mention the physically bigger fighter. Retreating to a Cotto-like crouch in round four, Cintron inevitably took a series of vicious overhand rights. Going down about halfway through that round, he regained his composure only to look even more battered and beaten, collapsing into the ropes as the bell rang. Seemingly a single flush right hand at the end of round five inspired the referee to stop the fight with only eight seconds left. Quick stoppage or not, the outcome of the fight was clear to everyone by that point. The fight served as a publicity boost for a potential fight with Chavez Jr.
Alvarez Defeats Cintron