Alvarez knocks Kirkland out cold in third
Milan Ordoņez on May 10, 2015 05:43 PM
Photo credit: AP Images
MANILA - After last weekend’s boxing fiasco that left the entire world underwhelmed, this weekend made up for it through a knockout to remember.
Returning from almost a yearlong lay-off due to an ankle injury, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez was all about business. Standing in his way was once top-prospect James Kirkland, who was battling personal issues of his own. Both men were entering the fight aiming to reclaim their respective spots at the 154-pound division.
But it seemed like it was Canelo who was on a clearer mission, and it showed the moment the opening bell rang in. While Kirkland did come out with immediate aggression, Alvarez played it smart and was able to find the opening to land a short right hook that dropped his opponent with a little more than a minute left in the round.
The second round saw a little more action from Kirkland, who was able to bring himself back in the fight through his mini onslaughts.
The third round, however, showed why Canelo Alvarez is still one of today’s most dangerous light middleweights in the game. With only 47 seconds left, the Mexican threw a right hand that sent Kirkland backing towards the ropes, then immediately followed it up with a straight right that landed squarely on his opponent’s jaw.
Seconds later, James Kirkland found himself lying on the canvas, unable to get up. Just like that, the fight was over, and Canelo Alvarez earns his 32nd knockout victory.
Relive the final moments of the fight through this short clip, courtesy of HBO Boxing.
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