3 More Rounds

Alvarez Blasts Kirkland in Three

Photos: Ed Mulholland / Golden Boy Promotions

Photos: Ed Mulholland / Golden Boy Promotions

Coming off the longest layoff of his career, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) looked sharp in knocking out James Kirkland (32-2, 28 KOs) before a large crowd at Minute Maid Mark in Houston, Texas. The scintillating way in which Alvarez dispatched Kirkland appears to have reignited a buzz about the Mexican superstar’s career, which had been tested when he was defeated by Floyd Mayweather in 2013. Now, it appears that a certain Puerto Rican by the name of Miguel Cotto may be in his future.

First, however, Alvarez had to get through Kirkland who came out of the gate in the first round by attempting to bully Alvarez into the ropes and fire shots. However, Kirkland’s tendency to expose himself to counter punches early in fights quickly reered its head when Alvarez began buzzing him with left hooks in the midway point of the round. Shortly thereafter Kirkland was down on the canvas and appeared to be out on his feet. Alvarez blasted Kirkland for the remainder of the round, but the Austin, TX product managed to survive.

In fact, Kirkland did more than survive and landed a few sneaky punches on Alvarez in the second round, although it appeared that the zip in his punches had since subsided. Alvarez calmly went about his business waiting for another opportunity to land a big shot and end the fight.

That opportunity arose in the third round when Alvarez decimated Kirkland with a beautiful right uppercut which forced the victim to take the full 8 count from his knees on the canvas. Kirkland gamely fought on but the writing was on the wall and Alvarez closed the show with a knockout of the year-type right hand which sent Kirkland into a pirouette. The Austin, TX product was clearly out as he lay motionless on the canvas, while Mexico’s favorite fighter kicked off his post-fight celebration.

On the horizon for Alvarez is a likely late-Summer/Fall showdown with Miguel Cotto. There are rumors throughout social media that a potential term-sheet has already been signed between the two sides and all that is awaiting the bout is Cotto being successful in his upcoming June title defense against Daniel Geale. Additionally, Alvarez did express a willingness to fight the ever-popular Gennady Golovkin in the future. For Kirkland, the future is far more bleak as he’s now forced to continue on with a career that has always seemed to fall off track when he’s away from long-time trainer Ann Wolfe.

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