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Quick stoppage nets ‘Canelo’ another win

Steve Cofield

Saul "Canelo" Alvarez took another step forward Satuday night, but the fans at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and watching around the world probably deserved something a little more decisive. More importantly, Alfonso Gomez deserved to continue his quest for the upset.

In the sixth round, Gomez was clearly hurt by a "Canelo" uppercut and right cross, but the stoppage at 2:36 of stanza was premature. Alvarez moved to 38-0-1 with his second successful defense of his WBC light middleweight title. The 21-year-old drew just under 9,000.

On the scorecards, Gomez actually jumped out to 3-1 lead. He pushed forward the entire time and his pace seemed to throw off Canelo's rhythm. Alvarez took back control of the fight in the fourth and fifth, but it wasn't like he was destroying the former cast member from the boxing reality show "The Contender."

Alvarez changed the direction of the fight with a nasty uppercut and followed it up with a brutal right cross. Gomez dropped his left and began to stumble back toward the ropes. He got caught by another right hand before leaning on the ropes. Alvarez poured it on throwing 10 unanswered punches, but aside from one left to the body, the other nine shots appeared to be blocked. For some reason, that's when Wayne Hedgepeth jumped to save Gomez.

"He's a good counter-puncher, but I felt like I was still able to control the pace," Gomez said. "The ref looked for a reason to stop it and found it. I think the fight was pretty close to that even."

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