Saul Alvarez Destroys Kermit Cintron In Five Rounds

''Canelo'' calls out Floyd Mayweather Jr after best performance to date

Saul ''Canelo'' Alvarez demanded a May 2012 showdown with Floyd Mayweather Jr after putting on a devastating display of body punching on the way to halting former IBF welterweight champion Kermit Cintron in five rounds at the Monumental Plaza Del Toros in Mexico City on Saturday night.

The 5'11" Cintron was regarded as the most dangerous opponent yet for 21-year-old Alvarez. The Puerto Rican has long had a reputation as a destructive puncher, but proved he can box as well as bang by inflicting the first defeat on the record of top ranked Mexican Alfredo ''El Perro'' Angulo in 2009. Angulo was the WBC's no.1 contender until losing to James Kirkland in a six round thriller earlier this month. Cintron had also held Argentinian superstar Sergio Martinez to a draw in 2009.

Cintron had dropped decisions to former WBO welterweight champion Paul Williams and top contender Carlos Molina in 2010, but had bounced back with a win over Antwone Smith in August of this year. 32-year-old Cintron (33-5-1, 28 KOs) had got himself into tremendous shape for what was possibly his last shot at the big time.

Alvarez (39-0-1, 29 KOs), currently the youngest world champion in boxing, spent the first three rounds of the fight feeling out Cintron before launching a ferocious body attack in round four. Alvarez floored Cintron late in the round and had him in desperate trouble only for the bell to come to the Puerto Rican's aid.

Cintron came out with all guns blazing in round five, and backed Alvarez up briefly with solid combinations. The young Mexican was soon back in control again however, and a series of heavy straight right hands left referee Hector Afu with no option other than to call a halt to proceedings at 2:53 of round five.

After the fight a jubilant Alvarez called out undefeated WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr, who has stated that he intends to return to the ring in May although has yet to name an opponent.

"Next year we want the best, we want Mayweather in May." said Alvarez. "Apart from the money, we want to fight the best in the world and he's the best pound for pound, so we want to fight him."

Alvarez is managed and promoted by Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions who may wish to hold back their 21-year-old budding superstar for a little longer before unleashing him upon the likes of Mayweather, WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao, the Ring Magazine and WBC Diamond middleweight champion Sergio Martinez - the three men who are universally regarded as the best pound-four-pounds fighters on the planet.

More realistic options would be an all Mexican clash against WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr or a bout against the winner of the December 3 rematch between Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito for the WBA light middleweight title. Another intriguing matchup would be a catchweight bout between ''Canelo'' and the man many people believe defeated Manny Pacquiao two weeks ago – Juan Manuel Marquez.

Oscar De La Hoya famously stated that Alvarez ''looks like an Irishman, acts like an American but fights like a Mexican.'' Canelo certainly has that rare mixture of charisma and God-given talent that only comes along once in a while. He looks to be the man to spearhead boxing for many years to come. This was his fourth title fight of the year. He won the vacant WBC 154 lb crown by outpointing Britain's Matthew Hatton in March. Last night's victory was his third title defense in just five months - a rate of title fights that is unheard-of in modern boxing.

With so many potential mega-matchups for Canelo on the horizon, the biggest headache facing Oscar De La Hoya may be keeping a leash on his young fistic phenomenon. 
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