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Canelo Alvarez-Callum Smith: The Mexico versus UK competition

Canelo Alvarez-Callum Smith: The Mexico versus UK rivalry

by way of Anson Wainwright

besides the fact that children Mexico versus U.ok. isn’t a very customary rivalry, there were some big battles and noteworthy nights involving the combat crazed international locations.

Boxing’s biggest big name, Canelo Alvarez, is 5-0 (4 knockouts) towards fighters from U.okay. shores. He defeated Ricky Hatton’s more youthful brother, Matthew (UD 12), to win the vacant WBC junior middleweight title, in December 2011, earlier than stopping sturdy veteran Ryan Rhodes (TKO 12) in his first protection. In may also 2016, Amir Khan changed into brutally knocked out within the sixth circular of a WBC middleweight title battle, then WBO junior middleweight beltholder Liam Smith became halted in circular 9, 4 months later. finally, in December 2018, the pound-for-pound king blasted out Rocky Fielding (TKO three) at Madison square garden.

On Saturday, Canelo seeks to turn back the challenge of yet a different British fighter, when he faces Ring journal tremendous middleweight champion and WBA titleholder Callum Smith (Liam’s younger brother) on the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. there are lots of who consider that Canelo is likely to be severely demonstrated with the aid of the 6-foot-3 champion from Liverpool, England, youngsters the Mexican star will come to the ring as a company having a bet favourite.

We now take a look lower back at 12 Mexico vs. U.okay. showdowns/rivalries:

June 15, 1967, Vincente Saldivar PTS 15 Howard Winstone (fight 2) – Ninian Park, Cardiff, Wales: nine months earlier, Saldivar had outpointed the resilient Winstone to preserve his undisputed featherweight title. in the rematch, Winstone delighted his domestic fans with the aid of piling up an early lead, however, Saldivar got here on late and dropped the Welshman in the 14th round, a second that proved decisive on the scorecards. both met once again, four months later, in Mexico, and Saldivar received again, this time through 12th-circular stoppage.

June 22, 1976, Carlos Palomino TKO 12 John H. Stracey – Empire Pool, Wembley, London: Stracey had gained the WBC welterweight title in Mexico city from the aged however sublimely proficient Jose Napoles six months prior and defeated Hedgemon Lewis in his first defense. Palomino became delivered to London to face Stracey and wasn’t seen as a major chance, although, the younger, more energizing man took it to the champion, touchdown countless bodyshots that took their toll on Stracey, who eventually wilted within the 12th round.

September 19, 1980, Lupe Pintor KO 12 Johnny Owen – Olympic Auditorium, l. a.: WBC bantamweight beltholder Pintor turned lower back the courageous effort of the reigning British, Commonwealth and European champion. Owen acquired off to a good start, however because the rounds passed, Pintor battled returned. The champion turned into forward on all three playing cards earlier than he eventually acquired to the “Matchstick Man”, losing him twice within the sick-fated 12th circular. Owen suffered a brain hemorrhage and underwent surgery, but he by no means regained cognizance and handed away two months later.

The top notch Salvador Sanchez. photo from The Ring archive

December 12, 1981, Salvador Sanchez SD 15 Pat Cowdell – Astrodome, Houston: although Sanchez effectively made the seventh defense of his WBC featherweight title, he wasn’t able to galvanize, laboring at times towards the awkward Brit, who gave Sanchez greater predicament than expected. “Chava” nevertheless cemented victory, despite the fact, dropping the gallant Cowdell in the last seconds of the bout to win a split decision, which was roundly booed with the aid of a 10,000 seasoned-Sanchez crowd.

March 29, 1988, Lloyd Honeyghan KO three Jorge Vaca (combat 2) – Wembley arena, London, England: In October 1987, Vaca upset Honeyghan to win the Ring journal and WBC welterweight titles by the use of eighth-round technical choice, when a reduce curtailed the bout. in their rematch, “The Ragamuffin Man” became in no temper to play around and went about his business in a scientific manner, clubbing away and losing the Mexican in the third circular with a smartly-positioned bodyshot. Vaca turned into unable to beat the count and Honeyghan regained his titles.

November 13, 1991, Paul Hodkinson UD 12 Marcos Villasana (battle 2) – Maysfield leisure Centre, Belfast: Villasana had come from in the back of to bust up both of Hodkinson’s eyes and force an eighth-circular stoppage to claim the vacant WBC 126-pound title in June 1990. within the rematch “Hoko” boxed in particular neatly and claimed the grizzled Mexican’s title through challenging-fought unanimous determination. Hodkinson, an all-motion crowd-pleaser, made three defenses before losing his title to another Mexican, Gregorio “Goyo” Vargas, in seven rounds in April 1993.

April 7, 2001, Marco Antonio Barrera UD 12 Prince Naseem Hamed – MGM Grand, Las Vegas: Hamed had lengthy been regarded the premier featherweight on the planet, whereas former junior featherweight titleholder Barrera was stepping up in weight for a new problem. Barrera, a 3-1 underdog, boxed brilliantly all the way through and took Hamed’s unbeaten checklist and cloak of invincibility with a disciplined and expert boxing display.

July 12, 2003, Manuel Medina SD 12 Scott Harrison – Braehead area, Glasgow, Scotland: The grizzled Mexican warhorse arrived in Scotland on the returned of two low-key wins and became viewed as a sacrificial lamb for the streaking Harrison. however, Medina had other concepts and used all of his adventure to befuddle Harrison en path to a split determination victory that noticed him claim the WBO featherweight title. In a rematch, five months later, Harrison rediscovered his historical form and ripped the title back, dropping Medina twice on his approach to an eleventh circular stoppage.

June 23, 2007, Ricky Hatton KO 4 Jose Luis Castillo – Thomas & Mack core, Las Vegas: The vastly popular Hatton and Castillo shared a combat card past within the year before converging on Las Vegas for his or her eagerly anticipated junior welterweight fight. They met in entrance of a pro-Hatton crowd and went tit-for-tat with each men showing signs of combat. youngsters, the argument was rendered moot when “The Hitman” landed a debilitating left hook to the liver that dropped Castillo late within the fourth round. He changed into unable to improve and become counted out with the aid of referee Joe Cortez. It was later published that the bodyshot had damaged 4 of the Mexican’s ribs. Hatton retained his Ring journal 140-pound championship with the victory.

July 30, 2016, Carl Frampton MD 12 Leo Santa Cruz – Brooklyn center, Brooklyn: however lots of the rounds were close, the Belfast star stunned Santa Cruz in round 2 and edged the battle by means of resolution to raise the WBA featherweight crown and turn into a two-weight world titleholder. both met in a rematch six months later and this time Santa Cruz elected to container. The tactical switch and elevated activity proved too lots for Frampton, and Santa Cruz leveled both-fight collection, additionally via majority resolution.

Canelo on the attack in opposition t Liam Smith. photograph courtesy of Hogansphotos

September 19, 2016 Canelo Alvarez KO 9 Liam Smith – AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas: instantly in advance of his circulation in the course of the middleweight, tremendous middleweight and light-weight heavyweight divisions, Canelo challenged for world honors a different time at 154 pounds. He chosen WBO titleholder Smith, who become game all over however couldn’t cope with the stunning shot choice of the Mexican movie star. The Englishman changed into dropped within the seventh and eighth rounds and become at last complete off with a perfectly delivered bodyshot in the ninth that extremely joyful the 51,420 enthusiasts in attendance.

December 7, 2019 Anthony Joshua UD 12 Andy Ruiz Jr. (combat 2) – Diriyah arena, Saudi Arabia: Ruiz stepped in to face Joshua at three weeks’ observe and wrote himself into heavyweight background by losing the previously unbeaten Brit 4 instances en route to claiming the IBF, WBA and WBO titles in seven rounds. Joshua elected to invoke his rematch clause and boxed his solution to a cautious – close-shutout – decision to hold his titles on aspects.

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Questions and/or feedback can also be sent to Anson at [email protected] and you may follow him on Twitter @AnsonWainwright

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