January 21, 2021
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Roger Gutierrez scores the first upset of 2021 by using beating Rene Alvarado

Roger Gutierrez ratings the primary upset of 2021 by means of beating Rene Alvarado

Roger Gutierrez pulls off the upset over Rene Alvarado (image credit Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy)
via Joseph Santoliquito

Some things are tough to let go, like demise. It’s what Roger Gutierrez lugged within the ring with him Saturday trying to upset WBA junior light-weight titlist Rene Alvarado on the Ryan Garcia-Luke Campbell undercard from the American airlines center in Dallas, Texas.

more than a month ago, Gutierrez mom, María Neida Cuevas, died of cancer.

Gutierrez committed his battle to her memory—then came through with that promise with three knockdowns, two in the 2d and a career-altering knockdown off a left hook in the 12th, to win a unanimous determination over Alvarado to take the WBA one hundred thirty-pound title.

Gutierrez (25-3-1, 20 knockouts) used a correct uppercut and an extra correct to get Alvarado (32-9, 21KOs) in difficulty in the 2nd, best to have Alvarado, who had stopped Gutierrez in seven three years in the past, mount a comeback.

without the third knockdown, Gutierrez would not have won by using the unanimous 113-112 ratings.

Gutierrez become the greater active fighter, touchdown 222/673 complete punches to Alvarado’s 162/643.

Gutierrez suffered a cut on his left eyelid within the fifth, forcing referee Mark Nelson to summon the ringside doctors to take a look. via then, Alvarado was lower back within the battle. That was unless he bought caught coming ahead by using Gutierrez, tapped difficult by way of a left hook that got here from a low perspective upward that Alvarado didn’t see.

Rene’s twin, Felix Alvarado, fared tons more advantageous. Felix (36-2, 30 KOs) made the 2d a success title defense of the IBF junior flyweight title via stopping DeeJay Kriel (16-2-1, 8 KOs) at 1:39 of the tenth round.

Kriel become knocked down twice, once within the second with a left hook, and once again in the fourth with a left hook. Felix Alvarado, coming off practically a 20-month layoff, consistently strafed Kriel with left hooks and straight rights.

Alvarado landed 296/800 (37%) total punches, which covered a connect expense of 277/625 vigour punches (44%) to Kriel’s 159/944 (17%) total punch output.

in the 10th, referee Mark Calo-oy began looking closer and noticed Kriel take a pounding, then stepped in to conclusion it 1:39.

In a lightweight undercard battle, Sean Garcia, Ryan Garcia’s younger brother, won a four-circular majority determination over Rene Marquez (5-6, 2 KOs). Sean Garcia (6-0, 2 KOs) outlanded Marquez 48/161 in complete punches to 30/185.

In a middleweight bout scheduled for eight rounds, Raul Curiel (9-0, 7 KOs) stopped Ramses Agaton (22-13-three, 12KOs) at 1:16 of the 2nd circular.

Joseph Santoliquito is an award-successful sportswriter who has been working for Ring journal/RingTV.com due to the fact that October 1997 and is the president of the Boxing Writers affiliation of america. He may also be adopted on twitter @JSantoliquito.

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