Mexican sizable Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez additional added to his legacy by taking the WBO light-heavyweight crown from Sergey Kovalev with a devastating 11th-spherical knockout in Las Vegas.
Middleweight king Canelo, 29, had stepped up two weight divisions to face the 36-yr-feeble Russian.
It proved a stop fight which didn’t ignite before an explosive combination from Canelo ended Kovalev’s night.
Canelo has now received world titles in four weight divisions.
A cagey strategy upon at the MGM Substantial looked to be heading to a 12th spherical and one for the judges to capture before a left hook-correct hand combination came from nowhere and left Kovalev floundering on the ropes.
Judges had Canelo a little forward at that time on their scorecards.
Canelo, the most effective possible-paid fighter within the game, acknowledged a success a title at a fourth weight changed into as soon as an try and extra purple meat up his popularity in his boxing-obsessed native land.
He started his occupation at 139lbs when he boxed as a 15-yr-feeble on debut in 2005 and had received world titles at light-middleweight, middleweight and colossal-middleweight before this most neatly-liked victory.
Kovalev changed into as soon as a tricky opponent in what changed into as soon as his 16th consecutive world title fight, a plod which started when he dismantled Briton Nathan Cleverly in Cardiff in 2013.
But the victory ability Canelo still has ideal-attempting one defeat in 56 fights – against Floyd Mayweather in 2013.
Following the fight Canelo acknowledged his victory changed into as soon as “to honour the unimaginative, on this, the Day of the Dead in Mexico”.
He changed into as soon as also requested about who he might perhaps presumably face subsequent – a third fight against used middleweight rival Gennady Golovkin has long been mooted.
“We now bear got to seek what happens,” the Mexican acknowledged.
“We now bear got to seek what’s simplest for us and seek for the most effective possible fights.”
Within the interim, but any other Mexican,Miguel Berchelt,successfully defended his WBC world colossal-featherweight title with a fourth-spherical knockout of American Jason Sosa at the Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, California.