In what was billed as Toe to To, ended up looking like a sparring session for former junior-middleweight champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez on Saturday, March 8, 2014 in Las Vegas, NV at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Canelo (43-1-1), coming off a highly disappointing loss to pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather, dominated Alfredo "El Perro" Angulo (22-4), his fellow Mexican countryman, from the opening bell. Prior to the start of round 10, referee Tony Weeks and the ringside doctor had a pretty intense conversation about the status of Angulo's ability to keep fighting. With swelling above both eyes, and a cut below his left eye, the two could've easily stopped the fight at that moment.
Angulo was beaten to the punch by Alvarez all night. There were times when Angulo got off with nice combinations to the body, but Canelo made him pay every time. At 2:13 of the 10th round, referee Weeks had seen enough and called the fight off.
Angulo, and the majority Mexican crowd, was not happy with the stoppage. El Perro could even be seen respectfully pleading his case to Weeks after the fight, claiming he was not done. However, prior to the stoppage, Angulo was rocked with a crushing left uppercut from Canelo. Combined with the damage he sustained throughout the fight, and the early part of round 10, no one could really question Weeks' decision.
Asked if he was upset about the stoppage, Virgil Hunter, Angulo's trainer said, "Of course I'm very upset [that the fight was stopped.] I told the doctor that if Canelo puts 2-3 punches together on me, I will stop the fight. He only hit one punch and they stopped the fight. But everybody knows that Alfredo was coming on strong in this fight. Everybody knows that."
Whether Angulo was coming on strong is debatable. But what is not debatable is that, according to ShoStats, Canelo landed 58% of his punches to Angulo's 14%. No judge in their right mind would've gave the contest to Angulo based on those numbers. He never hurt Canelo, and chances of a knockout by Angulo were slim to none.