In what was dubbed the first Undisputed versus Undisputed world championship fight in the modern four-belt era, Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez beat Jermel Charlo on points to defend his undisputed super-middleweight title Saturday night.
Alvarez used constant pressure to cut off the ring toward a seventh-round knockdown and dominant unanimous decision over Jermell Charlo to successfully retain his undisputed super middleweight crown.
Canelo, 33, secured a unanimous 119-108, 118-109 and 118-109 win over the American to defend his WBO, WBC, WBA and IBF belts at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
“I’m the best. Who’s better? Nobody can beat this Canelo,” he said.
Charlo was undisputed light-middleweight champion until he was stripped of his WBO belt when the fight started.
He suffered only the second knockdown and second defeat of his 38-fight career after stepping up in weight.
“I worked all the fight to go in the body,” said Canelo, who dropped Charlo with an overhand right.
“Then I changed the punch and that’s what happened. We worked for that.
“We know he’s a great fighter. He knows how to move in the ring and we worked that in the gym for three months.
“Three months in the mountains without my family, without everything.
“But I still love boxing. Boxing made me the person I am today. Boxing is my life,” Charlo stated.