Saul Alvarez (seen here in 2010 against Carlos Baldomir) won again on Saturday night, but was tested by Alfonso Gomez. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and Alfonso Gomez both spoke to Fightnews.com about their Los Angeles main event on the Mayweather vs Ortiz undercard. Here's what Alvarez had to say:
"We are very happy with the win, we were able to work on many things," an unscathed Alvarez said regarding the bout. "I wanted to try other things but my opponent didn't let me, he would come in a lot with his head but everything ended well."
Alvarez (38-0-1, 28 KO) got a sixth round stoppage win over a very game, very well-prepared Gomez (23-5-2, 12 KO). Like I said before, I thought watching Gomez on Saturday was a treat. He had so wonderfully prepared for Alvarez and his talents that he had very nice success in the first five rounds. Counting a first round knockdown. I had him winning three of the first five, giving him a 38-37 lead on my card at the time.
But it was also interesting to watch the 21-year-old Alvarez in the ring in this one. There was kind of a disrespect of Gomez, as Alvarez and team treated it somewhat like a workout, trying out a new approach that included, of all things, the Mayweather shoulder roll and a total abandonment of the jab.
It spoke well to Alvarez's talent, and of Gomez's attitude. I liked the fight quite a bit. I still do believe, after rewatching, that the referee stepped in too soon. Canelo was on his way to victory, but Gomez wasn't terribly hurt, and with a guy like this, I think you let him fight. As Luke Thomas of MMA Nation and I talked about on his radio show on Sunday night, sometimes it really sucks to be a guy like Gomez, who came in knowing that in every way, his back was against the wall. Without a big punch, Gomez had little chance to get the win here, but he came to fight anyway. Both men did their jobs, and that's the best you can ask.