Last night on Showtime from a rocking MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Canelo Alvarez defeated Josesito Lopez in the main event of an action-packed Golden Boy Promotions event, featuring wins on the undercard for Daniel Ponce De Leon, Marcos Maidana, and Leo Santa Cruz.
But though the main event turned into a mismatch, it certainly wasn't boring, and Lopez (30-5, 18 KO) gave every bit of everything he had against Canelo (41-0-1, 30 KO).
The night's greatest action came in the savage welterweight war between Maidana (32-3, 29 KO) and Jesus Soto Karass (26-8-3, 17 KO), as the two seemed intent on actually taking the other man's head off. Maidana won in eight rounds.
Ponce De Leon (44-4, 35 KO) won the WBC featherweight title by technical decision over Jhonny Gonzalez (52-8, 45 KO) in eight rounds, in what was shockingly the card's least entertaining fight, with many expecting it to be a strong contender for Fight of the Weekend.
In the opening televised bout, young WBC bantamweight titlist Leo Santa Cruz (21-0-1, 12 KO) probably put an end to the title contention days of veteran Eric Morel (46-4, 23 KO) with a one-sided beatdown. Morel retired from the fight after five rounds.
Photos from the event after the jump.
Canelo Alvarez TKO-5 Josesito Lopez
Daniel Ponce De Leon TD-8 Jhonny Gonzalez
Marcos Maidana TKO-8 Jesus Soto Karass
Leo Santa Cruz RTD-5 Eric Morel
All photos by Tom Casino/Showtime