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Canelo vs Smith results: Willie Monroe Jr outpoints Gabriel Rosado

Willie Monroe Jr may have secured a December date with Canelo Alvarez with his win tonight.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Willie Monroe Jr was too slick and too quick tonight for Gabriel Rosado, winning a unanimous decision over the tough Philly veteran on scores of 116-112, 117-111, and 118-110. BLH had it 117-111 for Monroe.

Monroe (21-2, 6 KO) was caught here and there by Rosado (23-10, 13 KO), but overall was able to outclass his opponent, sticking and moving, popping him with jabs, and outlanding Rosado by a considerable margin.

The win for Monroe, 29, may set up a December date with Canelo Alvarez, if Alvarez is successful this evening against Liam Smith. This fight was advertised as a potential audition for an Alvarez bout in three months on HBO.

Monroe landed 33% (120/362) of his total punches in an economical, defense-first performance, outpacing Rosado’s 63 of 416 (15%). Monroe landed 56 of 175 (32%) jabs, with Rosado at just 9% (15/166). For power punches, Monroe landed 34% (64/187) compared to 19% (48/250) for Rosado.

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