15th September 2012
Is there a more impressive 22-year-old boxer on the planet than WBC World Light-Middleweight Champion Saul Alvarez right now?
The young Mexican, known as Canelo (Spanish for cinnamon) due to his flame red hair, has claimed yet another victim. Although Josesito Lopez wasn't the sternest test for Canelo, the manner of the fifth round mauling was highly impressive.
We're used to being impressed by Alvarez now, however. He is already closing in on 50 career wins - he currently has 41, 30 by KO - and no losses.
And as he put Josesito Lopez on the deck in the second, third and fourth rounds, it was almost merciful when referee Joe Cortez stepped between the two men in the fifth.
Quite rightly, the young Mexican southpaw is now being touted for a massive World unification bout, and it's hard to ignore the fact that Floyd Mayweather Junior is the current WBA Super World Light-Middleweight Champion.
Josesito Lopez takes on reigning WBC World Super Welterweight Champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, at the exciting MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Lopez will look to break the winning streak of one of the world's best young boxers.
21-year-old Mexican superstar Saul "Canelo" Alvarez fights on BoxNation once again against Josesito Lopez.
The reigning WBC World Champion had been due to fight Paul Williams, but he was sadly forced to withdraw from the fight after suffering serious injuries in a motorcycle accident.
The young light-middleweight has a remarkable 40 (29 KO) - 0 record at such a young age, having turned professional soon after his 16th birthday.
In his most recent outing, also live on BoxNation, the Jalisco-born fighter defeated American legend "Sugar" Shane Mosley on the Floyd Mayweather vs. Miguel Cotto undercard.
30 - 4 Josesito Lopez will step up not one but two weights to face the unbeaten Alvarez in the 160lb division.
The California-born fighter faces one of the biggest challenges of his career, and a win over Alvarez would be a major upset.
15th September 2012
Daniel Ponce De Leon takes a technical decision win over Jhonny Gonzalez to win the WBC World Featherweight Championship. Despite a severe cut to the side of his head, Daniel Ponce De Leon avoided an early stoppage as the blood was not running into his eyes and affecting his vision.
Instead, he was able to send Jhonny Gonzalez to the canvas in the sixth, and trouble his opponent for the remainder of the fight.
The bout was called to an early end, and a technical decision to Ponce De Leon, due to a cut over Gonzalez's right eye.
It's an all-Mexican WBC World Featherweight clash as two seasoned campaigners go toe to toe.
Between them they have 95 wins and only 11 defeats, and we're all set for an thrilling main undercard contest ahead of the night's headline fight: "Canelo" Alvarez v Josesito Lopez.
Current WBC World Featherweight Champion Jhonny Gonzalez has successfully defended his belt on four occasions. As well as a massive 52 wins, 47 through knockout, Gonzalez has also been defeated seven times.
32-year-old Daniel Ponce De Leon has excelled in divisons below featherweight throughout his career. The Mexican southpaw is a former WBO World Champion at Super Bantamweight, but faces an entirely different challenge if he's to upset the odds and win a strap at featherweight.
The California-based left-hander will enter the ring with a 43 - 4 record, with 35 knockout wins to his name.
15th September 2012
Such was the pace, power and the fury of Leo Santa Cruz, Eric Morel sat down at the end of the fifth round and never re-emerged from his stool for the sixth.
The preceding 15 minutes had been all one-way traffic. The unbeaten 24-year-old Mexican was all over Morel, 37, for the entirety of the fight, using lightning hand speed and relentless aggression to defend his IBF Bantamweight Crown.
A rising star of the bantamweight division - Leo Santa Cruz - seeks to defend his newly gained IBF strap against wily 36-year-old Puerto Rican and former World Flyweight Champion Eric Morel.
It's another packed MGM Grand card courtesy of Golden Boy Promotions. Warming us up for the Alvarez v Lopez main event, we've got Marcos Maidana on the comeback trail and Jhonny Gonzalez v Daniel Ponce De Leon for the WBC World Feathweight Championship.
As always, we'll be live, we'll be exclusive, and we'll be bringing World Championship boxing of the highest calibre straight into your living room.
Marcos Maidana takes a hard-fought eighth round TKO over Jesus Soto Karass, and it's just what the doctor ordered. Maidana was returning to the ring after a career long absence of over six months, but there was little evidence of ring rust as he showed his greater class.
After Maidana appeared to strike Soto Karass after the bell in the third, there was a near-riot as the two continued to trade blows after the end of the fourth. This led referee Kenny Bayless to deduct each fighter a point as tempers threatened to boil over.
All eyes were on the two men as the bell for the fifth sounded, and, again, Maidana appeared to fire after the bell had rung.
The seventh round saw Maidana respond to Soto Karass's strong sixth round effort by dropping him to the deck with a shattering right hand to the jawline. The bell saved Soto Karass in the seventh, delaying the TKO until the eighth when Maidana had Soto Karass backed into the ropes and cowering from a flurry of shots.
For many commentators, former World Champion Marcos Maidana is at a crossroads in his career. Defeat in his last outing, against Devon Alexander, means he needs a win to put his career back on track.
The 29-year-old succumbed to a 10-round UD against American Alexander, and questions have been raised about his future as a World title contender.
The 29-year-old American-based Mexican will be looking to cause Maidana problems. With a 26 - 7 - 3 record, Soto Karass is a tricky customer. He's won 17 of his bouts through knockouts, and Maidana will have to show him the right level of respect if he's to leave the MGM Grand Arena with a World title shot in focus.