RED HOT ACTION: Canelo Steamrolls Kirkland in PPV Worthy Scrap

Canelo Alvarez impressed mightily in the main event which took place in Houston on Saturday night, and gave fight fans still grogged out from the May 2 slumber-fest a wake up call. He went at James Kirkland, sent him down in the first, and twice in the third. The ref waved off the contest when a filthy right spun Kirkland down, and kept him there for a long spell.

Golden Boy promoted the card, with an assist from 50 Cent.

Canelo went 87-150, to 42-197 for the loser.

The Mexican Alvarez, age 24, coming off a SD12 win over Erislandy Lara, was 44-1-1, while the 31-year-old Texan Kirkland was 32-1. His last fight came in December, and he beat Glen Tapia (TKO6).

In the first, Canelo caught Kirkland a few times. A right sent down Kirkland, with 1:15 left. A left body shot and a straight right was the damager…

In the second, Kirkland stayed up, somehow. He leaned in, tried to throw, to answer. He had nothing on his shots. Canelo took some time off in the round. “He’s wearing down,” the corner told Kirkland. Also, don’t square up…We saw a left uppercut on replay from the Mexican.

In the third, Kirkland came forward, in the face of the Mexican. A right upper knocked Kirk to the mat. A right thenspun him round and down. Game over. Kirkland was on his back, and not threatening to stand up.

The fight was brief, and savage, and enjoyable…

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COMMENTS

-Radam G :

YUP! The Mandingo dude got stream rolled, fried, dyed and laid to the side. As I said on another Thread, "Dude is idiotic." Before the scrap, he was all up on TV talking about jive how he is turned on by "da smell." Yes, dummy! The Smell of War/Combat is a legit thing. A real REAL. Combat/War scientists know that. Even the laymen know that. Imma cut to da chase. There a smell that make you do certain things well. There is hard science behind that. True fighting men know it. I have no doubt in my boksing and scientific mind that "The Mandingo Warrior" cannot go into hell war behavior stability without the sweaty, strong smell and scent of trainer Ann "The Mermaid" Wolfe's estrogen and progesterone blaasting into his nostrils and turning him into a stalking, squared jungle killa. I syet you not! The old skool pugs and trainers knows clearly about the "gettin'-into-somebody's-arse smell." Texan Jame$ Kirkland played himself dumb for not having Wolfe in his corner or nearby. Dude should had a scented voodoo doll of her. Hehehe! He ain't nuffin' wif'out her. But da he-bytch is tryin' to be hard with it. He better get her back because he is up in age now and damage a bit. Holla!


-SouthPawFlo :

Who didn't see this coming???


-flackoguapo :

Who didn't see this coming???
I didn't. To survive what he did Kirkland was in some shape, my dude. I thought Canelo would take it but I didn't think Kirkland had that much resistance in him left without Wolf. These guys used up enough energy (in 3 rounds)to supply all those DirecTV blackouts last Saturday.. and some.


-stormcentre :

Big but not entirely unexpected statement from Canelo. I expected him to win (provided he weathered the early
Storm), but not quite so early. Oscar, whom is not risking his Canelo Cash Cow at this stage of all the games and pies that he has his finger in, pretty much knew James (with almost, once his blood boils, zero defence) was never going to be able to go the whole 12, and still get a decision; against a well-match-practiced, fitter, and better boxer; like Canelo. Good scrap though. Wonder where James goes from here? Back to Wolfe (again)? Glen Tapia? :)


-oubobcat :

That was a fun fight while it lasted as many of us expected. And the outcome was also ultimately what we expected. Canelo is certainly ticketed to fight the winner of Cotto-Geale. A Cotto-Canelo fight will happen at some point but if Geale springs an upset, and I think he is a very live underdog, then Canelo gets him for the lineal Middleweight title. If Cotto holds serve, then we get a nice treat this fall. Kirkland needs to call Ann Wolfe this morning (if he hasn't already done so) and get back to working with her if he is going to move forward in his career. And he needs to get active. They tried to make a fight with him and Gabriel Rosado in November but Kirkland decided to not go forward with that fight at that time. How about we revive that fight and put on an old school boxing after dark card with Kirkland-Rosado and Provodnikov-Soto. Now that would be a fight card that would provide lots of excitement.


-mortcola :

Big but not entirely unexpected statement from Canelo. I expected him to win (provided he weathered the early
Storm), but not quite so early. Oscar, whom is not risking his Canelo Cash Cow at this stage of all the games and pies that he has his finger in, pretty much knew James (with almost, once his blood boils, zero defence) was never going to be able to go the whole 12, and still get a decision; against a well-match-practiced, fitter, and better boxer; like Canelo. Good scrap though. Wonder where James goes from here? Back to Wolfe (again)? Glen Tapia? :)
I just envisioned this playing this way, this early. Kirkland would give it his all, would have no evasiveness (he slipped a little better than I expected), and I saw Canelo starting to sharpshoot as soon as he saw how available James was. Then, Kirkland?s usual lack of punch resistance - which does seem to vary from fight to fight, but usually involves at least a knockdown and a couple of anxious moments - would be game over due to Canelo?s superior accuracy and hand speed, and his thudding power would have been more than enough when landed flush. Kirkland is Frank the Animal Fletcher. He will entertain for a fw years, then become a cartoon of a trying-too-hard-pug who gets KTFO against every top tier fighter. WOlfe will bring out the best in him, but the above pattern is fate, sayeth I.


-brownsugar :

JK has gone soft. Hasn't been consistent since he got out of jail. Plus he ditched the only trainer who could pull the best out of him. Target practice for Canelo who was able to hit JK as hard as he would a heavy bag.


-Radam G :

I just envisioned this playing this way, this early. Kirkland would give it his all, would have no evasiveness (he slipped a little better than I expected), and I saw Canelo starting to sharpshoot as soon as he saw how available James was. Then, Kirkland’s usual lack of punch resistance - which does seem to vary from fight to fight, but usually involves at least a knockdown and a couple of anxious moments - would be game over due to Canelo’s superior accuracy and hand speed, and his thudding power would have been more than enough when landed flush. Kirkland is Frank the Animal Fletcher. He will entertain for a fw years, then become a cartoon of a trying-too-hard-pug who gets KTFO against every top tier fighter. WOlfe will bring out the best in him, but the above pattern is fate, sayeth I.
I agreeth with thou. Hehehe! Kirkland better get back on the Wolfe train yesterday. The train is leaving the station. And he missing it again will bring even close to the "Animal" Fletcher. I barely have a recall of Fletcher. He had a younger brother who was a slick, supersonic, boxing pug. They were momma's boys. I believe that their moms was a boxing judge. I think that the younger brother's career was cut short for committing a crime. Holla!


-kidcanvas :

i thought for sure Kirkland would do much better. Canelo was a monster in there last night ,he got my respect finally.. well done Red


-stormcentre :

Sorry guys; Wolfe aint going to do anything for James now . . . . . Not at the top level anyway. It's all over. And Oscar knew and knows it; that's one of the main reasons James got tapped on the shoulder. James is a bit like Pac in some ways; bullies opponents, likes to overpower them and have them almost cowering (whether it's behind a defence or not) and/or going backwards; before he does his best work. Change that dynamic, box, control distance, and shoot through the openings but only when your defence is in tact; game changes.


-gibola :

Pretty early on it was clear Kirkland wasn't going to win. I hate to say it but I think Canelo has fought two shot fighters in Kirkland and Angulo. Great matchmaking in a sense, fights that look risky on paper at the time, but in retrospect will be seen as the mismatches they were. No criticism whatsoever of Kirkland, he gave it his all, but he looked old in there, rusty, slow and more vulnerable than the guy we hoped to see. Canelo-Cotto is a great matchup, hope it happens.


-Domenic :

Pretty early on it was clear Kirkland wasn't going to win. I hate to say it but I think Canelo has fought two shot fighters in Kirkland and Angulo. Great matchmaking in a sense, fights that look risky on paper at the time, but in retrospect will be seen as the mismatches they were. No criticism whatsoever of Kirkland, he gave it his all, but he looked old in there, rusty, slow and more vulnerable than the guy we hoped to see. Canelo-Cotto is a great matchup, hope it happens.
Agreed with you and Storm. Kirkland looks finished to me as a legitimate contender. His punch resistance is nil, and once it's gone, it's gone forever. Can't unscramble the eggs. This knockout might be the straw that breaks the camels back, where jabs are flattening him going forward. We'll see. But he fought bravely and deserves credit for going out on his shield. I'm guessing his future is one or two more paydays against up-and-comers, where he'll taste the canvas quickly and be stopped inside of a couple rounds. Kudos to Canelo. I'd sure tune in a year from now for a Golovkin-Canelo fight. I'm going GGG all day, but I'm all in on watching it.


-SouthPawFlo :

As impressive as he looked, I still noticed the same Canelo who fights in spurts... We all know that footwork and lateral movement is what bothers him, so Straight Forward Kirkland was just what the Doctor ordered...


-DaveB :

Any opponent that you can land 58% of your power shots against - Mayweather, Cotto, GGG - whomever is gonna get blasted out of there. Great performance by Canelo over an opponent he could only lose against if the got caught himself. Actually Kirkland did good under the circumstances, if that makes any sense. I mean no one can endure that type of punishment past a few rounds.


-stormcentre :

Any opponent that you can land 58% of your power shots against - Mayweather, Cotto, GGG - whomever is gonna get blasted out of there. Great performance by Canelo over an opponent he could only lose against if the got caught himself. Actually Kirkland did good under the circumstances, if that makes any sense. I mean no one can endure that type of punishment past a few rounds.
Agree with what you say, and I think I know what you mean; James doing well. Either way, James is still a really tough guy. Unfortunately though, sometimes you need to be a little more than just tough if you're going to make your mark in the middleweight division after a decent layoff. I hope James doesn't fall back into his old ways.


-DaveB :

Storm, I couldn't agree with you more. Sometimes I really, really fear for these tough guys. Boxing can be a brutal sport. Even though Floyd, Klitschko, Hopkins, Ward etc. do not have pleasing styles for the fans, I totally understand where they are coming from.


-amayseng :

As impressive as he looked, I still noticed the same Canelo who fights in spurts... We all know that footwork and lateral movement is what bothers him, so Straight Forward Kirkland was just what the Doctor ordered...
Agreed, with his sub par foot agility he suffers terribly when having to chase or pursue a boxer. Floyd boxed his ears off in fantastic fashion and Lara, well he bored me to be honest, but Canelo sure had difficulty finding him. One thing though, Kirkland is hard hard puncher, Canelo has a very good beard as he took some good shots. He also stayed very composed when he had to rest and recover during Jame's onslaught. Canelo vs Cotto is a very good scrap, though I would pick GGG to beat him and wear him down being the monster he is.


-stormcentre :

Storm, I couldn't agree with you more. Sometimes I really, really fear for these tough guys. Boxing can be a brutal sport. Even though Floyd, Klitschko, Hopkins, Ward etc. do not have pleasing styles for the fans, I totally understand where they are coming from.
Yep, you're right. The tough guys often don't get it easy. Sure on the way up they do, but then they're in deep waters and without the tools to compete; dangerous at that level. Ever notice how some of the guys with the really good skills and tools don't always worry about the (overly) macho stuff in the ring? They know there is another "strength" that beats and/or perfectly complements just being tough. I, too, feel sorry for the stereotypical "tough boxer guy", as he is not only the one that can get really hurt in the long run and at the top level - but also he's the one most likely to suffer from psychological issues after a big loss; as his "tough" persona is directly attached to his entire demeanor that's projected on a daily basis. Still, boxing, matchmaking, profits, and so called "upsets" are as heavily reliant on the stereotypical "tough boxer guy" as PacQueens are on selective interpretation of facts and Floyd's skills. At the end of the day we and boxing needs insightful and knowledgeable people like you, and also the others to (respectively) both operate and survive . . . and also ensure that we have fans and folk that believe the promotional material, are easily marketed to, and will always defend their position no matter how much Rome burns. I just hope James recoups properly, and does OK with his life. As I am sure that the bridges he burnt in doing this fight his way will not necessarily make getting over the loss easier. Cheers.