Alvarez Shows Growth in Stopping Cintron

By Nat Gottlieb

Photo Credit: Ed Mulholland

There are at least three things you can say about Canelo Alvarez after his fifth-round TKO of former champion Kermit Cintron Saturday night: He is still unbeaten, still an alphabet champion and still untested.

The 32-year-old Cintron was supposed to be a step-up fight for Alvarez, but the Puerto Rican, while game, was clearly a shadow of himself as he took a steady, patient beating from the red-haired young fighter. What seemed inevitable fifth-round stoppage thrilled a big crowd in a Mexican bull ring but left many questions unanswered. Namely, just how good can this 21-year-old prodigy, who began fighting at 15, become?