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?

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CompuBox Analysis: Canelo Alvarez vs Kermit Cintron

By CompuBox

Although Saul Alvarez is 38-0-1 (28 KO) and will be making the third defense of his WBC super welterweight title against Kermit Cintron, many still consider "Canelo" a work in progress. After all, the 21-year-old is boxing's youngest champion and the only one born in the 1990s.

Will Alvarez brighten his star with a victory over the seasoned Cintron or will the Puerto Rican become a two-division titlist and turn Alvarez's star into a black hole? Only they can answer those questions, but their respective CompuBox histories offer these factors:

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