Michael Rosenthal

Impressive Alvarez KOs Rhodes in 12th

Saul "Canelo" Alvarez stopped Ryan Rhodes 48 seconds into the 12th and final round Saturday in Guadalajara, Mexico, Alvarez's hometown.

Alvarez (37-0-1, 27 knockouts) dominated Rhodes (45-5, 31 KOs) from beginning to end with crisp, punishing combinations — to the head and body — for which the 34-year-old British contender had no answer.

The 20-year-old Mexican, who was defending his WBC 154-pound title for the first time, landed a barrage of hard shots early in the final round and Rhodes' corner stopped it.





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