Michael Rosenthal

Alvarez knocks out Cintron in fifth round

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez stopped Kermit Cintron at 2:53 of the fifth round to retain his WBC junior welterweight title Mexico City.

Alvarez (39-0-1, 29 knockouts) put Cintron (33-5-1, 28 KOs) down in the fourth round with a straight right, which he landed with regularity, and hurt the former welterweight titleholder badly at the bell.

The 21-year-old Mexican then dominated Round 5. Alvarez landed a hard 1-2 combination with Cintron against the ropes, prompting the referee to jump in and stop the fight.

Alvarez was making the third defense of his 154-pound belt. Afterward, he said he wants to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. in May.

Cintron has now lost three of his last four fights, meaning he might be finished as a title contender.

A full story will follow shortly. 

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