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Mayweather outclasses Canelo



Floyd Mayweather beat Saul Alverez by majority decision to take over the WBC and WBA light-middleweight titles in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

Judge CJ Ross caused the biggest sensation of the night when he handed in a score of 114-114. Craig Metcalfe scored it 117-111 for Mayweather and Dave Moretti called it 116-112.

Mayweather, 36 outclassed the 23-year-old Mexican throughout the 12-round fight at the MGM Grand, proving himself to be the best all-round boxer of his generation; probably one of the best in history.

The American improved his record to 45-0, with 26 knockouts as "Canelo" Alvarez dropped to 42-1-1, including 30 wins inside the distance.

Alvarez found it almost impossible to land a really meaningful blow as Mayweather again proved to be the best defensive boxer in the world.

Mayweather fought a brilliant tactical fight in front of 16 746 spectators, reports SAPA-AFP.

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"It is about skills," Mayweather said. "I came out tonight and showed my skills. It is about performance.

"I’m not in control of what the judges do," Mayweather said. "I am in shock about whoever had it even. Things happen in the sport of boxing."

Mayweather connected with three times as many jabs (139-44) as Alvarez and landed almost double the number of total punches – 232-117.

Alvarez, who turned professional at age of 15 in 2005, suffered the first loss of his career. "Obviously I didn't want to leave with a loss," he said. "It happened and it hurts."

The Mexican said he thought Mayweather had fought an Olympic-style fight by impressing the judges with the volume of punches he landed, not the quality.

"He is very fast and accurate. His punches weren't that strong but he was scoring points and was very fast."

It was just the second fight for Mayweather since he was released from prison after serving a sentence for assaulting the mother of his children.

Mayweather gave away 13 years in age and 7kg to the younger and stronger Alvarez, who moved down in weight for the showdown.

The seventh was one of Mayweather's best rounds as he landed several combinations before backing Alvarez up into a corner and hitting him with a right uppercut that snapped the Mexican's head back.

"I couldn't catch him," Alvarez said. "He is very intelligent and he is very elusive and that is what he demonstrated tonight."



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