The King, Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez tamed the mighty lion Jermell Charlo, winning a 12-round decision convincingly. According to Compubox, Canelo landed nearly double the total punches landed by Charlo (134 to 71) and dominated him physically, landing 40 percent of his power punches.
It was a fight that saw few exchanges as Charlo seemed content in surviving the match with as little punishment as possible. Jermell employed a strategy of constant movement, utilizing the entire ring to escape from dangerous exchanges with Canelo.
Jermell Charlo had the right strategy in using movement to frustrate Canelo, but he did not throw or connect enough to make it a competitive match. Canelo made the most of his limited opportunities connecting on the exchanges Charlo did allow him and was able to score a knockdown in the 7th round.
Canelo Alvarez stated, “I worked the whole fight on going to the body, and then I changed it up. That’s what happens when you change the punch,” scoring the knockdown. Had Charlo engaged more, he would have suffered more punishment and may not have survived the full 12 rounds.
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