Canelo Alvarez shows why he’s still king by scoring a stunning knockdown of Jaime Munguia en route to points victory

Canelo Alvarez proved he is still the best super middleweight on the planet against Jaime Munguia on Saturday night.

The 33-year-old retained his undisputed 168-pound crown Saturday night via unanimous decision with scorecards of 117-110, 116-111, 115-112 in his favor.

Canelo outsmarted and outsmarted Munguia in Las Vegas


Canelo outsmarted and outsmarted Munguia in Las VegasCredit: Getty

From the start, Munguia came out on top, looking to impose his will from the first gates with a sharp blow.

Canelo bombed and watched his opponent’s shots off guard, intermittently letting left hooks fly as he began downloading information about his younger foe.

In the second round, Munguia increased the tempo but remained calm, looking to land with regularity rather than power.

Canelo responded with beautiful straight right lines that brought his compatriot’s head back.

Munguia briefly strayed from his jab and move strategy late in the third stanza as he piled on the pressure with a 10-punch combination.

As his confidence grew in the fourth match, Munguia began to plant his feet and engage with Canelo on the inside, however, a sharp right uppercut sent the 27-year-old to the canvas for the first time in his career.

Munguia quickly shook it off and finished the round, but his knees continued to be buckled by Canelo’s thumping shots in the fifth.

Midway through the round, Munguia was knocked off balance by a left hook after a clever feint from the Mexican superstar left him open on the counter.

Canelo went for the body in the seventh round, forcing Munguia to let his guard down.

This, in turn, created an opening for the former pound-for-pound king to whip left hooks over the top while keeping his opponent guessing with numerous level changes throughout the eighth.

Sensing the fight might get away from him, Munguia came out in the ninth looking to land six- and seven-punch combinations.

In the championship rounds, he continued to press the action but Canelo remained calm and chose his shots.

Heading into the final quarter, Munguia needed a knockout to raise his hand.

But he was stopped in his tracks by several big right hands from Canelo.

An admirable effort from Munguia, but one that proved to be a step too far.

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