Alvarez stops Lopez in the fifth to retain WBC super welterweight title
08:21 GMT, 16 September 2012
Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez stopped Josesito Lopez late in the fifth round Saturday night, defending his WBC super welterweight title with a relentless display of power by the 22-year-old Mexican champion.
Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KOs) ended Lopez's dreams of a second upset victory this year by knocking down his 12-to-1 underdog opponent in the second, third and fourth rounds.
Hitting the deck: Saul Alvarez knocks down Josesito Lopez during the second round
On top: Alvarez put in a dominant display against Lopez
No 1: Alvarez celebrates his win
Another series of relentless combinations finally forced referee Joe Cortez to step in, sending Alvarez to his 37th consecutive victory.
Alvarez dropped Lopez with body shots in the second and third rounds while also absorbing everything Lopez (30-5) could throw at him with barely a flinch. Alvarez knocked down Lopez with another combination with 15 seconds left in the fourth.