Canelo Alvarez won the super middleweight world championship in his first match in his native Mexico in 12 years.
Canelo Alvarez claimed the undisputed super-middleweight world title after defeating John Ryder in front of more than 50,000 fans in his first match in Mexico since 2011.
Alvarez won by 120-107 on one card and 118-109 on the other two to improve to 59-2-2.
“I hit him on the head too much and he didn’t fall,” Alvarez said after Saturday night’s game at the outdoor Akron Stadium in his hometown of Guadalajara.
Alvarez and Ryder started teamfights at a slow pace for the first two rounds, but Alvarez connected with a straight right and Ryder started bleeding after the third round.
The Mexican continued to press in the fourth round, knocking down body shots, then knocking Ryder out with a right hook to the chin.
Ryder annoyed Alvarez in the fifth round and fired a few shots into the Mexican’s face, but Alvarez landed right in the ninth round. Ryder stumbled, but got up and responded with a blow that sent shivers down the Mexicans.
Alvarez admitted he wasn’t completely confident in his backhand right from the opening whistle.
He said: “I needed a few rounds to start punching and I knew I was good with my hands. “Now I know.”
Ryder, with his face covered in blood, finished the teamfight well in the last two rounds, but not enough to cause discomfort.
“He was probably overpowered, he couldn’t get me out of there, he wanted to stop me but couldn’t,” Ryder told the media after the game.
“My nose is fine, it can be a little different, it takes me a few rounds to adjust.”
This is Alvarez’s first game since he had surgery on his left wrist last March. Before the match, he said injury had slowed him down in his previous four matches, including a loss to light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol a year ago.
After a hard-fought victory over Ryder, Alvarez is looking forward to a rematch with the Russian in September.
“That’s what we’re aiming for, but we’ll see,” he said.