Saul Alvarez KOs Carlos Baldomir in Sixth Round
The 20-year-old Mexican star in the making Saul Alvarez (pictured above, at left) knocked out the aging veteran Carlos Baldomir (pictured above, at right) on Saturday night with a brutal left hook in the sixth round of their fight on the HBO pay per view televised Golden Boy Promotions Mosley vs. Mora undercard.
It was a sensational ending for Alvarez, knocking out an opponent in Baldomir who, if nothing else, has always had a granite chin. Baldomir had been knocked out only once before in 61 career fights.
Alvarez is one of Mexico's most popular young athletes, and the largely Mexican-American crowd at the Staples Center in Los Angeles gave him a huge ovation before the fight. As he controlled the first five rounds in solid but not spectacular fashion the crowd started to quiet down, but he got another huge ovation with a massive knockout.
It's important to remember that this fight was never expected to be competitive. It was booked because Baldomir could provide a recognizable name for Alvarez to beat. But Alvarez beat him, beat him badly, and took a big step forward in his career, improving his record to 34-0-1 in the process.
"I want to be the world welterweight champion," Alvarez said afterward, through his translator. He's only 20 and it may be too soon to seriously consider such lofty ambitions, but there's no reason he can't be world welterweight champion some day.