From the opening bell Alvarez found his rhythm and wasn't going to be stopped, standing strong in the middle of the ring he worked the jab and opened with some incredible combinations when Lopez gave dropped his guard. I think even the man he was due to fight originally Paul Williams looked on impressed with what he was witnessing. Victor Ortiz was also in attendance and I'm sure relived at times that it was Lopez in the ring with Alvarez and not him.
The first knock down came courtesy of an incredible left hook to the body that shook Lopez and forced him to hit the canvas and take a standing count, the fight could have been over then but luckily for Lopez he was saved by the bell. It was a familiar story as the bout continued with some unstoppable shots to the body Lopez at times could only cover up and try and find an opening. But that opening never came and as much as Lopez threw his own combos, Alvarez shrugged them off and concentrated on the task in hand, it was in round 5 with only seconds left in the round when referee Joe Cortez stepped in as he had seen enough.
It was the right decision as the fight was only ever heading in one direction. It now leaves Canelo with a few options ahead of him, all of them very big opportunities. One option is a mega fight with Miguel Cotto who himself fights in December, the other is Manny Pacquiao who is currently undecided on his opponent for later this year. Ultimately the match he wants and everyone else is crying out to see is that with P4P king Floyd Mayweather. Although right now it seems very early for that showdown its a fight that is defiantly on the cards for the future.
A special mention goes to hall of fame referee Joe Cortez who decided last night he would hang up his gear and no longer officiate another bout. It was an incredible performance by Alvarez leaving Cortez stopping his very last fight in only round 5.