Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and Alfonso Gomez met in the featured undercard bout of the Floyd Mayweather, Jr. vs. Victor Ortiz pay-per-view. The two men were actually fighting as the headlining bout of a separate card from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Alvarez's popularity was on display as he drew a very large crowd for the bout.
What many expected to be a one-sided contest turned into a solid fight as Gomez pushed the pace and threw a high number of punches to keep Alvarez from getting into rhythm for the early part of the fight.
The first round saw Alvarez sneak in a left hand that shook and dropped Gomez but it was late in the round and Gomez was able to make it to the bell. Gomez would try to make it a fight in the second round but Alvarez still found plenty of openings for combinations including a solid flurry to the body late in the round.
Despite the first round knockdown, Gomez was able to have solid success in the second and third rounds. Alvarez simply failed to put together combinations for several rounds, looking to wing single haymakers until the fifth round. In the fifth it was Alvarez actually mixing in some combinations to set up big power punches and shake Gomez.
The story of the fight as the time wore on was Canelo's power punches against the higher punch output and workrate of Gomez.
In the sixth though, the power simply caught up and Canelo landed a huge uppercut and followed up with a couple shots that had Gomez stumble backward across the ring and into the ropes. Alvarez followed up with a flurry of powerful punches while Gomez didn't punch back and forced the referee to jump in and call a halt to the bout, to the delight of the crowd.