LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 05: Canelo Alvarez celebrates his unanimous decision victory against Shane Mosley during their WBC super welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 5, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez Stops Josesito Lopez In The Fifth

Updates, news and fight results for the Showtime Championship Boxing clash between Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and Josesito Lopez.

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Canelo Vs. Lopez Result: Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez Stops Josesito Lopez In Fifth

Saul "Canelo" Alvarez was simply too much for Josesito Lopez tonight in their Showtime Championship Boxing clash from Las Vegas.

Much of the talk leading up to the fight was that Lopez, most at home at 140 pounds, was simply in over his head fighting the big 154 pound Canelo. And that just appeared to be the case throughout the time the two men fought tonight. Canelo repeatedly dropped Lopez, mostly through thunderous body shots, but he mixed in big flurries to the head as well.

In the fifth round, Canelo opened up with a huge flurry that had Lopez against the ropes and referee Joe Cortez knew he had no choice but to stop the fight and protect Lopez.

It's hard to really judge the performance from either man. Lopez showed a warrior's heart, never looking for a way out despite being badly outgunned and Canelo...well...he was fighting a man who was simply too small.

But there is certainly something to be said for "doing what you're supposed to do to the man in front of you" and that's what we saw Canelo do tonight.

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Canelo Vs. Lopez Weigh-In Results: Canelo 154, Lopez 153 For Showtime Bout

Josesito Lopez and Saul "Canelo" Lopez took to the scales this early evening in Las Vegas to make weight for tomorrow night's Showtime Championship Boxing main event. Both men were able to hit the weight for their junior middleweight championship bout without issue.

Canelo weighed in at the 154 pound limit exactly while Lopez checked in at 153, looking to keep the weight close despite being the much smaller man.

Lopez didn't look unhealthy or anything of that nature at the higher weight but, as a fighter who usually competes at 140 pounds, putting on 10% of his body weight could affect his performance come fight time. He was able to upset Victor Ortiz when moving up to 147, but 7 more pounds can make a big difference.

Canelo looked pretty much as one would expect him to look checking in at his normal weight.

For more updates on this fight, continue to follow us here at SB Nation and check out ourboxing blog Bad Left Hook.

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After Long Matchmaking Saga, Canelo And Chavez Jr. Cards Go Head-To-Head Despite Everyone's Best Interest

The story of the circumstances that led to Canelo Alvarez vs. Josesito Lopez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Sergio Martinez taking place on the same night on competing networks.

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