SAUL ‘CANELO’ ALVAREZ celebrated a stunning Mexican homecoming by dominating the brave John Ryder in front of 50,000 roaring fans.
The 32-year-old successfully defended his undisputed super middleweight crown on points on a historic night in Guadalajara at the Estadio Akron as he fought on home soil for the first time since 2011.
Canelo dominated the British boxer throughout, dropping Ryder in round five.
The Londoner fought back to cover the distance, but there was no doubt whose hand would be raised after the final chime.
And it was Canelo who celebrated as two judges scored the fight 118-109 in his favor while the other went 120-107 for the icon.
In doing so, the four-weight world champion consolidated his 59th win since turning pro, with two losses and two draws.
It was Ryder’s sixth loss in 38 games and his second unsuccessful attempt at a world title.
Dubbed ‘The King Comes Home’, the fight started strong for the local hero as he landed two huge left hooks to the challenger’s body in the first bout.
Ryder’s nose was then blown open two rounds later, leaving him with a bloodied face for the remainder of the fight.
The vocal crowd then erupted in the fifth as Canelo landed a massive left-right combination that staggered Ryder backwards before eventually falling to the canvas.
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The Englishman counted eight and managed to complete the round but was down again in the eighth – but this referee explained it was a slip.
A sensational ninth round ensued as another combination of Canelo saw the official ready to step in and stop them, but Ryder swallowed it and began trading in a brave effort.
Ryder then knew he needed a knockout in the championship round and landed more easily on Canelo, but he couldn’t rock the superstar, although it was clear his performance had won the respect of the Mexican crowd.