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Ten thousand enthusiastic boxing fans attended Saturday night's card at the Benito Juarez Auditorium in Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico and saw welterweight sensation Saul "Canelo" Alvarez add the WBC World Youth title to his collection by scoring a highlight film knockout of Russian Marat Khuzeev. In the other two featured fights, Juan Jose Montes retained the WBC Continental Americas super flyweight title and WBC Female International super flyweight titlist Irma Sanchez won the WBC Female World Youth title for her division.

Alvarez, who also holds the NABF welterweight title, launched his attack in the opening round and landed repeatedly to the Russian's face. In the second round, the 19-year-old WBC #4 ranked contender cracked Khuzeev with his right and dropped him for the full count. The end came at 2:33 of the round.

"Canelo", also ranked #5 by the WBO and #6 by the WBA, raised his record to 28-0-1 with his 21st win by knockout. Khuzeev, once a promising prospect who recorded wins over Joszef Matolcsi and Christian Bladt before suffering his first defeat, fell to 18-5-1 with 7 KOs (according to BoxRec and Fightnews) or 24-4 with 12 KOs (as per Notifight).

The up-and-coming "Goofy" Montes, ranked #25 by the WBC, kept his Continental Americas belt with a 12-round, unanimous decision over Francisco "Panchito" Reyes. Montes upped his record to 14-1 with 10 KOs (as per BoxRec) or 18-1 with 16 KOs (as per Notifight). Reyes is now listed as 4-10-2 with 3 KOs.

"Guerita" Sanchez and Lucia "La Traviesa" Avalos had met before. On October 17, 2008, at the same arena, Sanchez outpointed Avalos over 12 rounds to win the WBC Female International super flyweight title. After scoring wins over Shantel Martinez and Sandra Hernandez as a super flyweight, Sanchez dropped down to flyweight and fought Mariana Juarez, the WBC Female International flyweight titlist, for the vacant WBC Female Interim World flyweight championship. "Guerita" dropped a unanimous decision. Not deterred, the 21-year-old Ms. Sanchez, in her first appearance since that defeat, again fought for an important steppingstone title, meeting Avalos for the WBC Female World Youth "Supermosca" belt. After 10 hard-fought rounds, Sanchez (14-3-1, 4 KOs) won by unanimous decision.

In two undercard bouts, super bantamweight Horacio Garcia (5-0, 3 KOs) scored a 6-round, unanimous decision over Saturnino Mora (0-1) and super featherweight Moises Delgadillo (4-6-2, 3 KOs) unanimously outpointed Eddy Gizman (1-4-1, 0 KOs) after 4 rounds.

There were no announcements regarding Montes' or Sanchez' next bouts but Alvarez is slated to fight on September 15 on the undercard of WBC light flyweight champion Edgar Sosa's defense against Omar "El Pastor" Soto of Puerto Rico. Alvarez will be facing WBO #13 ranked Carlos Leonardo Herrera of Argentina who sports a 21-1 record with 8 KOs.

Article By: Ken Pollitt