Canelo Alvarez knocks out James Kirkland in 3rd round

Sunday, May 10, 2015
Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, left, lands a a jab to the face of James Kirkland during a 154-pound fight on Saturday, May 9, 2015, in Houston. Alvarez won the bout.
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HOUSTON -- Saul "Canelo" Alvarez knocked out James Kirkland with a sweeping right at 2:19 of the third round in their 154-pound fight Saturday night at Minute Maid Park.

Moments after getting off the canvas after being decked with a flurry of punches, Kirkland took the devastating knockout punch and collapsed to the floor on his back.

Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) returned from a 10-month break to beat Kirkland (32-2, 28 KOs), who was back in the ring after a 17-month layoff.

Alvarez is widely expected to challenge Miguel Cotto in a pay-per-view fight that could be a highlight of the fall.