Saul Alvarez, the heir apparent to Mexican boxing hero status, was dealt a TKO Saturday night at the Monumental Plaza de Toros in Mexico City. However, the blow didn’t come from opponent, Kermit Cintron, who was easily taken out via fifth round TKO. Canelo’s defeat came at the hands of the Mexican fight fans, who only filled the venue to about half-capacity.
The slow ticket sales concerned Canelo Promotions so much that the last several days saw a 2-for-1 special. Still, only about 7,000 people came out to see the red-headed WBC junior middleweight champ defend against former world titlist, Cintron.
Mexican fight fans are notoriously late to buy tickets, so some at the promotional company still felt that the arena would fill-up with last minute ticket buyers.
But when the plaza de toros was still half-empty twenty minutes before the main event, Canelo’s team decided to open the gates to the ringside area and allow those in the stands to fill-out the more expensive seats below.
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