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Boxing News of Sunday, 11 October 2015

Source: BoxingScene

Alvarez batters, stops Wonder Tackie in round 4

Even on his best day, Ben Tackie rarely threw more than one punch at a time as he relied on his natural punching power. The 42-year old former contender stayed true to form, serving as target practice for Ramon Alvarez, who scored a 4th round knockout in the main event Saturday evening in Mexico City, Mexico.

Tackie came in as a very late replacement for Jorge Paez Jr., who was forced to withdraw after suffering a hand injury during his final week of preparation. Alvarez didn't seem to care who he was fighting, just as long as someone was in the opposite corner.

The older brother of famed former super welterweight champion Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez received a standing ovation prior to fight night suggesting he was a star in the making. Perhaps it had everything to do with his familiar last name, but Alvarez was motivated by the attention and cheers in applying non-stop pressure.

Of course, it was easy for the 29-year old to throw at will when nothing was coming back in return. Tackie proved an all too willing target as Alvarez scored with body shots and combinations. Tackie enjoyed brief moments of success on the occasion he remembered to throw his jab.

It wasn't often enough, and certainly not at fight's end. Alvarez went in for the kill, prompting the veteran from Ghana to shut down altogether, leaving the referee no choice but to stop the contest. The official time was 1:52 of round four.

Alvarez advances to 22-4-1 (14KOs) with the win, his first since a 7th round stoppage of Vivian Harris last November. In between then came a four-round No-Contest versus Richard Gutierrez in July, a fight that was pre-empted when an accidental headbutt left Gutierrez with a severe cut inside his mouth.

Tackie (30-13-1, 18KOs) returns to the sidelines, losing in his first fight since last March, in which he actually won by knockout. It was his lone victory since 2006, having lost six straight prior to that point. The attempted comeback proved pointless for the 42-year old, who suffers the first stoppage loss of his career.