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On the night that Saul "Canelo" Alvarez knocked out James Kirkland, the Mexican spent almost as much time talking about Miguel Cotto as he did his opponent.Alvarez knocked out Kirkland with a sweeping right at 2:19 of the third round in their 154-pound fight Saturday night at Minute Maid Park.Alvarez celebrated for a moment before realizing Kirkland was still down and went to check on him.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 threw 150 punches – 47 fewer than Kirkland – but he connected on 87 to just 42 by Kirkland.The 24-year-old Alvarez got to Kirkland early and often, knocking him down the first time with about 1 1/2 minutes left in the first round.
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