Updated: Saturday, 08 March 2014 12:49 | By Agence France-Presse

Alvarez back as Molina, Santa Cruz defend boxing titles

Saul "Canelo" Alvarez returns to the ring after suffering his first career loss to Floyd Mayweather, fighting on Saturday on a card that includes two Mexican compatriots defending world titles.


Alvarez back as Molina, Santa Cruz defend boxing titles

Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez enters the ring to take on Floyd Mayweather Jr. in their WBC/WBA 154-pound title fight in Las Vegas on September 14, 2013 - by Al Bello

Former World Boxing Council and World Boxing Association champion Alvarez, 42-1-1 with 30 knockouts, will face countryman Alfredo Angulo, 22-3 with 18 knockouts.

Alvarez, whose nickname means "cinnamon" in Spanish, lost a majority decision and his crowns to unbeaten US star Mayweather last September.

"I learned a lot from fighting Floyd, but I'm ready to get back in the ring to maintain the path that I was on before," Alvarez said.

"What happened in September is in the past. I'm fully concentrating on this fight."

The Las Vegas card also features Leo Santa Cruz, 26-0 with one drawn and 15 knockouts, defending the WBC super bantamweight crown against Mexican southpaw Cristian Mijares, 49-7 with two drawn and 24 knockouts.

Santa Cruz will make the second defence of the crown he won last August with a third-round knockout of compatriot Victor Terrazas. He defended the title last December, taking a unanimous decision over Puerto Rican southpaw Cesar Seda.

"I have a lot of respect for Mijares, who was a great champion and is still very fast," Santa Cruz said. "His style can be complicated which is why I've been working in the gym with southpaws. I am going to stop him."

Molina, 22-5 with two drawn and six knockouts, will defend the International Boxing Federation light middleweight title against unbeaten American Jermall Charlo, 17-0 with 13 knockouts.

"This guy is undefeated, but he's never faced anyone like me," Molina said. "I'm more eager and hungry than I've ever been for a fight in my life. I'm still the champion and I'll still be the champion on Saturday."

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