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Canelo graduates to true champion

Originally Published: April 20, 2013
By Kieran Mulvaney | ESPN.com

SAN ANTONIO -- The prefight narrative, boiled down to its most simplistic state and shorn of nuance, was clear:

Would Austin Trout, the boxer, prevail? Or would Canelo Alvarez, the fighter, prove too strong and overcome Trout's anticipated footwork?

The end result, as is so often the case, was more complex.

Alvarez was the victor, and probably deservedly so at the end of 12 intense and skillfully fought rounds -- although he surely didn't win by anything like the 118-109 ...

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