Canizales shows that experience is the greatest teacher in the professional ranks!
It was a tall order for the former 2016 Olympian Bin Lu to defeat one of the best light flyweights in the world in only his second professional fight.
Carlos “Triple C” Canizales is an undefeated champion who is recognized as a top four fighter at light flyweight by Ring Magazine.
Leading up to this fight, the narrative from hardcore fans was “will Lu break Lomachenko’s record?”
Of course Vasyl Lomachenko lost an attempt to become the WBO featherweight champion in his second professional fight in 2014.
It was hard not to feel that Lu may have bitten off much more than he could chew while watching this fight.
From the first round, the pressure from the champion was apparent. Although the opposing game-plan from Lu was the correct one, the execution of it wasn’t the best.
The challenger did an excellent job of shooting the straight left hand down the pipe when Canizales would rush in. He also did a great job of taking a half-step back and catching him with the straight left or lead right hook.
The problem resided in the fact that he would only do this at certain points in the fight. He elected more to fight on the inside; a battle he was losing by a wide margin.
Canizales did an excellent job working he body early in order to negate the movement (when he wanted to move) from Lu late in the fight.
By the sixth round until the end of the fight, it was obvious the experience of Canizales was too much. One thing we noted in our preview of this fight was the stamina of the champion. He had shown in his last two fights that he fades down the stretch.
In this fight it appeared the challenger was the one who was confused and fading by the championship rounds. In the eleventh round, the champion connected with a left hook then a right hand that dropped a bloodied Lu. At this point (if it wasn’t already obvious), it was clear the champion would be keeping his belt.
The last round was a depressing one for the challenger as he took a severe beating until he was dropped within ten seconds left in the fight. He got back to his feet but was too discombobulated for the referee to allow him to continue.
In all, Lu showed some really good skills as a fighter at this stage of his career. He just simply took a risky fight a bit too early.
Triple C improves to 21-0-1, 17KOs and captures his first title defense.
By: EJ Williams