LAS VEGAS — Canelo Alvarez relentlessly pursued a knockout in his latest bout, but despite flooring Jermell Charlo in Round 7 with a powerful overhand right, the elusive KO never came to fruition at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday night.

This, however, wasn’t due to any shortcomings on Alvarez’s part. Instead, Charlo seemed unwilling to engage, rarely throwing punches and evading Canelo’s power shots throughout the match. Alvarez, defending his undisputed super middleweight championship for the third time, ultimately secured a one-sided unanimous decision victory.

The judges’ scorecards reflected Alvarez’s dominance, with two of them scoring it 118-109 and the third tallying it at 119-108.

Alvarez, widely regarded as boxing’s top star and ESPN’s No. 4 pound-for-pound fighter, stated, “Nobody can compete with this Canelo.”

Despite the challenges he faced, including two months of rigorous training away from his family near Lake Tahoe, Alvarez reiterated his love for the sport and how it has shaped him into the person he is today.

Charlo, who entered the ring as the undisputed junior middleweight champion, had never fought above 154 pounds before. He was stripped of his WBO title during the fight, with plans to return to the 154-pound division, where he still holds three titles. Meanwhile, Australian sensation Tim Tszyu is set to defend the WBO belt against Brian Mendoza.

Reflecting on his performance, Charlo stated, “I feel like it wasn’t me in there. I don’t make excuses. You win some, you lose some. I’m undisputed in my weight; I was daring to be great. I’m proud of myself. He didn’t knock me out, he knocked all the other guys out.