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Tapatio sports stars shine abroad

April 22, 2013

The past weekend was one of sporting success for Guadalajara-born athletes competing across the world in the fields of boxing, motorsport, diving and soccer.

On Saturday night, Tapatio boxer Saul “Canelo” Alvarez defeated the previously unbeaten WBA super welterweight champion Austin Trout in San Antonio, Texas. Alvarez, who now has a second belt to go with his WBC light middleweight champion title, won by a unanimous decision after lasting 12 rounds with Trout.

Throughout his career, Alvarez has faced some criticism for not taking on tougher opponents, but after the fight he repeated his demand for a showdown with Floyd Mayweather later this year.

On the other side of the world, Formula One racer Sergio “Checo” Perez finished sixth in Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix, his best result since moving from team Sauber to McLaren ahead of the 2013 season. Perez’s strong performance was marred by one moment of controversy, when he hit the back of his British teammate Jenson Button’s car and then banged wheels with him, leading Button to urge, “calm him down, will you?” on the team radio.

Perez now has ten championship points and sits 11th in the standings. His compatriot and replacement at Sauber, Esteban Gutierrez from Monterrey, has yet to win a point.

Meanwhile, in Edinburgh, Scotland, three of the four Tapatio divers representing Mexico at the 2013 World Diving Series came home with medals. Ivan Garcia and German Sanchez came third in the ten-meter synchronized diving on Friday, while Garcia and Alejandra Orozco also won bronze medals in the individual ten-meter contests on Sunday.

To round the weekend off in style, local soccer star Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez won his second English Premier League title in three years with Manchester United on Monday.

United beat Aston Villa 3-0 to reclaim the title from rivals Manchester City with four games to spare. Hernandez was an unused substitute on the night, but despite a lack of opportunities this term he has still notched an impressive tally of 16 goals from 25 appearances in all competitions – 11 of which came as a substitute.

Hernandez also won the Premier League in his first season after moving to Manchester from Chivas de Guadalajara in 2010.

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