Carlos Adames explodes Alexis Salazar with Big Left in third

ATLANTA – Carlos Adames made his impressive debut in Premier Boxing Champions on Saturday night.

After two completely unremarkable rounds, Adames knocked out Alexis Salazar in the third round of their scheduled 10-round middleweight game on the undercard Gervonta Davis-Mario Barrios at State Farm Arena. Adames’ short left hook sent Salazar to a knee with just over 10 seconds left in the third round.

Salazar struggled to get up, but he beat referee Jim Korb’s count. Korb decided, however, that a stumbling Salazar was not fit to continue.

The official stop time was 2:59 of the third round.

Adames of the Dominican Republic increased their record to 20-1 and produced their 16th knockout. Mexican Salazar (23-4, 9 KOs) saw his 15-game winning streak interrupted and lost to KO for the first time in eight years as a pro.

The Adames-Salazar fight replaced Julian Williams-Brian Mendoza on Showtime’s Pay-Per-View show after Williams withdrew from that 10-round junior middleweight game last weekend due to ‘an elbow injury.

Adames fought for the second time since Brazilian Patrick Teixeira (31-2, 22 KOs) defeated him by unanimous decision in their 12-round fight for the then vacant WBO junior middleweight title in November 2019 .

Adames appeared to score a knockdown with just over a minute left in the third round. Salazar apparently used the ropes to stand up after Adams put down a left right hand, but Korb allowed the action to continue.

Salazar tried to work his jab early in the second round, but had little success. He threw Adames onto the canvas with just over a minute to go in the second round.

A little later in the second round, Adames pushed Salazar to the mat. These two trips on the web were the most remarkable action of this second round.

Adames and Salazar were very reluctant to enter in the first round. Neither combatant threw many punches during those three minutes.

Keith Idec is a senior writer / columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.