Canelo Alvarez dominated Callum Smith to further etch his name into boxing's history books.
The Mexican became a bonafide four-weight world champion by winning almost every round against the Brit considered the best at super-middleweight.
Smith clung on to hear the final bell but his fate had long been sealed as he dropped the decision by scores of 119-109, 119-109 and 117-111.
"It was one of my great nights because I conquered the unified titles," said Canelo. "I want all the belts.
"That was one of the best performances of my career, but not the best. I have had a lot of challenges and that was not the hardest."
Alvarez opted to fight Smith six months after a fight with his fellow Brit Billy Joe Saunders fell apart.
The rivals were on the verge of announcing their clash when the coronavirus crisis struck, postponing the bout indefinitely.
The Mexican was determined to walk to the ring before the end of the year and Smith answered his call.
The Liverpudlian was the second member of his family to accept the challenge following Liam Smith's defeat in 2016.
Alvarez's only defeat came against Floyd Mayweather seven years ago and his most recent victory was over Sergey Kovalev at light-heavyweight.
Smith, meanwhile, was below par in the second defence of his title against John Ryder last year.
And it was Alvarez who edged the opening two rounds with his sustained pressure as Smith looked to land to the body.
Smith was struggling to land his long jab as the challenger closed the considerable gap before landing.
The champion opened round four with his jab but was soon swarmed by Alvarez who began to display his impressive array of shots, rocking Smith with a right hand.
Alvarez's defence was as effective as his offence and Smith was struggling to land as he conceded another round in the fifth.
Smith began to let his hands go as the fight reached the halfway point but he faced an uphill struggle in the second half.
The Brit was busier again in the seventh stanza but still found himself backed up on the ropes.
And Smith found himself on the back foot again in the eighth as Alvarez twice jolted his head back with an uppercut.
That same shot landed in the ninth as Smith came under serious pressure while blood streamed from his nose.
Alvarez was landing hooks and uppercut at will by the 10th, forcing Smith to hold on.
Entering the championship rounds, the best Smith could hope for was to see out the final six minutes.
He did so, despite Alvarez's best efforts, but knew his world title had slipped away.
Smith said: "I came here to win, it wasn't my night. He was good tonight and fair play to him.
"I might have outgrown the weight, I don't feel as dominant as I used to."
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