Reasonably, considering the sport’s biggest star and his strength as the main king of the pound, Canelo Alvarez has been praised almost free of charge for his commitment to look for challenging challenges in multiple weight divisions over the past year.
But can we focus on something else and basically be more important, with the exception of a few days? The destruction of Alvarez’s unbeaten middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders fighting for their unification? Alvarez, 30, is improving in every big fight and is doing quite a disturbing pace.
Alvarez (56-1-2, 38 KOs) became a professional at the age of 15 and was already the owner of major paid events for 23 hours, which means a long time has passed since the face of the Mexican superstar is not one of the biggest draws in the sport. However, it would be hard for anyone to go back to those times and imagine that Alvarez would become really good along the way as a full-fledged fighter who has taken his power to the higher divisions.
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Much of the merit of this must be continually improved by Alvarez even though his Heritage Hall of Fame has apparently been sealed. A big part of that should go to longtime coach Eddy Reynoso, who has recently become the sport’s “it” coach who takes on a large number of top clients.
But Alvarez, who can still gain 160 pounds in the right fight, has grown to 175 to win the title and hasn’t backed down, and in the end he hasn’t ruled out the idea of challenging a lightweight (and destructive full-time) joint champion. ) Artur Beterbiev. Meanwhile, Alvarez has found the perfect home at 168 pounds, being able to handle weight reduction, and being a free agent from a promotional and networking point of view allows Alvarez to stay as busy as he wants.
Luckily for the fans, the changes have been swift, as Alvarez is on track to fight four times in 2021 and with a landslide victory over Callum Smith last December, he could end up with five fights in 13 months. If the level of activity of an elite fighter is not heard enough in this modern era, it is as crazy as the reality of Alvarez’s evolution as a fighter.
Despite being a small man determined to be overweight, Alvarez can win the fight on the stage he wants. He has walked away from larger enemies and reduced them to the body. Alvarez’s back-to-back punching style, which he used to use against faster opponents, can be traced back to 154 pounds.
And if you try to beat Alvarez as Saunders did, using his clumsiness to make adjustments in the middle rounds, Alvarez is very smart and strong not to do what he did when he stopped the rough British champion in the 8th round. his exit level and Saunders ended up breaking multiple bones around the eye hole with a savage cut at the top.
As Alvarez proved to be a couple of classic thrillers against Gennadiy Golovkin, he also has a hell of a chin to launch.
He is a great fighter of all time at the peak of his power, who is improving. Let’s enjoy it while it lasts.
Abandoned: Manny Pacquiao
Honorable Mention: Davis, Artur Beterbiev, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, Jermall Charlo, Josh Taylor, Roman Gonzalez, Jermell Charlo