Ever since his loss to Floyd Mayweather in 2013, Canelo has improved each facet of his game. He is elite at offense and defense, which is a rarity in boxing.
The last two years have made up the prime of Canelo Alvarez’s (55-1-2, 30KOs) boxing career.
Canelo’s most recent third-round KO victory against WBC mandatory challenger Avni Yildirim (21-3, 12KOs) was masterful, demonstrating why Canelo would likely be the favorite against any fighter from super middleweight to light heavyweight.
Against Yildirim, Canelo was methodical in his offensive approach, understood his range, and mixed punches to the head and body. Though only 30, Canelo has consistently faced boxing’s top fighters since around 2011. The years of learning on the job shows.
Throughout his career, he has continued to improve upon each fight and his work ethic is indicative of his in-fight performances. Ever since his loss to Floyd Mayweather in 2013, Canelo has improved each facet of his game. He is elite at offense and defense, which is a rarity in boxing.
Over the last two years, Canelo has looked so strong that most fans have forgotten about his two close fights against Gennady Golovkin, (41-1-1, 36KOs) the first fight ending in a draw, and the second ending with Canelo’s hand being raised after a close decision victory.
Since the two bouts against Golovkin, Canelo has scored definitive victories against Daniel Jacobs, Sergey Kovalev, Callum Smith, and Yildirim. Opponents have difficulty timing Canelo, as he is unpredictable and feints effectively.
Right now, most place Canelo atop boxing’s pound-for-pound list due to his most recent outstanding performances and vast resume. Next up for Canelo is likely Billy Joe Saunders (30-0, 14KOs.)
Saunders is a slick southpaw that is difficult to look good against. He is a ring general that understands how to form traps and to take away opponents’ strengths.
Nevertheless, Canelo will be favored going into the fight. Canelo tends to be one step ahead of his opposition. There is no doubt that he’s already a Hall of Famer, and he will continue to cement his legacy as an all-time-great fighter.
Boxing fans should look forward to more impressive performances.