Might thirteenth, 2021
A debate has opened up as Mexican celebrity Canelo Alvarez continues his bid to grow to be an undisputed pressure within the super-middleweight division.
Brutally beating Billy Joe Saunders on the again of selecting up the opposite belts from ex-number one Callum Smith, Canelo is the speak of the city.
Earlier than his superb efficiency in entrance of a record-breaking crowd at Cowboys Stadium in Texas, the WBC revealed their all-time prime ten checklist at 168.
Unsurprisingly, Sugar Ray Leonard, Joe Calzaghe, and Nigel Benn cleared the path. However the place would Canelo rank now?
WBC TOP 10 SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONS
1. Ray Leonard (US)
2. Joe Calzaghe (GB)
3. Nigel Benn (GB)
4. Andre Ward (US)
5. Markus Beyer (Germany)
6. Carl Froch (GB)
Mikkel Kessler (Denmark)
8. Robin Reid (GB)
9. Danny Inexperienced (Australia)
10. Eric Lucas (Canada)
President Mauricio Sulaiman wrote in his column days after Canelo vs. Saunders and revealed the factors and achievements.
“One of many questions that generally flow into amongst media and consultants is the place Saúl Álvarez stands inside the lists of one of the best in historical past,” identified Sulaiman.
“For this, it’s essential to check a number of the issues that enable us to have a extra stable evaluation of the topic and never solely be primarily based on particular person appreciation or favoritism.
“There are a number of standards to judge with info and numbers:
“Clearly offers a visible overview of a profession; El Canelo has a file of 56 wins, one loss, two attracts, with 38 KOs.
“Although there are a minimum of 5 fights that aren’t thought of in his official file for some unknown causes.”
WBC Tremendous welter with 6 title defenses
WBA tremendous welter
WBC Middleweight, in opposition to Miguel Cotto
WBC Middleweight in opposition to Gennady Golovkin
WBC Tremendous Middleweight, in opposition to Callum Smith
WBA Tremendous Middleweight
WBO Tremendous Middleweight
WBO Gentle Heavyweight
* Variety of world championship fights:
He has to at the present time is 20.
* Championships received:
“Saúl conquered quite a lot of affiliate titles to the WBC from an early age.
“He received the WBC Youth World Title, the NABF, and the Silver Tremendous Welterweight title, in addition to the next world championships:
* Stage of opposition:
The standard of the opponents he has confronted is a outstanding issue, and a major variety of world champions seem on the checklist.
“Saul has confronted 19 world champions. Shane Mosley, Miguel Cotto, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, Amir Khan, Austin Trout, Erislandy Lara, Daniel Jacobs, Sergey Kovalev, Julio César Chávez Jr., and Billy Joe Saunders. His solely defeat thus far was eight years in the past when he confronted Floyd Mayweather Jr.
“Years of combating at excessive ranges of significance and competitors, he has already a decade established as an elite boxer.”
“His fan base is huge. He has worldwide recognition of being one of the best pound-for-pound of the second.
“Saúl Canelo Álvarez continues to construct his legacy, and he nonetheless has a number of years to build up extra triumphs in order that the day he ends his profession within the ring.
“Canelo can decide his place within the historical past of Mexican and world boxing.”