Saul Alvarez is now a boxing icon, at 30 years old he has already been a super welterweight, middleweight, super middleweight and light heavyweight champion. Factor that makes him ranked among the top pound-for-pound fighters.
A fact that is very interesting is that the Mexican, in his last 5 fights, has fought in 3 different divisions and has managed to win the world championship in each of them.
This February 27, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will step into the ring for the first time in 2021 to face the mandatory challenger of the super middle division, the Turkish Avni Yildirim, in what is expected to be a real war.
This is the path travelled by our super middleweight champion to get to his next fight.
After drawing on their first match, “Canelo” came into this match with greater determination and with a more aggressive approach. That night in September 2018, “Canelo” conquered the WBC middleweight title for the second period with one of his best performances as a fighter.
It took only three months after his last fight for “Canelo” to return to the ring to face the European, Rocky Fielding. It was thought that Alvarez would have a difficult night moving up a division; however, he managed to fight with greater power, a factor with which he defeated his rival via TKO in the third round.
In May 2019, Saul returned to the middleweight division to star in a unification fight against the dangerous, Daniel Jacobs. The fight was very technical; however, the Mexican always proposed the pace and fighting style to be able to defeat the American via unanimous decision.
On November 2, 2019, Saul took one of the riskiest decisions of his career by moving up from 160 pounds to challenge the 175-pound champion: Russian Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev. The fight was tense, Saul tried to be patient throughout the fight and in round 11 he finally managed to hunt down his prey to give us one of the greatest KOs of the year. That night the Mexican conquered his fourth division and proved to the world that his punching power could knock out one of the strongest light heavyweights in recent years.
Saul conquered the super middleweight title of the World Boxing Council, defeating the tough English fighter, Callum Smith, by unanimous decision at the end of 2020. “Canelo” showed that he is undoubtedly one of the best fighters today, showing a great waist movement and an excellent punch, which allowed him to take a wide decision against a brave Smith who never gave up. This was the first defeat in Smith’s career, while for Canelo was his 54th victory. By conquering the vacant super middleweight championship of the body, the Mexican managed to win his third WBC belt, (super welterweight, middle and super middle).
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