Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez

Mexico almost always disappoints at football. Boxing, on the other hand, is an entirely different matter. There have been plenty of Mexican boxing greats at the top level of world boxing. Apparently, Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez will soon join their ranks. I  think he’s a decent boxer, but I’m not convinced. A little bit too slow, and a little bit too one dimensional if you ask me. He could be a World Champion one day. But he won’t make many defences unless he picks a list of…ummmm…Mexican roadsweepers.

There’s too many talented boxers in and around his weight division, including Pacquiao, Amir Khan, Alexander and Bradley. And compatriot Juan Marquez, who is, in my mind an all time Mexican boxing great. As was/is Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik ‘El Terrible’ Morales, Ricardo Lopez, Salvador Sanchez and of course Julio Cesar Chavez. Is Canelo capable of following in these hallowed footsteps. I think not, but not everyone agrees with me. The video I’ve linked to Chavez features one of his greatest fights. Chavez is so far behind on points he must knockout his opponent. There’s a minute left…


2 thoughts on “Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez

  1. Opatije says:

    I’m a big boxing fan…and have been following Mexico’s greatest for years now. I would like to think “Canelo” is the real thing however, I’d give him couple more fights to celebrate his status and put him along the likes of Marquez, Barrera, Chavez Sr. and Morales. He’s still a lot to prove and I hope he’s being managed appropriately.



    • He’s going to need a lot more fights to put himself alongside the other greats! Chavez finished with how many bouts? Well over a hundred. And he came so, so close to getting to 100-0, before his first defeat. Some say that first loss should have come to Taylor, but I agreed with the ref on that one. He asked Taylor a question and got no response other than a blank, vacant gaze. That means the fight should be stopped. Maybe there would have been time only for Chavez to throw one more punch, but one punch can kill.

      Back to Alvarez. Here’s the thing. Baldomir was no mug. Not at all. But he’s 39, with no real knockout power, slow and has lost 3 of his last five. Admittedly, two of them were to top, top boxers – Mayweather Jr and Vernon Forrest. But they were three years ago. He’s barely fought since then.

      And yet he was Alvarez’s equal for most of the fight, and landed too many punches too easily. I hope Canelo’s chin is strong, because when he comes up against a speedy puncher with a bit of power behind him, that chin is going to be seriously tested!


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