Canelo Fight Makes History!


Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Times

Javier Arredondo, Editor

On Saturday, November 6th, 2021, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez made boxing history. He became the first ever undisputed super middleweight champion, by collecting the WBA, WBC, WBO, IBF and The Ring Magazine belts. 

  This was a goal Alvarez wanted to accomplish since December 2020, when he defeated Callum Smith in a unanimous 12-round decision to collect the WBA, WBC and The Ring Magazine belts from Smith. 

  He then retained those belts against Avni Yildrim, knocking him out in 3 rounds and announcing his next step in the ring post fight, which would be against Billy Joe Saunders for the WBO belt. The fight took place on May 8th, 2021, at AT&T Stadium in Dallas. Alvarez forced Saunders’s corner to call the fight off after round 8, when Alvarez landed an uppercut to Saunders’s eye, which broke his orbital bone. 

  One step away from becoming undisputed, Alvarez accomplished this goal on November 6th, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. He defeated IBF champion Caleb Plant, knocking him out in round 11, to win the IBF belt and become the first undisputed super middleweight champion in boxing history. While Plant was almost able to go the distance with Alvarez, Canelo’s vicious attack to the body was what proved to hurt Plant, as in round 11, Alvarez knocked him down twice, with the ref calling the fight off after the second knockdown. 

  “He was making the fight pretty difficult, but Eddy(Reynoso) told me to just stick to the gameplan in the last two rounds. In the end, I got him. That’s the way it had to finish. He was already hurt and I went in for the kill.” said Alvarez in his post-fight interview. 

  Since the fight, it was announced that the WBC approved a cruiserweight title fight between Alvarez and Junior Makabu.  This could prove to be a difficult fight for Alvarez, as his natural weight would be at middleweight, where he has fought for most of his career. However, he did face Sergey Kovalev in 2019 at light heavyweight and knocked him out in round 10. 

  “That’s one of the projects we have, to fight in the United Kingdom, Japan, even in China or Dubai,” said Canelo’s trainer Eddy Reynoso. Look for Canelo Alvarez’s next fight to be on Cinco De Mayo weekend 2022, possibly in a foreign country, possibly against Junior Makabu.