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‘Nobody can beat this Canelo’: Alvarez proved his point

LAS VEGAS — Canelo Alvarez heard everyone talking. In fact, after 18 years in professional boxing, he’s heard it all, five of them as a top star in the world.

Alvarez was once the consensus pound-for-pound king, but he lost that status after being defeated by Dmitry Bivol at 175 pounds in May 2022. First loss since being defeated by Floyd Mayweather in 2013.

Alvarez defeated Gennady Golovkin last September to end their storied trilogy, defending his undisputed super middleweight title before defeating John Layton in Mexico in May Virtue. Still, the comments from fans and media persisted: Alvarez, 33, with 60 professional fights under his belt, was no longer the same boxer.

Alvarez managed to prove with every punishing left hook and overhand right throughout Saturday’s 12-round fight against Jermall Charlo that he is indeed still elite, still the face of boxing, still Is a great figure in history.

“No one can compete with this Canelo,” said Alvarez, the fourth-ranked fighter on ESPN.

Alvarez (60 wins, 2 draws, 2 losses, 39 KOs) didn’t get the knockout knockout he so desired, but it was clear he was at the top of his game. His moves, combinations and signature breaking ability were all on display at the top of his game as he dominated Charlo to defend his four-time 168-pound title for the third time. Sure, Charlo is moving up two weight classes and has never fought on this stage before, but he is an elite fighter who has beaten every fighter he has ever faced.

Alvarez neutralized his attacks, allowing Charlo to feel his power. Alvarez forced Charlo to one knee after landing an overhand right in the seventh round and defiantly announced that he was still the fighter who had earned his place as a great in history.

“I agree there were a few games where I looked different, but that doesn’t mean anything else,” Alvarez told ESPN on Wednesday. “I feel fresh, I feel young, I feel strong. I feel like I’m in my prime and you’ll see on Saturday.”

Indeed, we did. Alvarez suffered a serious left wrist injury during his fights with Bivol and GGG. He underwent surgery in October and said he wasn’t 100 percent confident in his primary weapon against Ryder, whom he took down but didn’t finish.

Just like he did against Ryder, he defeated Charlo and Charlo heard the final bell. But this time, Alvarez was not disappointed.

“Charlo is a savvy fighter who can move around the ring…” Alvarez said. “I’m happy with the job I did. I did my job.”

The biggest question facing Alvarez at this point is his future opponent. He was originally scheduled to face Jermall’s twin brother Jermall on Saturday, and perhaps that fight could be rescheduled when Alvarez returns over the Cinco de Mayo weekend. Jermall Charlo will return after a two-and-a-half year layoff against Jose Benavidez Jr. on November 25th.

A more interesting option for Alvarez is Benavidez’s younger brother David Benavidez, a former super middleweight titleholder coming off a win over Caleb Plant. Benavidez is scheduled to face Demetrius Andrade in the main event on November 25. “(Benavidez) has proven he’s the best,” Benavidez’s promoter Sampson Lewkowicz told ESPN. “He deserves this opportunity. The sport of boxing deserves to see the best.”

But the most interesting fight, and perhaps the biggest in boxing, is between Alvarez, the face of boxing, and the sport’s top fighter, Terrence Crawford, who says he Think about Alvarez.

“I always say, if this fight makes sense, why not? But (Crawford’s) was not in the plan,” Canelo said at the post-fight press conference.

When pressed further about a potential fight with Crawford, Alvarez said: “If it makes sense, maybe. I don’t know right now. Let me enjoy the fight and then you’ll know what’s going to happen next. . ”

Alvarez may not know who’s next, but he’s sure of one thing: He’s back. He’ll likely be unbeatable at 168 pounds and under. It takes a special fighter to defeat Alvarez.

Bivol has the credentials to be that fighter, but even that fight was at 175 pounds. Alvarez has now knocked out the super middleweight division – his division – with the exception of David Benavidez. Even he will be at a disadvantage against this rejuvenated, healthy Alvarez.

“I’m finally back,” Alvarez said. “I feel confident now. I feel great. I’m happy because I haven’t felt like this for a long time. But now I’m back.”

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