Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KOs) is arguably the most promising Mexican star in boxing right now, and the 22 year-old has made it clear he plans to accomplish big things in the future.
Alvarez recently stated that he plans to surpass Mexican legend Julio Cesar Chavez Sr.’s accomplishments inside the ring, claiming he’s already more accomplished than “El Gran Campeón Mexicano” was at his age. Chavez Sr. (107-6-2, 87 KOs) didn’t appreciate Canelo’s comments, and he took a few a few shots at Alvarez during a recent interview.
“Well, ha ha, what I can tell, huh? Records are made to be broken but I really think [Canelo] has not fought anybody yet, even with being number one in the world — he is being carried in his career with tweezers,” Chavez Sr. fired back, per Boxingscene.com. “Imagine, I beat 27 former world champions. I find it very difficult [to beat that accomplishment], but hopefully things will go well [for Canelo]. I almost always defended my championship with number one contender, and I told you I fought with 27 former world champions. You know my record, I see it as almost being impossible [to break that], but I wish him luck, hopefully, as a Mexican.”
In terms of potential, Alvarez’ future is as bright as it gets, but it does seem like he’s starting to believe his own hype. Chavez Sr. definitely makes a valid point in regards to Canelo’s past opponents, as the redheaded Mexican has only had a few fights against world-class opponents. To date, Alvarez’ most impressive victory is his unanimous decision victory against a 40 year-old “Sugar” Shane Mosley.
Even though Alvarez has continued to back the hype behind him up with victories inside the ring, I wouldn’t exactly call him a great fighter. He still has to tighten up his defense, and he’s nowhere close to a Floyd Mayweather or Sergio Martinez in terms of his understanding of the technical intricacies of the sweet science.
Alvarez’ handlers didn’t think he was ready for the likes of Mayweather earlier in the year, but they switched their stance after Canelo made quick work out of Josesito Lopez on Sept. 15 (he won via TKO in the fifth round). Alvarez and his handlers are now pushing strongly for fights against Floyd Mayweather and Sergio Martinez, but they’ll probably end up regretting their decision if they get their wish anytime soon.