Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez is arguably the largest star in boxing at the moment.
The Mexican is simply 30 years outdated however he has an exceptional 55-1-2 document – attracts with Jorge Juarez in simply his fifth struggle – which was solely contested over 4 rounds – and the basic with Gennady Golovkin sit as two missed alternatives.
Nevertheless, the one loss he has suffered got here through majority resolution to Floyd Mayweather, a person who boasts a 50-Zero document and whom many regard as one of many best fighters of all-time.
Nevertheless, moderately than dwell on defeat, he seems at it like a life lesson.
Heading into the struggle, Canelo held the WBC gentle middleweight title and a 42-0-1 document. That was his first world title and he’d already defended six occasions beforehand.
Mayweather put his WBA (tremendous) gentle middleweight title on the road and was 44-0 – somebody’s zero needed to go, and on that day it will be the younger Canelo’s.
He was simply 23 on the time and recommended a bit extra expertise would have turn out to be useful.
“I’ve grown a lot,” he informed Mike Tyson’s HotBoxin’ as he recalled the 2013 bout at Vegas’ MGM Grand.
“I at all times thought I must struggle first with [Miguel] Cotto, [Erislandy] Lara and all of these guys after which Floyd,” he continued. “However that’s what it’s, you realize? That’s what it’s. I’m OK.
“I wanted extra expertise and maturity [before facing Floyd]. I don’t consider that struggle like a loss. I consider that struggle like I study from that struggle.”
Canelo is now within the dominant mould of Mayweather, brushing apart all challengers put in entrance of him. The unbeaten Billy Joe Saunders would be the subsequent to attempt, however Alvarez stays the favorite within the eyes of many.
However did Canelo really feel like he’d arrived when he shared the ring with Mayweather?
“Once I fought Miguel Cotto. That was my greatest struggle,” he defined. “I really feel like after I received that struggle I felt like ‘OK, my greatest second is coming.’”
Since that night time almost eight years in the past, Canelo has received championships from gentle middleweight all the best way as much as gentle heavyweight and he informed Tyson he plans on sticking round for an additional seven at the least.