Bernard Hopkins Feels Canelo Alvarez ‘Sweeps’ the Light Heavyweight Division

Published 07/15/2021, 9:33 AM EDT
Dec 19, 2020; San Antonio, TX, USA; Canelo Alvarez (red trunks) celebrates after defeating Callum Smith (white trunks) during their WBA, WBC and Ring Magazine super middleweight championship bout at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports


The pound-for-pound king, Canelo Alvarez, is going super strong with his pursuit to become the undisputed king of the super-middleweights. Until now, he has vanquished every opponent in this weight category. That said, he just has one more test left against Caleb Plant. And if he claims a win against the American boxer, it’s unquestionable that Alvarez will be awarded a string of accolades.

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Also, once he claims all the belts at super-middleweight, the Mexican boxer might move up to the light-heavyweight division too.

Recently, Bernard Hopkins commented on Canelo’s chances at the 175-pound division. Speaking to FightHype, he said, “Canelo can already compete up to cruiserweight. But the light heavyweight division, I think he sweeps that.”

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“He’s willing to put the work in. He’s willing to go through anything that has to go through to be great. And I think that he’s in a position of the mentality of a fighter and just want to do great things from here on out.”

Over the past few years, Saul Alvarez has improved significantly as a boxer. He has remained highly relevant to the fight universe by staying active and testing himself against the best boxing talents.

In his last fight too, Alvarez piped down the aggressive Billy Joe Saunders with his thunderous power. With that win, the Guadalajara boxer added the WBO belt to his collection. Now, he is just one step away from creating history, and a fight against ‘Sweethands’ Plant looks imminent. However, given the stature of Saul Alvarez, fans will always wonder about what’s next for him.

Will Canelo Alvarez really find some success at the light-heavyweight division?

Canelo has moved to various weight classes in his vast boxing run and has claimed gold in each and every single division. This includes his 175 lbs title win over Sergey Kovalev in 2019.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 04: Canelo Alvarez walks to his corner during his middleweight unification fight against Daniel Jacobs at T-Mobile Arena on May 04, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

That said, there’s no doubt about him finding success at the 175-frame. However, before visualizing a reign at light-heavyweight, he has to get past Caleb ‘Sweethands’.

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Hence, this year will be a career-defining period for the Mexican boxer. And the world will be keen to see how he shapes his boxing run in 2022 and beyond.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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