Boxing Awards 2021: Canelo Alvarez Wins the Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year

Published 12/30/2021, 5:30 AM EST
Nov 5, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Canelo Alvarez weighs in for his super middleweight championship boxing match against Caleb Plant (not pictured) at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports


2021 tuned out to be one of the greatest years for Canelo Alvarez and his decorated boxing career. This year, the p4p great fought thrice, winning all of his fights with sensational finishes. On top of this, Alvarez even created history by becoming the maiden undisputed super-middleweight champion of the world.

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That said, after such a decorated boxing run this year, Canelo was bound to receive massive accolades. The Mexican won the prestigious Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year. Also, the man behind his success, Eddy Reynoso, bagged the Trainer of the Year award.

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Alongside Reynoso and Canelo, there were several other fighters on the list who bagged some noteworthy accolades. The list included the likes of Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder, Kiko Martinez, and more.

While all the fighters fared well, Canelo was the ultimate highlight of 2021. He began the year with an impeccable RTD win over Avni Yildirim.

Three months later, Alvarez squared off with the Brit, Billy Joe Saunders, for a 168-pound title unification fight. In this bout, Canelo outclassed the Briton via a thunderous right hook in round 8.

Finally, Canelo battled arch-rival Caleb Plant for all the super-middleweight titles on the line. The Mexican boxer, who was at the top of his game right from the first bell, finally got an opening in round 11. He used it well and landed a mean fight-ending punch to finish ‘Sweethands’.

Where does Canelo Alvarez go in 2022?

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After having conquered an entire division, he will want fresh challenges. Hence, Canelo Alvarez is looking to the cruiserweight division to become a five-division world champion. He is all set to battle the WBC cruiserweight champ, Ilunga Makabu.

Nov 5, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Canelo Alvarez blows a kiss to his family after weighing in for his super middleweight championship boxing match against Caleb Plant (not pictured) at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Meanwhile, he can even make a pit stop at light heavyweight to fight Artur Beterbiev or Dmitry Bivol. However, the lure of a fresh division may see him relentlessly pursue the Makabu fight.

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It will be a challenge for Alvarez to eclipse his 2021 run. However, if he accomplishes it, it will have been a stellar run. Where do you think Alvarez will fight in 2022? Will he be able to overcome Makabu if that fight goes ahead?

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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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