Canelo Alvarez ‘Gained the World’ After Losing to Floyd Mayweather, Says Zab Judah

Published 02/08/2021, 5:35 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 04: Canelo Alvarez during his unanimous decision win over Daniel Jacobs in their middleweight unification fight at T-Mobile Arena on May 04, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


Aged 30, the P4P King Canelo Alvarez, has already cemented himself as one of the greatest boxers of all time. He is one of the most active world champions and has appeared in 57 fights since his debut in 2005.

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That said, Alvarez could have held a clean record if it wasn’t for the defeat against Floyd Mayweather, a loss that itches him to this day. In 2013, Alvarez suffered the first and only loss of his professional career. However, Zab Judah billed it as a blessing for the Mexican as he became a global sensation after the fight.

Judah didn’t favor Alvarez against Mayweather and knew the Mexican giant would lose. However, he still hinted at some benefits for the current super middleweight champion.

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In an interaction with ES News, he said, “When Canelo fought Mayweather at a young age, Should Canelo have fought that fight? F*** No. We know Canelo can’t beat no Mayweather. But what Canelo learned from that fight was everything. He gained the world after that fight.”

Despite falling short in front of Floyd Mayweather, Alvarez had his moments inside the ring. Moreover, he became a household name by returning stronger from the loss. Since his maiden defeat in 2013, Canelo Alvarez has appeared in 13 fights.

He has won 12 of them and boxed GGG to a draw. Meanwhile, Alvarez also became a four-division world champion. Now, he is on the brink of bagging the bigger fights ahead as he aims to become undisputed.

He has called out Mayweather umpteen times for a rematch. However, the unbeaten boxer didn’t respond as he already schooled a young Alvarez in the past. So, it doesn’t seem that likely that Canelo will get to even the scores against ‘Money’.

What’s next for Canelo Alvarez?

After a successful title win against Callum Smith, Canelo Alvarez is now the WBC and WBA 168 lbs champion. He will defend the belts against Avni Yildirim on February 27. Post-that, Alvarez is reported to face undefeated WBO super middleweight champion, Billy Joe Saunders, in May.

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Alvarez has vowed to remain active this year with the dream to unify all the belts at 168 lbs. While he already has grabbed the WBC, Ring,  and WBA straps, the WBO and IBF are still on hold.

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Billy Joe Saunders will put his WBO line at stake in May alongside Alvarez’s WBA and WBC straps. But, if Yildirim lands a shocking win in February, it can change all the plans. Meanwhile, IBF champion Caleb Plant is also waiting for Alvarez.

So, the upcoming super middleweight ride looks alluring with so many elites on the road. However, Alvarez needs to maintain his dominance as he moves ahead in his career.

Do you think Canelo Alvarez will become the unified 168 lbs champion?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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