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Canelo Alvarez: How Many Divisions Has the P4P King Conquered?

Published 02/24/2021, 7:30 AM EST

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The 30-year-old P4P King, Canelo Alvarez, might have overachieved on a good note. He made his debut in 2005 and over the next 16 years; he has put together an impressive 54-1-2 run. The Mexican pugilist claimed his maiden world title as a 20-year-old in 2011, but that was just the beginning of the rise of his star from talented youngster to an all-time legend.

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He has remained active and has conquered three more divisions over the next decade. Here’s a look at every weight class he has captured in his illustrious professional career.


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Canelo Alvarez- The hero of every pound

The Mexican giant has won belts at super welterweight (154 lbs), middleweight (160 lbs), super middleweight (168 lbs), and light heavyweight (175 lbs). He has only lost the super welterweight titles once in his maiden career loss against Floyd Mayweather. Other than that, it has been a ‘golden show’ from the former Golden Boy prodigy.

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Canelo Alvarez and the super welterweight title (154 lbs)

After capturing the WBC silver super welterweight title against Luciano Leonel Cuello in 2010, Alvarez fought and beat Matthew Hatton for the vacant WBC super welterweight title in 2011.


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He also added the Ring and the WBA super welterweight strap to his collection, by vanquishing Austin Trout in 2013. However, Floyd Mayweather took both the titles in the same year and snapped Alvarez’s 42-fight undefeated streak.

Canelo Alvarez took a hiatus of six months from the ring and returned with three consecutive non-title fights. Nevertheless, he had bigger plans on his mind.

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Mexican glory at the middleweight (160 lbs)

Alvarez outclassed a looming Miguel Cotto via unanimous decision to grab the Ring and WBC middleweight title in 2015. He successfully defended it against Amir Khan with a sensational KO.

Alvarez went back to the super welterweight unit and dethroned Liam Smith for the WBO belt. But, he returned to the middleweight roster and overcame one of his toughest challengers in the form of Gennady Golovkin.

Canelo Alvarez rules the super middleweight roster (168 lbs)

Already a two-division champion, Alvarez made it three when he boxed Rocky Fielding for the WBA super-middleweight title. He dominated and landed some brutal body shots en route to his third round decimation of the champion.

He recaptured the WBA super-middleweight title with the WBC 168 lbs title after beating Callum Smith in December 2020. But in between, he leaped into a higher weight class.

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Canelo Alvarez- The Monster at light heavyweight (175 lbs)

In 2019, Canelo faced Sergey Kovalev for the WBO light heavyweight title and landed an astonishing KO in the 11 round of the bout. Though the Russian boxer Kovalev managed to expose some loopholes in Alvarez’s game, outclass him, and win a few rounds, it wasn’t enough.


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Though Alvarez has dominated across weight classes, he has never been undisputed. Hence, he has opted to remain at 168 and he seeks to add this record to his glossy career.

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Written by:

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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