Canelo Alvarez Knockout Percentage: Is He a Finisher?

Published 05/06/2021, 11:00 AM EDT
Dec 19, 2020; San Antonio, TX, USA; Canelo Alvarez (red trunks) and 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


Canelo Alvarez is one of the best active boxers in the world. His incredible achievements in the ring have put him at the top of the P4P list. As he prepares for yet another tough test against Billy Joe Saunders, we look at his knockout power and see if he is a finisher.

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Alvarez will face Saunders in a highly anticipated bout on May 8. The pair will finally meet after years of rumors linking the two. And somewhat surprisingly, Alvarez has promised to knockout Saunders. So does the Mexican champion have what it takes to be a knockout artist?

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

Alvarez has an incredible boxing record of 55-1-2. Out of these 55 victories, 37 have come by knockout. This gives the Mexican a respectable 63% knockout rate. However, what is more impressive is that 24 of these knockouts have come within the first half of his fights.

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This shows that Alvarez has incredible power and can hurt his opponents. Moreover, his style of fighting shows that once he has an opponent hurt, he steps on it to get the finish. This shows that, while the Mexican may not be a one-punch knockout artist, Alvarez is certainly a finisher.

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Can Canelo Alvarez finish Billy Joe Saunders?

The Mexican superstar will have another opportunity to prove his power on Saturday against undefeated Saunders. So can he be the first one to beat Saunders and do it by knockout?

Saunders is a slick fighter who is famous for his incredible movement and unique style. The Englishman comes from the proud gypsy heritage and has been a fighter his entire life. Therefore, it will be difficult for Alvarez to finish Saunders, who will never quit.

LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 15: Boxer Canelo Alvarez poses on the scale during his official weigh-in at MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 15, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Alvarez will challenge WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin for his titles at T-Mobile Arena on September 16 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The Mexican struggled to knockout Callum Smith when they met in December. And Saunders will be much faster and lighter on his feet than his compatriot. Therefore, it will take an incredible effort from Alvarez if he is to get the knockout victory.

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Thus, although Alvarez is a finisher in the ring, he may struggle to knock out Billy Joe Saunders on Saturday night.

What do you make of Canelo Alvarez’s knockout prowess? Do you think he is a finisher?

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Leonardo Carvalho

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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