Canelo Alvarez Sweeps the Light Heavyweight Division, Claims Boxing Legend

Published 11/12/2021, 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


Four-division world titlist Canelo Alvarez is the first boxer to grab all four belts at 168 lbs. As he has vanquished every kingpin of the division, Saul may soon lack quality competition over there. Hence, the p4p king can be urged to explore the other weight classes, including a potential move to 175 lbs.

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Having tasted the light heavyweight gold against Sergey Kovalev in 2019, Alvarez can aim for the 175 lbs strap again.

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While it may put him opposite umpteen top-tier challenges, former world champion Bernard Hopkins doesn’t believe the same. In a chat with Fight Hype, ‘The Executioner’ said, “Canelo can already compete up to cruiserweight. But the light heavyweight division, I think he sweeps that.” (H/T:- ESPN ringside)

On November 6 against Caleb Plant, Alvarez won his fourth fight in 11 months. Hence, he has claimed that he needs rest and has hinted at a return in mid-2022.

Whether at 168 or not, he shall aim for title shots only. And that can ring him up against the light heavyweight champions like Artur Beterbiev or Dmitry Bivol.

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IBF cruiserweight champion Mairis Briedis has also offered to put his world title at stake against Canelo Alvarez. If that’s not all, a potential trilogy between Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez is also making headlines. Hence, there’s a lot that can happen with the P4P king at this particular stage.

Canelo Alvarez has bigger goals ahead

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Despite attaining glory at 168, Alvarez has bigger goals ahead. He shall become a five-division world champion if he gets his hands on a cruiserweight title. That will enrich his legacy and will put him in a similar bracket with Floyd Mayweather, who is also a five-division world champion. Well, Alvarez doesn’t seem to be in a race with the other contemporaries.

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 31-year-old has seen a legendary career so far and appears invincible at this point. As he is still in his prime, Canelo Alvarez can make his own decisions.

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Akin to Bernard Hopkins’s claims, several people see him having a stroll at light heavyweight. A pit stop at 175 will be helpful as it will ensure that Alvarez doesn’t directly move up from 168 to the 175-200 lbs weight class.

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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. Combining his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports, he has earned a combined 3000 plus bylines over the last two years.

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