Canelo Alvarez Wants Interim Titles and Other Belts Discarded: ‘There Should Be One Single Champion’

Published 02/27/2021, 6:00 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)


The super-middleweight kingpin and face of modern boxing, Canelo Alvarez will storm into the ring on Saturday night. The 30-year-old will take on the Turkish pugilist, Avni Yildirim, in a mandatory title defense bout.

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As there are too many belts in the division, Alvarez wants to make it simple and easy for fans to perceive him as the only champion at the 168-pound landscape. Hence, he has mighty plans of being the first Mexican undisputed 168-pound champion and is keen on tracing the same in 2021.

In an interview with Boxing Scene, the Mexican talked about the belt confusion in boxing and a way to get rid of the same. He said, “Everybody wants to have (a belt). Everybody complains, but all fighters want to have a world title. There’s no reason to create politics out of it. I really don’t have an opinion regarding that.”

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There should be one single champion per weight class.”

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

Boxing divisions have multiple weight classes and multiple champions. On top of that, they also have interim champions and silver champions which make the divisions look more stacked.

Alvarez feels there should be just one champion in every weight class, and all other interim champions should get discarded. This will make the divisions more compelling and highly competitive. Furthermore, it will interest the fans and eliminate all the probable confusion.

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Should boxing organizations think about Canelo Alvarez’s point?

Over the years, many pugilists have raised the same concern. Even Canelo Alvarez popped up at the same juncture that might facilitate the sport. If there’s one champion per weight class, needless to say, it’ll roll out the most resilient contender of all.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 04: Canelo Alvarez poses with his championship belts after 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 Tom Hogan/Golden Boy/Golden Boy/Getty Images)

Moreover, this will help fans identify one staunch champion of that weight class and make every fight eye-catchy.

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The fans will undoubtedly sponsor Alvarez’s thoughts on the same. However, it’s up to the boxing organizations to come up with something relevant regarding the same.

It’ll be interesting to see how things play out in a few years from now and what changes the organizations implement for the betterment of the sport.

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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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