‘Canelo Is Completely Different’ – MMA Legend Anderson Silva Reveals What Makes Canelo Alvarez One of the Best Ever

Published 05/20/2021, 2:00 PM EDT
May 8, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Boxer Canelo Alvarez celebrates defeating Billy Joe Saunders during a super middleweight boxing title fight at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports


Former UFC middleweight champion, Anderson Silva, is one of the best Mixed Martial Artists in the sport’s history. However, he has retired from the sport and is seeking a new challenge in the boxing ring. 

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Silva will face Alvarez’s former opponent, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., on June 19. The fight will be exciting as the 46-year-old is still fit. Now, ahead of the bout, the Brazilian has explained why he enjoys watching Canelo Alvarez.

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The 34-11 MMA fighter spoke to Fight Hub TV and shed light on Alvarez’s last fight against Billy Joe Saunders, ‘The Spider’ said, “Amazing. Canelo is completely different.” He then also explained what makes Alvarez so good.

Canelo [is] training hard every day. He has an amazing team and never stops training. And that’s more important. Because you need to make your dreams inside your sport. And make… every single day, you pass from a different situation, for make [getting] good success inside the ring. That’s why I respect, and I like to watch Canelo. Because he’s a very, very, very talented and very good fighter.” 

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Is Anderson Silva right about Canelo Alvarez?

The comments from the former UFC champion showed the respect he has for the Mexican champion. Moreover, he even explained what it takes to match the achievements of Alvarez in the ring. However, is he right about the unified super-middleweight champion?

Alvarez is famous for his professionalism, dedication, and hard work. A testament to this is that Alvarez has fought in four separate weight classes simultaneously. Not only did he compete in these divisions, but he also won world titles in all four divisions.

May 8, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Boxer Canelo Alvarez celebrates defeating Billy Joe Saunders during a super middleweight boxing title fight at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

In addition, his recent activity shows why Anderson Silva thinks so highly of him. While other superstar boxers fight twice or thrice a year, Alvarez has fought three times in the last six months. In addition, if he returns in September as he suggested, it would be four fights in ten months.

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Therefore, Silva is absolutely right in saying Alvarez is above the rest because he works harder. This hard work has put Alvarez in a situation where he can become the first undisputed super-middleweight in the sport’s history.

What do you make of these comments from Anderson Silva? Do you think Canelo Alvarez is the best active boxer?

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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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