EPIC: Canelo Alvarez Channelizes ‘Inner’ Mike Tyson in Copybook Style

Published 12/22/2021, 12:30 PM EST
Nov 6, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Canelo Alvarez (gold/white trunks) and Caleb Plant (white/gray trunks) box during their undisputed super middleweight world championship boxing match at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports


Canelo Alvarez possesses several features that turn him into a legendary boxer. From ferocious power to top-level defense, the Mexican star has it all. Besides, his eagerness to push limits has always been beneficial, turning the 31-year-old into a boxing legend already.

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A four-division world champion, Canelo Alvarez, has been poleaxing opponents, who have bigger physical frames than him. This is something that many boxers have done through the years, especially Mike Tyson. ‘The Baddest Man On The Planet’ didn’t have the biggest physique in the heavyweight division.

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Instead, he was small for the weight class. However, Tyson used his peek-a-boo style of boxing and sheer power to vanquish natural heavyweight boxers. Canelo Alvarez has replicated the same in the super middleweight division. After vanquishing Callum Smith, Avni Yildirim, and Billy Joe Saunders, Alvarez stopped Caleb Plant in November to become the undisputed 168 lbs champion.

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In the way of stopping Plant, Alvarez replicated the same style that helped Mike Tyson knock his opponents. Several fan-made videos took a toll on social media, which showed how Tyson and Alvarez ducked down their head, moved, and plated left hooks similarly.

This proves Tyson’s flexibility in the heavyweight division that traumatized almost all of his opponents. As Alvarez is doing it brilliantly in this era, there’s no doubt that Tyson and Alvarez have a lot of similarities. Apart from being legendary boxers, both men have tasted sheer financial success in their primes. Meanwhile, Alvarez has also replicated a similar mindset, which Tyson boasted back in the days.

Canelo Alvarez seems a fan of Mike Tyson

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Tyson was a vicious puncher whose single punch was enough to vanquish the opponents. One of his famous quotes read, “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face.” It reflects how confident Tyson was about his punches and power. Today, Canelo Alvarez is in a similar position.

Following his win against Billy Joe Saunders in May, Alvarez revealed how things change when you enter the ring. The P4P king talked about his opponents, possessing plans, but how they shatter after suffering punishment.

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Alvarez sounded similar to Mike Tyson. Hence, it’s clear how the Mexican star showcases his love for Tyson inside and outside the ring.

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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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