Roberto Duran Explains Why Canelo Alvarez ‘Is Even Bigger’ Than Julio Cesar Chavez Sr.

Published 01/02/2022, 8:00 AM EST
Nov 6, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Canelo Alvarez celebrates after knocking out Caleb Plant (not pictured) during their undisputed super middleweight world championship boxing match at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports


Former 4 weight champion Roberto Duran weighed in on the ‘Mexican G.O.A.T’ conversation. As of today, the Mexican king in boxing is Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez. The Mexican is the pound-for-pound king and is already a four-weight champion. Moreover, with each fight, Canelo keeps making history.

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In his last fight against Caleb Plant, Canelo became the first-ever ‘undisputed’ super-middleweight champion in history. He now aims to move up to a new weight class and become the only Mexican to hold titles in five different weight classes.

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Here’s what Roberto Duran had to say, “[Julio César Chávez Sr.] is already a legend. Canelo [Alvarez] has already won four [divisional] titles, he is already another legend. How many [divisional] titles did Chavez have? Three. And Canelo already has four, he is even bigger.”

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“Chavez’s time has already passed, he is a respected idol. but the new idol, whether they want it or not, is Canelo.” Duran said. Boxing fans consider Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. as one of the greatest Mexican boxers of all time. All thanks to his spectacular career and fighting style, Chavez is immortalized in boxing history.

Canelo Alvarez, on the other hand, is still making history and has a long career ahead of him. At just 31 years of age, Canelo has at least 5 more years of fighting left in him. And with the way he is fighting right now, it does not seem like age is slowing Canelo down at all.

The ginger-haired Mexican is aging like a fine wine.

Canelo Alvarez 2021 Recap – A record-breaking year for the Mexican 

2021 was a glorious year for the Mexican pound-for-pound king Canelo Alvarez. He began the year by defending three of his lightweight belts against Avni Yildirim. Yildirim lasted three rounds before tasting the sweat on the canvas. Canelo followed this fight by a sound thrashing of the British champion, Billy Joe Saunders.

Canelo fought Saunders in May and fractured his orbital bone and took his title from him, making him the unified super middleweight champion. This fight took place during the pandemic and still broke in-attendance records at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

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Canelo then ended the year by making his dream come true. He knocked Caleb Plant out in the 11th round to become the ‘undisputed’ super-middleweight champion of the world. What a year for Canelo!

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Which Canelo fight from 2021 impressed you the most? Let us know what your favorite Canelo moment from 2021 is, in the comments section below.

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Allan Binoy

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Allan Binoy is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in English Literature from Loyola College, Allan fuses his love for literature and the sport of boxing to deliver quality copies about 'The Sweet Science.' Allan is a semi-professional soccer player for Diego Juniors FC.

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