Shakur Stevenson Lauds Canelo Alvarez: ‘I Think Canelo Is the Best Defensive Fighter’

Published 02/23/2021, 5:30 PM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 04: Canelo Alvarez walks to his corner during his middleweight unification fight against Daniel Jacobs at T-Mobile Arena on May 04, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


P4P King Canelo Alvarez has earned appraisals from several boxing pundits and analysts. He has a global fanbase that goes beyond the boxing ring, and the Mexican giant may have found another fan in his corner.

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Super-featherweight elite, Shakur Stevenson, claims himself to be a huge fan of Canelo Alvarez. He recently connected with the fans in a media interaction to talk about his upcoming plans.

However, the ‘Fearless’ ended up revealing his love and respect for Alvarez. Not only that, but he also billed the super middleweight champion as the best defensive fighter alongside him and vowed to never trash talk the champion.

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Speaking on it, Shakur Stevenson said, “I am a big Canelo fan. You are not gonna hear me say anything bad about Canelo. Canelo goes up in the weight and fights and fight whoever he (wants). He goes back down in the weight, fight whoever. Skills, he got real good skills and I think if we talk about the best defence in boxing and we talk about the best defensive boxers beside me. I think Canelo is the best defensive fighter.”

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Meanwhile, Canelo Alvarez has his upcoming title defense against Avni Yildirim on February 27. He will put his WBC and WBA titles at stake, which he recently earned by vanquishing Callum Smith in December.

Prior to the fight, an appraisal from a fellow youngster can boost up Alvarez’s confidence even more.

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Canelo Alvarez and young boxers

The Mexican superstar has inspired several youngsters to achieve greatness inside the ring. While Stevenson billed himself as one of them, WBC Interim lightweight champion Ryan Garcia also shares a similar belief.

LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 15: Canelo Alvarez celebrates after his majority-decision win over Gennady Golovkin during their WBC/WBA middleweight title fight at T-Mobile Arena on September 15, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Oscar Valdez has also credited Alvarez several times for his in-ring success and it is evident that the Mexican puts a lot of impact on young boxers.

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Aged 30, Alvarez is already a legend of the sport. That said, he continues to be a great ambassador of boxing and will seemingly achieve more greatness on his way ahead.

Do you think Canelo Alvarez is shaping up the sport?

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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. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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