Teddy Atlas Likes Canelo Alvarez but Doesn’t Consider Him the Greatest Mexican Fighter of All Time

Published 03/06/2021, 11:38 PM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 15: Boxer Canelo Alvarez poses on the scale during his official weigh-in at MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 15, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Alvarez will challenge WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin for his titles at T-Mobile Arena on September 16 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


The P4P King, Canelo Alvarez, is undoubtedly one of the greatest punchers of this era, and there’s no way one can ridicule his achievements at such an early age. That said, veteran trainer, Teddy Atlas has nothing but love and respect for the four-division titleholder. However, he doesn’t bill Canelo as the greatest Mexican boxer.

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Mexico has always been a hub of legendary boxers, and the nation has produced umpteen veterans throughout the years. Meanwhile, Canelo Alvarez also falls under the same category, he might have to attain more to reach the top spot.

Speaking on his podcast, Atlas hailed Alvarez and praised his approach towards the sport. He also accepted that Alvarez has been fed with several underdog opponents. But considering the nature of the sport, Atlas didn’t use it to demean the Mexican superstar.

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He said, “I like Canelo a lot. I like the way he conducts himself, I like his trainer, I like the way that he has improved and the way he has come along and develop. And continues to develop and the way that he respects the sport. Where he is always ready, he is always in shape. He doesn’t take anyone for granted. Listen, he (Alvarez) has gotten these lollipops, these layups, everyone gets them. I understand that too.”

Atlas added, “But to right now say, that he is the greatest Mexican fighter of all time, it’s not right.”

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Canelo Alvarez- What’s next for the champion?

After securing the WBC and WBA super-middleweight titles against Callum Smith, Alvarez has successfully defended it against his mandatory challenger, Avni Yildirim. Now, it’s time for a title unification clash against WBO champion Billy Joe Saunders in May.

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)

Already a four-division champion, Alvarez is just 30-years-old and still has a lot of time left in his career. Meanwhile, he already boasts a record of 54 wins, 1 loss, and 2 draws. So, he is poised to end his career after adding several more numbers to his resume.

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While most boxers take a lot of time to re-appear inside the ring, Alvarez is a super active pugilist. Thus, while he may not be the greatest Mexican boxer, he is clearly one of the greatest boxers all over the world.

Do you think Canelo Alvarez will become the greatest of all time by the end of his career?

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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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