“This Doesn’t Bother Me at All” – Canelo Alvarez on Facing Criticism Throughout His Career

Published 03/13/2021, 5:00 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)


P4P king, Canelo Alvarez, has faced several tough-fights in his career and has walked off victorious on almost every occasion. While he only has one loss and two draws in an active career of 58 appearances, Alvarez is one of the most reputed world champions of this era.

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But that hasn’t saved him from the cutch of criticism. Several analysts and boxing pundits have accused him of ducking real competitors. And despite being a four-division champion, Alvarez has been on the wrong side of the banters.

However, that hasn’t bothered the Mexican superstar. Residing at 168 lbs as the WBA, WBC, and Ring Champion, Alvarez connected with Little Giant Boxing and responded to his critics. At this stage, many believe that Alvarez ran up to 168 lbs to avoid Demetrius Andrade, Jermall Charlo, and many more.

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In response. Alvarez said, “That’s been my whole career. I beat the person that they say I’m avoiding and that they are gonna beat me. Then I beat them and more pop up and that’s the way it is, and it’s okay. It doesn’t bother me at all.”

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Following a successful super-middleweight title win against Callum Smith, and a title defense against Avni Yildirim, Alvarez envisions unifying all the belts of the weight class. He will face the undefeated WBO champion, Billy Joe Saunders, on May 8. So, it’s safe to state that Canelo Alvarez is looking for the best challenge to enrich his legacy further in the sport.

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Did Canelo Alvarez really exit the middleweight division?

Canelo Alvarez has been a champion at 160 lbs and seems optimistic about re-entering the division ahead. After winning against Smith, he clarified being comfortable in shifting divisions. However, he wants to reside at super middleweight for some time. After two successful fights at 168 lbs, he will have the bigger threats ahead in the form of Billy Joe Saunders, David Benavidez, or Caleb Plant.

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Meanwhile, the middleweight unit also has some alluring names inclusive of WBC champion, Jermall Charlo. Alvarez and Charlo have teased a matchup several times before the Mexican departed the middleweight unit.

But, as Charlo has claimed of moving to 168, we can clearly see him face Canelo Alvarez in the future. Until then, The P4P king deserves to showcase his prowess at the super middleweight unit without being demeaned.

Do you think Canelo Alvarez will be bothered by people’s comments and return to the middleweight roster?

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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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