“This Is the Time”- Canelo Alvarez Opens Up on His Personality Traits

Published 05/12/2021, 8:00 AM EDT
May 8, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Boxer Canelo Alvarez celebrates defeating Billy Joe Saunders during a super middleweight boxing title fight at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports


The P4P King Canelo Alvarez has never engaged in trash-talking or outer-ring drama with his opponents. However, boxing fans have seen a slight change in his personality after he won the unified 168 lbs title fight against Billy Joe Saunders last week.

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The Mexican superstar had a verbal altercation with WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade in the post-fight press conference. Though it began as friendly banter, it ended on a vile note. Canelo Alvarez appeared to lose his calm as he ordered ‘Boo Boo’ to leave the arena.

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After the incident, Alvarez connected with The Athletic and opened up on this new behavior. While Alvarez seems to have had enough, he wouldn’t be the quiet world champion anymore.

“At some point you have to f**king say something, right?” said the new unified super middleweight champion.

Meanwhile, his in-ring stance stunned the whole combat world. 56-1-2 as a professional, he seems invincible at this stage. Already a 4-division champion, 30-year-old Alvarez is arguably the best active boxer and is only threatening to get better.

What’s next for Canelo Alvarez?

The Mexican giant is one belt away from being the undisputed super middleweight world champion. On his return to action from a long layoff, Canelo Alvarez vanquished Callum Smith in December to claim the WBC, WBA, and Ring 168lbs belts.

May 8, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Boxer Canelo Alvarez celebrates defeating Billy Joe Saunders during a super middleweight boxing title fight at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

He then defended them via TKO against Avni Yildirim in February. Three months later, he beat Billy Joe Saunders for the WBO belt. Hence, IBF titlist Caleb Plant might be his next target. Eddie Hearn has already vowed to begin the fight talks and we can see the undisputed unified super-middleweight title clash happen in September.

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As of now, the super middleweight unit is blooming with big names. Adding to that, Alvarez has also hinted at shifting weight classes, after becoming the unified 168 lbs champion. So, there’s a large pool of names available for him.

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He is already one of the biggest PPV fighters in the sport’s history and can rightly select his opponents and next goal from the current point.

Do you think Canelo Alvarez will go down as the greatest boxer of the era?

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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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