This Super-Middleweight Boxer Could Be the Biggest Threat to Canelo Alvarez

Published 12/21/2020, 11:27 PM EST
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)


Canelo Alvarez is arguably the best active boxer right now. The Mexican has long dominated in every division he has competed in. He has strolled his way to 54 career victories and only one defeat while winning titles in 4 different weight categories.

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His only loss was to Floyd Mayweather, who is considered one of the best boxers ever. However, like with every other great, Alvarez’s time at the top will have to come to an end at some point. So, who could inflict his first defeat since Mayweather?

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 14: Edgar Berlanga celebrates his first round Technical Knockout against Cesar Nunez during their super middleweight bout at Madison Square Garden on December 14, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

One of the things that makes Canelo such an undeniable star is his willingness to fight any opponent. He has gone on to fight up to light-heavyweight. This means he has faced every type of fighter there is.

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However, there is a new kid on the block in the form of Edgar ‘The Chosen One’ Berlanga. The Puerto Rican Mike Tyson, as he’s commonly known, could be the one to dethrone the champ.

Berlanga is undefeated in his professional career so far. His record stands at 16-0. However, the real mind-boggling stat is the fact that all of these victories have come by way of knockouts. Furthermore, all have been inside the first round.

That’s right. Edgar Berlanga has never gone beyond the first round in his professional career.

READ: ‘He Sacrificed Himself’ – Edgar Berlanga Gives His Take on Mike Tyson

So why can Edgar Berlanga knock Canelo Alvarez off his perch?

Many will look at Berlanga’s record and term him yet another ‘Hype-Job’ and question the caliber of his opponents. However, when you look at his last fight, he took on Ulises Sierra, a fighter who had never been knocked out in his career before. Despite this, ‘The Chosen One’ dispatched him in the first round. So, clearly there is some serious power in Berlanga.

LAS VEGAS, NV – DECEMBER 12: Edgar Berlanga celebrates after defeating Ulises Sierra at the MGM Grand Conference Center on December 12, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)

Furthermore, it is his style that will be the most difficult for Canelo Alvarez to cope with. The only fight we have seen the Mexican struggle in other than Mayweather was when he took on Gennady Golovkin. Golovkin is also a fighter who possesses vicious power. So we can see Berlanga hurting the Mexican in the same way.

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Yes, he is not the same fighter as Golovkin and is nowhere near as experienced as the Kazakh. However, he could keep the pressure on the Mexican and could take punches in return. He is yet to face a top contender; however, we think he will have no problem when he does.

Therefore, he may not dethrone Canelo right away, but we could see the ‘Face of Boxing’ beaten by the young super-middleweight. Who do you think will dethrone Canelo Alvarez?

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READ: ‘Puerto Rican Mike Tyson’ Edgar Berlanga Demolishes Ulises Sierra – Shuts Down Canelo Alvarez Comparisons

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Leonardo Carvalho

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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