“When I Retire, the Numbers Will Tell My Story” – Canelo Alvarez Responds to Julio Cesar Chavez Sr.

Published 05/07/2021, 9:00 AM EDT
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)


Mexico’s greatest boxing elites, Canelo Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., are frequently compared by the fans and analysts of boxing. While both men hail from two different eras, they have a lot in common.

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Appearing inevitable for a large part of their careers, Alvarez an active champion, and Chavez Sr, a retired veteran, dominated the sport in their respective eras. Meanwhile, both of them are considered as two of the greatest boxers of all time.

However, Chavez Jr. has apparently hesitated to tag himself similar to Alvarez. He has hinted at his 90-fights win streak, to belittle Alvarez’s resume of 55-1-2. But the P4P king didn’t seem interested in comparing himself with Julio Cesar Chavez Sr.

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In a chat with Behind The Gloves, Canelo Alvarez responded to the Mexican elite and said, “I really don’t want to be like anybody. I want to make my own story. When this is all over, when I retire, the numbers will tell my story.” (via a translator)

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Already a four-division champion, Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez is one of the most active champions. He currently holds the WBC, WBA, and Ring Magazine 168 lbs title. Moreover, the 30-year-old will look forward to adding the WBO strap by beating Billy Joe Saunders on May 8.

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)

Hence, Alvarez is rightly in his own league and can look into the eyes of several legends of boxing. But if put on the same scale with Julio Cesar Chavez Sr, 30-year-old Alvarez might have a lot more to achieve.

Canelo Alvarez vs Julio Cesar Chavez Sr- A greatness meter

In a 24-year-long professional career, Chavez Sr. earned it all. He was one of the most recognized boxers of the era and remained undefeated for 13 years. ‘J.C’, who boxed professionally in his dotage, retired after winning four of his last five fights.

Meanwhile, Canelo Alvarez has also been impressive in his 16-year-long pro career. He has faced several world champions and is a great ambassador for Mexican boxing. Despite looking to create his own identity, Alvarez has also vowed to surpass that of Chavez Sr.

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In interaction with ESPN Ringside, Alvarez responded to a question regarding a fantasy fight against Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. He replied, “Well, I do. I always see myself as the winner.

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While we continue to contrast their legendary careers, both men will remain unaffected by it. Hence, all the fans can do is debate. Who do you think is greater? Canelo Alvarez or Julio Cesar Chavez Sr?

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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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