Mike Tyson Calls Out Canelo Alvarez for Fighting Low-Level Opponent, Canelo Responds

Published 03/22/2021, 10:00 AM EDT
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)


P4P King Canelo Alvarez has been one of the most active world champions of the era, competing in 58 fights in an active career of 16 years. While his resume contains several elite opponents, there’s plenty of mandatory rivals who couldn’t match the level of his skill.

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That said, Mike Tyson recently highlighted Alvarez’s latest performance against Avni Yildirim, and hailed the P4P king’s in-ring supremacy. However, he also enquired about his next fight, which can pit him against someone of a similar caliber. Tyson and Canelo spoke about several things, putting many insights into the display.

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“So, tell us man, what’s this all about man, who is the next guy you are planning to fight? That was actually last fight, I mean this guy (Avni Yildirim), the guy that just come with, you killed him man. He wouldn’t make it to the payday,” asked Mike Tyson.

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In response, Canelo Alvarez justified his move to face Avni Yildirim and reflected on his upcoming plans at the super middleweight division. While he is already a unified champion at 168, the Mexican superstar has plans to become undisputed.

“It was a mandatory fight for him. He is up to bigger, now he is going to move up to 168 lbs and beat up Saunders. And he is just looking to collect more belts, more gold, to his resume,” translated Henry Cejudo for Alvarez.

Meanwhile, Canelo Alvarez has already bagged a title unification bout against WBO champion Billy Joe Saunders. The two will collide on May 8 at the AT &T Stadium and Alvarez seems ready to add another big win under his name.

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Ending a year-long hiatus from the ring, Alvarez returned to action in December and faced the unbeaten (then) Callum Smith for the WBC, WBA, and Ring Magazine 168 lbs titles. He claimed a lopsided win via unanimous decision and appeared to defend the belts against mandatory challenger Avni Yildirim in February.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 04: Canelo Alvarez poses with his championship belts after 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 Tom Hogan/Golden Boy/Golden Boy/Getty Images)

It was another lopsided win for Alvarez as he knocked out the Turkish boxer within three rounds. As Alvarez will step up in May again, he has reflected opinion on fighting the best in Billy Joe Saunders.

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“It’s difficult to go too much way up. It’s difficult for me. 168 is my weight now and I feel good… I feel like anybody can’t beat me. Anybody, I just gonna fight the best fighter out there. I am gonna fight Billy Joe Saunders. He is one of the best at 168,” said Alvarez.

The 30-year-old remains the best in the unit, and with sheer activeness, we can expect him to turn more treacherous inside the ring. He is already a four-division world champion, and with the ongoing scenario, it seems there’s no end to Alvarez’s dominance at this stage.

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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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