I love the word ‘Undisputed’ especially within the context of boxing, We live in a time where titles are watered down with a multitude of scenarios that enable fighters to call themselves a world champion but if you look up the definition of ‘Undisputed’ is to “describe someone as the undisputed leader or champion, everyone accepts their position as leader or champion”. Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez is the ‘Undisputed’ Super Middleweight champion of the world whilst it can lend its hand to also being true that he is the ‘Undisputed’ Pound 4 Pound champion of the world also.
Caleb Plant was the latest to prove the theory incorrect but he added his name to 56 others who folded under scrutiny. Cinnamon (Canelo) at this moment in time is ticking off achievements with the ease a person would a shopping list. It’s almost too easy at this point or I suppose that should read as he makes it look soo easy.
Not only as he fought the fighters that the fans have begged him to, not only as he moved to weight classes far from his natural limit but he has done so all the while against the divisions apparent best…..Incredible.
So I ask myself, where does the incentive lie for him to continue to dominate? It’s certainly not primarily about the money and he is already situating himself amongst the Mexican greats, So it now becomes a case of seeking a realm of unparalleled levels amongst history’s greats.
To do this he will inevitably need some dangerous dance partners whilst a knock on the Light Heavyweight door may be in order to eek ever closer to fulfilling his ever-growing legacy.
Let’s take a look at some fighters that could put him over the top in the continuation of terror he intends to inflict on the boxing world.
This is the name that is circulating amongst fight fans, the unbeaten WBA champion has pushed aside the challenges of Sullivan Barrera, Jean Pascal and Joe Smith Jr. The fight could represent a true test for the Mexican who albeit holds a win over an ageing Kovalev at Light Heavyweight would on this occasion face a fighter in his prime in the midst of his own reign.
In my opinion, Beterbiev is the man at the Light Heavyweight limit, sure Bivol will have an opinion on the statement I make but having witnessed his rise from the amateurs to the point in which he decapitated Oleksandr Gvozdyk gives me fair assessment on the danger that lurks for Canelo should he chose the Russian to hammer home his dominance over the boxing world.
Okay, let’s just get the elephant in the room out of the way, The trilogy needs to happen due to the unresolved feeling of a true winner between the two. The first ended in a draw which the majority believed the Kazakh should have had his hand raised whilst the second albeit razor-close Canelo was adjudged to have won the contest, what both fights have in common is that each time the result was murky at best, we really need some clarity.
“I would love the fight [with GGG]. Why not?” Alvarez told ESPN when asked about a potential trilogy. “If he’s open to come up to 168, I’m ready. Always.
“I’m always available to fight the best fights out there. Being [an] undisputed fighter is not easy. You are asking me, so why not? I’m always ready for anybody.”
I’ve long been an admirer of this match-up, Benavidez is a monstrous proposition at Super Middleweight, He’s big at the weight class but doesn’t hinder the advantages of height/reach as we have seen others do. Benavidez is a long term placeholder in the Canelo stakes, waiting his time patiently with the feeling that potentially he could provide Canelo with his trickiest obstacle to date.
Last but certainly not least, Jermall Charlo as grown frustrated at not getting the fights he warrants in his current watering hole with fights failing to materialize. He could seek new blood up at Super Middleweight having impressively defeated the likes of Julian Williams, Matvey Korobov and Sergiy Derevyanchenko. Canelo could be just the refreshment to quench the thirst of the WBC titleholder.
Step right up, step right up…..These are just a few names that enter the Canelo sweepstakes. In the aftermath of Saturday’s fight Canelo speculated on fighting four times next year so it is highly likely we get to see one maybe two of the names above or is that being too optimistic?
More importantly, Who would you like to see next up to bat?