By Chukwuka Joseph (AGENDWATCHDOG) – Canelo Alvarez, the pound-for-pound king and boxing’s biggest star, has achieved so much in his career that he is already a lock for the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
He has numerous quality victories, has won world titles in four weight classes and held unified belts as a junior middleweight and middleweight, and currently holds unified titles at super middleweight. He also, like many, views himself as No. 1 pound-for-pound.
“That’s what I am, thank God. I feel proud of that,” Alvarez told reporters during an interview through an interpreter.
But being crowned as an undisputed four-belt world champion has thus far eluded Alvarez. It is something he is focused on accomplishing and determined to add to his already-formidable resume. It is a goal that is well within his reach at super middleweight by the end of 2021, as long as he continues to win.
There has never been an undisputed super middleweight world champion in the four-belt era and not even one during the three-belt era. But Alvarez won The Ring championship at 168 pounds and added two of the sanctioning organization belts to his collection on Dec. 19, when he rolled past England’s Callum Smith via lopsided unanimous decision to take his WBA title and the vacant WBC belt.
That put Alvarez halfway to his goal of claiming the four organization belts. But in order to keep his collection together he will take on heavy underdog Avni Yildirim, the WBC mandatory challenger, who stepped aside to allow Alvarez-Smith with the promise made to him that the winner would face him next.
Alvarez will be following through on that promise as he stays busy with the second of what could be as many as five fights between last December and this December when he squares off with Yildirim on Saturday night (DAZN and PPV, 7 ET) at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, where a socially distanced crowd of 15,000 spectators will be permitted.