By Ken Hisner: In super middleweight Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, 58-2-2 with 39 stops from Guadalajara, Mexico, became the WBA champion in December 2018, stopping Rocky Fielding, 27-1, in 3 rounds in Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York.
Alvarez won the WBC title in December 2020, defeating Great Britain’s Callum “Mundo” Smith, 27-0, at the Alamodome, in San Antonio, Texas.
Alvarez added to his WBO title by stopping Great Britain’s Billy “Superb” Saunders, 30-0, after eight rounds at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas.
Alvarez won the IBF title in November 2021, stopping Caleb “Sweethands” Plant, 21-0, in 11 rounds at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada. That’s when he took all four positions. In September 2022, he finished all four by defeating WBA and IBF heavyweight Gennadiy “GGG” Golovkin, 42-1-1, in their four-year rematch.
In what is likely to be the biggest attendance in boxing that is Alvarez, the middleweight champion is set to move up to super middleweight as the top contenders in four divisions await the knockout punch. Currently, he is taking a mandatory break, if you want to call it that, until 2023 before he decides who will be his next opponent.
Some of the possibilities are WBC No. 1 ranked David Benavidez, 26-0 with 23 stops from Phoenix, Arizona. In the WBA match between Cuban David Morell, Jr., 7-0 with six stops from Minnesota, who defended his share of the WBA World title on November 5 and Aidos Yerbossynully, 16-0 with 11 stops from Kazakhstan from Las. The Vegas, Nevada, at Minneapolis, MN, Armory, could put the winner in line for the Alvarez shot.
In the WBO, Cuban Latino champion William “El Indomable” Scull, 19-0 with 9 stops from Argentina is ranked first. In the IBF, WBO middleweight Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade, 31-0, of Providence, Rhode Island, with 19 stops, will meet the British Zach Parker, 22-0, with 16 stops, but rumors It’s Andrade. out.
This applies to the middleweights with a potential move by WBC Middleweight Champion Jermall “Hit Man” Charlo, 32-0, with 22 stops from Houston, Texas.
A look at the welterweight division with all eyes on WBO champion Terence “Bud” Crawford, 38-0 with 19 stops from Omaha, Nebraska, meeting WBA, WBC, and IBF Champ Errol “True” Spence, Jr., 28- 0 with 22 stops from the Desoto, Texas conference before the year is out.
Crawford’s No. 1 contender is Vergil Ortiz, Jr., 19-0 with 19 stops from Grand Prairie, Texas as well as being the WBA No. 1 contender. 1. The top contender for Spence’s WBC title is former champion Keith “One Time” Thurman, 30-1 with 22 stops from Clearwater, Florida. IBF candidate No. 1 is Jaron “Boots” Ennis, 29-0 with 27 stops from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Both Crawford and Spence talked about moving to super welterweight after their meeting. The champion holding all the belts is Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo, 35-1-1 with 19 stops from Houston, Texas.
This writer’s biased opinion is that Ennis and Ortiz are probably the reasons both Crawford and Spence are talking about promotion.
Crawford claimed that he would fight his No. 2 opponent in Ennis, and Ortiz, in the past, refused to match with Ennis but seems to have changed his mind with the change in trainers. Both deserve a title fight, and that means Crawford meets Ortiz and Spence meets Enni. Thurman and Ortiz can meet the 1st and 2nd in the WBC rankings.
Former Cuban WBA champion Yordenis “54 Milagros” Ugas, 27-5 with 12 stops from Miami, Florida, is the 5th in the WBA, and a Florida matchup between him and Thurman will be interesting. British Connor “The Destroyer” Benn, 21-0 with a shot at the WBA Continental title, is a possibility. He is 4th in both the WBA and WBO.
I look forward to all the comments about the game from the readers. I have to admit being a big fan of Jaron “Boots” Ennis, who was coached by his father “Bozy,” and I would love to see a match with Ugaas No. 5 in the WBA rankings having defeated “New” Ray Robinson, a bozy boxer from Philly who was trained by “Bozy”. An all-Texas matchup between Spence and Ortiz will be an interesting matchup.