Has Canelo Alvarez done enough to be consider a potential Hall of Famer
For decades boxing has been claimed to be a dying sport by fans and media members abroad, and despite evidence of a potential demise the sport continues to show resilience as it has once again delivered an entertaining and competitive event courtesy of Showtime and Premier Boxing Champions. As we are approaching the end of the first quarter of 2023 boxing is continuing to thrive and has shown no drop off from a stellar 2022 now going into the end of March with David Benavidez retaining his WBC interim world super middleweight title beating Caleb Plant by unanimous decision this past Saturday. We are now 4 weeks away from the mega fight between Gervonta Davis and Ryan Garcia, with rumors circulating that negotiations between Errol Spence and Terrence Crawford are back on. What does this mean for Canelo Alverez?
The pride of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico who’s next fight comes against 32-5 John Ryder in his home country. In his last 2 fights, Canelo has not generated the type of excitement outside his loyal fanbase you would normally see for an undisputed champion. When the announcement was made that Alvarez will be fighting Ryder, many in the boxing community to this day still struggle with Saul’s choice of opponent. If you asked Canelo supporters their thoughts on this, you’re likely to hear them say he’s earned the right to coast through the end of the his career if he chooses, as they are under the impression that he’s done enough in the sport as of today to solidify his legacy.
If we were to examine Alvarez’s career as of now objectively, will boxing fans along with past and present fighters, managers, promoters, and the BHOF (Boxing Hall Of Fame) voters view Canelo Alvarez’s career as one of the all time greats that deserves the same respect as Sugar Ray Leonard, Oscar Dela Hoya, or even Floyd Mayweather’s? The answer to this question resides in a separate question: 25 years from now looking back will people revere his resume and performance or just his accomplishments? From a subjective standpoint there’s no denying his most prominent fight was against Floyd Mayweather Jr. While we do recognize the other names on his resume and respect those fighters, will their value remain high enough to justify Saul Canelo Alvarez’s claim as an all time great.