As much as he enjoys making history for his beloved nation, Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez remains content with being one of the very best from Mexico to ever do it.
A win over Caleb Plant on November 6 will see Guadalajara’s Alvarez become the first-ever boxer from Mexico—or anywhere in Latin America—to gain recognition as undisputed champion in any weight division, in the multi-belt era. The four-division champ puts his WBA/WBC/WBO super middleweight titles on the line while vying for Plant’s IBF belt in their upcoming Showtime Pay-Per-View headliner at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
The argument has long ago begun as to where Alvarez (56-1-2, 38KOs) ranks among the best from his boxing-rich nation. A lot of talk has recently surfaced that a win over Plant to achieve undisputed super middleweight championship status will solidify his place as the all-time best. That debate continues to be of little concern to the sport’s reigning pound-for-pound king.
“I don’t want to say that,” Alvarez said dismissively of any claim to viewing himself as Mexico’s best ever, during a media workout to promote the upcoming fight. “I just want to make my own history and that’s it.
“We’ve had a lot of great fighters (from Mexico) before and in the present. I just want to be one of the best.”
Alvarez long ago placed his name on that short list, having won championships at junior middleweight and middleweight while earning title status at super middleweight and light heavyweight. The incredible run has also seen Alvarez become the sport’s leading box-office attraction while garnering universal recognition as the reigning pound-for-pound king.
The only thing he hasn’t achieved in his run through four weight divisions is to collect all four major titles. His breakneck run at super middleweight has already placed Alvarez as just one of two fighters in the multi-belt era to hold three belts at the weight, joining Hall of Fame unbeaten former champ Joe Calzaghe who held the same belts prior to exiting the division in 2008.
One more win on November 6 gives Alvarez something that can never be taken away—the first Mexican to hold all four titles. He will have beaten a trio of undefeated titlists to do so.
Callum Smith was 27-0 at the time of their WBA “Super”/vacant WBA title fight last December, having held the WBA title for more than two years while lodging two successful defenses. Billy Joe Saunders was 30-0 upon conceding his unbeaten mark and the WBO title this past May, ending a two-year reign.
Plant enters the undisputed championship clash with a perfect mark of 21-0 (12KOs) and having held the IBF title since January 2019.
“This is very important for my country of Mexico. It’s important for me to become undisputed,” vows Alvarez. “It’s one of the most important fights of my life. I’m taking it very seriously and it means a lot to me.”
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox