Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez is intent on doing something that no other fighter from his country has ever accomplished.
That’s not to say he’ll consider himself to have outdone every other fighter to come from Mexico should he prevail in his November 6 undisputed super middleweight championship showdown with Caleb Plant.
“I don’t want to say that,” Alvarez told The Last Stand podcast host Brian Custer in downplaying his place among the best to ever come from Mexico. “I’m doing my history. Other fighters do their history.
“I don’t want to compare myself to other fighters. I do things for myself, my history. Everyone has their own history.”
Alvarez (56-1-2, 38KOs) is already the first Mexican fighter to lay claim to the lineal middleweight championship, doing so in a twelve-round, unanimous decision win over Miguel Cotto in November 2015. The pound-for-pound king from Guadalajara was already the lineal champ at junior middleweight, having since claimed a belt at light heavyweight and unified the WBA/WBC/WBO titles since settling in at super middleweight.
Alvarez upgraded his secondary WBA super middleweight belt in a 12-round virtual shutout of Callum Smith last December, lifting the WBA “Super” belt from the unbeaten Brit along with picking up the vacant WBC title. A third-round stoppage of WBC mandatory challenger Avni Yildirim this past February paved the way for a three-belt unification bout with unbeaten Billy Joe Saunders, whom Alvarez stopped after eight rounds this past May.
The last chip remains in the possession of Plant (21-0, 12KOs), a Middle Tennessee native who now lives and trains in Las Vegas. The November 6 clash—which airs live on Showtime Pay-Per-View from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas—presents the sport with the opportunity to crown its first-ever undisputed super middleweight champion. A win by Alvarez will leave him as the only boxer from Mexico or anywhere in Latin America to serve as undisputed champion in any weight division.
“It means a lot to my legacy. This fight is very important for me, for Mexico, for my fans, for my team,” insists Alvarez. “I’m gonna be the first Mexican and Latin American fighter to be undisputed champion.
“It’s very important because at the end of the day I just want to make history.”
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox