By Miguel Rivera
The man who many view as the greatest Mexican fighter in history, Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., believes Saul "Canelo" Alvarez is now among the ten best Mexican fighters in boxing history.
But, he feels Canelo still has a ways to go before he reaches the level of being in the top three or four on that list.
"I think Canelo is now among the ten best Mexicans in boxing history, but he's still not in the top three or four," said Chavez Sr.
Chavez Sr. was ringside this past Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, when Canelo won a twelve round unanimous decision over Daniel Jacobs to unify the IBF, WBA, WBC middleweight titles.
"Canelo vs. Jacobs was fight that didn't have a lot of action. Jacobs fought very well. But he do not win because he did not throw enough. Canelo was able to nullify him with his waist movement, but he didn't take a lot of risks. He fought well but he did not improve since his last fight," Chavez Sr. said.
Chavez Sr. praised Canelo for securing the huge contract with DAZN, for 11 fights and $365 million.
"Canelo has earned what he has, based on effort, dedication, perseverance and above all: a lot of discipline," said Chavez Sr. said.
The contest with Jacobs was a huge ratings hit in Mexico,
According to ESPN Deportes, it was viewed in Mexico by more than 30 million fans. The broadcast was carried by the two biggest television channels in the country, Televisa and TV Azteca.
In total there were 30.5 million fans who were watching the fight, and that is practically a quarter of the Mexican population, taking advantage of TV Azteca with 18.4 million viewers and 12.1 million watching Televisa.