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Linares: Canelo is Best Pound-For-Pound Fighter in The World

By Ryan Burton

Former three-division world champion Jorge Linares (45-4) was very impressed with the way Saul "Canelo" Alvarez boxed in his majority decision victory over Gennady "Triple G" Golovkin in September. With the win, Alvarez captured the WBA and WBC middleweight titles.

The Mexican superstar is looking at a different type of challenge in his next bout. On December 15th he will move up to the super middleweight division to face WBA champion Rocky Fielding at Madison Square Garden in New York.

The fight will be the first for Canelo under his new 11 fight pact with the DAZN streaming service that recently entered the US market.  The total value of the package is reportedly at least $365 million.

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Alvarez will be giving away a lot of size to Fielding but Linares believes that Canelo's superior boxing ability will lead him to victory.

"Fielding looks really tall and strong but Canelo is the best fighter right now.  He is at the prime of his career right now. He has balance and has power. He can box. This is the best moment of his career," Linares told BoxingScene.com.

As for where he would rate Alvarez on the mythical boxing pound-for-pound list, Linares said he belongs at the top.

"I think he is the best fighter in the world now. He surprised me with the way he fought Triple G.  I think that he is the best fighter," Linares stated.

Linares last fought in September when he made his super lightweight debut successful with a third round knockout of Abner Cotto. His previous fight was a 10th round knockout loss to Vasyl Lomachenko that will be in the running for Fight of the Year honors.  Both fighters hit the canvas in the technical battle.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by aboutfkntime on 11-18-2018

[QUOTE=NearHypnos;19281283]Only time will tell. I like Loma but to say he’s clearly above GGG in skills is fairly delusional and blind. Either you *can’t* see the full scope of GGG’s ability or refuse to. I wouldnt rank GGG over Loma…

Comment by NearHypnos on 11-18-2018

[QUOTE=aboutfkntime;19279321]show me one link referring to Jacobs as elite before he took Golovkin to the wire, and then looked average against Arias and Sulecki Lomachenko is [B]CLEARLY[/B] a level above Golovkin in terms of skill/ability..... it is an indictment on…

Comment by aboutfkntime on 11-17-2018

[QUOTE=NearHypnos;19278604]Not even a year prior he lost to Mikey. Salido looked best when he was roiding like 7 years prior when he fought and beat Robert Guerrero with roids. Few years before Mikey he was dominated by Gamboa. Juanma wasn’t…

Comment by NearHypnos on 11-17-2018

[QUOTE=aboutfkntime;19277452]he was right on top of his game at that point in time his career, and position..... had never looked better Jacobs was written-off for the Golovkin fight, and given no chance[/QUOTE] Not even a year prior he lost to…

Comment by aboutfkntime on 11-16-2018

[QUOTE=NearHypnos;19277442]Salido wasn’t at the top of his game though. Wtf lol. Jacobs got a lot of fanfare after Quillin and hed always been a stud. He got hit while Pirog was shifting. It happens. Pirog was also a stud.[/QUOTE] he…

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