World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman is not surprised that Mexican superstar Saul "Canelo" Alvarez is being listed as the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world by various outlets.
Back on November 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Canelo moved up by two weight divisions to score a knockout over Sergey Kovalev to capture the WBO light heavyweight title.
Canelo now holds titles in three weight divisions simultaneously. He is the WBA middleweight champion, the WBA "regular" super middleweight champion, and has the WBO belt at 175-pounds.
There is no determination at the moment as to which weight class Canelo plans to fight in.
But Sulaiman explains that Canelo has been regarded as the best fighter in the world by the WBC since beating Gennady Golovkin by way of a close twelve round majority decision back in September 2018.
"We named him that since the moment he defeated Gennady Golovkin, Canelo is a right-handed boxer who continues to break paradigms and overcome obstacles. We are proud that a Mexican has a designation like the one made by [various outlets]," Sulaiman said.
"He already had [that status], Canelo has shown his greatness inside the ring and has maintained it. How good it is to have his place in these publications."
And regarding another Mexican fighter, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Sulaiman believes that he's been placed in the right fight against Daniel Jacobs, on December 20th.
"It's an interesting fight, a fight in which Chávez Jr. has the opportunity to return and we all deserve a chance. He is a natural boxer and has the opportunity to prove that he's still in the sport of boxing," Chavez Jr. said.