Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez strengthened his argument as to why he should be considered as the P4P No1 when he knocked out WBO light-heavyweight champion Sergey ‘Krusher’ Kovalev in the 11th round of an always intriguing battle at the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas to become a 4-weight world champion.
Canelo’s win adds another dimension to his legacy. He spoke of moving back down to his natural 160lb middleweight division and facing his arch-rival Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin in a trilogy match, which proves that the flame-haired Mexican idol beat Kovalev with a huge natural deficit in weight, re-hydration clause aside.
It was a fight that once again will split the crowd on who was ahead due to the game plans of both fighters. For what it is worth, I had Kovalev one round up when Canelo closed the show in devastating fashion, but I can see why anyone else could have seen it to Canelo by as much as 2-3 rounds, it was just one of those fights that depended on whether you liked Canelo’s constant pressure or Kovalev’s long-range boxing.
So what’s next for Alvarez? He has so many options due to the fact that whoever he chooses as his next opponent is guaranteed a life-changing payday, so why would anyone avoid fighting him. Kovalev earned a career-high $12m for the privilege of sharing a ring with the 29-year-old who made his debut in 2005 aged just 15 years old. Callum Smith, Gennady Golovkin, Dimitry Bivol, Billy Joe Saunders, Demetrius Andrade are all fights that DAZN and Matchroom can offer Canelo without having to step outside that broadcaster/ promotional agreement. After a rest, we will hear who the next challenge will come from but Canelo is a fighter who relishes breaking records and adding to his legacy, so will we ever see a forage into the cruiserweight division?