The WBC considered that Saul Canelo Alvarez made enough merits to be recognized as the best boxer of 2021, as it was announced on Wednesday, December 14. Along with him, his coach Eddy Reynoso was also recognized.
For many it will not be a surprise to receive this new, because for weeks it has been speculated that there was no other boxer who could get close to the results obtained by Canelo this year, beyond the notable performances of Tyson Fury, Naoya Inoue, Gervonta Davis, George Kambosos, Vasyl Lomachenko and Terence Crawford himself. This is largely due to the fact that these fighters only had one match in the year, or at most two, and possibly some of these were against opponents who did not represent much opposition.
For example, the case of Ttyson Fury reveals a boxer who has to be labeled as the best, because the way he beat former champion Deontay Wilder by knockout was spectacular, in a trilogy fight that will be remained in fans memory, and that it was also the winner of the best fight of the year. However, it was the only fight of the year for the British heavyweight champion.
A case similar to that of Fury happened with Terence Crawford and George Kambosos, the first defeating Shawn Porter defending his welterweight championship and knocking Porter out for the first time in his career, and the second winning the lightweight belts against Teofimo Lopez in one of the surprises of the year.
Finally, fighters like Vasyl Lomachenko, Gervonta Davis and Naoya Inoue continued to show that they are the best of their respective divisions, however, the weight of their opponents made their victories look a bit overshadowed.
The year of canelo alvarez
Defeating Avni Yildirim by knock out in his mandatory defense
On February 27, Canelo fulfilled his mandatory defense for the WBC and WBA super middleweight belts by knocking out Turkish Avni Yildirim in the fourth round, here we leave you the highlights of the fight.
Canelo defeats British Billy Joe Saunders by knockout in front of more than 73 thousand people
A magical night in Texas on May 8, where Canelo snatched the WBO super middleweight championship from Billy Joe Saunders, beating him by knockout in round 8.
Canelo becomes the absolute king of the super middleweight division by beating Caleb Plant
Canelo defeats Caleb Plant by knockout in round 11 and removes the IBF super middleweight belt, becoming the absolute champion of this division. It was an extremely entertaining fight on November 6 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.