To write his story, Saul Alvarez does not have many blank pages. There is a long history of Mexican warriors with whom to be compared, which means a great weight is on his shoulders when he steps into the ring. But with each fight, Alvarez climbs to a higher place in world boxing and takes his place among all the great boxers of the past.
On Saturday night Alvarez went north another division to look for a fourth belt in different weight class; a tough thing to achieve but one that Alvarez took with much patience and calculation. A difficult and closely contested fight ended dramatically with one of the most impressive knockouts of the year in round 11. Alvarez won the 175-pound world championship and can now display that belt in his showcases along with eight others he has won throughout his career that now spans four weight classes.
There is much achieved by “Canelo”, as he becomes just the fourth Mexican to conquer at least one crown in four different divisions and he joins a club that the local press has already begun to call “The Fantastic Four” along with Jorge “Naughty” Arce, Erik “Terrible” Morales and Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez.
But the feat did not come without complications that generated an incredible bout. Kovalev took advantage of his reach and height advantage to work with Alvarez and keep him at the necessary distance to make his fight plan work during the initial rounds. In fact, the Russian giant seems to have taken the first three or four rounds thanks to his ring generalship.
“Canelo” had to ramp up his work and endure the right hand and jabs of Kovalev with high guard while trying to penetrate the guard the champion. Thus, little by little he was finding spaces and placing power shots to the mid-zone and the face of the “Krusher”.
But Alvarez never got his rival daunted despite the force with which he was throwing his punches and when they entered the 11th round the cards gave no guarantees to either fighter. Then came into play the power of Alvarez, who initiated an attack with a straight to the head that drove Kovalev back to the ropes, which was the perfect time for a left hook near the ear that left the Russian in very bad condition, who fell after a right hand to the chin.
The triumph gives a new belt to Canelo, who with this light heavyweight championship has has now made him champion in four weight divisions, which also include: super welterweight, middleweight, and super middleweight. Currently, he is WBA champion in the middleweight and the super middleweight classes, which shows the excellent class of Alvarez and the story he continues to write to the delight of fans.
He now has a record of 53 wins, 1 loss, 2 draws and 36 knockouts, while fully entering the discussion to be the best pound for pound fighter in the world.