The World Boxing Association (WBA) published its December rankings, along with the corresponding awards for the period, in which Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez was awarded the Boxer of the Month and Anthony Joshua captured the Honorable Mention.
Alvarez was the leading figure of the month with his return to the ring to defeat by a large unanimous decision former WBA Super Middleweight Super Champion, the British Callum Smith, and keep the black and gold belt. The Mexican reappeared in Texas last December 19th and offered a great fight to beat Smith and establish himself as the best pound-for-pound at the moment.
Canelo won his 54th fight and said he wants to have several fights in 2021 in his goal to continue making history as the star of world boxing today.
In Joshua’s case, he defended his Heavyweight Super Championship with a spectacular knockout over Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev last December 12, at Wembley. The Englishman made the first defense since he regained the belt in December last year in a rematch against Andy Ruiz, and finished the challenger in the ninth round. Joshua remains the big name of the heavyweights and hopes to fight Tyson Fury in 2021.
In addition to the December awards, movements in the rankings can be viewed in detail on the WBA website in the corresponding section.