Canelo Alvarez has a message for those who continue to dismiss his pound-for-pound status.
Canelo is fresh off a one-sided unanimous decision victory over Callum Smith. The victory earned Canelo the WBA (Super), WBC, and The Ring Super-Middleweight Titles. For many, this solidified Canelo’s pound-for-pound ranking over undefeated WBO Welterweight Champion Terence Crawford.
Still, no matter who you are there are bound to be some naysayers. That’s what Canelo is feeling following the win over Smith. Here’s what he told reporters in response to those critics during a post-fight press conference (h/t BoxingScene.com).
“There’s always gonna be that group of people that no matter what you do, they’re never gonna care, they’re never gonna like you. It doesn’t matter how many titles you earn, they’re never gonna care, they’re never gonna like you. But there is that group of people that always stick with you. And that’s who I’m happy to have, and that’s who I’m happy to keep happy.”
Canelo has gone 12-0-1 since his lone career defeat to Hall of Fame elect Floyd Mayweather. The Mexican star has been praised for making significant improvements to his defense since the loss to “Money.” Canelo is said to be eyeing a return to the ring in early 2021 and he could be looking at a clash with mandatory WBC challenger Avni Yildirim.
It’s clear that Canelo is hoping to unify all the gold at 168 pounds. The other major champions at that weight class are Caleb Plant, who holds the IBF gold, and Billy Joe Saunders, who is the WBO Champion.