WBC President Says Canelo Is ‘The Most Important Boxer’ In Modern Era
WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman thinks Canelo Alvarez has proven to be crucial for the sport of boxing in the modern era.
Canelo is considered to be boxing’s biggest star today. He’s set to compete for the first time in over a year on Saturday night, December 19. He’ll go one-on-one with Callum Smith inside the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The bout will be contested for Smith’s WBA (Super) Super-Middleweight Title and the vacant WBC gold.
Sulaiman recently discussed just how important Canelo is to the sport of boxing today (h/t BoxingScene.com).
“Canelo Alvarez is definitely the most important boxer of today. He is the world leader in boxing, and he is more anxious than ever to get back into the ring since his last fight was in November of last year, when he knocked out Sergey Kovalev. The terrible pandemic stalled ambitious plans that he had laid out. He could not fight on May 5 or September 16, which had been an important tradition for world boxing.”
Canelo has amassed a pro boxing record of 53-1-2 with 36 knockouts. He has held world titles in four weight classes (light-middleweight, middleweight, super-middleweight, and light-heavyweight). At this stage in his career, Canelo says his goal is to fight the very best no matter which promotion is involved. Now that he isn’t tied down to any long-term deals, Canelo has that opportunity.
Smith has more than just his title at stake. There is his undefeated record, bragging rights, and a massive boost in his stock on the line as well. Canelo vs. Smith will air live on DAZN and PPV.