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Canelo Alvarez’s 5 greatest fights: Moments that defined a champion

2024-06-30T12:00:48+00:00
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  • Canelo’s greatest fights.
  • We look at the Mexican boxer’s incredible career.
  • These bouts will go down in history.

Canelo Alvarez, a name synonymous with boxing excellence, has captivated fans worldwide with his skill, determination and the memorable battles he’s waged inside the ring.

His journey through the sport is marked by a series of fights that not only showcased his talent but also solidified his status as one of boxing’s all-time greats.

From early career challenges to headline-dominating showdowns, Canelo’s greatest fights are a testament to his resilience, strategic brilliance, and the heart of a champion.

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1. Canelo’s greatest fights: Austin Trout

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Canelo Alvarez’s fight against Austin Trout in 2013 was a defining moment in his career, setting the stage for his rise to stardom.

This bout was eagerly anticipated, pitting Alvarez’s power against Trout’s technical skills in a match that had fans on the edge of their seats.

Canelo’s victory by unanimous decision showcased his ability to adapt and overcome a slick, defensive boxer, proving he was more than just a power puncher.

This win not only earned him the WBA light middleweight title but also announced his arrival as a serious contender on the global stage.

2. Canelo Alvarez defeats Floyd Mayweather

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Canelo’s 2013 matchup with Floyd Mayweather was one of the most hyped fights of the decade, offering him a chance to dethrone one of boxing’s legends.

Despite suffering the first and only loss of his career, Alvarez’s performance against Mayweather was a crucial learning experience that would shape his approach to future fights.

The tactical battle highlighted areas for improvement, and Canelo emerged from the defeat with a renewed focus on strategy and defense.

This fight underscored Canelo’s resilience and his willingness to learn and adapt from his experiences.

3. His redemption against Gennady Golovkin

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The two epic showdowns with Gennady Golovkin in 2017 and 2018 were among the most anticipated fights in recent boxing history, with the first ending in a controversial draw and the second in a narrow victory for Canelo.

These bouts against ‘GGG,’ known for his formidable power and iron chin, pushed Alvarez to the limits, showcasing his heart, chin, and tactical evolution.

The rematch, in particular, was a testament to Canelo’s growth as a fighter, as he employed a more aggressive approach, taking the fight to Golovkin and earning a majority decision win.

These fights not only added to his legacy but also settled one of the sport’s most heated rivalries.

4. Canelo beats Caleb Plant to become the undisputed super middleweight

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Canelo’s quest to become the undisputed super middleweight champion culminated in his fight against Caleb Plant in 2021.

This historic victory saw Alvarez deliver a masterful performance, securing the win via an 11th-round knockout to become the first undisputed super middleweight champion in the four-belt era.

The fight was a display of Canelo’s strategic prowess and his ability to dismantle an opponent’s defense with precision and power.

This achievement not only added another milestone to his already decorated career but also solidified his place among the boxing elites.

5. His mastery against Sergey Kovalev

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Canelo Alvarez’s bold move up two weight classes to challenge Sergey Kovalev for the WBO light heavyweight title in 2019 was a gamble that paid off spectacularly.

Facing a seasoned champion known for his formidable punching power, Canelo displayed exceptional ring intelligence and patience.

He methodically broke down Kovalev’s defenses before delivering a stunning 11th-round knockout, showcasing his versatility and power across multiple weight divisions.

This victory not only earned Canelo a world title in a fourth weight class but also reinforced his reputation for taking on and overcoming formidable challenges.

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