From the Editorial Office
La Jornada newspaper
Tuesday, January 12, 2021, p. a12
Saúl Canelo Álvarez was recognized as the best boxer of the year, according to the World Boxing Association (WBA), an organization whose super middleweight belt is defended by Guadalajara. This accolade was obtained by his fight in December against Callum Smith, which confirms him as the best pound for pound.
In a difficult year for boxing, as the pandemic forced the suspension of all sporting activity for several months, Canelo managed to close 2020 with a lucrative and expected fight against Smith.
The crisis also had an impact on the Mexican’s employment situation, since the historic contract he had signed with DAZN could not be sustained, in addition to breaking his relationship with the promoter Golden Boy, owned by Óscar de la Hoya.
The now owner of the WBA and WBC belts could only fight once in 2020, says a statement from the body that recognized him yesterday; but it was the most important fight of the final part of the year.
Once Canelo and his team decided to work as free agents, they have plans to make three fights in 2021 in the 168-pound division.
Coach Eddy Reynoso argued that Alvarez’s feats in divisions unusual for a Mexican will hardly be repeated.