No matter how many historical milestones he ticks off and titles he collects, Canelo Alvarez believes that it cannot satisfy certain critics.
The Mexican superstar and current reunited super middleweight champion recently expressed dismay at the popular notion in some corners of the boxing peanut gallery of avoiding top contenders like former super middleweight title holder David Benavidez and middleweight belt carrier Jermall Charlo. This line of thought received renewed attention after Alvarez announced a possible promotion to the cruiserweight division, a move some saw as a way to avoid battling Benavidez and Charlo.
For Alvarez, it’s just sour grapes.
“Look what I see and what I know is that I beat fighter # 1 at 168. It was Callum Smith,” Alvarez (57-1-2, 39 KOs) told World Boxing News. “Next, Billy Joe Saunders, second. Next the third (plant). So I beat the best with 168. They were all unbeaten. I beat the best with 168, and now people are saying you have to fight this one – as always. “
Ironically, Benavidez (25-0, 22 KOs) would likely have had a chance to fight Alvarez by now, but the 25-year-old lost the WBC’s 168-pound title twice: the first time he was positive to cocaine and the second time was when he was overweight in his allegedly first title defense against Roamer Angulo in 2020.
Charlo (32-0, 22 KOs) has never fought in the super middleweight limit, but has repeatedly expressed an interest in advancing against Alvarez.
“That always happens,” said Alvarez of the criticism. “But I beat the best champion with 168. Then they say, ‘he’s scared of him’ or ‘he’s scared of this guy’. I am not afraid of anything. I don’t avoid anyone.
“But what does this guy bring me (Benavidez)? Nothing at all. Nothing at all. Mention a champion they (Benavidez and Charlo) fought before. How many? I really don’t care. Haters will always be haters. “