Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. Doubts Canelo Alvarez Will Eclipse His Status In Mexico


Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. doesn’t think Canelo Alvarez will be able to pass him as the greatest boxer in Mexican history.

After Chavez Sr. retired in 2005, he was 107-6-2, and 85 wins were by KO. He also was 89-0-1 to begin his career and was the champion at super featherweight, lightweight and junior welterweight. However, Canelo Alvarez is arguably the best boxer today, but Chavez Sr. doesn’t think he will be able to pass him.

“Canelo is a great fighter who has earned what he has. He is definitely not going to be better than me because he already lost a fight and I reached 90 undefeated,” Chavez Sr. said in an interview with La Afición (via boxingscene). “The styles are different (mine from his). What he has he has earned and sometimes he receives unfair criticism from people, but the public is like that.”

Although Chavez Sr. doesn’t think Alvarez can catch him, that is uncertain. The Mexican has been able to win titles in multiple weight classes and has been dominant in his career. He even won every single round on every judge’s scorecard when he fought Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in 2017.

Perhaps, Chavez Sr. says this because of the fact Alvarez beat his son, or due to the fact he knows Canelo is closing in on his legacy. Regardless, Alvarez is still focused on fighting and has said he will continue to box for seven more years.

“[I’ll fight for another] six or seven years, that’s what we think, we ‘ll see, but six or seven more years we’ll be here,” Canelo told TUDN.

The plan for Alvarez was to fight four times this year and he will have his second fight against Billy Joe Saunders on May 8. If he wins that fight, he will only secure his legacy even more.

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