After the hiatus due to the pandemic, boxing has resumed in a hurry and well nourished with good fights, where almost all fighters, except for Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez already fought or have fights agendas, will he Canelo close the year at the top of the Libra for Libra charts?
After the defeat of Vasiliy Lomachenko against Teofimo Lopez, future bouts before the end of the year include several Pounds for Pounds: Oleksandr Usyk, Terence crawford, Tyson fury, Naoya inoue. And furthermore, the recent victories of Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada Y Román “Chocolatito” González. It is a close of the year that has already started to shake the order of the Libra for Libra listings and could continue to change it.
On most charts, after the defeat of Lomachenko before Lopez, he Canelo Alvarez was seeded in the first position. Some, however, preferred to install Terence crawford in that position, and some even have Inoue.
After Teófimo López’s victory over Vasiliy Lomachenko, this is how the Libra by Libra rankings are today.
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Are there reasons to keep Canelo in first place Libra for Libra?
That is why I ask, until when will these lists continue to put the Canelo as number one? It is a very specific question, especially when the man from Guadalajara has not fought for a year.
Initially, it is understandable due to the pandemic. But what will surely end up moving him will be the fact that he still does not have a date to fight in this 2020. And the worst: it is not yet known when he will return due to the legal dispute he holds against Golden Boy Promotions Y DAZN.
For example, Juan Manuel Marquez, after his great triumph against Manny pacquiao, it sneaked into the top 10 on the Pound for Pound charts. However, already for his fight against Tim bradley10 months later, it had already disappeared due to inactivity from many of these same lists.
The same happened to Andre Ward, who was seeded number one after his triumph over Chad dawson. And a year and two months later, when he fought before Edwin RodriguezHe was no longer the “boss of the lists”.
We could “excuse” the Canelo on the issue of the pandemic, but the reality is that no. Boxing is back and the great fights are back.
In the last months of this year there are good fights that could move up the list of whoever wins. Either Inoue against Moloney, Crawford against Brook, and maybe even Spence against Danny Garcia. And if any hope remains, even a possible rematch between Tyson fury Y Deontay Wilder.
That is, if this year the Canelo he does not fight, it would be illogical for him to top any prestigious list. But it would not surprise me, for example, that the magazine The Ring, keep it in that place. We must not forget that this renowned publication was bought by Oscar de la hoya in 2007. And who is From the pot? Well, the promoter of Canelo.
Nothing, good fighting awaits us in the remainder of October and November, which may cause changes. Will the Canelo on top of the Pound for Pound listings?
*The author, DAMIÁN FERRER, is The Boxing Philosopher, and you can follow him on his Facebook page.