Jalisco-based Sául “Canelo” Álvarez displaced American Terence “Bud” Crawford - inactive since 14/11/20 when he beat Kell Brook - and climbed to the position of honor in ESPN's ranking of the 10 best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. moment when adding 164 points granted by the 16 voters with 13 votes to the first place, 3 to the second and 1 to the fourth.
The vote gives the Mexican, super middleweight champion of the World Boxing Association (WBA), World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Organization (WBO) and WBO, as we pointed out, accumulated a grand total of 164 points in a system descending that gives 10 points to the first place, 9 to the second and so on.
Álvarez, 30, of Guadalajara, Jalisco, with a record of 56-1-2 and 38 knockouts, rose to the top of the so-called Top Ten thanks to his victory on May 8 in Arlington, Texas, by TKO over him until Then undefeated and WBO super middleweight king, British Billy Joe Joe Saunders, who stayed in his corner in the ninth with a right cheekbone injury (caused by an uppercut) that caused a severe eye injury.
The skilful counterattack from Aztec, who has only lost once, with Floyd Mayweather to the points in September 2013, had a clear scorecard advantage when the fight was stopped. By the time of the end, judges Glen Feldman, Max DeLuca and Tim Cheatham had “Canelo” ahead with votes of 78-74.78-74 and 77-75, respectively.
The Mexican has been world champion in super welterweight, middleweight, light heavyweight and super middleweight. He is now looking for a fight against the American Caleb Plant, IBF champion of 168 pounds (76,2 kg), but so far the fight has not been possible. Plant registers 21 wins without setbacks, with 12 knockouts, and in theory he does not seem to be a rival of real danger for the Jalisco, a veteran of almost 16 years of professional while the native of Nashville, Tennessee only has a 7-year career ( 2014-21)
In the LxL second place is held by Crawford, 37-0-0, 28 knockouts, WBO welterweight champion (147 pounds, 66,7 kg), while in third place is the sensational WBA super bantamweight champion, the Japanese Naoya Inoue (20-0, 17 Kos), who in his last June 19 crushed the Filipino Michael Dosmariñas in just three laps in a superb demonstration of the power of his fists, which in his relatively short career have crowned in two other universal bands, mini fly and super fly.
The remaining positions, in the order they are cited in a row, are held by the sovereign welterweight Errol Spence (WBC and IBF), number 4 and rival of Manny Pacquiao on August 21, whom he will face with 27-0, 21 knockouts delivered. ; 5th is occupied by New Yorker of Honduran parents Teófimo López, WBA, IBF and WBO light starter, with 16-0 and 12 knockouts; Englishman Tyson Fury (6), ”El Rey Gitano”, WBC heavyweight champion, 30-0-1 and 21 knocked out, followed by Scotsman Josh Taylor, super lightweight sovereign WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO, winner by KO at 13 of 18; Ukrainian Vasyl Lomachenko, who climbed a notch with his resounding victory over Masayoshi Nakatani, whom he thrashed in 9 rounds on recent June 26.
The ninth is the Ukrainian left-hander Oleksandr Usyk, world amateur heavyweight champion (2011) and Olympic (2012), as well as former WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO cruiser and The Ring, an undefeated 18-0,13 Kos, that next September 29 he has a title clash with Englishman Anthony Joshua, WBA, WBO, IBF and The Ring champion and Mexican Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada, 42-3, 28 Kos, junior bantamweight champion, closes the Top Ten or super fly (115 pounds, 52,2 kilos), who in his past on March 13 of this overcame Nicaraguan Román “Chocolatito” González in a controversial decision, to whom he will give his revenge on October 16.