Round 12: Canelo Conquers The World,
The Mexican Bo Jackson
By Mauricio Sulaimán / Son of José Sulaimán / President of
Last Saturday there was an unbelievable event, the AT&T
Dallas Cowboys stadium full to capacity, to undertake the
long-awaited return of sports fans after a year of anguish
and uncertainty caused by COVID-19, which had the sports
world completely shut down for several months, then events
happening without fans, then limited fans had access to
events. The MLB World Series, the NFL Super Bowl, FIFA
Champions League, and most major events had limited fans in
attendance. But this past Saturday, May 8, will be
remembered as the first ever major event which brought the
73,126 fans in the stadium and millions watching on DAZN and
television around the world to celebrate life through boxing
and a night which will be forever remembered.
The very loud crowd witnessed a superb demonstration of
their hero, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez who is, without a doubt,
the best fighter in the world today, the pound-per-pound
A unique, electrifying atmosphere, the traditional wave,
created by fans; the spectacular entrance, with the act of
Pepe Aguilar and his daughter, and the explosion of joy with
the spectacular knockout, after an eighth round which
resulted in a brutal demonstration of pure power and
dominance, and Billie Joe Saunders must be praised for his
bravery as he stood there trying to win the fight with
courage. Canelo crushed his English opponent and is one step
away from achieving his goal of unifying the super
middleweight division titles.
One of the questions that commonly circulates among media
and experts is where Saúl Álvarez stands within the lists of
the best in history. For this, it is necessary to study some
of considerations that allow us to have a more solid
analysis of the subject and not only be based on individual
appreciation or favoritism.
There are several criteria to evaluate with facts and
* Record: Obviously gives a visual overview of a career; El
Canelo has a record of 56 wins, one loss, two draws, with 38
KOs; even though there are at least five fights that are not
considered in his official record for some unknown reasons.
* Championships won: Saúl conquered a variety of affiliate
titles to the WBC from an early age. He won the WBC Youth
World Title, the NABF and the Silver Super Welterweight
title, as well as the following world championships:
WBC Super welter with 6 title defenses
WBA Super welter
WBC Middleweight, against Miguel Cotto
WBC Middleweight against Gennady Golovkin
WBC Super Middleweight, against Callum Smith
WBA Super Middleweight
WBO Super Middleweight
WBO Light Heavyweight
* Number of world championship fights: he has to this day is
* Level of opposition: The quality of the opponents he has
faced is a prominent factor, and a significant number of
world champions appear on the list.
Saul has faced 19 world champions. Among them are: Shane
Mosley, Miguel Cotto, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, Amir Khan,
Austin Trout, Erislandy Lara, Daniel Jacobs, Sergey Kovalev,
Julio César Chávez Jr., Rocky Fielding, Billy Joe Saunders,
and his only defeat to date was eight years ago, when he
faced Floyd Mayweather Jr.
* Years of fighting at high levels of importance and
competition, he has already a decade established as an elite
* Popularity: His fan base is massive, and he has the
worldwide recognition of being the best pound-for-pound of
Saúl Canelo Álvarez continues to build his legacy, and he
still has several years to accumulate more triumphs, so that
the day he ends his career in the ring, his place in the
history of Mexican and world boxing can be determined.
DID YOU KNOW…?
El Canelo is a great athlete who excels in various sporting
spheres. Apart from his greatness as a boxer, he is a
talented and accomplished horseman.
He is obsessed with golf, reaching high levels, and even
considering a professional career in the sport. He plays
soccer and baseball very well; in short, it can be
considered that he is the MEXICAN BO JACKSON, Canelo knows
The Dallas Cowboys Stadium was inaugurated capturing
worldwide attention due to its spectacularism, its majestic
screen and the significance of being the home of one of the
most important teams in the world of sports.
When Antonio Margarito fought Manny Pacquiao, I was lucky
enough to accompany my dad to the press conference right
there at the stadium.
While sitting on the podium, some of the famous
cheerleaders, “The Cowgirls," suddenly made their appearance
on stage. Obviously, I looked at them and with great
surprise to see that one of them smiled at me. To my regret,
my dear father, Don José clarified to me: “Oh my son, don't
get excited, they have by contract the obligation to smile
at all times."