Editor's letter | Highlight 5 | Issue | Premium | Nov 05 2019

Canelo Alvarez: Mexican great? Drug cheat? Or both?

As Saul Alvarez confirms his place as the undisputed leader of the sport, Boxing News editor Matt Christie tackles The Canelo Conundrum
Canelo Alvarez  |  Joe Camporeale/USA Today Sports

SAUL “CANELO” ALVAREZ continues to polarise opinion.

“Greatest Mexican Ever,” cried his fans after he knocked out WBO light-heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev in Las Vegas on Saturday night. “Cherry Picking Drug Cheat,” screamed his critics following that victory over the 36-year-old veteran. 

Regardless, Alvarez remains the undisputed leader of the sport today. To proclaim him the greatest ever Mexican, though, is premature. Alvarez, at 29, still has some distance left to run. Only when he’s finished should we attempt to pinpoint his place in boxing history.