A clear difference is immediately apparent when comparing Saul Alvarez to anyone else in boxing. Canelo, as he is best known as, is far more than a boxing phenomenon. He is THE marquee man and name in the fight game. Accordingly, Alvarez is charged with re-igniting the spark of a sport that has dropped in popularity and esteem. Canelo is the biggest draw both to the ring and for pay per view fights. Most important of all he is the most popular name for Boxing betting. Even the most casual of fans and bettors know of Alvarez.
Middleweight world champion Saul Alvarez is a four-division world titleholder. Concurrently, he has a career record of 53-1-2 with a total of 26 knockout wins, Canelo is ranked number one in the world as a middleweight to go with pound for pound. The native of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico has also worn title belts in the light heavyweight and the light-middleweight divisions. Specifically, the only loss of his career was to the man that has never lost a fight. Floyd Mayweather Jr defeated Alvarez in a majority decision on September 14, 2013. It was a highly controversial decision.
Alvarez vs. GGG
To be exact Alvarez earned much of his fame in his bouts against Gennady Golovkin. On September 16, 2017, Alvarez and GGG fought to a split decision draw. The bout was for the unification lineal middleweight titles. Naturally, the draw meant that a rematch was immediately demanded. Canelo scored a majority decision to earn one of the biggest sportsbook boxing wins in recent memory. Last time out for Alvarez was an 11th round knockout win over Sergey Kovalev on November 2, 2019. Alvarez bulked up to win for the World Boxing Organization light heavyweight title.
The Road Ahead
Alvarez has the leverage to be extremely choosey about who and when he fights. While there have been calls for Canelo vs. GGG III it doesn’t serve much purpose for Alvarez. Another change in weight class is a challenge that Canelo may once again want to take on.
Second among the world’s pound for pound rankings is Vasyl Lomachenko. With a Boxing Betting record of 14-1 and 10 knockouts, “Hi-Tech” is the unification world lightweight champion. Starting with his superpower punch that is a virtual nuclear weapon in the ring does Lomachenko garner respect and fans. More emphatically gamblers are easily drawn to “home run power hitters.” Luke Campbell is the latest victim of Lomachenko. “Hi-Tech” scored a 12 round unanimous decision win over Campbell on August 31, 2019, to retain the unification world lightweight title.
The Undefeated – Terence Crawford
Certainly, any conversation about the best pound for pound boxers in the world must include Terence Crawford. The 32-year-old welterweight has never lost a professional bout. To show Crawford has a career mark of 36-0 with 27 career knockouts. Additionally, Crawford serves as the closest thing to a professional franchise that his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska can boast. Crawford is coming off a ninth-round knockout win over Egidijus Kavaliauskas on December 14, 2019. Crawford kept possession of his World Boxing Organization welterweight title with the win. Gamblers have come to see Crawford as one of the most reliable bets available.