SAUL Alvarez Canelo won the World Boxing Association (WBA) Best Boxer of the Year for his victory over Callum Smith to confirm himself as the top pound-for-pound fighter today.
Boxing had a year of many hurdles but managed to move on. The end of the year could not have been more perfect, with Canelo’s reappearance on December 19th in a superb performance against the previously unbeaten reigning champion.
The Mexican had gone through several contractual problems that cast some doubt on his return to the ring, however, he stayed in the gym until they were resolved
. As soon as the situation was resolved, Canelo was ready to fight for the Super Middleweight belts against Smith, the best in the division until that moment, and defeated by a unanimous decision at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas .
Alvarez, 30, proved to be steady at 168 lbs, maintained an aggressive fight, worked well with his press motion and eliminated any chance of the Liverpool native.
Canelo now owns WBA and WBC titles. He could only fight once in 2020 but this was the most important end of the year. He has announced that his plan for 2021 is to have three fights and face the best in the division.
The public wants to see more of Canelo, who has proven to be the face of boxing. The WBA congratulates him on being the boxer of the year. (Fightnews)