Saul Alvarez defeat against Dmitry Bivol On May 6, it set a career precedent as he arrived with a halo of invincibility by winning the super middleweight division and an eight-year streak of only one fight draws, with a record of 61 fights since then. 2005 to present, holding the undisputed super middleweight title he would field against Gennady Golovkin at 168 pounds sterling on 17 September.
The defeat obviously took away his status as the best fighter in the world, regardless of weight class, and although the fighter from Guadalajara continues to claim the title of the best fighter on the planet, his trainer, Eddie Reynoso, do not agree. Fifteen days before his return to the ring against a Kazakh Gennady GolovkinCanelo and Eddie held a press conference where he was asked about the decline in the world ratings of The Ring magazine and ESPN.
Canelo reaffirmed his stance and assured that he feels like the best in the world, but that he will also focus on reclaiming his best pound for pound ranking given that boxers in the Top 10 have the same attitude and he aims to keep winning fights in order to return to the top.
“I don’t care, I feel like I’m the best and that’s important. These are lists that have been there for years. I always felt that I was the best, and I still think so. I have to take serious risks, and that’s what I do in every fight,” said Canelo Alvarez.
However, his coach acknowledged that the loss to Bivol was a stain on this stage of his brilliant career and slandered his student’s claims, recognizing him as one of the main faces of modern boxing: “he is the one who sells more with pay-per-views (…) He is the most media boxer or one of the most media boxer at the moment.”
“If he had won, he would have been the best pound for pound. I believe that after the defeat you can not be number one.. He has always been among the best boxers, and in weight categories you need to remain a winner. You lost the fight and obviously they’re going to drop you in the rankings.” – Eddie Reynoso
Canelo Alvarez’s path to victory
After losing to Bivol on May 7, 2022, Canelo dropped to number five on The Ring magazine and ESPN. The first list is currently headed by the Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk and the second belongs to the American Terence Crawford.
However, Reynoso was hopeful that Canelo would regain that recognition in the coming months: “They put Saul down because he lost the battle, if he had won, he would have been Pound for Pound number one. But it doesn’t matter if you are number 2 or 10 because you are among the best. Now we have to keep winning fights so that he can rise again.”
Also, to justify himself, Eddie Reynoso explained that both he and Canelo wanted a rematch with Bivol, so they ruled out that his next opponent would also be a Mexican. Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez, the next opponent of the Russian. “We are interested in Bivol, he was the one who beat us and we should have a rematch. Now for us the most important thing is Golovkin, and then we’ll see what happens next, ”he concluded.