Julio Cesar Chavez Sr (107-6-2, 85KO) agrees to define compatriot Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (53-1-2, 36KO) as the best pound for pound boxer, especially based on a long list of top-level opponents met in career. However, the legendary “Gran Campeon Mexicano” said he preferred the American Terence “Bud” Crawford (36-0, 27KO) who, net of the level of the opponents faced, remains the most complete.
A large slice of aficionados also included Vasyl “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko (14-2, 19KO) in this contest, but the recent defeat suffered by the Ukrainian at the hands of Teofimo Lopez (16-0, 12KO) changed his opinion. many enthusiasts, thus reducing the possibilities of choice.
Crawford will be back in action on November 14, in Las Vegas, where he will defend the WBO welterweight title from the onslaught of Kell Brook (39-2, 27KO). However, Canelo’s next fight remains uncertain, currently in a lawsuit against Golden Boy Promotions and DAZN. The Mexican red’s last appearance dates back to 2 November 2019: on that occasion, Alvarez had risen by two weight categories to challenge the Russian light heavyweight, Sergey Kovalev (34-4-1, 29KO), who was defeated by knockout in the eleventh recovery.
Chavez, as we said, sees Canelo at the top of the pound for pound ranking for the big names he has faced in his career: the list includes Floyd Mayweather (so far Canelo’s only defeat remains), Gennady Golovkin, Erislandy Lara, Shane Mosley, James Kirkland, Alfredo Angulo, Liam Smith, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, Daniel Jacobs, and the aforementioned Kovalev
“ For me, the best pound for pound boxer is still Canelo by virtue of the opponents he has faced – said Chavez Sr – I think the choice is between Terence Crawford and Canelo Alvarez, but I think Alvarez has the first place. With all due respect, like it or not, he has had better opponents. The opponents that Canelo has challenged have allowed him to position himself at the top of the pound-for-pound rankings, although for me Crawford is much better as a boxer, he is more complete than Canelo Alvarez “.