Canelo Alvarez is currently readying himself for a shot at WBO junior-middleweight champion Liam Smith next month in Texas, but it appears recent comments from Irish MMA star Conor McGregor have not gone down well with the Mexican. The rivalry between boxing and mixed martial arts has been brought to the forefront again in recent weeks, following the global attention…
Are The Canelo Ducking Accusations From Fans Fair?
Canelo ducking accusations and remarks have been widespread in the world boxing community this year.
One of boxing’s biggest international stars at the moment is undoubtedly Canelo Alvarez. At 26 year’s old, he’s already a veteran with over forty fight under his belt.
At one point in his career he was criticized for his opponents. Alvarez either fought over matched guys like Matthew Hatton, or past their prime combatants such as Shane Mosley.
He started to develop a reputation as been a little protected. Not one to back down from a challenge, he demanded a fight with Austin Trout.
This was by all accounts against the advise of his promotional company. Canelo went on to beat a game Trout via unanimous decision.
Next he fought and was schooled by none other than the best boxer of his generation, Floyd Mayweather.
To his credit however, he quickly rebounded and went on a four fight win streak beating guys like James Kirkland and Miguel Cotto.
Of course, most recently he recorded a genuine highlight reel knockout over British boxer Amir Khan.
As expected after the fight he quickly called out Gennady Golovkin and we assumed this was the next fight up. To make matters even worse, his promoter Oscar De la Hoya stated that he would begin negotiations for a ‘GGG’ fight to happen sometime in the fall.
A few weeks went by and Canelo dropped his belt. As a fan I didn’t panic, it just seemed like a business move.
Then after that negotiations stalled and his next opponent is 154lbs WBO champion Liam Smith who isn’t particularly well known in the States.
The same Mexican fans that made him a superstar are now calling him out over what appears to be a blatant duck from Gennady Golovkin.
(Canelo previously called out Golovkin on HBO following his win over Miguel Cotto last year):
Can you blame them? Mexican fans are passionate about their boxing and always support there guys, win or lose.
Coming from a long list of champions down through the years such as Julio Cesar Chavez Sr, Ricardo Lopez and current promoter Oscar De La Hoya, to name but a few, ducking is not exactly in their vocabulary.
Even the likes of UFC star Conor McGregor have accused Canelo of “cherry picking” recently, prompting the usually reserved Canelo to hit back with his own remarks.
Ultimately, until he steps up for a fight with Gennady Golovkin, the Canelo ducking criticisms will likely not relent from fight fans who want to see the fight.