At age 30, Mexican superstar Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez is motivated to become the first Mexican boxer to be an undisputed four-belt world champion.
In December, he captured the WBC, WBA super middleweight titles with a dominance of Callum Smith for a twelve round decision victory.
He is back in Miami Saturday night when he takes on mandatory world champion Avni Yildirim at Hard Rock Stadium.
If he wins, Canelo will return to the ring on May 8 in a unification clash with WBO world champion Billy Joe Saunders.
And a win over Saunders could lead to a fall showdown with IBF world champion Caleb Plant.
When his career is finally over, Canelo wants to be seen as one of the best fighters in boxing history.
“When I retire we will see [where I land in history], right now I am making my career, I am making history and we will see where I position myself when I retire … yes, you have to look at it based on victories, based on numbers and championships, this is how it has to be done ”, said Canelo to Erika Montoya.
In recent years, Canelo has been criticized by many critics, because they do not believe that he is facing the best.
Canelo disagrees, explaining that he takes on the best and makes them look normal.
“Almost all the criticisms are unfair. Because when I beat the best they say that the opponent did not look the same as before. Why does that happen? Because with me they have an opponent who does not allow them to do anything, an opponent who nullifies them. [The critics] they want to find the weak side of everything, they never give credit. But I’m used to that, “Canelo said.