Canelo Alvarez Gets Life Sized Statue In Mexico
Undisputed super middleweight champ Canelo Alvarez is a certain hall of famer and now, he’s been immortalized with a statue in his hometown.
On Tuesday in Juanacatlán, Mexico, Alvarez was honored by local officials, including the mayor of Juanacatlán, Francisco de la Cerda Suárez, as they placed the statue on the town’s boardwalk,
🙌 Canelo Álvarez ya tiene su estatura en su natal Juanacatlán pic.twitter.com/OtYHtxMqPB
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As you can see above the statue is placed on a large stone pedistal and standing over 10 feet high to honor one of the greatest fighters in the country.
The 32 year old Alvarez posted on his Instagram Tuesday evening,
“It is a great honor for me to be recognized in the place that saw me grow up and made the person I am today. Thanks to the government of Juanacatlan for this recognition and to all the people who attended,” Alvarez wrote.
“I feel very proud, it is an honor for me. Thanks to everyone who made it possible and to my family who is always supporting me. One day I was like you, here in Juanacatlan, with many dreams of being someone, of getting ahead, of getting my family ahead and if I got ahead, you can too, it’s just a matter of discipline.”
Canelo’s resume speaks for itself,
Alvarez, 58-2-2, 39 KOs, just defended his four 168 lb. titles in September, when he scored a 12 round decision win over unified middleweight champ Gennadiy Golovkin in Las Vegas. The trilogy fight had been over three years in the making since the two had fought two disputed distance fights in 2017 and 2018. The first fight, that many believed GGG won, was ruled a draw with Alvarez getting a narrow, again disputed decision in the rematch, too.
Alvarez revealed after the fight that he had injured his wrist and that it would require surgery sidelining him for a short period of time.
Canelo, did suffer his first loss in almost a decade earlier in May when WBA light heavyweight champ Dmitry Bivol of Russia out boxed him in a decisive 12 round decision win.
However, he’s still regarded as one of the top 2-3 fighters in the world. This, as Alvarez has amassed world titles in the junior welterweight, middleweight, super middleweight and light heavyweight divisions.
And over the past 15 years of his rise to prominence and numerous, huge world title PPV wins, he’s become as legendary as great Mexican fighters like Juan Manuel Marquez, Marco Antonio Barrera, Julio Cesar Chavez and Salvador Sanchez.
And, that legend is for all to see now in Juanacatlán.