Four-weight world champion, Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, was honored with a new statue in his hometown of Juanacatlan in Mexico.
Alvarez has had a stellar career, amassing 58 wins on his way to becoming the undisputed super-middleweight champion after dominating the lower weight divisions.
His hometown showed its support with the inauguration of the statue. Designed by visual artist Sigifredo Islas, who created the two-and-a-half-meter-tall bronze statue in two months, the statue will proudly sit on Juanacatlan’s boardwalk, according to Marca.
On his Instagram, Canelo posted that he is grateful for the support and recognition from the government.
“It is an honor for me to be recognized in a place that has seen me grow and make me the person I am today. Thank you to the government of Juanacatlan for this recognition and to everyone who attended.”
“I feel very proud, it is an honor for me. Thank you to everyone who made it possible and to my family who have always supported me. One day I’m just like you, here in Juanacatlan, with many dreams of being someone, getting ahead, leading the family and if I get ahead, you can too, it’s just a matter of time the law.”
This year has been the most challenging year in a long time for the Mexican superstar. His first loss since defeating the great Floyd Mayweather nearly eight years ago has cost Canelo his position as the weight king of many boxing fans. In September, Alvarez followed up his defeat to Dmitry Bivol with a win over longtime rival, Gennady Golovkin.
As Bivol now threatens that he will be relegated to super-middleweight to fight for Canelo’s undisputed crown2023 could prove to be a pivotal year for Mexican heritage.
Canelo’s injury isn’t as bad as initially thought, and he is now tipped to return to action around Cinco De Mayo (early May) and possibly even in England, with the most likely opponent being John Ryder.
The match has been rumored to be in talks to take place at London’s Emirates Stadium, home of Ryder’s beloved Arsenal FC, meaning Alvarez will be playing outside of North America for the first time in his career. his sixty-two competition.