In 61 fights as a professional, Canelo Alvarez has accumulated only 2 losses. The first happened in 2013 against Floyd Mayweather Jr. and the second recently in 2022 against Dmitry Bivol. The common denominator among Canelo's tormentors is not even weight class, but their status as World Boxing Champions.
The Mexican superstar's career is replete with titles won, weight classes conquered and world champions faced. Alvarez's boxing legacy will always be remembered for that aspect: he faced the best fighters available at the time, without his weight class being an impediment. So far, he has conquered 13 World Championships.
While the loss to Dmitry Bivol came as a surprise to most boxing fans, it is a fact that Alvarez went down with his face held high as he did so in a division that is not his own and to one of the most solid world champions in boxing today
Canelo Alvarez's record vs World Boxing Champions
Saul Alvarez made his professional boxing debut at the age of 15 in October 2005, fighting in the Super lightweight category. Since then, and considering only those boxers who had already won an absolute world title (not interim or regular) at the time of facing him, the Guadalajara native has fought 17 World Champions, including Dmitry Bivol.
If it is taken into consideration all of the World Champions Canelo Alvarez has faced so far, no matter if they were World titlists at the time they clashed with the Mexican Champion, the quantity rises to 19 (including Bivol), as Miguel Vazquez and Erislandy Lara have to be added.
Thus, the average World titlist Canelo has faced throughout his career is approximately one per year as a professional. His record against the aforementioned opponents is 14-2-1 (16-2-1). Only Floyd Mayweather Jr., who handed him his first loss in 61 fights as a professional boxer so far, Gennady Golovkin, and recently Dmitry Bivol, have been able to remain undefeated against Alvarez.
The current and first ever Undisputed Super middleweight World Champion has been crowned in four different weight classes so far: Super welterweight, Middleweight, Super middleweight and Light heavyweight. In total, he has held 20 fights with a World title at stake (17-2-1).
The list of World Champions Canelo Alvarez has faced
The breakdown of the 19 world champions by nationality on Alvarez's record is as follows: five Americans, two British, two Russians, two Puerto Ricans, two Mexicans, one Cuban, one Kazakh, one Argentinean and one Australian. Seven of them were undefeated before facing Canelo. The current Pound for Pound King achieved to stop 7 of them.
Miguel Vazquez - Mexico - 2006 (Canelo won by SD) 2008 (Canelo won by UD)
Carlos Baldomir - Argentina - 2010 - Canelo won by KO
Lovemore Ndou -Australia - 2010 - Canelo won by UD
Kermit Cintron - Puerto Rico - 2011 - Canelo won by TKO
Shane Mosley - United States - 2012 - Canelo won by UD
Austin Trout - United States - 2012 - Canelo won by UD
Floyd Mayweather Jr. 2013 United States - Canelo lost by MD
Erislandy Lara - Cuba - 2014 - Canelo won by SD *
Miguel Cotto - Puerto Rico - 2015 - Canelo won by UD
Amir Khan - England - 2016 - Canelo won by KO
Liam Smith - England - 2016 - Canelo won by KO
Julio Cesar Chavez - Mexico - 2017 - Canelo won by UD
Gennady Golovkin - Kazakhstan - 2017 (SD Draw) 2018 (Canelo won by MD)
Daniel Jacobs - United States - 2019 - Canelo won by UD
Sergey Kovalev - Russia - 2019 - Canelo won by KO
Callum Smith - England - 2020 - Canelo won by UD
Billy Joe Saunders - England - 2021 - Canelo won by RTD
Caleb Plant - United States - 2021 - Canelo won by TKO
Dmitry Bivol - Russia - 2022 - Canelo lost by UD.
*He has not won a World Championship by the time he faced Canelo Alvarez