P4P countdown: No 4: Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez
Luke G. Williams
Over the course of this week, Boxing Monthly online is counting down our latest pound for pound top ten, based on the votes of a panel comprising ten of our writers. Today we reveal the man who came fourth...
Name: Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez
BM online P4P ranking: 4th (up 4 places from last June)
Fight record: 49-1-2 (34 KOs)
Report card: Alvarez fought twice in 2016, both times against outgunned Brits in Amir Khan and Liam Smith, with neither fight actually taking place in the middleweight division where he is considered the lineal champion. It was a disappointing level of opposition for a man who was willing to take on the world's best boxer in Floyd Mayweather when he was just 23 years old. An easy points victory against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in May 2017 continued an underwhelming run of opposition, but all was forgiven after Canelo finally signed to face Gennady Golovkin in September. The fight ended, of course, in a controversial draw which enabled Canelo to maintain his claim to the lineal 160lbs title. While the majority of ringside observers felt that GGG shaded it, Canelo arguably enhanced his reputation after a fascinating 12 rounds in which he produced a clever and highly technical performance, albeit one which was too defensive on this writer's scorecard to gain a draw.
Prospects for 2018: Although it has - worryingly - not yet been signed and sealed, a rematch against Golovkin is the only fight fans want to see Alvarez participate in next. For this writer, the extra few months of mileage on GGG's clock by the time the duo take to the ring coupled with Canelo's canny boxing brain might just make the Mexican a very slight favourite.
Total points from BM P4P ranking panel: 72 - all ten of our panel ranked Canelo in their individual top tens, no one rated him lower than sixth and one of our panel even gave him top spot. If he were to clearly defeat Golovkin this year, then the Mexican's P4P standing and reputation would be further enhanced, and most likely he would break into the top three. It's a big 'if' though...
NB: Voting panel for the BM online P4P rankings were: Mark Butcher, Luke Byron, Luke G. Williams, Andrew Harrison, Paul Zanon, James Oddy, Chris Williamson, Callum Rudge, Michael Montero and Shaun Brown.
Each panellist ranked their top ten in order, with the boxer placed first receiving ten points, second nine points, third eight points and so on. Boxers were then ranked by the overall number of points accrued. If scores are equal then the boxer with the highest individual rating from a judge is ranked higher. If boxers are still equal they are then ranked equal. If there is a tie for first place then the boxer with the most first-place votes is given preference. If boxers are still equal they are then ranked equal.