When you consider the lofty heights Canelo has reached just in 2021, it’s hard to believe he’s only one defeat away from the point of no return.
However, that is the opinion of WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman as Canelo prepares for his trilogy fight with Gennady Golovkin on September 17.
Earlier in 2022, Canelo suffered a shock loss to Dmitry Bivol, losing soundly by unanimous decision as he went for the WBA world light heavyweight title.
It was only the second loss of Canelo’s career, the first coming when he was just 23 at the hands of self-proclaimed ‘Best Ever’ Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Canelo was expected to get an immediate rematch with Bivol, but instead opted to face Golovkin for the third time due to time pressure surrounding the fight with the 40-year-old man from Kazakhstan.
The pair will compete for Canelo’s undisputed super middleweight crown, which includes the WBC title and Sulaiman believes this is a must fight for his fellow Mexican.
“Canelo felt the loss of Bivol tremendously,” Sulaiman told reporter Tono de Valdes. “If he loses to Golovkin on September 17, I think it will be very difficult for his career to regain its current status.
“He took a big risk when he decided to move up a division to face an undefeated world champion, he lost and now he’s risking it all against Golovkin.”
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The first fight between the two men in 2017 ended in a controversial draw, with many fans and pundits believing Golovkin had done enough to beat Canelo.
In the rematch a year later, Canelo emerged victorious by majority decision, although once again the decision was disputed.
Now that the pair are meeting for the third time, despite a loss, Canelo is at the peak of his career and the fight is taking place at his preferred weight.
As for Golvokin, he hasn’t fought any world-class opposition since his last clash with Canelo, despite picking up a solid win over Ryota Murata last time out.
And while the veteran will undoubtedly be the underdog, he might have just about enough in the tank to get the job done.
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