Canelo Alvarez, constantly driven to make boxing history, secured another piece of it on Saturday night, but it was not easy.
Alvarez, who was having a hard time dealing with Sergey Kovalev’s size and jab, scored a massive 11th-round knockout to take his light heavyweight world title before a pro-Canelo crowd of 14,490 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and significantly add to an already stellar résumé.
Alvarez, the reigning middleweight world champion and boxing’s biggest star, moved up 15 pounds and two weight divisions and won a world title in a fourth division to join some of boxing’s all-time greats.
Alvarez, who would like to eventually usurp Julio Cesar Chavez as Mexico’s all-time best fighter, became the fourth Mexican to win world titles in four divisions, joining Hall of Famer Erik Morales, as well as Juan Manuel Marquez and Jorge Arce, who are both on this year’s ballot for the first time. Alvarez (53-1-2, 36 KOs) also has won titles at junior middleweight, middleweight, and super middleweight.
In addition, the 29-year-old Alvarez, who was a career-high 174.5 pounds, became only the second Mexican to win a light heavyweight title; the late Julio Gonzalez briefly held a 175-pound belt in late 2003 and early 2004.