Canelo Alvarez: Joshua says he's the world's bestWritten by Lee Cleveland
Middleweight star Canelo Alvarez hasn't lost a lot of juice since his controversial draw with Gennady Golovkin last month.
Given the official Canelo vs GGG official verdict, it’s not difficult to see that Alvarez enjoyed the benefit of the doubt in difficult-to-score rounds on judges' cards. Nevertheless, WBA/IBF heavyweight champion insists Alvarez is still the world's best, pound for pound.
"Canelo — Canelo is my guy," Joshua recently told talkSPORT when asked who he thought was the world's best boxer is at the moment.
In evaluating Canelo vs GGG, Joshua seemed to place more emphasis on what Canelo did right.
"Golovkin has got explosive hands, power in both hands... [but Canelo was able to keep] Golovkin from detonating his bombs."
"He was moving out the way, taking them [punches] on the gloves. And normally they cause a lot of effect on other opponents but Canelo found a way to dismantle what he was trying to do."
"Canelo has added head movement, rolling, slipping. And I saw all that come into play when he fought Khan and when he fought Golovkin.
"He has really improved since the Mayweather fight," Joshua concluded. "He's phenomenal."
To Canelo's credit, he showed brilliance in his fight with Golovkin yet many, if not most, thought he fell short of winning as Gennady appeared to dictate most of the fight with his aggression, higher work Rate and seemingly more impactful punching.
With Andre Ward's recent retirement announcement, Gennady Golovkin sits atop The RING's pound-for-pound ratings.
1. Gennady Golovkin
2. Terence Crawford
3. Vasyl Lomachenko
4. Guillermo Rigondeaux
5. Sergey Kovalev
6. Canelo Alvarez
7. Mikey Garcia
8. Naoya Inque
9. Errol Spence
10. Wisaksil Wangek