The victory saw Canelo move closer to that 60th career win, currently boasting a 58-2-2 record, putting him right amongst the modern greats.
We have Anthony Joshua set to take on Tyson Fury later this year after the former lost his rematch with Ukrainian, Oleksandr Usyk. So, who is the best fighter in the world currently? BoxRec’s updated list has all the answers.
Jermell Charlo takes 15th, with Britain’s Josh Taylor, Canada’s Artur Beterbiev and American Gervonta Davis with Andy Ruiz Jr ahead of him in 11th.
Ruiz Jr shot into the limelight of the heavyweight division with his shock victory over AJ before losing the rematch, he’s recently downed Luis Ortiz and is turning his attentions to knockout specialist Wilder, who is finally back in action later this year after a long time off following his crushing defeats to the Gypsy King.
The Bronze Bomber kicks the top 10 off himself with compatriot Shakur Stevenson ahead of him, with bantamweight star Naoya Inoue in eighth. Errol Spence Jr takes seventh place just behind Joshua, who is the highest Brit on the list.
Whether or not he would be ahead of Tyson Fury is another matter altogether, with his ‘retirement’ stopping him appearing on the list, but he is a heavy favourite when he takes on AJ later this year.
5. Gennady Golovkin
His trilogy of fights with Canelo ended in disappointment, with defeat coming via unanimous decision, it certainly was a night to forget for the Kazakhstani. However, no one else has beaten him or tied with him in his 45 bouts, so he still sneaks into the top five.
4. Oleksandr Usyk
The undefeated heavyweight champion could be unfortunate to not be higher up on the list after his consecutive victories over Joshua, but his potential undisputed bout with Fury could see him climb higher should the fight go ahead and he is victorious.
3. Terence Crawford
Terence Crawford takes third spot on the list, boasting an impressive 38-0-0 record in the ring. His showdown with seventh place Spence is scheduled for November which is set to be an absolute spectacle for all those that tune in.
2. Dmitry Bivol
Russian light heavyweight Dmitry Bivol just misses out on top spot with his perfect 20-0-0 record, with his last fight coming against the man of the moment, Canelo. He has a fight lined up in November, taking on Gilberto Ramirez (44-0-0), where someone’s 0 has to go!
1. Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez
Another impressive victory last night for Canelo sees him top the rankings on BoxRec’s website, despite losing earlier this year to the man in second place. It just goes to show how dominant Canelo still is, with plenty to give the sport after completing his trilogy with GGG.