Monday, 17 September 2012 21:15

'Canelo' Alvarez Creeps into Pound-for-Pound Ranking, Yuriorkis Gamboa Out

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Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KO) has replaced Yuriorkis Gamboa (21-0, 16 KO) on FightSaga's FAB 15 pound-for-pound list.

As a result of his undefeated record, his dominant performance against a past-his-prime but still effective Shane Mosley and his crushing victory over Victor Ortiz-conqueror Josesito Lopez Saturday, Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez is now ranked No. 14 in the world pound-for-pound by FightSaga.

Alavrez's entry onto FightSaga's FAB 15 list comes at the expense of Yuriorkis Gamboa whose exodus is expected to be only temporary.

There is no denying that Yuriorkis Gamboa has the potential to be a top 3 pound-for-pound fighter but FightSaga doesn't reward inactivity.

Scheduled to challenge for the IBF Super Featherweight Title against Juan Carlos Salgado on November 17th, Gamboa hasn't fought in over a year (September 10, 2011) and only three times since September 2010. He simply hasn't been active enough to be included in the FAB 15.

And while Floyd Mayweather can get away maintaining his No.1 ranking while not being terribly active himself, he's had a long successful career and beaten the best for quite some time.

Yuriokis Gamboa is not there yet.

Moreover, even Floyd Mayweather has fought twice since we last saw Gamboa in the ring.

After his title-challenging bout on November 17th, Gamboa's inclusion into FightSaga's FAB 15 will be re-assessed. Obviously, his re-entry will be based on his performance.

Some will dispute 'Canelo's' No. 14 placement and assert the 22 year old redhead has yet to defeat an elite fighter. But 'Canelo' Alvarez won't vault to the Top 10 until he defeats a higher-quality opponent. That stated, his "dominance" over mid-tier thoroughbreds justifies his Top 15 placement.

There have been no close calls recently for 'Canelo' Alvarez and he's performed as well as against any elite fighter would against the fighters he's faced the last two years.

Pictured: The bottom third of FightSaga's FAB 15, Sept 17, 2012


Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez exploded onto the boxing scene last year with 4 victories, including three impressive knockout wins over the rugged Ryan Rhodes, the crafty Alfonso Gomez and the technically-proficient Kermit Cintron. Although those names aren't reflective of the crème de la crème of boxing, they aren't exactly cream-puffs either. They are experienced, quality thoroughbreds who have competed at high levels against some very good fighters.

This year, Alvarez orchestrated a solid, convincing points win over Sugar Shane Mosley prior to his five round destruction of Josesito Lopez Saturday.

And while Shane was past his due date when 'Canelo' defeated him in May, Alvarez was arguably more impressive against the 'Sugar'Man' than Many Pacquiao a year prior.

It's Saul Alvarez's "dominance" over quality (but not elite) fighters than earns him his placement among FightSaga's FAB 15.

Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez  - Most Impressive Wins

  • UD 12 Shane Mosley - 2012
  • TKO 5 Kermit Cintron - 2011
  • TKO 6 Alfonso Gomez - 2011
  • TKO 12 Ryan Rhodes - 2011
  • UD 12 Matthew Hatton -2011
  • UD 12 Lovemore N'dou - 2010
  • TKO 6 Carlos Baldomir - 2010 

Leroy Cleveland

Lee is Managing Editor of, a student of the Sweet Science and longtime boxing fan.