By Miguel Rivera
Hall of Fame trainer Ignacio “Nacho” Beristáin does not view his countryman, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, as the best fighter in the sport.
He explains that while he believes Canelo is a great fighter, he also feels the Mexican superstar has received a bit of favoritism from the judges during major fights.
“I do not think [he’s the best fighter in boxing]: he may be at a key moment in his career to anoint himself as number one, but at the moment I think he needs a little bit more, because there is still a little doubt about him because in some of the fights he’s been helped. But he is a great fighter. What creates a big doubt: is the ability or honesty of the judges because it’s too often that weird things are happening in Las Vegas,” Beristain said.
The fights Nacho is referencing are Canelo’s two bouts with Gennady Golovkin, which the veteran trainer believes should have gone to the Khazak fighter. They fought to a controversial draw in 2017, with Canelo winning a close majority decision in the rematch.
And he also points to Canelo’s fight with Floyd Mayweather in 2013 – where Mayweather dominated the fight and one judge still managed to score the fight a draw.
On May 4th at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Canelo will stake his WBC, WBA middleweight titles against IBF champion Daniel Jacobs in a three belt unification.
Nacho has dedicated his life to boxing, by working with amateurs and top pros in Mexico.
“I was working with amateur boxing for 16 years for the government because of love, for my affection for boxing, receiving a miserable salary, and we won five Olympic medals and that was very difficult to keep doing, and I had to withdraw because my children were in college and I had to make a living,” Nacho said.
“And then I dedicated myself to boxing from 1983 until now, this day: I have a world champion in the Romanza gym, and sometimes I have had five simultaneously, which fills me with pride and has allowed my children to be in top universities.
“Having a guy winning a world championship is a very difficult trick to do, and I’ve had the fortune of having boxers deliver like Juan Manuel Márquez , like (Ricardo) ‘Finito’ López, as (Humberto) ‘la Chiquita’ González, (as) Daniel Zaragoza who won four world championships. That’s a fortune because you also have undisciplined fighters who have retired without any. I had the glory of having fighters who are dedicated to what they are doing, and they have won medals in Mexico for Olympic games: six in total, and well, it fills me with happiness, all my life I have been in boxing.”