Tuesday, February 7

Canelo Álvarez is Sports Illustrated’s 2021 Fighter of the Year

In boxing, the mythology is stronger than in other sports. Land harder than a Deontay Wilder right hand. Contestants adapt to neat and orderly stories, narratives are drenched in hyperbole, and “story” is “done” seemingly every other weekend.

Add it all up and boxing becomes your own kind of champion, an entity with a world-class ability to transform reality into something more. But sometimes, in a few years, there is no need to exaggerate events, or enhance what happened, because a fighter achieves something that really matches the endless hype.


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