Despite the fact that he's the been the most dominant middleweight of the last decade, Canelo Alvarez has to wrestle with the fact that he hasn't received all the universal acclaim that most boxers of his caliber have over the last few years.
Even the federations themselves have been less than accepting of him. Due to the inability for Alvarez's camp, Golden Boy Boxing, and Sergei Derevyanchenko to reach a deal for his mandatory title defense by July 30, the IBF stripped him of his title.
With Thursday's deadline for @canelo-Derevyanchenko deal missed, & @GoldenBoyBoxing failing in attempt to do an end run around the fight, the IBF stripped Canelo of its 160 belt, paving way for D'chenko to face @GGGBoxing for it. My detailed story: https://t.co/fgtU9ROU5j #boxing— Dan Rafael (@danrafaelespn) August 2, 2019
Alvarez had held WBA, WBO, and The Ring titles at middleweight and a WBA belt at super middleweight, but he only snagged the IBF belt after taking down Daniel Jacobs in a unanimous decision on May 4.
Oscar de La Hoya released a scathing review of the IBF's decision, saying this move "validates existing concerns about the IBF's credibility."
Oscar De La Hoya weighs in on the IBF stripping Canelo Alvarez pic.twitter.com/mUS7EHTrvf— Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) August 2, 2019
While some believe that Canelo is angling for a matchup against Demetrius Andrade to take the WBO title or a third fight against GGG, it appears that arguably the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world lost a belt due to contract negotiations.
If that doesn't say someone is sick of your antics, we're not sure what will.