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

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By Greg Bishop One boxer stood above all in 2021. In boxing, the mythology is stronger than in other sports. It lands harder than a right hand from Deontay Wilder. Contenders are fit into neat-and-tidy storylines, narratives are soaked in hyperbole and “history” is “made” seemingly every other weekend. Add it all up, and boxing becomes its own sort of champion, an entity with a world-class skill at morphing reality into something more. But sometimes, in some years, there’s no need to exaggerate events, or heighten what happened, because a fighter achieves something that actually matches the un…

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