Verstappen continues F1 title celebrations alongside boxing superstar Canelo

Two world champions were pictured soaking up their respective 2021 successes as F1 title winner Max Verstappen met with boxing superstar Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez.

Several photos have surfaced on social media showing the pair posing with fans while reportedly on a night out in the United States.

Verstappen is currently enjoying some personal time after coming out on top in a titanic title fight with Lewis Hamilton.

He beat the Brit in controversial circumstances at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix last month, and became a world champion for the first time.

The Red Bull ace appears to be celebrating that newfound status by jetting off on holiday – and he has been enjoying some time with boxing superstar Canelo.

The Dutchman was seen wearing a white cap and T-shirt with black shorts, while Canelo had opted for the more eye-catching look of a purple animal print button-down shirt with matching trousers.

The photos showed Alvarez making the most of his time off after having recently being spotted in Florida to cheer on sparring partner Frank Sanchez as he beat Christian Hammer on points.

Verstappen was also seen in Miami at the end of December, as he was pictured dipping into the ocean with girlfriend Kelly Piquet.

If Verstappen was telling him all about his F1 victory, then Canelo would not be short of conversation points around his own success in 2021.

It was the year he became the first person ever to become undisputed super middleweight champion, having taken the WBO belt in May and the IBF title in November to complete the set.

The May victory came against Billy Joe Saunders, after the Mexican had already defended his own titles two months earlier against Avni Yildirim.

But the big moment came in November, when he emerged victorious from his grudge match with Caleb Plant to beat the American to the achievement of becoming the first undisputed super middleweight champion.

It seems Canelo is already up for more action, with his next bout set to be against Ilunga Makabu for the WBC cruiserweight belt.

Verstappen, on the other hand, has admitted he is not likely to be able to last long in the sport if he is involved in such an intense title race every year.

"For me, it doesn't need to be like this every single year, I don't think you can last a long time in F1 like that," he told CarNext.

"I am happy with how it played out but it was an amazing season, I think.

"A lot of unpredictable things happened, of course, the two teams fighting against each other, that is always more exciting than when it is just one team dominating and it is just the two team-mates basically fighting.

"It's incredible. But also with all the emotions there for the whole year – going really well, then bad luck, all the things happen, that made it so much more intense.

"It was so much. You want to win this last race and to win the championship, and that came all together."

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