Canelo Alvarez seems to be planning.
The Mexican star defeated Callum Smith to win two £ 168 titles on Saturday, defending his WBC title against mandatory challenger Avnyurdilim in February and in May. You may face either Caleb Plant or Billy Joe Saunders in a unified match.
It all makes sense. He must defend against Yildirim, or risk losing his belt. And all fighters want to unify the title. This is a sign of domination.
The problem is that none of these three fighters are much more likely to defeat Alvarez than Smith. This is not ideal.
It does not knock on Alvarez’s excellent fighter and legitimate enemies, the Plant and Sanders. They are not the best enemy possible for fighters, which many believe to be £ 1 for £ 1 in the world. Il Dirim? please forget about it.
Who is the best opponent possible?
Here are five people who were able to give the Mexican star a tougher challenge than Smith and beat him in order of likelihood of winning. We also evaluate these opportunities on a scale of 1-10.
Record: 15-0 (15 KO)
Weight class: Light heavyweight
Alvarez boldly talked about taking risks and did so in the past. OK, sole, this is perfect for you.
First of all, Alvarez can’t and can’t say, “Well, I’m super middleweight and he’s light heavyweight.” He is already facing £ 175 Sergey Kovalev. Therefore, even if it is not his immediate plan, it is perfectly legitimate to propose that he raise the weight class for the right challenge.
Beterbiev, who has two £ 175 titles, may be Alvarez’s worst nightmare. The 35-year-old Russian is a former Olympic athlete with sound fundamentals and immense power, as shown by 15 knockouts in 15 professional battles.
Alvarez, who has honed his skills since turning professional at the age of 15, is probably a better boxer than Beterbiev and has far more experience at the elite level. However, Beterbiev is a better boxer than Smith and is 10 times more powerful.
Alvarez couldn’t get through Beterbiev’s punches as he did for Smith. And it will be more difficult for him to hurt Beterbiev, who is accustomed to stealing punches from larger enemies.
Another, Alvarez struggled to some extent with Kovalev before he could be taken out in Round 11. Kovalev is an underrated, clever boxer. Still, Alvarez showed some vulnerabilities in the battle.
Beterbiev’s chance to defeat Alvarez: 7.
Record: 17-0 (11 KO)
Weight class: Light heavyweight
Part of Smith’s problem is that he is a basic boxer. Liverpudlian has solid fundamentals, solid jabs, and solid power. Bivol is a completely different animal.
Another former amateur star, the 30-year-old Russian, is a skilled technician, but faster, more athletic, and much more dynamic than Smith. He’s not a knockout artist like Beterbiev, but he’s heavy.
Again, we need to give Alvarez an advantage in ability and experience. However, Bivol has repeatedly shown that he is an unusually good boxer.
Consider the last five games against Sullivan Barrera (TKO 12), Isaac Chilemba (UD), Jean Pascal (UD), Joe Smith Jr. (UD) and Lenin Castillo (UD). In those battles, he lost only 18 of the 177 rounds scored against a good boxer (36 rounds in each of the four distanced battles and 33 rounds in the fifth). This means that none of those opponents gave him a serious challenge.
He is very good
The important thing here is to point out that Bivol’s last four opponents have distanced him. Does that mean Alvarez was able to get through his punches? Absolutely not. He has enough power to keep the light heavyweight division honest. Alvarez, a naturally small man, is no exception.
This match may actually be more difficult than Beterbiev in Alvarez due to Bivol’s boxing ability.
Bivol’s chance to defeat Alvarez: 6.
Record: 31-0 (22 KO)
Weight class: Middleweight
The ones who can give Alvarez the most problems are those who can open the box, have the power, and have experience at the elite level. Charlo checks all those boxes.
Charlo’s twins, a little older, are talented athletes who can outbox (Austin Trout and Sergei Delevyanchenko) and knock out (Julian Williams and Denis Horgan). He looked better against Delevyanchenko than Gennady Golovkin and removed doubts about the effectiveness of the previous £ 154 title holder at £ 160.
How does he stack against Alvarez?
Charlo may be a faster and better athlete, but he’s certainly not a good boxer, and as a little guy, he’s not a puncher like Alvarez. Charlo has a good KO rate of 71% to 63%, but Alvarez faces a much better opposition.
That disparity in opponent levels does not work in favor of Charlo. The wins against Williams and Delevyanchenko were tremendous, but Alvarez won as many as the impressive ones.
Still, Charlo, all in all, has the versatility to compete with anyone, including Alvarez. If nothing else, this will be a fascinating match.
Charlo’s chance to defeat Alvarez:Five.
Record: 29-0 (18 KO)
Weight class: Middleweight
Andrade is a wildcard.
The Rhode Island Providence product seems to be an excellent boxer with very fast and athletic ability that can cause Alvarez problems. But as an unattractive opponent, he didn’t have the opportunity to prove how good he was.
Why is he not attractive? Too little profit, too much risk. He is good and awkward, so it is not ideal for any opponent. In addition, he is a southpaw. It’s a dangerous triple win even for a fighter as good as Alvarez.
What’s more, Andrade lacks some of the following of Alvarez’s other potential enemies. That is, he doesn’t generate the topic that others may do, and thus the money.
So why seize the opportunity?
But, strictly speaking, from a boxing point of view, Andrade seems to be a threat to Alvarez. He has evolved into a good engineer, but may have the ability to stick, move, and frustrate Alvarez, who isn’t that fast. Sanders is also a good boxer, but not as fast and weak as Andrade.
I don’t think Andrade has the power to hurt Alvarez. He’s always on the move, so he usually doesn’t sit down on the punch, but he’ll have enough pop to prevent the beatdown as he saw last Saturday.
Will Alvarez eventually catch up with Andrade and stop him? Maybe … and maybe not.
Another, Andrade, of course, is a bit smaller than Alvarez, who looks mature to a full-fledged £ 168. It doesn’t help Andrade’s cause, but the size difference probably doesn’t rule out the possibility of upset.
Andrade’s chance to defeat Alvarez:Four.
Record: 23-0, 20 KO
Weight class: Super middleweight
It may be a little too early for Benavidez, who won his first title at the age of 20 but has not reached his peak as a fighter at the age of 24. But the tool is there. He’s strapped like Smith, but he’s probably a better boxer and has the punching power that the British lack.
Benavidez’s knockout rate – 87% – is justified. Even his best enemies have found a difficult way, so he can crack his head and body. He can hurt anyone with the right punch. And he has an impressive attitude, as if in his actions, “I’m going to impose my will on you and there’s nothing you can do about it.”
Alvarez is unlikely to be threatened by anyone, but Benavidez’s confidence and stride are the assets of the ring. Golovkin has similar properties. And see what he was able to achieve against Alvarez.
The downfall of Benavidez may be his boxing ability. It’s solid but still under development. For example, he could be beaten, as he saw in a knockout victory over Anthony Dirrell. And he knows what happens when Alvarez touches his enemies.
The plant has evolved as a boxer rather than Benavidez and has a chance to play against Alvarez. Tennessees do not have the physical characteristics of Benavidez. If you’re not really a special boxer, it may be absolutely necessary for Alvarez.
Expect Alvarez vs. Benavidez to happen, even a few years later.
Benavidez’s chance to defeat Alvarez: 3.
– Boxing Sports
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