The question becomes increasingly complicated, while Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez is liquidating rivals that seemed threat: Who is the rival that can defeat the Canelo Alvarez?
On February 27, the Canelo will return to the ring before the semi unknown Turkish Avni Yildirim. As you know, criticism of the Guadalajara has rained down for the quality of his rival, who has been inactive for two years and his last fight was a defeat. “Tremendous” sums up, as if to be the mandatory challenger for the best boxer on the planet, but that’s another issue.
Since we know that on paper, Yildirim has very little chance – if not any – of coming out with a victory, I wonder:
Which rival has the qualities to beat the Canelo Alvarez?
¿Billy joe saunders?
They are interesting names. And, no doubt, each one has its strengths and weaknesses, but will they be enough?
Many thought that Callum smith It would be good opposition, but the Englishman left his blows and his heart in the dressing room. Starting from that premise, it is difficult to know how the rivals of the Canelo they will react when they face it. Because, apparently, the Olympic cold betrays them and they look a much lower level than they looked in previous matches. Is it, or just Canelo it is far superior to these.
Billy joe saunders
It is hot and cold. Sometimes it looks very good and sometimes it looks bad. The interesting thing is to see if he maintains his good boxing for 12 rounds. But I think he would ride “the bike” without throwing punches. Something like Smith.
He is also a technical boxer, with good leg movement and a decent jab. For lapses he can stop from “you to you” and land good shots, but in those he usually receives solid rights.
So much Saunders Y PlantThey have similar styles with an emphasis on defense. As were the styles of Erislandy Lara Y Floyd Mayweather, and they already know the story.
That kind of style is the one that is difficult for Canelo if they can hold it for 12 rounds. Until Sergey Kovalev, known for only fighting forward, used a defensive style against Canelo and he almost succeeds. Until the knockout came.
He is a strong opponent who also has boxing resources. But what is, is that when they put pressure on him, he feels uncomfortable. With Canelo I would have to find a solution to the pressure, since Canelo it is a locomotive.
Of all the possible rivals of the Canelo, the one that I do think can make the night long is David benavidez. Former super middleweight world champion CMB, he is young (24 years old), he is tall (1.87), he is strong (20 knockouts in 23 victories), he has fast and effective combinations.
But most important of all, he seems not to be afraid of Canelo. And that’s what I think will be a key factor in winning him: not being afraid of him and forcing him to fight backwards. So did Gennady Golovkin in his first fight, and many saw him win. David benavidezSo he has the strength, the courage, the youth, and above all the hunger for victory.
For now, I don’t think Canelo should or want to move up to 175 pounds, where fighters like Artur Beterbiev they can hurt you.
*The author, DAMIÁN FERRER, it is The Boxing Philosopher, and you can follow him on his Facebook page.