By Gerardo Granados: A few days in the past, all of us witnessed how Russian WBA titleholder Dimitri Bivol took challenger Canelo Alvarez to high school, proper right here on American soil. The scorecards given by the battle judges had it 115-113 x3, which doesn’t present the truth of what had occurred. I scored bout 117- 111 for Bivol, and I consider that I used to be beneficiant to Canelo.
We additionally witnessed how as soon as once more, the battle judges made a mockery out of their responsibility when all three delivered the very same scores by spherical; the percentages for that to occur are actually small. To be sincere, on the finish of the battle, I assumed they had been gonna rob Bivol by what I name a good theft giving it a draw.
Bivol had a sensible sport plan and was capable of execute it with out a lot hassle, even much less when Canelo’s nook was lacking in motion all night time lengthy.
His footwork, his guard, and timing enable him to dam most of Alavarez´s punches. Dimitri put up good 3-4 punch combos and pressed Canelo at instances. Most of his earlier opponents simply watched him catch his breath.
I doubt Bivol beat Canelo based mostly on his measurement. Was it within the tenth spherical that Canelo raised Bivol over his head throughout a clinch? It solely confirmed how annoyed Canelo was for not with the ability to do what had labored for him prior to now. No, no, Bivol beat Canelo utilizing boxing expertise and ring smarts. Spherical after spherical, Canelo grew to become repetitive and predictable, and his nook failed to present him correct recommendation on what to do.
Eddy Reynoso has a shedding streak that I blame solely on him. When Julio Cesar Martinez was taken to high school by a veteran Chocolatito Gonzalez, it was Reynoso who needed to put together the sport plan and provides recommendation to his pupil on easy methods to modify, however all we noticed was Martinez do just about the identical from spherical one to 12.
When Shakur Stevenson took Oscar Valdez to high school, it occurred the identical factor, as Valdez got here into the battle with the improper sport plan, did the identical via twelve rounds, and by no means was capable of modify.
Let’s not overlook that Caleb Plant outboxed Canelo till Alvarez landed a fortunate freaky energy punch to finish the bout. In that battle, Canelo fought the identical approach; Alvarez has developed numerous tendencies you could see in his final 5 fights. It’s clear that his combating type solely works towards flat-footed – easy fighters. Not towards slick boxers or those who’ve good footwork – ring smarts.
I wager the reader heard the way it was reported that Canelo requested for a battle towards Oleksandr Usyk at 201 kilos; beforehand, we had been shocked to listen to that Canelo’s coach Eddy Reynoso requested the WBC permission to get a shot at their cruiserweight belt holder Ilunga Makabu. How can a coach consider it’s regular for a former 147 to go up so rattling a lot in weight with out no danger? And sure, Canelo is a former 147 who acquired a free shot at a vacant 154 paper belt.
A buddy of mine requested me why I don’t consider it’s regular for Canelo to go up and down in weight with such success? He thinks Canelo´s win versus an outdated previous prime 175 WBO belt holder Sergey Kovalev was legit. So I confirmed him what Oscar De la Hoya has just lately acknowledged in an interview about providing Canelo to be his promoter as soon as once more and what he responded in regards to the Canelo vs. Kovalev battle. My buddy is a Canelo fanboy, so he acquired pissed and cursed me after I advised him that Canelo has by no means been half pretty much as good as the most important boxing media puppets have advised us he’s.
If statistics are definitive to present all-time nice standing, then Julio Cesar Chavez is the best Mexican fighter ever, with 37 title fights, 31 wins, 4 losses, and two attracts by 4 weight divisions. Held an undefeated 89 wins report streak by three weight divisions. So how can Canelo followers dare to argue that Alvarez is one of the best Mexican fighter? The one cause I preserve listening to is that Alvarez has gained tons of cash.
However who’s responsible if Canelo has been deluded to consider that he’s the best ever boxer to ever lace a pair of gloves? Alvarez doesn’t even belong to the highest ten all-time Mexican greats; sure, he has made a ton of cash however can’t say the identical about status and recognition from actual battle followers all over the world, even much less from Mexican battle followers who’re actually demanding on regards of a boxer attributes to change into nice.
Is there any cause why to consider that Canelo is best than Sugar Ray Robinson, Archie Moore, Muhamad Ali, Roberto Duran, or Henry Armstrong? For those who assume so, it should be since you are his fanboy.
How can Canelo consider he can go as much as 201 and beat Oleksandr Usyk? Yeah, positive, Usyk must drain himself again to that weight, however man, let’s get actual, Usyk is an entire all-around boxer, and Canelo isn’t. Oleksandr would homicide him for positive, even at that weight. If Anthony Joshua was not capable of take care of him, how can Canelo beat him?
Lots of Canelo’s wins got here towards names however not towards boxers at their peak, and he has no less than two items from battle judges. However by some means, he can’t see it.
When Mantequilla Napoles challenged Carlos Monzon, I used to be a child, however even again then, I knew he was biting one thing too massive for him to chew. It was a 147, a very good one, maybe a prime ten all-time welter, towards a very good one 160, Monzon, I consider, is a top-five all-time middleweight. All of us noticed what occurred; it was a standard factor to see. Only some have performed it with success based mostly not solely on pure potential but additionally with the assistance of elite boxing expertise.
Canelo is an efficient boxer, however he’s not nice. Eddy Reynoso is an efficient coach, however he’s removed from being nice. Canelo is powerful and possesses freak punch energy, however he’s a brief boxer with quick legs and arms, so he has limitations when he fights different boxers who’re larger, rangier, and are all-around higher boxers than him. Matchmaking is vital for him to look good, so his workforce has to carry him again to earth, be sincere and inform him what are his limitations and in addition that are pointless dangers to take.
Canelo ought to have stayed at 160, however as a substitute, he moved as much as 168; properly, he had success there, so why not keep there? I don’t consider that Canelo is 5´9¨ he may be rather a lot shorter. To be an important fighter, there isn’t any want to maneuver up a lot in weight; all he wants is to dominate the highest fighters obtainable at his time. For years battle followers have wished him to battle Jermall Charlo, and Demetrius Andrade, similar for Gennadiy Golovkin however Canelo waited till GGG had slowed right down to battle him.
Thus far I’ve zero Canelo fights to recollect, I keep in mind scandalous rating playing cards for positive. I do keep in mind many epic battles from mexican fighters comparable to Julio Cesar Chavez, Siri Salido, Bandido Vargas, Yaqui Lopez, Sal Sanchez, Pipino Cuevas, Lupe Pintor, Carlos Zarate, Chiquita Gonzalez, Jorge Arce, Juan Manuel Marquez, Erik Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera, Rafael Marquez, Israel Vazquez, Jorge Paez, Chon Zepeda, Miky Roman, Bazooka Limon, Finito Lopez, Gilberto Roman, Mantequilla Napoles, Little Purple Lopez, Johnny Tapia, Mando Ramos, Sugar Ramos, Daniel Zaragoza, Vicente Saldivar, Alfonso Zamora, Jose Luis Castillo, Michael Carbajal, … I hope Canelo delivers no less than an epic battle for battle followers to get pleasure from and to recollect.
Maybe Canelo is daring to be nice solely within the eyes of his loyal followers. Perhaps I’m too adamant about seeing him do what Salvador Sanchez did earlier than his automotive accident happened. However for positive, I don’t consider Alvarez is daring to be nice; as a substitute, he’s being deluded by his personal workforce. Do you agree?