Canelo Alvarez will have problems at 175
Former junior middleweight champion Sergio Mora believes Canelo Alvarez will be fine as long as he stays at 168. Still, if he wonders until 175, he could be in trouble against the bigger punchers up there.
There’s a good chance Canelo wouldn’t bother to go up to 175 as it would ruin his legacy for him to be hit by Artur Beterbiev or one of the other better guys.
Mora is particularly concerned that Canelo is fighting IBF / WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Artur Beterbiev, WBA Champion Dimitry Bivol and former 168lb WBO Champion Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez.
These guys hit hard, and they can throw more punches than Canelo, who doesn’t seem able to throw a lot of punches now that he’s 168.
Although Canelo rose to 175 to defeat former WBO Champion Sergey Kovalev in 2019, it was against a faded old man who was fighting oddly.
For fans who’ve gotten used to watching Kovalev fight over the past 10 years, he looked like someone else that night.
You can’t watch this fight and say with 100% certainty that Canelo could hang out with Beterbiev, Joe Smith Jr, or Dimitry Bivol.
Gilberto Ramirez is more of a volume puncher, but he would give Canelo plenty of issues with his size, pace of work, and fearlessness.
It’s a game-changer, ”Sergio Mora told the DAZN Boxing Show of Canelo who could rise to 175 after this year.
“Now we are dealing with the big boys. Zurdo Ramirez, he’s a left-hander. He’s a powerful puncher. [Artur] Beterbiev, [Dmitry] Bivol is too much for him. Mora said.
Again, Gilberto Ramirez is not a powerful puncher. Although he puts maximum force into each shot, he is not in the same class as Beterbiev or Joe Smith. Similar bivol to Ramirez in terms of power, but he would give Canelo issues with his boxing ability.
You really can’t say Canelo proved anything at 168 because he only fought the beatable opposition that he handpicked.
Yeah, Canelo beat three world champions at 168, but they were imperfect guys who won titles, thanks to strategic matchmaking by their smart promoters.
Canelo’s championship wins to 168:
- Rocky fielding
- Callum smith
- Billy Joe Saunders
They aren’t great fighters, and they’ll likely all lose to David Benavidez, Jermall Charlo, Gennadiy Golovkin, and Demetrius Andrade.
Since returning to 168, Canelo’s pace of work seems slower than it used to be. It could be the age or maybe him focusing on trying to score knockouts.
For Canelo to beat light heavyweights like Beterbiev, he would have to increase his work rate as he won’t be able to count on victory if he throws fewer punches than he does.
Beterbiev is a great body puncher, and he has a better jab than Canelo. His jab is like a powerful punch, and he sets up his body shots very well.
“He throws less punches. This is what you should do when you start to gain weight, ”Mora continued of Canelo.
“At over 160, those bigger men with bigger punches, they don’t rely on volume. They rely on precision, that power, they rely on trauma and strength, and that’s what Canelo does.
“Let him pick up that last belt at 168, the first to be unchallenged by weight,” Mora said. “This is how you claim to be the greatest Mexico ever.”
You can’t say Canelo achieved greatness by unifying the 168lb division against the weak champions who held the belts.
In order for Canelo to achieve greatness he must beat talented fighters, not just focus on removing the belts of champions who have won their belts with the help of their promoters’ strategic matchmaking.
Rocky Fielding, Billy Joe Saunders, and Callum Smith are all prime examples of fighters who didn’t beat anyone to win their titles.
If these guys had to go through Jermall Charlo, Golovkin, Andrade or Benavidez to win their belt, they would never have become champions.
Canelo doesn’t win anything by beating paper champions like the ones he defeated to capture his belts at 168.
Therefore, if Canelo is to become the next Mexican fighter in the history of the sport, he needs to focus on beating these guys:
- Jermall Charlo
- David Benavidez
- Gennadiy Golovkin
- Edgar Berlanga
- Artur Beterbiev
- Joe smith jr
- Gilberto Ramirez
- Dimitry Bivol
- Jean Pascal
- David Morrell