Former Champion on Canelo Alvarez vs Artur Beterbiev – “I’ve Seen the Warning Signs There Already”

Published 12/21/2021, 11:00 AM EST


Canelo Alvarez has several options on sight and his boxing future depends on what the P4P king wants at this point. After capturing the undisputed super-middleweight titles, Alvarez can move up to the light heavyweight or the cruiserweight division. That makes Artur Beterbiev a potential opponent on his target.

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17-0 as a professional, Beterbiev is the only world champion to have a 100% KO-ratio. He has knocked out all of his opponents with the latest one coming against Marcus Browne this past week. Several people have pitched him to be an antidote to Alvarez’s dominance. However, the former cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew completely disagrees with that notion. Having seen Alvarez become the 175 lbs champion in the past, Tony Bellew has predicted the fight in favor of Canelo Alvarez.

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In a chat with DAZN Boxing, he said, “I think Canelo would stop Beterbiev. I’ve seen the warning signs there already, I’ve seen the shots that he can be hurt with,”

“If it does [the power being carried up] with Kovalev, then I think it will with Beterbiev but as I said its styles make fights.” 

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Alvarez rumored to be taking on Artur Beterbiev when his scheduled fight against Caleb Plant was falling out of relevancy. But Plant came forward to clash with the P4P king, which ultimately ended with Canelo Alvarez knocking out ‘Sweet Hands’ in round 11.

Following four wins in 11 months, we expect Canelo to return somewhere in mid-2022. From middleweight to cruiserweight, he can go in any direction. Several opponents have called him out. But Alvarez is yet to announce anything.

Canelo Alvarez is at the top of the world now

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57-1-2 as a professional, Alvarez is a four-division world champion now and has been undisputed at 168. A potential move to the cruiserweight division shall validate him to become a five-division titleholder. Besides, WBC has already cleared him to have a shot at the current champion, Ilunga Makabu. Thus, Alvarez can go for that option in what can be a lopsided fight in his favor.

 

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Although Makabu has claimed to stop Alvarez, the P4P king has all his chances to win the bout. If that fight doesn’t happen, Alvarez shall have to defend his super middleweight belts or vacate them to go up to 175 lbs. He has all the time to think and craft his decision.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. Combining his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports, he has earned a combined 3000 plus bylines over the last two years.

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