“He Eats Shots”: Artur Beterbiev Dismissed as Good Opponent for Canelo Alvarez

Published 10/24/2021, 5:57 AM EDT


Canelo Alvarez has been invincible since suffering his maiden and only pro defeat against Floyd Mayweather in 2013. The Mexican star has become a dominant force since then and has dismantled all of his opponents. While many believe Artur Beterbiev can be the one to stop Alvarez’s dominance, former champion Timothy Bradley Jr. doesn’t feel the same.

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Unified light heavyweight champion Beterbiev is 16-0 and has attained all 16 wins via KOs. He is the only current world champion to have a 100% KO ratio. This clearly touts him as a treacherous puncher. However, Alvarez can be way too strong for him.

In a chat with Fight HUB TV, ‘Desert Storm’ expressed his opinion on Beterbiev’s chance.

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“They are saying Beterbiev. Beterbiev can punch but he eats shots, he eats shots for a living. Straight line, great technical insight. But he eats shots. Canelo gonna be able to pop pop, move on him, make him miss, and make him pay. Bivol same thing, good technician. But he’s is here, here,” said Timothy Bradley Jr.

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Canelo Alvarez, 56-1-2, already has amassed massive experience in professional boxing. He holds the WBC, WBA, WBO super middleweight titles and is just short of the IBF belt to become the first-ever undisputed super middleweight champion.

The P4P king will face Caleb Plant on November 6 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. If he wins, Canelo Alvarez can move up to the light heavyweight division on a high.

Can Canelo Alvarez conquer the 175 lbs division?

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Given his physical frame, Alvarez can struggle at the light heavyweight division. However, he has already held the WBO 175 lbs. In 2019, he knocked out Sergey Kovalev. Despite the win, Alvarez left the division and moved down to 168 lbs in his return to action in 2020.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 04: Canelo Alvarez walks to his corner during his middleweight unification fight against Daniel Jacobs at T-Mobile Arena on May 04, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

That didn’t stop him from teasing several moves to the light heavyweight division. Currently, Artur Beterbiev has the IBF and WBC titles. Dmitry Bivol holds the WBA belt and Joe Smith Jr. has the WBO strap. All these boxers provide legitimate threats to their opponents. They will look to make the most of fighting at their natural weight to thwart Alvarez.

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Meanwhile, Alvarez, who knows what it takes to win gold at 175, could look to bring all his skills and experience to the fore and reign supreme. On paper, no one would say that Alvarez cannot conquer light heavyweight.

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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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