“He Has No Business Fighting Bivol Again”: Despite Unanimous Decision Victory, Fans Disappointed With Canelo Alvarez’s Performance in Homecoming Fight vs. John Ryder

Published 05/07/2023, 1:13 AM EDT

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The Mexican fans finally witnessed their native boxer Canelo Alvarez lock horns with the British John Ryder. The fight took place in front of more than 50,000 Mexicans, and the two boxers clashed in an anticipated title defense fight for the ‘Cinnamon.’ As huge as the hype was for the fight, it seems like the fans are not pleased with Alvarez’s performance despite winning via unanimous decision. The 32-year-old won the fight by a considerable margin in the scorecards against the British challenger.

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Undoubtedly, Alvarez was the favorite going into this fight with Ryder being the underdog. And this made the fans have high hopes for the Mexican and expected him to deliver a knockout performance. But, it turns out that the champion failed to dispatch his opponent in a manner the fans expected.

The fight between them was off to a slow start with both of them waiting for the other to throw the first punch. But then the fight picked up, and the two looked determined to inflict serious damage on the other. Both fought pragmatically through the fight and took no erratic chances.

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‘Saul’ managed to penetrate Ryder’s defense and knocked him down with a 1-2 combo in the fifth round of the fight. And, despite the blood pouring down Ryder’s nose earlier on in the fight, he did not let that hamper his performance and went toe to toe with the Mexican till the last round.

As the fight progressed, the fans expected a knockout from Alvarez as Ryder struggled to keep himself steady and even slipped once. But, to everybody’s disappointment, he could not deliver the knockout punch. Moreover, after the fight concluded, some fans even questioned the scoring of the event. 

Fans react to Alvarez’s win

One fan believes that Alvarez had  no “business” fighting Bivol ever again.

Another fan complimented Ryder for putting up such a good performance in front of Alvarez.

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A fan believes that Alvarez had a dominant performance and Ryder put on a ‘disciplined’ display in front of Alvarez.

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One fan cannot believe that the fight went for twelve rounds.

A fan was in awe of John Ryder for putting up an exhilarating performance.

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One fan trolled Alvarez and claimed that Tank is the face of boxing after Alvarez’s performance.

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What are your thoughts on this fight? Are you pleased with the fight or expected something more? Let us know in the comments.

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Agrim Sharma

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Agrim Sharma is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. Boxing is Agrim's first love, and he has been enamored with the sport since witnessing the sheer courage and tenacity of 'Iron' Mike in his fight against Peter McNeeley. Agrim's recent coverage of the Jake Paul vs Tommy Fury fight was widely appreciated by readers.
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