‘He Knows How Hard Beterbiev Punches’- Eddie Hearn Hints at a Future Fight for Canelo Alvarez

Published 07/02/2021, 8:30 AM EDT
May 8, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Boxer Canelo Alvarez celebrates defeating Billy Joe Saunders during a super middleweight boxing title fight at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports


The P4P king Canelo Alvarez appears eager to go up to 175 lbs and face the WBC/IBF champion Artur Beterbiev, who is the only titlist to have a 100% finish rate. While Alvarez is naturally smaller than the Russian champion, he still wants the fight.

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Beterbiev is a massive puncher and many fans see him as an antidote to Alvarez’s prowess. However, Eddie Hearn has claimed that the super middleweight champion is unintimidated by these features. The Matchroom Kingpin connected with DAZN and revealed few possible options for Alvarez’s future.

Eddie Hearn said, “Artur Beterbiev is a fight that Canelo, sickly, wants. He knows how hard Beterbiev punches. Canelo’s a competitor – you tell him that’s not the fight to take, he’ll wanna take it.”

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In the past seven months, Canelo Alvarez has grabbed the WBC, WBA, WBO, and Ring titles in the 168 lbs division. Hence, it’s bizarre to write him off any in any boxing competition. However, Beterbiev’s sheer power and in-ring dominance has allured many. On landing a right punch, the 36-year-old can knock out any man on this planet, including Canelo Alvarez. This will be a feat that is no less than a world title.

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16-0 as a professional, Beterbiev may have the size advantage on paper. However, Alvarez has proven to be equally dominant against taller boxers. The Mexican star can comfortably close the distance and outwork his rivals, but Beterbiev’s power may trouble him this time. Although a southpaw could have been a bit more effective, Artur Beterbiev’s orthodox stance wouldn’t be very difficult to crack for Canelo Alvarez.

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With this in mind, the undefeated world champion will have to use his power to the fullest. Given the unpredictability of the sport, Beterbiev may see himself accomplish the win. However, before he thinks of moving to 175, Alvarez has unfinished business at the 168 lbs division.

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To unify all four belts, the unified champion is still short of Caleb Plant’s IBF strap. Hence, that’s the bout that would set the road for Alvarez’s 175 lbs title journey. Although Canelo Alvarez has already grabbed the 175 lbs belt in the past, this time he may face a sterner test.

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Do you think Canelo Alvarez vs Artur Beterbiev is the fight to make? Should Alvarez leave super-middleweight just as soon as he becomes undisputed?

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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. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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