Light Heavyweight Beast Artur Beterbiev’s Height Compared to Canelo Alvarez

Published 06/18/2022, 3:05 AM EDT
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)

Canelo Alvarez is one of the most popular and talked-about boxers in the world. He started professional boxing in 2005, and now he has reached the zenith to be called one of the finest boxers in the world. Boxing pros and fans often blend his name with various fighters for a potential fight.

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Reportedly, he will fight longtime adversary Gennady Golovkin on September 17, but a fight with Dmitry Bivol is a big possibility after that. Should he win the aforementioned fights, a showdown with knockout artist Artur Beterbiev for the undisputed crown at light heavyweight is inevitable.

Who is taller?: Artur Beterbiev vs. Canelo Alvarez 

The Mexican King’s most recent fight was against Russian boxer Dmitry Bivol, which he lost. Many feel that the Russian’s height was one of the causes for Alvarez’s defeat. Beterbiev, another tall Russian is eager to battle Alvarez. Let’s take a look at the difference between their heights. 

PHILADELPHIA, UNITED STATES – OCTOBER 17, 2019: IBF world champion Artur Beterbiev of Russia during a weigh-in prior to the WBO light heavyweight title fight against WBC world champion Oleksandr Gvozdyk of Ukraine at the Liacouras Center. Valery Sharifulin/TASS (Photo by Valery SharifulinTASS via Getty Images)

Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez stands at 5’9”( 1.73 meters). On the other hand, Russian fighter Beterbiev stands tall at 6’0”(1.82 meters). The latter is taller compared to the pound-for-pound king.

Despite Beterbiev’s unbeaten record, Alvarez has a history of knocking out taller opponents such as Caleb Plant, Billy Joe Saunders, Callum Smith, Sergey Kovalev, and others. We won’t know if height will be a factor in a Beterbiev vs. Alvarez fight until it happens.

Physique comparison of Artur Beterbiev and Canelo Alvarez

Alvarez achieved his goal of being the undisputed super-middleweight champion in 2021. Thus regarded as the king at 168 pounds. He gained weight to (174 pounds) to fight Dmitry Bivol in the light heavyweight division. 

Nov 5, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Canelo Alvarez weighs in for his super middleweight championship boxing match against Caleb Plant (not pictured) at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Beterbiev has been fighting in the light heavyweight division and is the WBC and IBF champion. He has been undefeated in this weight class with a streak of (17-0-0). 

Both boxers have extremely well-maintained physiques and have been knocking out opponents ever since. Although the Russian’s bigger physique might dominate Alvarez, the Mexican is known to accept new and difficult challenges. 

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Is tall height a benefit in boxing? 

Taller height does have a slight advantage when it comes to boxing. Being tall usually means the opponent has to try hard to reach the head. But punches to the body also become difficult to defend.

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A tall boxer does have a slightly upper edge, but it is not the definitive factor. Skills play a much bigger role than height. Boxers like Mike Tyson, Manny Pacquiao, and Floyd Mayweather Jr. have destroyed taller opponents and have justified that there are numerous factors to win a fight. 

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Shashank Wankhede

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Shashank Wankhede is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. When it comes to boxing, the blockbuster film 'Rocky' sparked his interest in the sport. He holds Muhammad Ali in great regard and is a sincere admirer of his narrative, struggle, and accomplishments.

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