By Dan Ambrose: Bob Arum says he spoke with Canelo Alvarez not too long ago about him probably going through IBF/WBC mild heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev subsequent, and he would possibly do it.
Arum states that Canelo informed him it’s a “good chance” he may transfer as much as 175 to tackle the unbeaten Beterbiev (16-0, 16 KOs).
Whether or not Canelo makes that transfer will depend upon his coach Eddy Reynoso, says Arum.
If Reynoso believes that Canelo can win that struggle in opposition to Beterbiev, he’ll give him the inexperienced mild to take it. If not, it signifies that he doesn’t suppose he’s able to face the proficient Russian.
Curiously, two years in the past, when Canelo was combating the light previous his prime Sergey Kovalev in 2019, Reynoso was requested why they’d chosen him over Beterbiev, and he stated he believed that ‘Kovalev was the very best fighter at 175.
You possibly can take that remark from Reynoso again then to point that he didn’t really feel that Canelo was prepared for Beterbiev.
If Reynoso chooses to have Canelo struggle a special mild heavyweight or WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo, it’s essential to assume that he doesn’t consider he’s prepared for Beterbiev but.
Beterbiev is going through Marcus Browne (24-1, 16 KOs) on December seventeenth on the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. Presumably, if Beterbiev appears to be like overly spectacular in that struggle, it’s doable that Reynoso received’t give Canelo the inexperienced mild to struggle him.
But when Reynoso desires Canelo to obtain any credit score for combating Beterbiev, he’s going to wish to do it quickly.
The 2-time Russian Olympian Beterbiev shall be turning 37 quickly, and he would possibly find yourself shedding to considered one of his contenders eventually. If Reynoso drags his toes till Beterbiev is 40, it might be seen as him and Canelo being opportunists.
REYNOSO WILL DECIDE
“Canelo is blessed with an awesome boxing man as his coach, Eddie Reynoso,” stated Bob Arum to Struggle Hub TV. “If Eddie OKs the struggle, which means he believes Canelo has the expertise to beat Beterbiev.
“If Eddie doesn’t Okay the struggle, it means Canelo isn’t prepared for Beterbiev, and 175 for a puncher like Beterbiev could also be a bridge too far.
“So, I don’t know if he’s serious about it. Canelo sat subsequent to me on the [Oscar] Valdez struggle as a result of they’re in the identical camp, and I feel he indicated to me that Beterbiev can be chance.
“Whether or not it’s subsequent or the long run, I don’t know. Beterbiev is combating on the seventeenth of December in Montreal in opposition to Marcus Browne, the #1 contender.
“However Beterbiev would wish to make that match [with Canelo] clearly. I don’t know,” stated Arum when requested if Beterbiev beats Canelo.
“Pay attention, the one man that is aware of, and he can’t essentially predict the result, is Eddy Reynoso.
“So far as Canelo is worried, not even he is aware of [if he can beat Beterbiev] as a result of he’s a fighter, and he would in all probability conform to struggle Tyson Fury.
“I might take a look at mild heavyweights like Joe Smith, Beterbiev,” stated Arum when requested who he would match Canelo in opposition to if he promoted him.
“A man that’s combating at 160, however he may struggle at 168, who I consider can be the hardest opponent at 160 and 168, is the child that’s combating in November on the evening earlier than is Zhanibek [Alimkhanuly], the Kazakhistan boy. He’s an actual tremendous expertise, and so they’re robust guys. Golovkin is a Kazakh,” stated Arum.
It certain can be good for Reynoso to provide Canelo the greenlight already as a result of he’s burned by means of three years of his profession beating weak 168-lb champions. Followers didn’t ask Canelo to try to unify the tremendous middleweight division.
That was him selecting to select the lower-hanging fruit by opting to try to turn into the undisputed 168-lb champion in a division with three weak champions in Rocky Fielding, Callum Smith, and Billy Joe Saunders.
The fourth champion is Caleb Plant, and he’s not thought of on the identical degree as David Benavidez.
So far as southpaw Zhanibek [Alimkhanuly goes, I doubt he can beat Canelo because he doesn’t have the experience.
Zhanibek has a very low punch output, and he doesn’t fight often. Zhanibek has fought just twice in the last two years, and the best guy he’s faced as a pro is Rob Brant.
Zhanibek doesn’t have the experience and is not active enough to beat Canelo. There’s no chance of Zhanibek getting a fight against Canelo because he doesn’t fight often enough and is in the wrong weight class.
For Zhanibik to have a chance of one day facing Canelo, he’ll need to move up to 168 and star fighting three to four times a year against notable opposition. Zhanibek can’t keep fighting obscure guys if he wants to fight Canelo.
ARUM: CANELO IS UNBEATABLE AT 160 & 168
“I don’t think anybody at 160 or 168 beats Canelo, but Caleb Plant is a decent fighter; he’s got a lot of skills,” said Arum.
“He’s [Plant] going to provide Canelo a struggle. I feel it’ll be an entertaining struggle, however I have to say, for my part, there’s just one winner, and that’s Canelo. However Plant is an effective opponent for Canelo, and he’ll give him a struggle.
“He’s [Canelo] one of many best Mexican fighters ever. Whether or not the best stays to be seen, however actually, he belongs in the identical class as the good Chavez. There’s no query about it in my thoughts.
“Canelo is the very best of his era, and he and Chavez fought at completely different weights, however he actually deserves to be in the identical class of greatness as Chavez does,” stated Arum.
Canelo shouldn’t be unbeatable at 160and 168, as we noticed along with his two fights with Gennadiy Golovkin. David Benavidez and David Morrell would seemingly beat Canelo