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Joe Smith Jr was surprised that Canelo decided to face Bivol

Joe Smith Jr.now a former World Boxing Organization Light Heavyweight World Champion (WBO), expressed surprise at the fact that salt canelo lvarez


Joe Smith Jr.now a former World Organization Light Heavyweight World Champion (WBO), expressed surprise at the fact that salt canelo lvarez decided to face Dmitry Bivol last month and not him.

Smith Jr. I thought that Cinnamon would choose to face him aloa Artur Beterbiev, but given the decision of the Mexican to go for bivol He gave the reasons why Sal lvarez should not have chosen the Russian as his rival.

“I thought Bivol was going to win that fight because of his style,” he said. Smith to BoxingScene.com. “Canelo is used to people being aggressive and going after him. Cinnamon he likes to be aggressive, get ahead of himself and dodge people’s punches when they’re aggressive.”

The American fighter recognized the capabilities of bivolwhich is why he was surprised by the decision of the Cinnamon to challenge him for the light heavyweight scepter of the WBA.

“I knew that bivol I wouldn’t give him too many chances to counter it or do something like that. I was surprised that Canelo took that fight and didn’t take (Artur) Beterbiev nor to me I think he stayed away from us because he was coming up to light heavyweight.”

He said he did not know what would have happened with a fight between the Mexican and him Beterbievbut reiterated his surprise at the decision made by Canelo.

“Who knows what would have happened if he faced one of us? But I was surprised when he chose to fight against bivol“.

Despite being considered the clear favorite heading into the fight against bivol, Cinnamon was defeated for the first time in more than eight years on May 7 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, when he lost a unanimous decision to the Russian champion.