Saúl El Canelo Álvarez will step into the ring this Saturday, May 7 against Dmitry Bivol, a new challenge at 175 pounds of light heavyweight, after becoming the absolute champion of super middleweight in 2021.
Despite his great success in the ring and being considered the best pound for pound today, some boxing experts and boxing fans have complained about the Mexican’s ability to beat his rivals.
Accustomed to historic victories such as those of Julio César Chávez or Juan Manuel Márquez, fans assure that El Canelo’s rivals look easy to beat and attribute their current success to that.
Easy or difficult rivals?
Canelo has 56 wins, only 1 loss (against Floyd Mayweather) and a draw against Gennady Golovkin.
Canelo has faced Golovkin twice, drawing in the first and taking the victory in the rematch.
Both fights have been some of the most applauded by the fans due to the level of the Kazakh, and because of how close the fight was to define the champion.
For this 2022 El Canelo plans 3 fights, in addition to Bivol, he could face Golovkin to silence the claims of his detractors.
Who are the rivals that El Canelo must overcome to be considered the best?
The undefeated light heavyweight champion, who boasts a record of 16-0, all by knockout, looks perfect for the Mexican in 2022. Eddy Reynoso assured that this year’s challenge is not only to fight against Dmitry Bivol, but to stay in 175 pounds and a suitable rival in the light heavyweights would be Beterviev, champion of the WBC and IBF.
Jermall Charlo is one of the most attractive fighters for El Canelo Álvarez. The American WBC world champion at 160 pounds would be willing to move up in category to face the Mexican.
Charlo is a fast boxer, with agility. Even Jermall has challenged the man from Guadalajara, assuring that he can be your rival, how much does Álvarez need to demonstrate his legacy in boxing.
However, Jermall Charlo has never fought at 168 pounds, and to face El Canelo in 2022, he will have to prepare in a short time to make the jump.
Although Benavidez doesn’t have a 168-pound world belt, Canelo’s super middleweight campaign will be incomplete if he doesn’t put his title on the line.
Benavidez is a champion without a crown, since he remains undefeated in the ring, but due to two indisciplines he has lost the WBC world title.
The first for a sanction for having found cocaine in his system, and the second for not giving the weight.
Benavidez has challenged El Canelo on more than one occasion, assuring that the Mexican is afraid of him. David presumes to be a great boxer physically and could be at the height of Álvarez.
The boxing world wants to see the closure of this trilogy between El Canelo Álvarez and Gennady Golovkin. Well, although there is a tie and a defeat, for many it is one of the closest fights to define the champion, in recent years.
Although in recent years Álvarez has refused to face the Kazakh, the Mexican would agree for this 2022 and thus define who of the two is better.