Demetrius Andrade Questions Canelo Alvarez And Gennadiy Golovkin: “You’re Looking To Fight All Of These Other People, Like What Do They Have That I Don’t Have?”
By: Hans Themistode
Demetrius Andrade is quite frankly sick and tired and of talking about it. The former two-division world champion and current WBO middleweight belt holder has been heavily criticized for the opponents he’s stepped into the ring against. His upcoming title defense against British native Liam Williams isn’t helping matters either.
The two are slated to face off this coming Saturday on April 17th, at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, in Hollywood Florida.
Andrade, 33, has screamed until he’s blue in the face in the direction of the bigger names in the boxing world. Yet, no matter how hard he tries, no one of note has taken him up on his offer to face him in the ring. The ongoing theme surrounding Andrade’s career is that he’s simply too high risk for such little reward.
In his mind, however, that makes absolutely no sense.
“How is that realistic to say,” said Andrade during a recent interview with Manouk Akopyan. “How do you have nothing to gain when you’re fighting a world champion?”
Just as Andrade mentions, he believes his championship status should allow certain fighters to become more enticed with fighting him. While he’s willing to face many of the big names in or around his division, Andrade has placed a certain emphasis on IBF middleweight titlist Gennadiy Golovkin and unified super middleweight champion, Canelo Alvarez.
Although both have heard Andrade express an interest in fighting them, neither appear to be in a rush to accept his challenge. Instead, both Alvarez and Golovkin continue to place their attention elsewhere.
When glancing at the resume of both champions, Andrade can’t help but laugh when he reads off some of the names that have gotten the opportunity he’s been craving. With world titles in two separate weight classes and a dozen years as an unbeaten pro, Andrade simply doesn’t understand how certain fighters got their chance to face them while he continues to wait.
“You’re willing to fight (Kamil) Szeremeta, you’re willing to fight (Avni) Yildirim, you’re willing to fight Rocky Fielding. You’re looking to fight all of these other people, like what do they have that I don’t have? That talk is just excuses.”
In the case of Golovkin, he annihilated Szeremeta via seventh-round stoppage this past December. Alvarez, on the other hand, made it look easy against mandatory challenger Avni Yildirim on February 27th, earlier this year, stopping him in the third.
Following those aforementioned wins, neither Alvarez nor Golovkin mentioned Andrade as a possible opponent. Alvarez is currently in the midst of training camp as he prepares to take on WBO super middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders. In the case of Golovkin, his next fight hasn’t been revealed as of yet but he is reportedly interested in a showdown with middleweight contender Jaime Munguia.
Regardless of both men continuing to go in another direction, Andrade claims that his focus is on his own career and his upcoming title defense against Williams.
“I’m going to put an ass whopping on Liam Williams, come April 17th.”
Chris Eubank Jr.: “I Know The Way To Beat Canelo, I Have What It Takes”
By: Hans Themistode
Chris Eubank Jr. views a showdown between unified super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez and WBO belt holder Billy Joe Saunders as noncompetitive. The two are slated to face off on May 8th, at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington Texas on May 8th.
According to oddsmakers, Saunders is listed as a long shot to take the pound-for-pound star down. In the mind of Eubank Jr., the gambling world is right. In fact, the middleweight contender is so confident in Alvarez pulling off the win in destructive manner, that he intends on putting his money where his mouth is.
“Saunders is going to get hurt,” said Eubank Jr. during an interview with Talk Sport. “I’m going to be putting a £10,000 bet on Canelo to knock Saunders out. That’s what I think is going to happen. I think Saunders is going to get knocked out.”
Eubank Jr. picking against Saunders comes as no surprise. The two have a long history with one another dating back to a 2014 split decision that went in the favor of Saunders. Since then, Eubank Jr. won eight in a row before another speed bump in the road, this time against George Groves. Currently, Eubank Jr. is on a three-fight win streak and will look to make it four in a row when he takes on journeyman Marcus Morrison on May 1st.
With Saunders in possession of a world title and an undefeated record, he has seemingly earned his shot at the consensus best fighter in the world in Alvarez. Still, even with Saunders holding the upper hand against Eubank Jr., the middleweight contender doesn’t spend any time thinking about what happened in the past. As far as he’s concerned, their first fight happened another lifetime ago.
“I don’t really feel like Saunders has improved since he last fought me. I think he is the same guy. I am levels and levels above what I was when I first got into the ring with Saunders. I feel like he is the same guy; that guy can’t beat someone like Canelo.”
Speaking of who can beat Canelo Alvarez, Eubank Jr. believes the answer is clear. In his opinion, the only reason Alvarez has remained undefeated since his loss to Floyd Mayweather in 2013, is because the Mexican star simply hasn’t faced him in the ring yet.
“Somebody who is going to be successful against Canelo, you have to have a very different mindset, a very different approach to the average boxer. I don’t think Saunders has what it takes. I have what it takes, I know the way to beat Canelo. I’m sure I will get my shot within the next couple of years. But it is a very bad fight for Saunders and, if it happens, he is going to get knocked out.”
Bernard Hopkins: “Look At Canelo As Being In Preseason, Jermall Charlo The One I’m Interested In”
By: Hans Themistode
Bernard Hopkins can hear the criticism coming from all angles. The former two-division world champion and current partner of Golden Boy Promotions may not be involved in the handling of Canelo Alvarez and his career anymore, but he still notices what’s going on around him.
The Mexican star is currently in the midst of training camp as he prepares to return to the ring against WBO super middleweight titlist Billy Joe Saunders in a unification bout on May 8th. Although a win for Alvarez (55-1-2, 37 KOs) would bring him one step closer to becoming the first undisputed super-middleweight champion of all-time, fans have pelted him with constant criticism surrounding who he’s facing.
In December of 2020, Alvarez handed Callum Smith a one-sided beating and subsequently relieved him of his WBA and Ring magazine super-middleweight titles while also picking up the vacant WBC belt as well. The pound-for-pound star quickly followed that up with a laughable title defense against mandatory challenger Avni Yildirim. Alvarez wasted no time in casting him to the side with a third-round knockout win.
While he looked impressive, fans have grown tired of seeing Alvarez in predictable matchups. Hopkins though, simply raises his hands in the air and pleads for patience. The fights most of the world has been calling for are right around, just allow Alvarez to take care of business first.
“These fights are warranted and there meaningful,” said Hopkins during an interview with Fight Hub TV. “Not for his legacy but for his restart, his recharge, his mind, his physical, his spiritual. What moves Canelo is to be active as much as he can. He’s fortunate to get in two fights on the backend of COVID. Most fighters, if not all, had to sit for nine to ten months.
“I’ve read some people have said he’s fighting nobodies but this is preseason for him. See, when you do preseason, it isn’t looked upon as the season. So look at Canelo as being in preseason. He has about one more preseason fight and then he will go right into the regular fighting season and you will see the matches.”
A win over Saunders would push Alvarez into the ring against IBF 168 pound belt holder Caleb Plant. The undefeated Tennessee native is someone that Hopkins respects. Former WBC titlist David Benavidez is another fighter that Hopkins holds in high regard as well. But neither of those aforementioned fighters he believes will give Alvarez his biggest challenge. In the mind of Hopkins, only a certain pugnacious knockout artist from Houston Texas can push Alvarez to his limits.
“Jermall Charlo, that’s the one I’m interested in.”
Charlo (31-0, 22 KOs), currently holds the WBC title one weight class in the middleweight division. Still, he’s stated on numerous occasions that he would have no issue making the eight-pound trek to the weight class of Alvarez in order to make their contest a reality.
Mike Tyson On Canelo Alvarez: “I Would Like To See Him Fight That (Jermall) Charlo Guy”
By: Hans Themistode
Mike Tyson knows a great fighter when he sees one.
The former undisputed heavyweight champion recently spoke with Canelo Alvarez on his podcast, Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson. During their conversation, the pound-for-pound star mapped out the goals he has for himself which include a May showdown with WBO super middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders.
Tyson doesn’t expect Saunders, nor anyone else for that matter, to hand Alvarez a defeat anytime soon but there is one person he would love to see him step into the ring against.
“I would like to see him fight that (Jermall) Charlo guy,” said Tyson during an interview with Haute Living. “It’s going to be a good fight.”
Charlo, 30, has long called for a showdown with Alvarez but with the Mexican star currently campaigning one weight class higher, thoughts of their matchup ever coming to fruition have seemingly fallen by the wayside.
With that said, the Houston native has continued to hold on to the belief that his phone will one day ring with team Alvarez waiting on the other line. The confidence he’s displayed in actually pulling off the win has never wavered but in the eyes of Tyson, he doesn’t believe the WBC middleweight belt holder has what it takes to knock Alvarez off his high horse.
“I don’t think that guy is strong enough but I think that guy isn’t afraid. He’s smart and he’ll put up a good fight.”
Currently, the sport of boxing has a plethora of big names associated with it. From unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua to welterweight titlist Terence Crawford, the list of high-level fighters stretches a mile long.
But while those previously names and countless others are near the top of the food chain, Tyson believes no one can compare to Alvarez.
It isn’t just the obvious skills that he places on display that separates him. More than anything, it was the lessons he learned in the biggest fight of his life that have him head and shoulders above everyone else.
“He stands alone,” said Tyson. “He learned so much from that Floyd Mayweather fight.”
Terence Crawford: “When You Look At Canelo’s Career, It’s Like He’s Shied Away From The Black Fighters”
By: Hans Themistode
Terence Crawford has always been a supporter of Canelo Alvarez.
Just last month the WBO welterweight belt holder was sitting front row and center as he watched the Mexican star dismantle mandatory challenger Avni Yildirim via third-round stoppage at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Florida. Alvarez is currently scheduled to take on Billy Joe Saunders on May 8th, in an attempt to unify the British native’s WBO super middleweight championship with his WBC, WBA and Ring magazine titles.
While they have fought at different weight classes, Crawford has kept close tabs on the career of Alvarez. Although most have praised him for the numerous world titles he’s poached from several fighters, Crawford has noticed a trend when it comes to the type of opponents Alvarez has fought.
To be as blunt as possible, Crawford believes Alvarez is avoiding fighters of a certain racial group.
“When you look at Canelo’s career, it’s like he’s shied away from the black fighters,” said Crawford during a recent interview on SiriusXM Boxing. “I think the black fighters give him the most problems.”
In terms of African American fighters, Alvarez has fought a long list of them including Floyd Mayweather, Erislandy Lara, Austin Trout and most recently – Daniel Jacobs in May of 2019. Still, Crawford is under the impression that the dominant performances that Alvarez has put on display during the course of his career will come few and far between if he continued to lace up his gloves against African American boxers.
More than anything, Crawford seemingly has an issue with Alvarez ignoring two fighters in particular.
“He’s shied away from Jermall Charlo and (Demetrius) Andrade for a long time.”
Both Charlo and Andrade have long called for a showdown against Alvarez. On numerous occasions, they have both been in an ideal position to take on the Mexican star. In September of 2016, Alvarez stopped Liam Smith to capture his WBO Jr middleweight title. Before that occurred, however, Andrade held the WBO crown but was subsequently stripped due to inactivity.
Andrade hoped that Alvarez would fight him soon after but instead, the Mexican star opted to drop the title and face Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. at a catchweight of 164 pounds before officially making the move to the middleweight division.
In the case of Charlo, the surly knockout artist captured the WBC interim middleweight crown in 2018 with a second-round knockout victory over Hugo Centeno Jr. Several months later, Alvarez would win the full title against Gennadiy Golovkin. With Charlo holding the interim belt, he held the number one position to challenge Alvarez.
While the Houston native pushed for the fight to become a reality, Alvarez was instead stripped of his title and awarded the “Franchise” belt. That in turn freed him from making any mandated title challenges.
All along, WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman has claimed that Alvarez reached out to him to become “Franchise champion,” not the other way around.
Although Crawford believes he is shying away from both fighters, trainer of Alvarez in Eddy Reynoso, stated last year that a showdown between both Alvarez and Charlo has to happen.
Canelo Alvarez vs Billy Joe Saunders Heading To AT&T Stadium In Arlington Texas
By: Hans Themistode
Unified super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez and WBO belt holder Billy Joe Saunders no longer have to wonder where their May 8th clash will take place.
Promoter Eddie Hearn sifted through several offers on the table and although they were all enticing, Hearn has settled upon AT&T Stadium in Arlington Texas.
“This one is special!!!” Said Hearn on his Twitter account. “70,000 fans, Cinco de Mayo weekend!!! #CaneloSaunders huge unification lands at AT&T Stadium.”
While several other Arenas, including the newly built Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada, was heavily considered, Texas became the most logical state to hold their bout. Last month, Texas Governor Greg Abbott removed all restrictions related to COVID-19, including the need for Texas residents to wear masks while also lifting restrictions that placed a certain cap on the number of individuals that were allowed to enter venues and businesses.
With those limitations removed, AT&T stadium and its ability to seat over 100,000 fans became the front runner. With that said, Hearn has capped the Arlington Texas Stadium to 70,000.
Saunders, 31, has long called for a shot against Alvarez. Following his latest win over Martin Murray on December 4th, 2020, the British native found himself in the driver’s seat to said showdown as Alvarez expressed a desire to become the first undisputed super-middleweight of all-time.
As for the Mexican star, he continues his trend of remaining active. In mid-December just last year, the pound-for-pound star dismantled former belt holder Callum Smith and was rewarded with the WBA, Ring Magazine and WBC 168 pound titles. He wasted no time in defending his titles as he made quick work of Avni Yildirim on February 27th, at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Florida, knocking him out in the third round.
This will be the second trip for Alvarez to the lone star state. In September of 2016, Alvarez pummeled Liam Smith in front of a lively crowd of 51,420.
Canelo Alvarez Reflects On Floyd Mayweather Loss: “I Needed To Fight First With (Miguel) Cotto, (Erislandy) Lara And All Of Those Guys And Then Floyd”
By: Hans Themistode
At the time, Canelo Alvarez believed he was as ready as can be.
Going into his 2013 showdown against Floyd Mayweather Jr., the prevailing thought surrounding their contest was that the Mexican product was good but he simply wasn’t prepared for what Mayweather brought to the table.
In the mind of Alvarez though, the timing was perfect. At the age of 23, Mayweather was considerably older at 36. Despite the age gap, Mayweather proved that regardless of youth being on the side of Alvarez, experience was firmly in his corner.
Fast forward seven years later and Mayweather has long since retired while Alvarez has gone unbeaten since then. Looking back now, the current unified super middleweight champion believes the opponents he took on after he fought Mayweather should have come before he stepped into the ring against him.
“I always think I needed to fight first with (Miguel) Cotto, (Erislandy) Lara and all of those guys and then Floyd,” said Alvarez on Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson. “I needed more experience and more maturity.”
Alvarez would eventually face and defeat both Cotto and Lara, but not before Mayweather, which in part, Alvarez believes led to his majority decision loss. A dejected Alvarez sulked on his way back to his locker on the night as it was the first, and so far only, loss of his career. While he admits that he was disappointed in his performance, he has since turned that negative outcome into a positive.
The Mexican superstar has gone on to win world titles in four different weight classes and is currently attempting to become the first undisputed super middleweight champion of all-time.
Like any typical boxing match, Alvarez sits back as both his name and record are said out loud by the ring announcer before any of his bouts officially begin. While the number in the win column has continued to go up, the one-loss on his resume continues to stay the same.
Although he isn’t arguing against the judge’s decision on that night to hand Mayweather the victory, Alvarez doesn’t view his loss to the newly elected Hall of Famer as such.
More than anything, it was a teachable moment simply disguised as a defeat.
“I don’t think that fight like I lose. I take that fight like I learn from that fight.”
Shawn Porter Gives His Opinion On Canelo Alvarez vs Andre Ward: “I Think It’s A 50/50 Fight”
By: Hans Themistode
Despite Andre Ward hanging up his boxing gloves more than three years ago, fans have continued to hope and pray that he’ll wipe the dust off his boxing trunks and step into the ring one more time.
But while Ward officially retired after defeating Sergey Kovalev for the second time in 2017, many were hoping that he would stick around a bit longer to take on pound for pound star Canelo Alvarez. With Ward not only in impeccable shape but also only 37 years of age, fans have held on to a modicum of hope that he’ll end his abrupt retirement and take on Alvarez.
Joining most of the boxing world who are currently split down the middle on how things would shake out in that proposed matchup, is former two-time welterweight champion, Shawn Porter. As he sits down and breaks down the attributes of each fighter, he pointed out where each man would shine most if a fight actually came to fruition.
“I think now, Canelo is in the prime of his career,” said Porter on his podcast The Porter Way Podcast Clips. “I think getting into the ring with Andre Ward would cause him to be even greater than we’ve seen before. Canelo has unbelievable power, unbelievable speed and very good defense. I think Canelo has better power, I think their speed is relatively the same. Both guys have really good defense. I think it’s a 50/50 fight.”
For Alvarez, his ascension to the top of virtually every pound for pound list is a product of his notable wins in several weight classes. Although Porter acknowledges his achievements, he can’t help but look back at the one time he struggled mightily in the ring.
Nearly a decade ago, a much younger and less-seasoned Alvarez was outboxed and outsmarted in the ring against Floyd Mayweather. Regardless of one judge scoring their bout a draw, the remaining two judges scored their contest in favor of Mayweather.
On the night, Alvarez simply had no answers and lost virtually every round in the eyes of the public. While he’s improved considerably, Porter could envision a scenario in which history repeats itself.
“Before Canelo fought Floyd, he had never been in the ring with anyone like Floyd. We saw him have trouble and I can see the same thing happening with Dre. Floyd was the commander and chief in the ring and I can see the same thing with Andre Ward being the commander and chief in the ring against Canelo.”
David Benavidez: “I Can Beat Canelo Tomorrow And I Can Beat Charlo Tomorrow Too”
By: Hans Themistode
Just because David Benavidez is currently beltless, that doesn’t mean he shouldn’t be considered the best super middleweight in the world.
For the most part, that distinction goes to either unified champion Canelo Alvarez, or, to a lesser degree, IBF titlist Caleb Plant and WBO belt holder Billy Joe Saunders. Even with those aforementioned names possessing something he doesn’t, he still believes the question of who is the best in his weight class is an unambiguous one.
“If I’m not the best super middleweight, I’m the number contender,” said Benavidez during a recent virtual press conference.”
While Benavidez doesn’t have any world titles in his control, the former champion was never defeated in the ring. On two separate occasions, Benavidez lost his title due to outside circumstances. In early 2018, the Phoenix Arizona native was stripped of his WBC title due to a positive drug test for cocaine. Following his subsequent suspension, Benavidez returned to the ring and immediately won his world title back by defeating Anthony Dirrell.
Despite feeling appreciative for regaining his championship status, Benavidez was stripped of his title once again. This time, due to his failure to make the 168-pound weight limit in his most recent contest against Roamer Alexis Angulo in August of 2020.
In roughly 24 hours, Benavidez (23-0, 20 KOs) is set to return to the ring to take on fringe contender Ronald Ellis. But while he’s fully focused on the task at hand, Benavidez is aware that fights between Alvarez and WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo are what fans are clamoring to see.
Although he is only 24-years-old, Benavidez believes he doesn’t need more experience under his belt before he takes on those challenges. In fact, if Ellis were replaced with any of those aforementioned fighters tomorrow, Benavidez is under the belief that he’ll be more than ready.
“I’m ready to fight whoever, whenever. I can beat Canelo tomorrow and I can beat Charlo tomorrow too. I’m ready to fight them whenever.”
For the hard-hitting former champion, his desire to face Alvarez mostly stems from wanting to be the best. In the case of WBC middleweight titlist Jermall Charlo on the other hand, Benavidez simply wants to punish him. The two have lambasted one another over social media recently over the past several months.
All of the nonstop back and forth trash talk, however, has annoyed Benavidez. At this point, he’s ready to fight. But according to the apoplectic knockout artist, he doesn’t believe the feeling is mutual.
“The people are going to start demanding these fights. If I’m ready to fight these dudes and I’m 24-years-old and these dudes are 29, 30-years-old, what does that say about them?”
Even If He Becomes His Mandatory, David Benavidez Doubts Canelo Alvarez Will Face Him: “He Has A History Of Vacating Titles”
By: Hans Themistode
David Benavidez doesn’t claim to know everything, however, he does believe he knows how his future will ultimately unfold.
Currently, the former WBC super-middleweight belt holder is patiently watching the clock in his hotel room as he waits for his upcoming showdown against fringe contender Ronald Ellis to finally arrive in what would be his first fight since losing his title on the scales late last year. The two are slated to face off in the main event slot at the Mohegan Sun Casino, in Uncasville, Connecticut.
Picking up the win this Saturday night is a foregone conclusion to the 24-year-old. But so is a matchup with current unified champion Canelo Alvarez.
“I know I’m going to be the undisputed champion,” said Benavidez during a recent interview with Fight Hub TV. “I know I’m going to be the one to beat Canelo. I’m just waiting for the opportunity.”
With his showdown against Ellis elevated to a WBC world title eliminator, Benavidez (23-0, 20 KOs) could move one step closer to a matchup with Alvarez.
Well, in theory, yes, but in actuality, Benavidez doesn’t believe so.
“He has a history of vacating titles when he’s meant to fight a strong mandatory. He knows that I’m a threat.”
On numerous occasions, Alvarez has in actuality, vacated his world title. In 2016, two-division world champion Demetrius Andrade claimed that Alvarez avoided a showdown with him when he sat in the mandatory position for the Mexican native’s WBO Jr middleweight world title. Alvarez would, in fact, go on to drop his championship and instead, elected to take on Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. at a catchweight of 164 pounds. Four months later, Alvarez would then challenge Gennadiy Golovkin.
Similarly enough, current WBC middleweight titlist Jermall Charlo has shared a similar story.
Shortly after Alvarez successfully unified his WBC and WBA middleweight titles by taking the IBF crown held by then-champion Daniel Jacobs in 2019, Charlo called for his chance as he held the WBC interim crown.
Alvarez though, would have his title taken away from him by WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman and instead, replaced with the “Franchise,” tag instead. A new and still confusing term.
In those instances, Alvarez elected to go in another direction but in the case of mandatory challenger Avni Yildirim, the pound-for-pound star faced the Turkish product and made quick work of him, stopping in three rounds just a few weeks ago.
For the most part, fans fulminated over the selection of Yildirim as the mandatory challenger as he held that position even after he was defeated in his most recent fight against Anthony Dirrell more than two years ago. Still, for Benavidez, he wasn’t bothered by the entire ordeal.
The way he see’s it, Yildirim was better off stuffing his pockets with large sums of cash rather than receiving the same sort of beating at his hands for less than half the pay.
“I feel like I definitely deserved the mandatory spot to fight Canelo but if you look at it, Yildirim was mandatory since he lost to Anthony Dirrell two years ago. I really don’t have a problem with that. I feel like Canelo just wanted to stay active and that was probably the easiest fight available to him.
“Yildirim, at the end of the day, every fighter deserves to get paid. I feel like if I was going to fight Yildirim I would’ve knocked him out easily. At least now he made more money for getting knocked out.”
As it currently stands, the entire fight calendar of Alvarez (55-1-2, 37 KOs) this year is completely booked. On May 8th, he is set to take on WBO belt holder Billy Joe Saunders. Should he pick up the win, his goal would be to then move on to an undisputed showdown against IBF titlist Caleb Plant.
At no point has Alvarez mentioned the possibility of taking on Benavidez. But while most might take that as a slight, the 24-year-old views it as a compliment. Although he doesn’t believe team Alvarez would admit it, Benavidez is firmly under the belief that they know deep down inside just how dangerous he is.
“As much as they want to say that I don’t have experience and I have problems with the weight, at the end of the day, they haven’t taken the fight. They’ve been leaving me for last because I’m the hardest out of the bunch. If I was such an easy target, he would’ve taken my WBC title back then.”
Ahmet Oner, Manager Of Avni Yildirim: “Jermall Charlo, Billy Joe Saunders – All Will Be Defeated By Canelo, He’s Better Than Mike Tyson”
By: Hans Themistode
At this point, Ahmet Oner believes it doesn’t make any sense to even try.
Less than one week ago, the manager of super middleweight contender Avni Yildirim sat back with his jaw glued to the ground as he witnessed his man receive a one-sided beating at the hands of unified super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez.
The WBC-mandated title challenger was dominated in the first two rounds and dropped in the third. Rather than allow him to go out there to experience a continued beating, Oner pulled the plug on their contest, waving things off at the end of the third.
Shortly following the win, promoter Eddie Hearn announced that the next opponent for Alvarez (55-1-2, 37 KOs) was already signed, sealed and delivered in WBO titlist Billy Joe Saunders. Yet, in the opinion of Oner, it doesn’t matter who steps into the ring with the consensus best boxer in the world.
Simply put, Oner doesn’t believe he’ll be beaten anytime soon.
“Canelo is very strong,” said Oner to George Ebro. “Put in Jermall Charlo, Dirrell, Billy Joe Saunders. All of them will be defeated by Canelo. He is a monster. He will never lose to minor boxers. I don’t think anyone can beat him in the division.”
To Oner, there aren’t enough superlative words to describe Alvarez. In short, he is the baddest man on the planet. But while that phrase is apropos when describing the Mexican product, at one point in time, Mike Tyson proudly held that distinction.
The former undisputed heavyweight champion would often win his bouts before the bell rung by striking fear into his opponents. Those who did work up the courage to step into the ring with him were quickly escorted away in the back of an ambulance.
But, regardless of the damage he caused inside the ring, even at his scariest, Oner firmly believes that for as great as Tyson was in his heyday, even he would play second fiddle to Alvarez.
“There is only one Canelo. Avni fought on a big stage against Chris Eubank and lost, but not like against Canelo. He’s better than Mike Tyson, more solid. If he was bigger, he could even beat Anthony Joshua. Canelo is in a different league.”
Canelo Alvarez vs Billy Joe Saunders To Land At Either AT&T Stadium In Arlington Texas And Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada
By: Hans Themistode
The date is set and the time is also locked in. The only thing remaining is the venue. Yet, according to reports, that appears to be on the verge of being settled upon as well.
As first reported by Mike Coppinger of The Athletic, Canelo Alvarez vs Billy Joe Saunders will take place at either AT&T Stadium in Arlington Texas, or Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Although both venues are currently being discussed, AT&T stadium could have the edge. Earlier this week, Texas governor Greg Abbott lifted the mask mandate. Meaning, residents of the state were no longer required to wear masks whenever they left their homes. In addition to that, Abbott also reopened businesses at 100% capacity.
While his ruling has been heavily criticized, Abbott has stuck to his guns. His stubbornness may have forced many to question his sanity but the amount of dollars that a fight in Texas could generate in an arena that could easily fill over 80,000 could edge his state ahead of Nevada where safety protocols are still in place.
For Alvarez, even with his showdown against Saunders roughly nine weeks away, the pound-for-pound star hasn’t begun his training camp just yet. Less than one week ago, the Mexican native pounded no-hoper Avni Yildirim via third-round stoppage at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Florida.
Following the easy win, Alvarez revealed that he would take only one week off before he got himself ready for Saunders.
As for the aforementioned Saunders, on the other hand, he last fought in December of 2020, easily outpointing former title challenger Martin Murray over 12 rounds.
David Benavidez On Caleb Plant: “I Feel Like He’s Just A Weak Champion”
By: Hans Themistode
No matter how he tried, Caleb Plant just couldn’t end his night early.
When the current IBF super middleweight titlist took on former belt holder Caleb Truax on January 30th, Plant promised that he would deliver a knockout on the night. While that proved to be false, he did however, win every single round.
A peak audience of just over two million tuned in to watch the one-sided matchup. Amongst them, was former WBC champion, David Benavidez. Although he still isn’t a fan of Plant, he did acknowledge that the performance was a good one. With that said, Benavidez believes that his long-time rival failed to make a statement.
“It was a good performance,” said Benavidez during a recent interview with Fight Hype. “He did what he had to do. He landed everything that he had to land but when you’re a champion like that, you want to make a statement.
“Especially a guy over the hill like that, what is Truax, 39-years-old? He was getting hit with literally every shot and he had nothing to offer you. He didn’t come back with anything so it’s very disappointing if you’re a Caleb Plant fan. He goes out there and hits an old guy with everything and you still can’t stop him?”
Unlike Benavidez, who is known for leaving his opponents comatose, Plant is much more of a boxer. The Nashville Tennessee native may have a few stoppage victories under his belt but they come far and few between.
In the eyes of Benavidez though, Plant simply doesn’t have any power in his fists to cause much harm to anyone. In fact, the two-time belt holder doesn’t only believe Plant is feather fisted, no, he took things a step further.
“I feel like he’s just a weak champion.”
For several years now, Benavidez has attempted to lure Plant into the ring. His efforts however, have all been in vain as both sides haven’t come close to actual showdown. Currently, Benavidez is wrapping up his training camp as he prepares to take on fringe contender Ronald Ellis on March 13th.
As for Plant, on the other hand, he appears to be on his way to a unification showdown against Canelo Alvarez. First things first, of course, Alvarez must get past WBO titlist Billy Joe Saunders on May 8th. Should he do just that, a matchup between Alvarez and Plant is believed to be next.
If everything goes according to plan, all of the super-middleweight titles would be on the line in their showdown. But while Alvarez continues to be active, Benavidez doesn’t believe Plant will risk the biggest payday of his career and will instead, opt to sit on the sidelines until his number is called.
“I feel like he’s going to sit out until he gets that fight.”
Demetrius Andrade Doesn’t Believe Canelo Alvarez Has Improved That Much Since Floyd Mayweather Fight: “He’s Gotten A Little Better”
By: Hans Themistode
For unified super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez, he’s seemingly had two careers.
There is the pre-Floyd Mayweather fight version of himself and the current pound-for-pound star who stands before everyone today.
Although he was always considered a terrific fighter, Alvarez took his career to a whole other level after he suffered his one-sided loss against Mayweather in 2013. Just about everyone who’s watched both halves of his career has taken notice of his defensive improvements and new offensive firepower.
In the opinion of Demetrius Andrade however, he doesn’t quite see the humongous jump in his game that everyone discusses. The WBO middleweight titlist does admit that Alvarez has taken steps forward, but they are minuscule at best.
“He’s gotten a little better,” said Andrade during an interview with FightHype. “He’s gotten technically better with his feet work a little bit. He learned how to cut off the ring finally. He should have learned from that Floyd fight but he’s still like a walking forward type guy who learned how to use his head a little bit now. But he’s still just a stationary target for somebody like me.”
For Andrade, he loathes handing Alvarez any sort of compliment, mostly because he believes the Mexican native hears enough of them on a consistent basis. In fact, the two-division champion only says Alvarez has gotten better simply because he doesn’t know the right words to use to describe his marginal improvement.
“He’s gotten better but that’s it. I don’t know what word to use other than better. What’s under it? He’s gotten better in certain things. He got a little better like he’ll slip four or five jabs but I’ve been slipping four or five jabs all of my life.”
Currently, Alvarez is still enjoying his time off following his third-round win over Avni Yildirim this past Saturday night at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Florida. After forcing his man to quit at the end of the third round, Alvarez revealed that he would be taking on WBO titlist Billy Joe Saunders on May 8th.
In the mind of Andrade, Saunders essentially has no chance. Even with the 160-pound belt holder believing that Alvarez truly hasn’t improved that much since facing Mayweather nearly ten years ago, in Saunders, it won’t matter as it’ll be an easy night at the office.
“Billy Joe performances and efforts just die down eventually. They know that he can only do so much. There’s no power behind the sh*t, he’s sloppy with the sh*t. He doesn’t live and eat boxing the same way other people do, like you can tell from his outside living.”
Chris Algieri Doesn’t Count Errol Spence Jr. Out In Possible Canelo Alvarez Showdown: “He’s Got A Shot, A Good One”
By: Hans Themistode
Chris Algieri has heard most of the names. From WBC belt holder Jermall Charlo to former super middleweight champion David Benavidez. All of those names, and several others, are given a very good chance at beating Canelo Alvarez should they ever meet in the ring.
Not mentioned amongst those names, is unified welterweight titlist Errol Spence Jr. The 147 pounder has always been lauded for his skills. But truth be told, many have wondered how in the world the benign knockout artist even fights at his current weight.
Over the years, Spence Jr. has mentioned the possibility of moving up to the middleweight division in order to land a shot against Alvarez. While Spence Jr. is on virtually every pound-for-pound list, practically no one gives him much of a chance against the Mexican native.
Simply put, Spence Jr. is just too small.
In the opinion of Algieri though, he doesn’t exactly agree with those opinions. In his point of view, Spence Jr. actually has all of the ingredients to pull off the upset.
“He’s got a shot. A good one,” said Algieri during an interview with BoxingInsider.com. “Spence is fast, he’s also a lot more technical than people give him credit for. He also pressures nonstop. With Spence, he won’t be a big guy but he is more than big enough to make 160.”
Having shared the ring with him, Algieri knows exactly how good Spence Jr. actually is. In April of 2016, Algieri faced the Dallas native at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. While he boxed well early on, the pressure Algieri alluded to from Spence Jr. caught up to him as he was dropped in round four and hit the canvas two more times in the following round before the referee waved things off completely.
In the mind of Algieri, it isn’t just that Spence Jr. hits incredibly hard. It’s more so about the style in which he fights. For the past several years, Alvarez has faced much bigger fighters. From the likes of former light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev to former unified super middleweight champion Callum Smith who held a ridiculous seven-inch height and eight-inch reach advantage.
None of their physical attributes prevented Alvarez from picking them apart. But while most have sat back in awe at Alvarez for taking on those challenges, Algieri views things a bit differently.
“With the big guys, they throw shots then rest then throw shots then rest. That’s why Canelo likes fighting bigger guys. With Spence, he won’t be a big guy but he is more than big enough to make 160.”
Still, even with Algieri tipping his cap to Spence Jr., he’s still giving the slight edge to Alvarez.
“I would still favor Canelo but Spence has a really good shot at winning. He’s a terrific fighter.”