Canelo chose Bivol because “it’s the EASIEST”

By Huck Allen: Rolando ‘Rolly’ Romero says Canelo Alvarez picked Dmitry Bivol to fight next because he’s the “easiest” to fight at 175 for his next match on DAZN pay-per-view on May 7.

Canelo (57-1-2, 39 KOs) will look to become a two-time light heavyweight champion when he challenges undefeated Bivol (19-0, 11 KOs) for his WBA title at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. . .

Three years ago, Canelo moved up to 175 and defeated WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev by 11th-round knockout to become a four-division world champion on November 2, 2019 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Bivol, 31, is a bit younger than Kovalev back when he fought Canelo three years ago, so it might be a bit trickier this time around.

Interestingly, Canelo has yet to bulk up for the Bivol fight. Looking at Canelo’s recent video, he’s still roughly the same size he was in his last fight against Caleb Plant last November.

When Canelo went to 175 to challenge Kovalev for his WBO title in 2019, he built up a lot of muscle for that fight, almost looking like a bodybuilder.

Trying to maintain that size would have been difficult for Canelo, so he wisely went back to 168.

Rolly: Canelo destroys Bivol

“Canelo versus Bivol; I feel like Canelo will destroy it because Canelo destroys everyone,” Rolly Romero told Fighthype. “I take nothing away from Bivol. If Canelo took the fight, that means Canelo is going to win.

“There were plenty of other options. So Canelo took the fight, that means he found it the easiestsaid Rolly, implying that Saul is a cherry picker.

“If he fights, I’ll take Canelo,” Rolly said when told boxing fans were pushing for Canelo to face David Benavidez next. “You can’t take Canelo in every one of these fights.

“If you take Canelo, there is a 95% chance that you will win. It doesn’t matter who he fights. Canelo could go fight Tyson Fury, and somehow he’s going to win by decision. I’m not going to say he won the fight, but there’s a lot of money behind Canelo right now.

“Maybe Tyson Fury is a bad example. He [Canelo] could go straight to cruiserweight right now, and I guarantee you Canelo is going to win. Yeah, Canelo can fight pretty much anybody and he’s gonna win,” Rolly said of Canelo’s ability to beat David Benavidez and Tyson Fury.

It almost sounds like Rolly has a bad case of hero worship when it comes to Canelo. He’s obviously not going to beat Fury, and one wonders if he can beat David Benavidez. By not fighting Benavidez, Canelo doesn’t have to worry about losing.

Mayweather taught Alvarez a lot

“I respect him as a man. Everyone talks about his body shots, but I think his best punch is his left hook. That left hook is quick and fast. He just throws that shit,” said Rolly said of Canelo, “I think that’s his best punch.

“I think Canelo is a terrific fighter. I think Floyd [Mayweather] fight taught him a lot, and I think he learned a lot. I think he’s a terrific fighter. I can’t take anything away from Canelo.

I support the gingerbread man, you know? I think the gingerbread man is No. 1 pound for pound right now, and after knocking out Tank, Rolly is No. 1 pound for pound,” Rolly said.

Maybe Canelo won’t like Rolly saying he learned from Mayweather because he lost that fight.

Whatever Canelo learned was little things with shoulder rolling and upper body movement. Canelo can’t replicate the mobility Mayweather once had and his willingness to get into the thick of it.

Rolly (14-0, 12 KOs) fights May 28 against WBA “regular” lightweight champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis (26-0, 24 KOs) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The fight will air on Showtime PPV.