Canelo Alvarez’s recent one-sided defeat at the hands of Dmitry Bivol on May 7 highlighted a deterioration that had otherwise been disguised due to the weak opposition he had feasted on in recent years.
What we saw in Canelo (57-2-2, 39 KOs), essentially losing every round of his fight against WBA light heavyweight champion Bivol (20-0, 11 KOs), was a fighter who not only well past its peak but one that’s on the verge of being entirely shot down.
age sets in
Although Canelo is young at 31, he looked like a much older fighter inside the ring against Bivol and in his two previous fights against Caleb Plant and Billy Joe Saunders.
Luckily for Canelo, these two former 168-pound champions were too poor to take advantage of his deteriorating game. Bivol was still in his prime and stripped Canelo down for the public to see all of his flaws.
We probably would have seen the same flaws exposed had Canelo fought any of the talented 160 and 168 pounders like Gennadiy Golovkin, Janibek Alimkhanuly and David Benavidez, Demetrius Andrade and David Morrell Jr.
Flaws in Canelo’s game
1. Bad stamina
2. Low work rate
3. Unable to throw combinations
4. Charge 100% of the time on hits
Indeed, many media had Bivol win 12-0 against Canelo. If not for the Nevada judges’ generous overall score, the Mexican star would have been laughed out of the ring at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The 115-113 scores that the three judges returned that night for Bivol were beyond laughable; it was pathetic.
We saw Canelo being exposed in a way that shows he is NOT the fighter he once was and that he would have NO chance of beating guys like Benavidez, Morrell Jr, Andrade Janibek and even Golovkin , 40 years.
I don’t know if it’s age or if Canelo is too focused on golf at this point in his life. But regardless, he’s no longer the fighter he once was, and he’s going to keep losing unless he goes back to picking his opposition carefully like before.
Bivol beat Canelo at his game
“You knew when Canelo was in real trouble when Bivol didn’t fight anymore,” Teddy Atlas said on The fighting game.
“When he [Bivol] went inside the other guy’s court where the geography was better for Canelo inside, and he still won sets, he still won those moments.
“That’s when you knew it was a long night for Mr. Canelo. When he [Bivol] fought the wrong fight, and he still made it the right fight as he got closer, Bivol.
“The other thing is he was controlling the jab, he was controlling the reach most of the time and he was putting the punches together. I’ll tell you what really happened to Canelo.
“Canelo’s great trainer, Eddy Reynoso. Who had the best fight plan? The guy you never heard of, Bivol’s trainer. Nobody’s ever heard of him. He’s been his trainer since The amateurs. Who had the better fight plan? People from Canelo or people from Bivol?