Canelo Álvarez has at all times been up for a problem all through his profession. By the point he took on Floyd Mayweather in 2013, he had 43 fights beneath his belt at simply 23-years-old. He has gained titles at mild middleweight, middleweight, tremendous middleweight, and lightweight heavyweight. On Saturday, Álvarez will fight Dimitri Bivol for an additional light-heavyweight belt. At 31 years outdated, with 61 complete fights, Álvarez is working out of opponents to defeat and hooks for all of his championship belts. This occurred to one other fighter practically 20 years in the past named Roy Jones Jr.
By the point Roy Jones turned 34, there wasn’t a lot left to accomplish after laying waste to the middleweight, tremendous middleweight and lightweight heavyweight divisions. He determined to stage up and go for a slice of one of the storied championships in sports activities, the Heavyweight Championship. In 2003 he took on John Ruiz for the WBA title, and Jones placed on arguably the perfect efficiency of his profession with a unanimous choice.
The a lot smaller fighter stalked Ruiz across the ring and viciously pounded him with combos, and counter punches. If Ruiz was barely smaller, Jones would have knocked him out. He had gained 4 of his final 5 fights by stoppage. Jones was a wonderful fighter and a showman in his day, however don’t forget he was completely an influence puncher.
Following the Ruiz fight, Jones’ profession started to go within the improper route. He gained a majority choice in opposition to Anonio Tarver, earlier than dropping his subsequent three bouts. A type of was Tarver knocking Jones down along with his eyes closed. He misplaced to Tarver twice and between these he was annihilated by Glen Taylor in a return to the heavyweight division. That was it for Jones. He would go on to fight many extra instances, and likewise gained a cruiserweight championship, however he would by no means once more be the unstoppable drive that he was in opposition to Ruiz.
Álvarez stated he’s open to the thought of preventing Oleksandr Usyk for his heavyweight championship, via ESPN. Usyk has a rematch with Anthony Joshua after upsetting him in a championship fight final 12 months. Usyk is simply over 200 kilos and was the cruiserweight champion when he beat Joshua. Not solely did he win, however he outclassed his extra well-known and bigger opponent for the overwhelming majority of the fight.
If Usyk defeats Joshua of their July rematch, a fight for his heavyweight titles can be the most important fight of this 12 months or in 2023 12 months, and it’s Álvarez’s finest shot at a blockbuster fight outdoors of a 3rd showdown with Gennady Golovkin — who can be over 40 years outdated. It will actually be one other large payday, however Álvarez does want to watch out transferring up and down weight courses.
Jones was older than Álvarez is now when his profession took a nosedive — 34 vs. 31 — nevertheless it additionally occurred when he went again to mild heavyweight after placing on the load for a heavyweight fight. It’s exhausting sufficient to prepare for a top-level opponent. Placing weight on and taking weight off are actions which might be bodily demanding sufficient by themselves.
Álvarez and Usyk can be enjoyable to watch. With Usyk not being a large like Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury, Álvarez has a greater likelihood of being to take the punishment that he would obtain. These are additionally two of the ten finest pound-for-pound boxers on this planet. If Álvarez beats Usyk, overlook being the perfect pound-for-pound fighter, he may really develop into the perfect fighter on this planet.
It will be a closely promoted matchup, and positively Álvarez’s hardest problem as knowledgeable. The talent and pace that separates Álvarez from nearly any fighter that he does battle with within the ring would solely take him to this point. Usyk can also be a particularly expert fighter who completely confused Josha throughout their fall 2021 bout, however he’s additionally 200-plus kilos and is ready to defeat cruiserweights by stoppage.
There can be a catchweight at 201, one pound over the cruiserweight restrict, however Álvarez began boxing at 139 kilos. He’s come a good distance, however even when he had been to defeat Usyk, what’s subsequent? Álvarez can’t keep at heavyweight and defend that title. The one choice is to negotiate a deal to unify the titles in opposition to Fury. As large of a fight as that might be, Fury is 6-foot-9, 265 kilos and just a few years older than Álvarez. He may match the 5-foot-7 Álvarez into his shorts.
Both manner, if he selected not to defend it or misplaced, he would have to lose all that weight to get again to mild heavyweight, and by then who is aware of how good he’ll nonetheless be. And it could possibly be the proper storm main to a Roy Jones. Jr.-like finish to the glory days of his profession
Whereas I admire Álvarez’s willingness to tackle all challengers, and would love to see him fight Usyk, I additionally need his profession to final so long as doable. So whereas it’s an intriguing matchup, Álvarez is best off ready for GGG. The longer he preserves his dominance the extra paychecks he’ll be in line for sooner or later.