The Canelo Alvarez vs. Dmitry Bivol fight this May 7 has stolen the spotlight in the boxing world, former world champions and boxing journalists said to Marca USA how they envision the fight and who they see winning at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Former world champion from Zona Norte, Tijuana, Mexico, Érik “Terrible” Morales talked about how he sees the fight.
“It will be an interesting fight the first three rounds. And then Canelo should have total control of the fight and win without any problem.”
Former world champions Jose Antonio “Jaguar” Aguirre and Isaac “Tortas” Bustos also gave their analysis of the fight.
“It’s a very interesting fight, Canelo is making history. It’s very cool for Mexicans, although I know he has many detractors. I really like the way he fights, I don’t miss his fights”.
“Canelo by decision”.
“Jaguar” Aguirre, former minimumweight world champion.
“Canelo takes a very difficult fight, his opponent is very good. Bivol carries a combination of very strong genes. The opponent is very good, very strong, I hope Canelo wins, but it is very difficult.
Canelo has to move a lot and counterpunch, which are his best weapons. Moving up in weight is very difficult, he wants to make stories, he has been managed very well. I’m not confident, we have to see him.
Canelo wins, but it will cost him a lot.
Bustos, former strawweight world champion.
Specialized boxing journalists commented on the fight, they see a superior and very mature Canelo.
“It’s a tough fight, Bivol has always shown us that he does what he needs; he is not necessarily spectacular, but he has always done exactly up to where he has to do; if he is demanded a lot he gives a lot, if he is demanded little he gives little, but he always wins.
This time he is going to have the best boxer in front of him. Canelo is someone very subtle, he is someone who has lost spectacularity for a very refined technique, where with a very simple movement he takes off the punches, he keeps his hands free and he hits you and attacks you.
In addition, he still has the power to go from super welter to light heavyweight. I think it’s a great fight, Canelo is going to be demanded a lot, like against Smith, and Canelo made it look easy.
“Today I don’t see who can beat Canelo. I see a knockout in semi-full as very difficult, but he’s going to go for it.”
Victor Silva, deputy director of the World Boxing Council and commentator for Space.
“Honestly it’s a dangerous fight for Canelo, Bivol is a very quiet fighter. We searched the internet for footage of him, he’s a person who doesn’t give statements very secluded, very dedicated.
He is very serious, very effective, but he does everything very quietly. He takes punches, but he is also very good at dodging, countering, he is fast, he moves well in the ring, unlike other opponents he does not fight with his weight, he has a great advantage when it comes to explosiveness.
It will be difficult for Canelo, especially in the first few rounds, as he adapts. Canelo has learned a lot, especially since Mayweather, he set out to be another boxer, he learned a lot from Mayweather himself.
There are anecdotes that talk about boxers, for example, Kid Azteca learned the hook to the liver because he was knocked out with a hook to the liver. Canelo improved a lot since Mayweather, that’s why he challenges a fighter who is at his weight.
Bivol debuted at cruiserweight, which means he is a man used to the big weights, to the punch of those boxers, to command respect with his punch. Canelo is facing a real challenge.
“Experience is on the Mexican’s side. I think skill will prevail over strength. It would be spectacular if he knocks him out, he already knocked out Kovalev at 175 pounds.
Canelo is in danger, he is aware of that. Nothing is set in stone. It will not be an easy opponent for the Mexican.”
Jose Luis Camarillo, head of the boxing section in the newspaper Esto.
“It’s going to be Canelo’s toughest fight. Bivol is young, he hits. The Mexican has experience, good boxing, defense in his favor. It will be a balanced fight in the first rounds, I think the one who comes out with the best strategy, the one who can control his temper in the ring is the one who can come out with the victory.
Maybe it can be the fight of the year, it promises a lot. We are going to see the delivery of a man hungry to win, with the desire to beat the best pound for pound. Canelo is going against an opponent without advantages, without rehydration clauses. They are both very evenly matched.