Via Jim Calfa: David Benavidez thinks WBA heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol will fight Canelo Alvarez well if the two decide to fight on May 7.
Presumably, Canelo and his coach/manager Eddy Reynoso delved into Bivol and considered him a beatable. If they don’t feel they can beat Bivol, he will likely be avoided as some believe Canelo is doing with Benavidez, David Morrell Jr and Demetrius Andrade.
Bivol (19-0.11 KOs) and Gennadiy Golovkin are part of a two-way, $85 million package offered to Canelo (57-1-2, 39 KOs) from Eddie Hearn in 2022.
According to Hearn, a two-on-one deal for Canelo is still in the negotiation stage, but if he does agree to it, Bivol, 31, will be his next opponent at 175th place.
Former two-time WBC super-middleweight champion, Benavidez says he’s been on Russia’s Bivol in the past and he’s impressed with the one-off synergies he’ll throw. However, he says that Bivol doesn’t have much more than that, and he says you can time him.
Benavidez says Bivol is too predictable
David Benavidez said to Fighthype when asked if Bivol was too hesitant for fear of defeating Canelo.
“I think what will be different in this fight is that Bivol is not a big guy. I’m talking about height wise,” Benavidez said. “In the last few fights, Canelo has been fighting tall guys, not really strong fighters.
“I was against Bivol. He has one of two good [left-right combination]. Yes, I was very interested in Bivol. I don’t know, I want to see how it goes,” Benavidez said of the fight between Canelo and Bivol.
“He is [Bivol] good. That’s why I’m so excited about the fight. Let’s see what happens. It will be a great fight. He has good power, but to be honest with you, he throws a good one or two, but other than that [not much else].
“You can see it in the fight. There’s not too much of a difference. He didn’t really change it,” Benavidez said of Bivol. “So when he throws a right hand, you see a big right hand coming out.
“I felt he didn’t have too much after that. Canelo, the way he misses, I feel like he needs more body punches and all that. Bivol is just a one-two throw. He is very effective with it.
“It’s not my job to say what he can or can’t do. We have to see for ourselves. I’m sure he’ll be really motivated to get through all of this. We just have to watch,” Benavidez said.
Even if Benavidez is predictable, he’s vastly improved against Canelo’s opponents from 2021. Canelo’s ultimate opponent Caleb Plant sounded like a basket in round 9 of their fight. in November last year when he started to end up because of the compliments.
Bivol has a good right arm
“It’s definitely that,” Benavidez said when asked if Bivol’s style is ‘old Eastern European style, Russian style, Uzbek style, no underwear’. “But he is very efficient at what he does.
“He puts his right hand very well. You can’t block a shot with him like this because he knows exactly how to put it in. He tries to punch through it [the guard].
“But once you get the hang of it, you can go around and ask about the game I had with him. They will let you know. It will be a great fight. I like Bivol a lot.
“Zurdo [Gilberto Ramirez] throw a lot of body and rotate footage and content. I worked more with Zurdo. When I’m working with Bivol, I’ll do five or six sets at most,” says Benavidez.
You have to imagine that Bivol would come up with a different game plan if he were to fight Canelo. He won’t just throw a double when fighting the Mexican star, especially once his coach discovers his weakness in close quarters.