Former WBA super-middleweight world champion George Groves believes heavyweight king Canelo can beat WBC weight belt holder Ilunga Makabu ‘all day’.
Canelo was crowned the undisputed super middleweight champion last time with TKO in round 11 at Caleb Plant back in November, and is now tipped to move into cruiser class to face Makabu next.
“You need strength to get Canelo’s respect, but I don’t think that’s enough,” Groves told Sky Sports. “Canelo is very smart, he’s very good, and I can’t see anyone bothering him, especially not at super average.”
“David Benavidez was torn between super-medium and light-heavyweight. He’s a very well-educated fighter, but he has to be more disciplined. You will need a lot of discipline for the fight with Canelo. Top heavyweights such as Dmitry Bivol and Artur Betterbiev will provide a validation test for Canelo.
“He was talking about fighting Ilunga Makabu in cruiser class and Canelo could beat him all day, but suddenly you’re in another fight. Usyk would be too big for him, but I doubt Usyk will ever return to cruiser class now. ”