Via Sean Jones: Ricky Hatton says Canelo Alvarez didn’t suffer a bad fight from Dmitry Bivol last weekend, so he expects him to make the rematch right away and believes he can change some things to be better.
Hatton is right about Canelo not taking much of a penalty in a one-sided loss to Bivol last weekend. But the fight was so over that one could say with almost certainty that Bivol would defeat Canelo ten times out of ten.
“The decision that night was in no doubt, but Canelo wasn’t overpowered there either, he didn’t have any heavy hits, so I think he’ll be desperate to put that right. in a rematch,” Hatton said to Metro about Canelo Alvarez’s loss to Dmitry Bivol.
Indeed, no matter how many times Canelo pits the talented 175-lb WBA champion, he will lose unless he gets the same odd score as we saw in two games against Gennadiy Golovkin and in To a certain extent, last Saturday night.
“He cleaned the bottom at super average; there no more challenge for him there. If Canelo is a fighter that I believe in, he will want to do it again,” Hatton said.
There are many boxing fans who will disagree with Hatton 100% on his belief that there is “no more challenge” for Canelo at 168.
Had Hatton been following the sport closely, he would have known that David Benavidez and Demetrius Andrade were two HUGE challenges in the super-middle class that Canelo conveniently missed.
Canelo essentially swapped out the #1 boxer in the 168-lb division by choosing not to fight Benavidez, and instead focusing on the weak belts Callum Smith, Billy Joe Saunders, Caleb Plant and Rocky Fielding.
As such, Canelo has two excellent boxers at 168 for him to fight if he chooses to return to the division immediately or after he fights Bivol again. If Canelo is smart, he’ll forget about fighting Bivol again and admit to him and his fans that he’s not talented enough to
“I’m sure he thinks there are things he could do differently, and he’ll definitely want to be at that light-heavyweight title again. He will think in his head that he will be defeated.”
You can’t blame Canelo if he’s going to try and avenge his loss against Bivol because that would be admirable on his part if he did.
As far as Canelo doing anything different in the rematch, it’s hard to say what he could change from the first.
Canelo has always been in poor form, and that won’t improve enough in the rematch, enough for him to get the winning goal.
The 5’7 1/2″ Canelo lacked the height and reach to hit Bivol from the outside, and he didn’t hit hard enough for the 175-lb division to knock him down.
If Canelo has a high execution rate of 80 to 110 punches delivered per round, he will have a shot that knocks out Bivol. He can’t do it through.