Via Jack Tiernan: Rolando ‘Rolly’ Romero believes Canelo Alvarez can recover from the loss and beat Dmitry Bivol in a rematch in September.
Canelo advanced slightly, losing by unanimous decision nearly 12 rounds from what many boxing fans believe was the 175-lb No. 1 boxer in a bout against WBA champion Bivol (20-0). , 11 KOs).
The scores reflect the rigor of the fight with all three referees scoring 115-113, 115-113 and 115-113. If Canelo wins in round 12, he gets a draw. He came close, but Bivol won by knocking out some combos in the final round.
Putting the weight up to 175 could have taken something away from Canelo (57-2-2, 39 KOs), resulting in the Mexican star’s less than spectacular performance last Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Rolly feels that Canelo should go back to the 168-lb division, where he is king. If Canelo chooses to stay at 175, his rematch with Bivol is scheduled for September 17.
Many boxing fans would like to see Canelo rest and recuperate after his loss to Bivol, he is under a three-fight contract with Matchroom & DAZN in 2022. As a result, Canelo must return to the ring in September, then is December.
The question now is whether he should fight Bivol or continue with his original plan to fight Gennadiy Golovkin in September.
It would be good if Canelo take on Golovkin next and let Bivol take on the winner of the June 18 matchup between 175-lb IBF/WBC champion Artur Beterbiev and WBO champion Joe Smith Jr.
Whoever is the last man behind Bivol to take on winner Beterbiev-Smith, Canelo will face that champion in May 2023 for the undisputed championship at 175th.
Canelo’s loss shocks fans
“I don’t think anyone in boxing expected that,” Rolly Romero said to Against TV Hub about Dmitry Bivol’s upset victory over Canelo Alvarez. “I thought Bivol won.
“I think Canelo won some of the first innings. When he won, it was in the early rounds. I think Bivol won more rounds than that,” Rolly said when asked about his thoughts on the 115-113 score all three Nevada judges put up for the bout.
“It is difficult to put pressure on the body. I think Canelo should be 168. He’s king there. He has four belts in all, literally. Canelo is a legendary fighter, and nothing can take him away.
“Just for him lose to a guy who is bigger than him take nothing from him. I’m sure he can. It’s just that he got out,” said Rolly.
Losing is part of boxing
“When you take on challenges like that where you fight the bigger guys when you fight top quality guys, that’s part of boxing. You’re going to win some and lose some,” matchmaker Robert Diaz of Golden Boy Promotions told Fight Hub TV of Canelo’s loss to Bivol.
“All credit to Canelo; he fought hard. Let’s go back a few years. Did we ever think he would fight big guys like this? bring many advantages?
“All props for Bivol too. He fought a smart fight, a smart fight, using his distance and keeping the stabs to his face. Props for both of you. They gave us a good fight tonight.
“That’s the point,” Diaz said when asked if Canelo should take a step up at 175 before challenging Bivol for his WBA light heavyweight crown.
“Before the war, we thought it was one-sided. After the fight, we thought, ‘Was it the wrong war?’ No, that’s what happens when you fight the best. You will win some, and you will lose some.
“That’s the beauty of boxing, and that’s what we should be pushing for. Everyone fights the best, and some of these people will lose. What do you know? Great fight, and that’s what we have to continue to support.
“Go rest, rest. He deserves it,” Diaz said when asked what Canelo should do next. “No one has fought like Canelo against top quality opponents like Canelo [has been doing] fight battle after battle like Canelo. He deserves a break and enjoys a break,” said Diaz.
Canelo will be back
“Knowing Canelo, he will be back in training and wants the rematch,” continued Diaz. “No, Canelo has a good weight. Diaz said Saul was physically strong, when asked if Canelo was tired of the weight he put up 175 to challenge Bivol,” said Diaz.
What fatigued Canelo wasn’t the weight he put for the fight with Bivol because it wasn’t more than a few pounds. What makes Canelo tired is the fast pace of the match that Bivol has arranged.
Canelo will fade even if the fight is at 168 or 160. Bivol is far more aggressive than anyone Canelo has fought in the past nine years, including Golovkin.
What makes Bivol harder to fight with Canelo is that he’s willing to get into the trenches and fight him, whereas with GGG he chooses to stay outside and rush in.
Bivol is willing to take risks to force Canelo to fight and use energy. Golovkin didn’t want to do that, so he was unable to win two matches against Canelo.
“Look at Bivol’s arm. He started hitting him and wounding him,” Diaz said of Bivol’s left arm swelling from Canelo’s punches he aimed at his arm.
“But Bivol fought smart; he moved around a lot. He used his distance, keeping him outside. He didn’t want to fight because it could cost him the fight,” said Diaz.
Bivol has engaged Canelo in a hand-to-hand combat quite often and makes him better in most cases.
“Look, Canelo of course should be at 147, 154. He pushed those limits because Canelo has always been a guy of challenges. He can be at 160 and play it safe for ten years,” said Diaz.
There’s no way Canelo could be at 147 or 154 because he continues to gain weight naturally as he gets older.