By Jim Calfa: Jose Benavidez Sr predicted that Dmitry Bivol will knock out the aging Canelo Alvarez, and he will put him out of his misery when or if they face each other next year in September.
Canelo hasn’t looked the same since the Caleb Plant fight, and it may have been the decision he took in that fight that took the best part, leaving Bivol with an easy shot at 40-year-old Gennadiy Golovkin. close to all.
If Canelo loses the fight against Bivol, he could choose to retire instead of sitting out to face David Benavidez or David Morrell. Fans expect Canelo to fight those two men after his rematch with Bivol.
Jose Jr, father of interim WBC middleweight champion David Benavidez, said Canelo (58-2-2, 39 KOs) has shown signs of deterioration since his fight against ‘Sweethands’ Plant last November, and he didn’t look. Also in his two fights since Bivol and Gennadiy Golovkin.
Canelo said he wants to pick up the fight in May and face WBA heavyweight champion Bivol (21-0, 11 KOs) in a September 2023 rematch.
Boxing fans prefer Canelo to face the winner of Benavidez vs. Plant fight instead of seeing him beat again by Bivol; he would rather try to make up for his losses from last May.
Retirement is not far away
“I believe that if Canelo agrees to fight Bivol at 175 pounds, I dare say Bivol can stop him”, said Jose Benavidez Sr to Izquierdazo. “We haven’t seen the same Canelo since the fight with Plant.
“Canelo is getting worse little by little. I believe that Canelo is tiring himself out. Since the fight with Shuka, I have seen him retreat.”
If Bivol lets his hand go for a knockout, the chances are high that he will KO Canelo next September. Bivol fought like he was taking it easy on Canelo last May, and it looks like he could do a lot of damage if he gets out of the early going.
In the fifth round, Bivol was hitting Canelo at will when he dropped the weight of the seventh category, but surprisingly, he backed off after that and chose to hit him the other way.
“His body doesn’t respond like that. I said his retirement might be something close. His mentality is not the same anymore,” Benavidez Sr. said of Canelo.
It will be difficult for Canelo to win the second round against Bivol, especially if it is a loss. He has never been stopped in his career, and it will be difficult for him to overcome a loss in this way.
Canelo’s goal is to release Bivol
“The program will return in May. I plan to start hitting the bags in January and see how it feels,” Canelo told VMC. “I’ll be back in May in the fights, to see how the hand feels, and then in September, meet Bivol again.”
Taking the track in May could be dangerous for Canelo because the way he looks at his last two fights, he will struggle against even the contenders at 168.
“It’s the only thing I want now in my work. Let’s see what happens in this fight,” said Canelo about the fight between David Benavidez and Caleb Plant in March.
“But as I said, my main goal is to meet Bivol again. My injury is worse than I thought it would be. Now I feel very good. I think I will be back in May, but I don’t know,” said Canelo .