By Brian Webber: Roy Jones Jr. says Canelo Alvarez is simply too massive for welterweight Terence Crawford for that battle to occur proper now after witnessing what the Mexican star did to 154-lb undisputed champion Jermell Charlo final Saturday evening when he moved as much as 168.
Roy Jr. wish to see Crawford (40-0, 31 KOs) go as much as 154 to face Jermell for his belts, and if he does effectively, then go up two extra divisions to face Canelo for his undisputed championship at tremendous middleweight.
It’s nonetheless a whole lot of weight for Crawford to take care of, and it might be an excessive amount of. The issue is Canelo (60-2-2, 39 KOs) has already dominated out preventing Crawford, so he must change his thoughts.
If Crawford had been bold and not simply searching for a handout, he would skip 154 and go straight to 168 and battle one in all these fighters that Canelo has been avoiding:
- David Benavidez
- Dmitry Bivol
- Demetrius Andrade
- David Morrell Jr.
- Artur Beterbiev
- Diego Pacheco
It’s fairly clear that with out Crawford shifting as much as 168 to earn the battle, Canelo can have nothing to do with him. The earlier that Crawford understands this, the higher it’s for him as a result of he’s not a spring hen at 36, and may’t afford to sit down & wait, hoping that Canelo will bless him based mostly on his win over the wrecked model of Errol Spence.
Did Canelo present he’s again?
“Canelo confirmed that he’s again with a objective. Many individuals wrote him off, however he’s not able to be written off but,” mentioned Roy Jones Jr. to the Struggle Hub TV channel, discussing Canelo Alvarez’s win over Jermell Charlo.
Canelo proved that he might beat an inactive 154-pounder who hadn’t fought in seventeen months and had by no means fought at 168.
For Canelo to show that he’s actually again, he must battle the highest guys that he’s been avoiding at 168, that means Benavidez, Morrell & Andrade. If Canelo beats them, you may say, “he’s again with a objective,” however not after beating Jermell.
“If a boxer has nonetheless obtained it, he needs to be allowed to compete. Canelo confirmed that he’s nonetheless one of many elite fighters within the 168-lb division. He might battle the brother [Jermall Charlo] subsequent, he might battle Benavidez, and he might battle lots of people,” mentioned Roy when requested who Canelo ought to battle subsequent.
Canelo didn’t present that he’s one of many elite at 168 as a result of he hand-picked a 154-lb fighter. What he proved is he’s good at beating junior middleweights, however not a man from the 168-lb division.
“He might battle the winner of Boo Boo & Benavidez as a result of that will be battle, too,” mentioned Roy. “So we’ll see. I believe he’s [Canelo] just a little massive for Crawford. I believe Crawford does have punching energy and shock, however I believe Canelo is just a little massive. He confirmed tonight that he’s fairly massive.
“So, I’d want to see [Jermell] Charlo battle Crawford first after which see how that goes. If he does good in opposition to Charlowith the burden, then let’s see him come up and battle Canelo, however not proper now. I wish to see Crawford come up some weight class and present that he will be dominant at 154.
“Crawford is likely one of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters preventing, so it will be robust. However proper now, that’s going to be a tricky battle for each fighters. So, we obtained to see how Crawford carries the burden.
“Jermall matched up just a little bit totally different [against Canelo] as a result of Jermall is just a little bit greater. It’ll be just a little little bit of a distinct battle. He don’t have to maneuver as a lot round as Jermell needed to do. So, it’ll be just a little bit totally different battle with Jermall.
“I’m not going to let you know that proper now as a result of I’m undecided if I’m going to be the individual to try this,” mentioned Roy when requested how he’d prepare Jermall to beat Canelo.