High Rank promoter Bob Arum is assured that Canelo Alvarez will select to face his fighter IBF/WBC gentle heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev subsequent reasonably than stick along with his authentic thought of transferring as much as cruiserweight to struggle Ilunga Makabu subsequent Could on Cinco de Mayo.
Arum thinks that concept is a no-go now for Canelo, contemplating that Makabu (28-2, 25 KOs) is being compelled to defend his WBC strap in opposition to his necessary Thabiso Mchunu on January twenty ninth.
Beterbiev (16-0, 16 KOs) can be a harmful opponent for Canelo, much more so than Gennadiy Golovkin. For many who don’t keep in mind, it took Canelo years to lastly conform to struggle GGG after slowly constructing as much as that weight class for 3 years.
“He has expressed curiosity to me about preventing Beterbiev or Joe Smith Jr. I might sit up for Could or September, the 2 dates that Canelo likes to struggle, that he would struggle a type of light-heavyweights,” stated Bob Arum to Sky Sports.
“Some will say Beterbiev is simply too huge and highly effective. Others will say Canelo is particular and might deal with everyone,” stated Arum.
Beterbiev is definitely smaller than Canelo’s previous opponent Callum Smith, however he has a significantly better ring IQ than the large Brit.
You gained’t see Beterbiev backing up in opposition to the ropes and overlaying up timidly the best way that Callum did in his one-sided loss to Canelo. Additionally, Beterbiev is a big puncher on the within, and he can be able to hurting Canelo in shut if he chooses to attempt to battle him there.
Even when the WBC tried to order Canelo to struggle Golovkin, he vacated his title reasonably than face him.
For Canelo to take a real threat in opposition to Beterbiev, he won’t be prepared to leap into that struggle straightaway with out having three or 4 simpler fights in opposition to the likes of Dmitry Bivol, Joe Smith Jr., or Lyndon Arthur.
Though Canelo has a repute for being a risk-taker, the reality is, he’s all the time taken calculated dangers in opposition to guys that have been beatable.
Makabu was shedding to Mchunu going into the eleventh spherical of their struggle 5 years in the past when he scored a shock knockout. It’s very attainable that Makabu will lose this time as a result of he’s older at 34, and much more beatable than he was again then.
The true downside for Canelo is that he would wish an enormous promotion to curiosity boxing followers to see him struggle the little-known Makabu, and he gained’t get that on account of him being caught defending in opposition to Mchunu on January twenty ninth.
By the point Canelo finds out if Makabu remains to be the WBC champion, it’ll nearly be February, which can go away little or no time to advertise a struggle between him and the obscure champion.
Beterbiev might be defending his titles this Friday night time on December seventeenth on the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. His opponent is his WBC necessary Marcus Browne (26-1, 16 KOs).