Canelo Alvarez is one of the sports youngest superstars, he will no doubt be a pay per view money maker for years to come. His combination punching, speed, head movement, and power make him an elite figure in the sport of boxing. However, Alvarez seems to have a reputation as a one punch knockout artist and that is not the case. I’ll take it a step further and say Canelo’s power is over-exaggerated.
Am I saying Canelo doesn’t punch hard? No, that is not at all the point I am trying to make. I am simply saying the general public view has exaggerated his power some. Yes, he got crazy highlight reel type knockouts against Amir Khan and James Kirkland. However, both have questionable chins and Khan moved up two weight divisions to fight for a middleweight title.
Canelo fought a lesser version of Alfredo Angulo and couldn’t get him off his feet. James Kirkland did, not only that but stopped Angulo four rounds sooner than Canelo. Canelo also fought Erislandy Lara and wasn’t able to get him down. Angulo put Lara on his backside more than once. He is used to being the bigger fighter in the ring but what will happen when he is the smaller guy? We are about to find out June 6 as Canelo takes on Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
Standing 6 feet and 1 inches tall with a 73 inch reach, Chavez will represent the biggest size disadvantage Canelo has had in recent memory, possibly ever. This makes things very interesting, especially when you look at Canelo’s career. He has made his career off being the bigger guy, using catch-weights and then rehydrating himself to gain another ten or so pounds overnight. Chavez is known for doing the same thing, along with not meeting the weight requirement.
Personally, I still favor Canelo going into the fight with Chavez. However, boxing is all about styles and it will be interesting to see how Canelo handles Chavez’s much larger stature. Most people I have heard from think Canelo will wipe the floor with him but I want to hear what you think. Drop us a line on Twitter (@HeavyBagBoxing) , Instagram or Facebook.
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