Another fight from Canelo Alvarez and another dominant performance from one of the sport’s best pounds Alvarez defeated Avni Yildirim by technical knockout on Saturday to keep the WBC and WBA super middleweight titles
We already know what’s next for Alvarez: a unification fight against Billy Joe Saunders on Aug. May But what can we learn from Alvarez’s three-round performance at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium? Ben Baby and Michael Rothstein react to the win, disappointment with Yildirim’s performance and the possible long-term plan for Alvarez
Rothstein: Avni Yildirim waited more time in the ring for Alvarez to get there during a strike than actually fought Alvarez.This fight wasn’t really a competition at all – and that’s part of the problem for Alvarez right now, he’s the one Star of the sport but doesn’t have many options to fight legitimate opponents
The Alphabet Organizations can still throw challengers at him, but it doesn’t seem like there will be many opponents going into a game competition Yildirim shouldn’t have been in that ring, Saunders is a guy who really gives Alvarez a run can give for his belt? Or on 8 May another coronation take place? Because we’re being honest, the Prefight mini-concert with J Balvin was more interesting than any action we saw in the ring on Saturday night
Baby: I really don’t think Saunders is going to have a lot of competition. Saunders can do a few things well, but his unbeaten record doesn’t have any really great wins. Yes, he has Willie Monroe Jr beaten, David Lemieux and Chris Eubank Jr middleweight, but none of these fighters are anywhere near the elite
Also, Saunders doesn’t have much strength.He couldn’t knock out Martin Murray in a fight Saunders dominated in December. And of his 30 wins, Saunders only has 14 knockout games, which isn’t a good sign when facing Alvarez, the executed all of Gennadiy Golovkin’s blows as well as one of his opponents in his epic duel series
There is only one man who could push Alvarez: WBC middleweight title holder Jermall Charlo and that would have the potential to be a great fight
Rothstein: Charlo would be fascinating, and that’s a good idea though because it would be cross-promoted who knows if or when this fight would be done, however, this could be one of the perks of having Alvarez alone in terms of promotion
But how did the fight on Saturday night come about? Yildirim was a mandatory challenger, and it wasn’t much of a challenge at all. How often do we see this these days – mandatory challengers who are essentially in constant struggle to delay the inevitable? For Alvarez, it delayed the unification against Saunders, a possible third fight against Golovkin, or maybe this fight against Charlo
It’s not the only fight of its kind we’ll see, or even the only one on the news this week. We saw a similar situation later this year at Teofimo Lopez and George Kambosos Jr Seeing it feels less and less that the mandatory challenger gets into a fight worth mandatory instead, the alphabet organizations seem to be trying to keep themselves relevant
At some point, after a fight like this, may this signal the need to change the designation of mandatory title defense?
Baby: Oh, sure. The mandatory title defense conversation is just one of the many problems with the sanctioning bodies though.Check out the rankings for one of the four main groups – WBA, WBC, WBO, and IBF – and the lists (and champions ) will make little to no sense. The order of precedence in these four sentences needs to be more consistent and logical
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For a while, this was why the Ring Magazine championship was so great. The credibility of the publication, coupled with the strong rankings, made her belt the most legitimate and easiest to understand for casual fans, but that, too, has in recent years subsided
Bring it back to Alvarez, what’s a perfect 2021 for him? If he beats Saunders like he should – William Hill listed him as a favorite in the UK from Sunday morning – what will he do next?
Rothstein: Oh man, go to MMA? Fight a Paul Brother? That seems to be all the rage these days joke Seriously, just kidding. If Alvarez really wants to fight four times this year then maybe try to see if he can unite the super middleweight division by battling the IBF defending champions Caleb Plant may quit or fight Charlo on 160. The other option could be to rebuild a light heavyweight division to battle uniform champion Artur Beterbiev
There are options, but at this point it seems that any fight Alvarez has should be one of two things: a big money maker or one where he can win a different belt in one division or another on It It’s easier said than done to have all these moves, but Alvarez is the only fighter who can do it
Of course, the other option is to seal this trilogy against Golovkin, who would fall into the money-maker category. If Alvarez did so to end in 2021, it could open up a number of opportunities for him to plan a 2022 in which he could take further steps to be considered one of the best fighters of all time
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