Canelo beat Kovalev by an 11th round knockout very last weekend to sign up for Morales as a 4 division entire world champion.
Morales (52-9, 36 KOs), who is a previous 4 division world winner, pointed out that Canelo has a lot of more mature fellas to become a three-division planet champion. Canelo’s fight from the 36-12 months-outdated Kovalev was but yet another illustration of him dealing with an older champion to acquire an simple belt.
Alvarez could have risked his neck preventing IBF/WBC light-weight heavyweight winner Artur Beterbiev or WBA winner Dmitry Bivol, but he opted for the delicate goal in Kovalev. Morales does not like it, but Reynoso does not seem to be bothered about it.
Hall of Fame fighter Morales is an old school fighter, who thought in fighters struggling with the very best champions to seize world titles. He sees Canelo, who seems to have been calculating in likely just after susceptible champions, and he has a challenge with that.
Reynoso just cannot justify Canelo facing the opposition that he’s faced, because it is rather clear that he’s confronted a good deal of vulnerable fellas to earn his planet titles. There’s nothing at all wrong with Canelo being selective in the champions he faces, because that’s how it’s at present. Boxing has turn into additional of a small business in this era.
The way Canelo’s battle with Kovalev performed out, it appeared to some boxing fans like the Russian fighter took it easy on him. This was anything this writer had problems about going into the combat, simply because experienced picked Kovalev out for a huge payday.
Not only did Kovalev get a career large payday of $12 million for the Canelo fight, but he was on welcoming phrases. There was no animosity at all concerning them. The be concerned was that Kovalev could possibly really feel beholden to Canelo for providing him the payday, and hence he may possibly not combat challenging from him. That would be like biting the hand that feeds. As it turns out, it appeared to some that Kovalev fought at a person-quarter depth through most of the fight, and did not definitely set it on Canelo.
The way Kovalev briefly fought in the 8th, it appeared that he could have ruined Canelo if he had wished to.
Canelo could have fought WBA Super Planet winner Callum Smith, but he chose to encounter Fielding instead for the secondary strap. Kovalev was witnessed as the weakest of the 175-lb champions when Canelo fought him. Although Reynoso instructed the media last 7 days that Kovalev was greater than Beterbiev, several people agreed with him. At this issue in Kovalev’s profession, he wasn’t in the same league as Beterbiev.
You don’t see as a lot of courageous guys like Morales any more. In this era, it is all about making fights at the right time when a fighter will get outdated. We’ve observed that with Canelo not combating Gennadiy Golovkin right up until he was 35-yrs-previous, and then ready a year ahead of fighting him once more. Canelo going right after outdated timers like Kovalev for a title at 175 fairly than IBF/WBC champion Artur Beterbiev or WBA champ Dmitry Bivol
In an best earth, Canelo would have been fought lions in each and every division to win his four titles. He’s not carried out this while, because he possible would have lost to a youthful Golovkin, and been overwhelmed by Callum at 168 and Beterbiev at 175. So in its place of Canelo becoming advertised as a four division winner, he would be a two division champ.
Morales’ argument that Canelo never fought the ideal when they had been in their prime is a powerful 1. Canelo fought Golovkin soon after he was 35. His gain around previous WBO junior middleweight champion Liam Smith was against a belt holder, and not THE winner.
At the time Canelo fought for the 154 lb belt, he could have fought IBF 154-lb winner Jermall Charlo. That would have been a more courageous preference for Canelo rather than likely immediately after Liam Smith for his WBO belt. At the time, Golden Boy Promotions manager Oscar De La Hoya claimed Liam was the most effective at 154. With Charlo holding the IBF belt at the time, it was tricky to take him very seriously.
These are the fighters Canelo could have fought to acquire his 4 division titles:
Though Canelo did inevitably face Golovkin, it was not until 2017, after he’d by now won the WBC 160-lb title from 35-12 months-old Miguel Cotto. Even then, a good deal of boxing followers thought Golovkin deserved a victory in his initially fight with Canelo in 2017. That match was scored a controversial attract, but it seemed like Golovkin received 8 rounds to 4.