Carl Froch shares candid thoughts on Canelo Alvarez’s decline, predicts Dmitry Bivol’s victory in rematch

Canelo Alvarez took on John Ryder in a twelve-round bout in front of his home crowd in Guadalajara, Mexico. The undisputed super middleweight champion dished out a brutal beating to the British boxer and went on to win the bout via unanimous decision in his comeback inside the ring after eight months.

Despite putting on a terrific performance and winning the fight, many fans reckon that the Mexican boxer should have knocked out Ryder after dropping him in the sixth round. Former professional boxer Carl Froch shared his opinion on Canelo’s performance and said that the undisputed champion is past his prime in an interview with Intent.

“I thought Canelo fought a very good world-level fighter in John Ryder, but he’s not quite a top-tier level fighter. Froch also added “I think Canelo is past his best, which everyone knows, but it’s just about levels basically. I think Ryder is at that level in the super middleweight division.”

Carl Froch claims that Dmitry Bivol will annihilate Canelo Alvarez in a rematch

After sharing his thoughts on the matchup between Canelo Alvarez and John Ryder, Carl Froch also predicted how a rematch between Dmitry Bivol and Saul will go down. The former British boxer believes that the Russian light heavyweight champion will easily outclass Canelo in the rematch as he is too big for the Mexican. Moreover, he predicted that Bivol will destroy Alvarez.

Dmitry Bivol punches Canelo Alvarez

“I think Bivol wins if it happens, when you look at the last time they fought. Bivol was really busy, fresh, strong and powerful. He’s a natural light-heavyweight. I remember watching him in Monaco early in his career, I remember thinking wow he’s one to swerve. He’s dangerous. When the Canelo fight was made I thought he fought Kovalev at light heavyweight, but this fight he’s going to struggle and he got hammered.” 

It is true that Canelo faced a lot of difficulties due to the size disadvantage in his first fight against Dmitry Bivol. However, the Mexican boxer was not fully fit at that point and it played a major role in how the fight played out. It is needless to say that Canelo and his camp will make many adjustments for the rematch.

Besides, Saul is completely fit and the tune-up fight was good for him as he could shake off the ring rust. With that being said, one cannot underestimate Alvarez as he has a ton of his experience under his belt and is a world-class boxer.


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