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Bivol Dropping To 168 Would Be Nothing Beneficial For Canelo, Claims Oscar De La Hoya

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If Canelo Alvarez manages to get Dmitry Bivol down to 168 pounds for the rematch, there would have be no advantage for the Mexican, as Oscar de la Hoya believes, who also claims that the Russian would be even faster after dropping down.

“No,” De La Hoya replied to Fino Boxing when asked if Canelo would have an advantage over Bivol if he drops to super middleweight. “I think Bivol will be faster in the 168”.

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De La Hoya believes only aggressive boxing would help Canelo against Bivol in the rematch 

The head of Golden Boy Promotions highlighted some of the qualities that Bivol has as a fighter and for which it would be difficult to defeat him.

“He is a very special fighter,” De La Hoya went on, “and the reason why he is special is because he boxes on the balls of his feet, he boxes, he knows how to throw the jabs, the combinations, the distance is well calculated.”

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Thus De La Hoya indicates that after being widely outclassed by the WBA Light Heavyweight champ last May, Canelo would suffer again versus Bivol.

“It’s going to be very difficult to beat Bivol,” he commented, but added that “an aggressive style” from Canelo would be what could hurt Dmitry.

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“A style throwing a lot of punches, a fighter with a jaw, who has the balls to go in and throw punches like crazy,” he considered necessary to beat Bivol. “Maybe it can make him a little dizzy, but it’s going to be very difficult to beat Bivol .”

And when they asked him if Jaime Munguía would have that possibility, he did not dare to answer at first, but he said that the man from Tijuana does have the qualities.

“I don’t know, we’ll see… I can’t fight for them,” De La Hoya concluded, “but Munguía does have what it takes.”

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Saikat Banerjee
Saikat Banerjee
A wordsmith who indulges in the world of combat sports, Saikat is an MMA, boxing, and arm wrestling content writer at The MMA India Show and The Sports Room. Apart from combat sports, he also engages in Indian sports content at The Sports India Show. Currently pursuing an MBA from Jadavpur University, Saikat's other interests lie in motorcycling, working out, and travelling.
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