Canelo Alvarez, the undisputed super middleweight champion of the world is just days away from his much awaited return to light heavyweight against WBA titleholder Dmitry Bivol. Ahead of the fight, Canelo is feeling that he is currently in his prime, as well as kindled the idea of becoming undisputed at 175 as well.
The pound for pound king has been storming the gates in recent times and has been unmatched in his domination into becoming undisputed at 168. Since December 2020, Canelo has been bulldozing through the elites of the super middleweight division- Callum Smith, Avni Yıldırım, Billy Joe Saunders and Caleb Plant, and has now turned his gaze back at light heavyweight- the division in which Canelo won the WBO belt back in 2019.
There is no doubt that Canelo is unstoppable at this moment and ahead of the Bivol fight, set to take place on 7th May at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, the Mexican feels he is currently in his best form.
“It’s boxing, but nobody can beat me right now. I feel in my prime,” said Alvarez on the the Boxing with Chris Mannix podcast, “And no disrespect to other fighters. There’s some great fighters. But I feel in my prime. I feel strong. I feel in my best.” [H/T Boxingscene.com]
Canelo feels he has 5-7 years more to go before retiring, wants to accomplish history
A victory over Bivol will not only make Canelo the new WBA light heavyweight champ, it will also open doors to the undisputed championship at 175. Artur Beterbiev, the WBC, IBF light heavyweight champion is set to take on WBO champion Joe Smith in June, and the winner may be the one Canelo face after defeating Bivol– to become undisputed at 175.
Speaking to TMZ, Canelo estimated that he has between 5-7 years remaining in the ring and before that, becoming undisputed champion at two divisions sounds lavish for the Mexican.
“I hope [I continue to stay in boxing for] a long time, because I’m gonna miss boxing when I’m retired. Right now, [I have] 6 years more, 7, 5, I don’t know,” said Canelo, “I love boxing. I love a challenge. I love that adrenaline. I need to accomplish everything to be in the books of history of boxing. That’s why I’m here and I love what I do.”
“When you see the best fighter go up and down a weight class and beat all the champions? I think nobody, and I try to do my best. For boxing, for me, for my legacy,” The 31-year-old went on, “[Dmitry’s] a really good boxer. He’s a solid champion at 175. It’s a dangerous fight. I like it, I love that kind of challenge. I really like it. But, I believe in my abilities, and I’m strong too. So, I’m confident in that, but it’s gonna be a really good fight.”
“I like the idea to be undisputed at 175. That’s what I like, but you never know,” added Canelo. [H/T Boxingscene.com]