by Sean Jones: Mikey Garcia, a retired four-weight world champion, believes Terence Crawford can beat super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez.
Mikey noted that Canelo (59-2-2, 39 KOs) hasn’t looked so good lately. by struggling in the last three fights started last year
like turning off a light switch Canelo went from looking great in 2021 to walking-level in just one year. Looked old and faded against Dmitry Bivol in May 2022 and he was unable to return to the form he had in his last two matches against John Ryder and 41-year-old Gennaadiy Golovkin on the hill.
We heard injury excuses from Canelo and his supporters about dealing with left-handed issues. But he still looked like a dog in his final fight with John Ryder after surgery.
The faded and burnout version of Canelo we see against Ryder loses not only to Crawford but also to Jermell Charlo.
It’s unlikely Crawford will get the chance to add Canelo’s name to his résumé, as Jermell will extinguish the fading starlight on Sept. 30.
If Crawford has any chance of battling Canelo, it will likely be the second half of 2024. Until then, Crawford will undoubtedly be forced to compete against Errol Spence Jr. in December or early next year.
Boxing fans will want to see Crawford take on Tim CU for the vacant WBO 154-pound title, or defend his welterweight title against Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis.
Crawford caught Canelo at just the right time.
“He’s still in good shape. And now he’s at the top of his game. He can still stay a little longer,” Mikey Garcia told ESNEWS about Terence Crawford, 36.
“I think Canelo won the fight too. [Jermell] Charlo, it’s not going to be an easy fight. Charlo can box, he’s tall and a good boxer. But Canelo should have won. I think that’s a safe idea.”
Many boxing fans believe that Jermell will beat Canelo the same way Dmitri did. The bivol is made using a ram. mixed fight and attack patterns in and out
Canelo likely choked after three to six rounds. and spent most of the second half of the fight with his back against the ropes. Try to defend against all the shots that come in from Jerrmell.
“Crawford-Canelo? I’ve seen the Crawford box be very effective,” Mikey said. “It wasn’t an easy fight for Canelo though; Although technically a smaller fighter, Crawford was But he’s skilled. He also caught Canelo when he wasn’t at his best anymore.
“A couple of years ago, Canelo was dominating and knocking everyone out. Lately, he seems to have slowed down a bit with some injuries. But even if it hurts or not. You have to judge by what you see in battle. If he’s slightly injured or not available because of an injury or whatever. That gives Crawford a much better chance,” Mikey said.
No one knows what happened to Canelo that caused him to lose his talent altogether from 2021 to 2022. Did Canelo’s passion for golf bring him down?
If a person spends most of their time occupied with hobbies that take them away from their career It makes sense that their performance would deteriorate.
We saw that with Oscar De La Hoya during his career and many other athletes who made millions.
It’s hard to commit when you have money in the bank and can. Lived in an affluent neighborhood and was nurtured by servants.
Terence will beat Spence at 154.
“I expect Crawford to win. I didn’t expect him to be as outstanding as he was. Because Spence is also a very skilled fighter,” said Mikey, “so I think it will be more competitive. But Crawford showed why he’s No. 1 and why he’s who he is. And why is he champion in so many other divisions? Now he has no problem twice. it’s impressive
“I think Crawford still wins,” Mikey said when asked what would happen if Crawford faced 154th Spence in a match. a lot I think weight may have been a factor. I think Spence wasn’t moisturizing enough.”
Spence should have moved up to 160 or 168 a long time ago. Because of the way he gained 190+ pounds during the fight. His body could no longer return to 147 and he would have the same problem if he tried to fight Crawford at 154.
Spence was too big to punch a junior middleweight. Errol had to listen to Floyd Mayweather Jr. and move up to 160 or 168.
“He killed himself to gain weight. He’s been in the welterweight division too long. And that is a factor that affects his performance. But the level of skill Crawford brings to the ring is slightly better,” says Mikey.
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