Via Jim Calfa: Former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko said that Dmitry Bivol will not be able to fight superstar boxer Canelo Alvarez on May 7 because of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Wladimir said that all “representatives of Russia should be punished.”
Bivol (19-0, 11 KOs) was born in Tokmak, Kyrgyzstan and lives in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Although Bivol did not participate in the invasion of Ukraine, Wladimir still felt that he should not be allowed to fight Canelo.
Mexican superstar Canelo wants to win all four titles at 175th and he is expected to fight not only Bivol for the WBA belt but also Russian Artur Beterbiev in 2023 or 2024 for the IBF/WBC belt.
“Absolutely not,” said Wladimir Klitschko BBC Boxing when asked if Dmitry Bivol should be allowed to fight Canelo on May 7. “Every sanctions, and nothing to do with the athletes, is about Russian politics.
“Every representative of Russia, in this case, should be punished because in this way we show Russia that the world is against this senseless war. There is nothing good in this war,” said Wladimir.
It’s unlikely Canelo will change his mind about wanting to fight Bivol on May 7 as his focus is on capture. all world titles in the light heavyweight division.
You can assume this is a superficial, self-serving move by Canelo and he won’t change his mind about wanting to take this course to punish Russian athletes for political ends.
However, it would be interesting if Canelo suddenly decided not to fight Bivol, as that would be very exciting news and it would surprise a lot of fans of the sport of boxing. Can Canelo do that? I do not belive that thing.
Canelo wants to make history and he can do it if he becomes the undisputed champion at the age of 175.
Rightly or wrongly, Canelo believes that winning as many trophies as possible will prove him in the eyes of fans in the distant future. I don’t know that it will. Some people argue that Canelo is not really interested in making history.
In other words, he’s only aiming for world champions at 168 and 175 because he sees a weakness and a chance for him to win the world title easily.
It gives Canelo an excuse not to have to fight someone fans want him to take up against David Benavidez, who may be too young, strong and talented for the Mexican star.
Canelo’s reason for not having to fight Benavidez was ‘He has nothing to offer me.’
Canelo can make that excuse since he’s focused on battling the world champions one after another, albeit with less talented ones so far.
The best of the bunch is IBF/WBC light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev, but Canelo has yet to fight him and it is believed he will wait until 2024 to age the Russian boxer before going head to head. with him.
When fans look at past boxers, they’re more focused on the great fights they’ve had, rather than how many world titles they’ve won.
The 31-year-old Mexican star Canelo became the undisputed champion in 168th place last year after beating Caleb Plant in November. What’s incredible about that feat is that Canelo finished it in the ring. 11 months.
In fact, he has a huge advantage with his popularity and superstar status.
If Canelo were simply a talented boxer, he might have been dodged by these boxers. Unfortunately, the way sports are conducted by promoters and boxers in this era is to avoid dangerous opponents and look for a backdoor route to a world title.
Once boxers win the world title, they balance the belt with easy confrontation. In the rare instances where they deviate from this path is when a superstar boxer like Canelo asks to get into a fight.
With huge amounts of money, Canelo’s opponents can fight him, they are ready to face him in turn. This gives Canelo the ability to take on champions that ordinary talented boxers cannot.