The world of boxing came to a standstill with the latest news from Saúl Canelo Alvarez. After winning the undisputed title in the 168 pounds, set his sights on the cruiserweight champion by the World Boxing Council (CMB). The decision implies, in addition to raising two categories suddenly, implement an obvious physical change so that he can fight on an equal footing with Ilunga Makabu. However, that could have other repercussions.
Currently, the fighter originally from Guadalajara, Jalisco, is in the regulatory weight of the super middleweight category. According to the figure recorded the day before his fight against Caleb Plant, presented 76.20 kilograms of weight. However, to move up to the cruiser division, with an upper limit of 200 pounds, it should gain four to 14 kilos.
This would not be the first time that Canelo face such a challenge. In previous years, when he established himself as a heavyweight boxer welterweight, made the decision to venture into higher categories such as middleweight, super middleweight and even the light heavyweight. In all of them the results were favorable because, despite the notable increase in tonnage, its undefeated record was maintained. He only fell against Floyd Mayweather.
The sudden increase will have an impact on your performance. The strength, which is one of the qualities that accompany him since his first lawsuits as a professional, you will benefit from a controlled increase in muscle mass, so his blows can cause more damage to opponents. However, you will need to allow enough time to adjust to other obstacles.
One of the main factors against increasing your mass will be your aerobic capacity, that is, you could experience a higher level of fatigue than usual during the three minutes that a round. According to various authorized voices in the discipline, the more weight is carried to the ring, the greater the expenditure and consumption of oxygen for physical activity.
Another detail that you will have to adopt is the possible loss of mobility and speed in the ensogados. This feature is more evident. In fights between boxers of greater tonnage it is more common to witness less rapid duels and with combinations of blows more focused on damage than on the amount of impacts that can be connected. Nevertheless, that might not be a problem for Álvarez.
After defending his middleweight titles against Daniel Jacobs in May 2019, he decided challenge Sergey Kovalev in the light heavyweight category. At that time, the decision to jump a couple of categories also caused controversy, although he was successful in the match. After conquering his fourth category, chose to download a supermedia and begin the path to glory that he settled against Caleb Plant.
This time the challenge could be similar. Should he beat Makabu at cruiserweight, he could become confident enough to go back to light heavy and start another winding road to conquer all the 175-pound belts. In fact, according to statements by Eddy Reynoso, he would already have in mind to challenge the Russians Dmitry Bivol and Artur Beterbiev for their world titles.
The only certainty is that the Mexican boxer will ride in May or June 2022 with a noticeably different body. While it would be ideal to increase your weight to 200 pounds, you could give yourself a license and not climb that much, as you are in a position to trust the power that you have exhibited across four categories with your strokes.
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