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Canelo Alvarez’s trainer denies fixing fights & dehydrating fighters

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By Dan Ambrose: Saul Canelo Alvarez’s trainer Eddy Reynoso spoke up on Tuesday to let boxing fans know that they haven’t been dehydrating opponents, or fixing fights or buying fights.

There are a lot of fans that have been highly critical of Canelo following his last fight against WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovlev on November 2. Kovalev looked weak, and appeared to have nothing on his punches.

Some believe Kovalev was dehydrated, while others think the fight was FIXED. They don’t understand how Kovalev’s huge power disappeared after his last fight three months ago against Anthony Yarde on August 24.

Reynoso likely chose to speak due to Kovalev’s comments about how he took the fight for financial gain, and that it was a fight that was “impossible to fight”. Further, Kovalev said he’d only had a short amount of time to recover from his last fight before he needed to start training camp for the Canelo fight. A lot of fans think Kovalev didn’t even try, and that fight was STAGED.

Canelo’s trainer DENIES fixing fights and DEHYDRATING fighters

“First of all, I want to clarify, as coach and manager of Saul, that we do not dehydrate anyone or fix or buy fights or rivals,” Reynoso said to ESPN Deportes. “We have always adapted to the conditions of the rivals and even (Floyd) Mayweather we accept his agreed weight of 152 pounds. “It seems that there are dark intentions to discredit our fighter and more than anything, try to minimize his achievements,” said Reynoso.

Some boxing fans wonder why Canelo is using rehydration clauses for some of his fights. If he’s truly the #1 fighter in the sport, then why is he using rehydration clauses and catchweights?

One reason why some fans believe that Canelo has been dehydrating his opponents is because his last two fights have had rehydration clauses against the following fighters:

  • Sergey Kovalev
  • Daniel Jacobs
  • Rocky Fielding
  • Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

Obviously, NOT being able to rehydrate fully after weighing in could potentially dehydrate a fighter, and leave them less than 100% on the night of the fight.

If a fighter is forced to wait until the morning weigh-in on the day of the fight to start rehydrating fully, you can argue that it would lead to them being dehydrated. It would given an edge potentially to the fighter that is naturally smaller. In this case, the 5’8″ Canelo.

“As true fans and as Mexicans, we should be proud that at this time the best fighter is Mexican,” said Reynoso.

The catchweights obviously are something that can dehydrate and deplete a fighter, leaving him listless, weak and easy prey for the non-dehydrated fighter.

I believe Canelo had catchweights for his fights against the following fighters:

  • Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
  • Alfredo Angulo
  • Floyd Mayweather Jr.
  • Erislandy Lara
  • James Kirkland
  • Amir Khan
  • Miguel Cotto

Kovalev says “It was IMPOSSIBLE to win” Canelo fight

“Given the conditions, it was impossible to win. You are ignoramuses since you thought I could win. I climbed into this weight with torment & sleepless nights. Because it was a financially interesting offer,” said Kovalev to

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