“Canelo wins the rematch’ with Bivol says Shawn Porter
By Allan Fox: Shawn Porter is doubling down with his pick in once again choosing Canelo Alvarez to defeat WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol in their possible rematch on September 17th.
Shawn believes Canelo will beat Bivol at 175 by making a few changes to his game plan from the first fight.
Thus far, Canelo hasn’t activated his rematch clause in the contract for a second fight with Bivol, and his promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing, has already stated that he prefers that he face Gennadiy Golovkin next in September.
Porter had predicted that Canelo (57-2-2, 39 KOs) would defeat Bivol (20-0, 11 KOs) last Saturday night, but he realized by the ninth round that the Mexican star was “broken”, desperately needing to come back.
Unfortunately, Canelo, 31, couldn’t make the adjustments needed for him to pull off another late-round rally like we’d see from him against Caleb Plant, Sergey Kovalev, and Gennady Golovkin to get the victory.
Porter says Canelo must make adjustments for the rematch and attack the body of Bivol. He wants to see Canelo jab more and use feints in the second fight.
According to Porter, a slightly younger version of Canelo in 2020 and 2021 would have dealt with Bivol.
“I said in round nine, ‘Canelo is broken, and if he doesn’t make a big run soon, he’s going to concede to being defeated,'” said Shawn Porter to Fighthype about what was going through his head last Saturday night during Canelo Alvarez’s loss to Dmitry Bivol.
“It ended up going that way, but I think Canelo wins the rematch,” said Porter in doubling down after getting his previous prediction wrong, choosing Alvarez to defeat Bivol.
“I wasn’t sold [that Bivol would win]. Fifth-round, sixth-round, and seventh-round. I said, ‘all right,’ and by the ninth round, I was like, ‘He’s [Canelo] not coming back. He’s got to go on the run and show that he’s got this, or he’s going to lose.’
“It ended up going that way, but I challenge anyone to look at Canelo in 2021, 2020, and 2019; you see the exact same Canelo Alvarez in 2022 against a man that he can’t fight in the same way he fought in 2020 and 2021, and the list goes on.
“So, I think in the rematch, he’ll [Canelo] make adjustments and come to the ring differently, and we’ll see tactics, we’ll see a game plan, and we could see Canelo successful in a rematch at 175.
“He rematches Dmitry Bivol, and he wins,” Porter said of Canelo. “He’s got to get to the body. Take a page from Errol Spence’s playbook. In the sixth or seventh round, Errol Spence went exclusively to the body, went exclusively to the inside, and made it his fight.
“Canelo has got to find ways; first and foremost, ‘how do I make it my fight? Whatever I need to do to make it might fight, I have to be consistent with that 100% every round in the same way that Dmitry Bivol was consistent.’
“Don’t tell me; he can’t be consistent in the same way Dmitry Bivol was. He’s got to find a way to turn the tables. I personally would suggest to him [Canelo] to use more jabs, use more faints, and going to the body. But our styles are different. That’s what I would do to beat a taller guy,” said Porter.
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