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The 10 ideal opponents for Canelo Alvarez

Canelo Alvarez
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Canelo Alvarez is pencilled in for a return to action in September. Boxing politics and financial restrictions aside, here are 10 ideal opponents
  1. ARTUR BETERBIEV
    The fighter who would arguably present the most treacherous test for Canelo is this Russian light-heavyweight beast. He is a unified world champion and he boasts a frightening 100 per cent KO ratio.
  2. GENNADY GOLOVKIN
    The Kazakh wrecking ball knows Canelo as well as anyone, having twice shared a ring with him. His rematch loss was debatable, while he looked unfortunate to only receive a draw in the first fight.
  3. DMITRY BIVOL
    Another formidable light-heavy from Russia, he may not pack the power that Beterbiev does, but he punches with considerable force nonetheless. He would provide a stern examination of Canelo’s credentials.
  4. CALLUM SMITH
    A full seven inches taller than Canelo, the sharpshooting Liverpudlian leads the way in the super-middleweight division. His marked physical advantages would fill him with confidence against Alvarez.
  5. BILLY JOE SAUNDERS
    Having been touted as a potential Canelo foe for a long time, the Hatfield southpaw never seems too far away from a crack at the pound-for-pound superstar. His slippery style would not make life easy for Alvarez.
  6. GILBERTO RAMIREZ
    The tall Mexican portsider possesses an eye-catching record of 40 wins and zero defeats. Now operating at light-heavyweight after a successful spell as a super-middle, he would be an intriguing rival for Canelo.
  7. DEMETRIUS ANDRADE
    Similarly to Saunders, this slick left-hander from Rhode Island would fancy his chances of befuddling Canelo and nullifying his strengths. He has certainly been vocal about wanting the opportunity.
  8. CHRIS EUBANK JNR
    Comfortable competing at either middleweight or super-middleweight, the enigmatic Brightonian, along with his famous father and namesake, guarantees headlines, one way or the other.
  9. JAIME MUNGUIA
    Despite being only 23 years old, the physically imposing youngster has already notched 35 victories (against no losses). Fans in Mexico would love to see their two countrymen lock horns.
  10. SERGIY DEREVYANCHENKO
    Golovkin knows all too well what a handful this relentless Ukrainian can be. He pushed “GGG” extremely hard in their stirring scrap last year and would no doubt go all out again against Canelo.

Read John Ryder’s case for fighting Canelo here

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