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Weekend boxing overview: Canelo Alvarez gave classic efficiency. Is David Benavidez subsequent?

Ethan Miller / Getty Images A critical look at the past week in boxing BIGGEST WINNER Canelo Alvarez Alvarez probably isn’t the best fighter in the world pound-for-pound, as he suggested after his one-sided decision over Jaime Munguia on Saturday in Las Vegas. That nod goes to Terence Crawford (Boxing Junkie’s No. 1) or Naoya

Weekend boxing overview: Canelo Alvarez gave classic efficiency. Is David Benavidez subsequent?

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A crucial take a look at the previous week in boxing

BIGGEST WINNER
Canelo Alvarez

Alvarez most likely isn’t the perfect fighter on this planet pound-for-pound, as he prompt after his one-sided decision over Jaime Munguia on Saturday in Las Vegas. That nod goes to Terence Crawford (Boxing Junkie’s No. 1) or Naoya Inoue as of late.

The 33-year-old Mexican star is making a powerful case that information of his decline is untimely, nevertheless.

Alvarez (61-2-2, 39 KOs) regarded like a fading fighter in his loss to Dmitry Bivol in 2022 and sluggish victories over Gennadiy Golovkin and John Ryder that adopted. He regarded much more just like the outdated sharpshooting Alvarez in selections over Jermell Charlo and now Munguia.

What was the distinction? He’s wholesome. His surgically repaired left wrist, which dogged him by way of is worst performances, is now 100%.

He definitely close to his finest in opposition to Munguia, who unloaded a variety of punches however couldn’t pierce Alvarez’s safe protection persistently sufficient to make the battle shut. And Alvarez, who throws fewer punches however makes them rely, landed virtually at will. He landed 49.7% of his energy punches, in response to CompuBox.

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The outcome was arguably Alvarez’s finest efficiency since he dominated Callum Smith in 2020, one which definitely maintains his membership within the unique pound-for-pound membership.

Nonetheless, it’s vital to not get carried away. Spectacular victories over Charlo and Munguia carry restricted weight as a result of the previous moved up two divisions for the battle and Munguia continues to be creating. Even Alvarez alluded to a evident weak spot on the a part of the latter after the battle.

“He’s robust, however he’s slightly sluggish. I can see each punch [coming],” Alvarez mentioned.

Alvarez has one apparent manner of proving past doubt that he’s the identical fighter who climbed to the highest of many pound-for-pound lists and remained there for years: Beating David Benavidez, a formidable fighter many consider he has been ducking.

He was requested once more after his victory over Munguia whether or not he’d be prepared to lastly face Benavidez, who’s scheduled to tackle Oleksandr Gvozdyk at 175 kilos on June 15.

Alvarez made it clear that he would achieve this if the cash is true, that means he calls for that his payday be commensurate with the chance of going through his largest menace at 168. And, whereas he was nonetheless contained in the ropes, he noticed Benavidez within the crowd, locked eyes with him and pointed to the ring as if to say, “I’ll meet you right here.”

Let’s hope he’s critical. The followers wish to see that battle, assuming Benavidez defeats the succesful Gvozdyk. And Alvarez must make a greater case that he actually is the perfect.

BIGGEST LOSER
Jaime Munguia

Jaime Munguia left the ring a upset man. Christian Petersen / Getty Photographs

Munguia mentioned his first setback was painful. After all, it was. The 27-year-old from Tijuana had an opportunity to make historical past and fell brief.

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He shouldn’t be too exhausting on himself, nevertheless, He should keep in mind who beat him, a future Corridor of Famer with extra expertise in massive fights than anybody else in boxing. Plenty of good fighters have misplaced to Alvarez.

I consider the Munguia we noticed on Saturday night time may beat virtually anybody else within the division. He won’t be fast by Alvarez’s requirements however he’s quick sufficient to land punches persistently in opposition to good opponents, as we noticed in his victories over Sergey Derevyanchenko and John Ryder.

Nobody can dent the chin of Alvarez, it appears, however Munguia additionally has the facility to harm or no less than acquire the respect of every other opponent. He turned the primary to cease the rugged Ryder in January, which Alvarez couldn’t do.

And he confirmed a variety of grit. I assumed the top may be close to when he was knocked down by an ideal proper uppercut in Spherical 4. As a substitute, he weathered the storm, continued to battle his coronary heart out and by no means gave up though Alvarez managed the remainder of the bout.

The purpose is that Munguia is a superb fighter, particularly after working with coach Freddie Roach for his final two fights. It’s nonetheless too simple to hit him however he has and may proceed to enhance in that division.

In reality, he may observe the lead of Alvarez, who developed from a strong defensive fighter right into a the most effective on this planet by working at it.

If Munguia maintains his confidence after the primary lack of his decade-long profession and continues to evolve, he may nonetheless develop into the dominating drive he and his handlers have envisioned for him.

“It’s similar to Floyd Mayweather versus Canelo,” mentioned Oscar De La Hoya, Munguia’s promoter. “Canelo acquired schooled after which he turned the face of boxing.”

Certainly, his time isn’t now but it surely may come quickly.

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RABBIT PUNCHES

Welterweight contender Eimantas Stanionis made a powerful assertion in his unanimous decision victory over Gabriel Maestre on the Alvarez-Munguia undercard though he was coming back from a two-year layoff. The secondary titleholder used clever stress to regulate the battle, attacking relentlessly behind his heavy jab whereas sustaining a powerful defensive guard. Maestre (6-1-1, 5 KOs) had his moments however couldn’t cope long run. Stanionis (15-0, 9 KOs) regarded like an even bigger, maybe higher model of Isaac Cruz, one other elite fighter who makes use of stress to overwhelm opponents. I don’t know whether or not Stanionis can beat the gifted Jaron Ennis however everybody else within the 147-pound division needs to be cautious of this combating machine. Maestre? He clearly is an efficient fighter. I hope the 37-year-old will get no less than yet another massive battle to show what he can do. … Welterweight contender Mario Barrios (29-2, 18 KOs) and Fabian Maidana (22-3, 16 KOs) served up a dud on the Alvarez-Munguia card, with Barrios successful a unanimous decision. Blame Maidana, the brother of Marcos Maidana. He let his palms go right here and there however largely got here to outlive and had the power to take action, which made it troublesome for Barrios to look good. Barrios clearly may’ve carried out a greater job of chopping off the ring however he deserves a move given his opponent’s ways. …

Featherweight contender Brandon Figueroa (25-1-1, 19 KOs) acquired off to a sluggish begin in opposition to a surprisingly efficient Jessie Magdaleno (29-3, 18 KOs) however discovered his rhythm by mid-fight after which ended matters with a brutal left to the liver within the ninth spherical after 14 months out of the ring. I don’t know what was occurring within the first third of the battle. Possibly it was rust. Possibly it was Magdaleno, whose stick-hold-and-move technique labored properly for some time. Possibly it was one thing else, possibly Figueroa was making an attempt to show within the first few rounds that he’s not a mere brawler, that he can field too. Clearly, he can field. It takes talent to construct a profitable document even in the event you’re a stress fighter. He doesn’t have to show that. He ought to stick to what woks from the opening bell, which is to smother his opponents in punches. … Information broke on Wednesday that samples offered by Ryan Garcia earlier than his victory over Devin Haney on April 20 examined constructive for the banned substance Ostarine. Garcia mentioned he would by no means knowingly take steroids, which is the usual line in such a state of affairs. Doesn’t matter. I’ve mentioned this one million instances: Fighters are liable for what goes into their our bodies. If an investigation confirms that he had PEDs in his system, it’s on him.

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