Dougie’s Friday Mailbag (Canelo-Bivol, Shakur Stevenson)

Dougie’s Friday Mailbag (Canelo-Bivol, Shakur Stevenson) Canelo Alvarez and Dmitry Bivol pose at the final press conference ahead of their WBA light heavyweight title bout on Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Photo by Ed Mulholland/Matchroom 06 May by Doug Fischer CANELO’S TOUGHEST CHALLENGE SINCE GGG Hey Dougie, Really enjoyed being able to read the mailbag again the past few weeks. You have already had great discussions on recent fights so I’m just going to skip ahead to Canelo vs Bivol. I see this as Canelo’s toughest challenge since GGG but still think Canelo is too good for Bivol. Not sure Bivol has the pop in his punches to slow Canelo enough. From what I’ve read your thinking is similar? I’m heading to Vegas Friday and am super excited for my first ever Vegas fight. Other than the weigh-in and the fight itself, any recommendations for making the most out of my first, and possibly only, time going to a fight in Vegas? What do you think are the chances I get to see a classic fight, good fight, or stinker? You going to T-Mobile? Well thanks for any tips! – Ryan, Cincinnati Hey Ryan, I think you’re gonna have a great time this weekend. I think the fight will be competitive and compelling, and if it isn’t, you’ll witness a memorable performance from Canelo. I’ll be there Friday and Saturday, so if you see me, don’t be a stranger. I always like meeting people from the great state of Ohio (where I spent my childhood during the 1970s). If you’d asked me what to do in Sin City 15-20 years ago, I’d have had a lot of good (and a few really bad) suggestions for you, but I turn 52 later this month, those days are long gone! When I get to town, the first thing I’ll do once I’m checked in is take a nap! But if you want to chat it up with your fellow hardcore fight fans and maybe rub elbows with famous boxers and boxing insiders, the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame is hosting something called “Game Night with the Champs” at the RedTail restaurant inside Resorts World hotel on Friday night (starting at 7 p.m.) Former two-time welterweight titleholder Shawn Porter is hosting karaoke and video games with some of his peers after the NBHOF announces its 2021 and 2022 classes of inductees. It’s free!  Beyond a special event like Game Night, what my buddy Steve Kim and I would do in Vegas during our younger/MaxBoxing years is hang out at the casino sportsbook or lobby bar (it was the sportsbook at Mandalay Bay; and it was the lobby bar – which was called the Betty Boop Lounge – when we stayed at the MGM Grand) because sooner or later the industry – trainers, managers, cornermen, promotional company folks, TV executives, and fellow media – would come through and spill their guts over drinks. At the MGM Grand, we’d either grab a table at the Lobby Bar that was near the main elevators, so we could holler at familiar faces who walked by, or we went to Fat Tuesdays down the escalators that lead to the parking lot, grabbed giant daiquiris and headed back up to the Lobby Bar and just leaned up against the outside wall facing the casino. Eventually, everybody who was or would be somebody in boxing would walk by, stop and chat.  I see this as Canelo’s toughest challenge since GGG but still think Canelo is too good for Bivol. I agree. Not sure Bivol has the pop in his punches to slow Canelo enough. I think he’s got enough pop to make Canelo think twice about bum rushing him, but I also believe that the Mexican star hits hard (and smart) enough to gradually break down the defending titleholder.  From what I’ve read you’re thinking is similar? I think Bivol has the better (and busier) jab – which is a big deal – as well as a sneakier, more compact left hook. But Canelo is the better counterpuncher and more accurate power hitter. If he can slip and counter Bivol’s jab, I think he’ll systematically dismantle the Russian standout, but I don’t think Bivol is going to run around the ring – at least not at the onset of the contest. One thing I’ve noticed about Bivol is that he has a bad habit of dropping his hands immediately after jabbing and dropping his one-two combinations, and he’s open for straight right hands when he does this. I envision Canelo catching Bivol between shots, closing the ground and punishing the bigger man’s body with hooks. I don’t know if he can stop Bivol, but I think he’ll do more damage over 12 rounds and score a deserved decision.  BIVOL IS GOOD, BUT… (HE’S NO BENAVIDEZ) Dougie, Long time reader but long time since I penned a letter and, well, depending on how busy it is for you; I am not sure if you do write Friday/Monday one, but hopefully I can make it. Regardless, I will be reading you. I miss them on a weekly basis as it was before, but I get that it takes a lot of work to answer back to us fight fans In my humble opinion: as great as Canelo is (yes, absolutely he is great, so no hate from me) he learned, and it is using the Mayweather page as far picking as the right f

Dougie’s Friday Mailbag (Canelo-Bivol, Shakur Stevenson)

Dougie’s Friday Mailbag (Canelo-Bivol, Shakur Stevenson)

Canelo Alvarez and Dmitry Bivol pose at the final press conference ahead of their WBA light heavyweight title bout on Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Photo by Ed Mulholland/Matchroom
06
May
by Doug Fischer

CANELO’S TOUGHEST CHALLENGE SINCE GGG

Hey Dougie,

Really enjoyed being able to read the mailbag again the past few weeks. You have already had great discussions on recent fights so I’m just going to skip ahead to Canelo vs Bivol. I see this as Canelo’s toughest challenge since GGG but still think Canelo is too good for Bivol. Not sure Bivol has the pop in his punches to slow Canelo enough. From what I’ve read your thinking is similar?

I’m heading to Vegas Friday and am super excited for my first ever Vegas fight. Other than the weigh-in and the fight itself, any recommendations for making the most out of my first, and possibly only, time going to a fight in Vegas? What do you think are the chances I get to see a classic fight, good fight, or stinker? You going to T-Mobile? Well thanks for any tips! – Ryan, Cincinnati

Hey Ryan, I think you’re gonna have a great time this weekend. I think the fight will be competitive and compelling, and if it isn’t, you’ll witness a memorable performance from Canelo. I’ll be there Friday and Saturday, so if you see me, don’t be a stranger. I always like meeting people from the great state of Ohio (where I spent my childhood during the 1970s).

If you’d asked me what to do in Sin City 15-20 years ago, I’d have had a lot of good (and a few really bad) suggestions for you, but I turn 52 later this month, those days are long gone! When I get to town, the first thing I’ll do once I’m checked in is take a nap! But if you want to chat it up with your fellow hardcore fight fans and maybe rub elbows with famous boxers and boxing insiders, the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame is hosting something called “Game Night with the Champs” at the RedTail restaurant inside Resorts World hotel on Friday night (starting at 7 p.m.) Former two-time welterweight titleholder Shawn Porter is hosting karaoke and video games with some of his peers after the NBHOF announces its 2021 and 2022 classes of inductees. It’s free! 

Beyond a special event like Game Night, what my buddy Steve Kim and I would do in Vegas during our younger/MaxBoxing years is hang out at the casino sportsbook or lobby bar (it was the sportsbook at Mandalay Bay; and it was the lobby bar – which was called the Betty Boop Lounge – when we stayed at the MGM Grand) because sooner or later the industry – trainers, managers, cornermen, promotional company folks, TV executives, and fellow media – would come through and spill their guts over drinks. At the MGM Grand, we’d either grab a table at the Lobby Bar that was near the main elevators, so we could holler at familiar faces who walked by, or we went to Fat Tuesdays down the escalators that lead to the parking lot, grabbed giant daiquiris and headed back up to the Lobby Bar and just leaned up against the outside wall facing the casino. Eventually, everybody who was or would be somebody in boxing would walk by, stop and chat. 

I see this as Canelo’s toughest challenge since GGG but still think Canelo is too good for Bivol. I agree.

Not sure Bivol has the pop in his punches to slow Canelo enough. I think he’s got enough pop to make Canelo think twice about bum rushing him, but I also believe that the Mexican star hits hard (and smart) enough to gradually break down the defending titleholder. 

From what I’ve read you’re thinking is similar? I think Bivol has the better (and busier) jab – which is a big deal – as well as a sneakier, more compact left hook. But Canelo is the better counterpuncher and more accurate power hitter. If he can slip and counter Bivol’s jab, I think he’ll systematically dismantle the Russian standout, but I don’t think Bivol is going to run around the ring – at least not at the onset of the contest. One thing I’ve noticed about Bivol is that he has a bad habit of dropping his hands immediately after jabbing and dropping his one-two combinations, and he’s open for straight right hands when he does this. I envision Canelo catching Bivol between shots, closing the ground and punishing the bigger man’s body with hooks. I don’t know if he can stop Bivol, but I think he’ll do more damage over 12 rounds and score a deserved decision. 

BIVOL IS GOOD, BUT… (HE’S NO BENAVIDEZ)

Dougie,

Long time reader but long time since I penned a letter and, well, depending on how busy it is for you; I am not sure if you do write Friday/Monday one, but hopefully I can make it. Regardless, I will be reading you. I miss them on a weekly basis as it was before, but I get that it takes a lot of work to answer back to us fight fans

In my humble opinion: as great as Canelo is (yes, absolutely he is great, so no hate from me) he learned, and it is using the Mayweather page as far picking as the right fights. I agree they are all challenging fights but darn how about fighting those in your regular weight class the fighters who most fight fans would like to see you take on, hello Benavidez