Froch Claims He Would Beat Canelo, Alvarez Criticised For Not Stopping Charlo
In some recent boxing news, Carl Froch has revealed how he would have fared against Canelo Alvarez at 168 pounds.
Froch is a four-time world champion, all at super middleweight, having won the WBC belt twice, as well as the WBA and IBF belt. His only losses have come at the hands of Mikkel Kessler and Andre Ward.
Although Froch did manage to avenge the defeat against Kessler by stopping him in the rematch, the same cannot be said for the Ward defeat.
There had been talks over running things back, but the fight never got made. And yet, given that Froch has been at the highest level, he did fancy his chances against a prime Canelo.
Froch On Canelo
“Good job Canelo never met the Cobra at 168 pounds because I would have given him hell,” Froch said
Those comments were in response to Jermell Charlo’s defeat to the Mexican. The American jumped two weight classes in order to attempt to make history.
However, the difference in weight was ultimately telling as Charlo’s power failed to have any impact at 168. In response, Alvarez continued to walk down his opponent as he dropped him in the seventh round.
While Charlo did make it to the final bell, it was ultimately in vein as the American went into survival mode. Nevertheless, Froch did see Charlo coming back stronger at 154.
Froch On Charlo
“Charlo realized very early that he was outclassed in a different division. The super middleweight 168-pound division was too much of a step up for Charlo, who’s a great operator at 154. I know he’s a big 154-pound fighter, but not big enough to step up to 168 against someone as skillful as Canelo Alvarez.
“Charlo stepping up to 168? I think it was naive of his team. It turned out to be a very disappointing fight and easy work for Canelo. He landed three or four punches a round; he couldn’t get to Canelo. He got dropped as well during the fight. It was pure survival for Charlo. Jamal Charlo will come again, maybe down at 160. Good Thing Canelo Never Met The Cobra At 168 Because I Would Have Given Him Hell,” Froch
Those comments were telling in light of another view point, as Austin Trout expected Canelo to stop Charlo. The performance was accompanied by a knockdown in the seventh round, which showed that Alvarez’s power was too much handle.
Although that may have been the case, the Mexican failed to stop Charlo in what was a moral victory for the latter. The failure to stop Charlo, however, did suggest that Canelo may have been wary about being caught out by an unexpected shot. But for Trout, the boxer felt it was necessary for Canelo to have gotten the stoppage.
“I think he should have got that version of 154 Charlo out of there. It wasn’t like it was a sharp Charlo that was bringing it. It was a Charlo that was trying to survive,” Trout stated
Nevertheless, there was an element of Alvarez trying to get in more rounds. Following the recent criticism of his performances against GGG and John Ryder, the Mexican showed that he still had more gears if he wanted to push the pace.
In addition, given that he had undergone wrist surgery, there was always going to an element of rust that would take time to wear off.
However, great fighters of the past have shown that there is no need to take risks if it can be avoided. Floyd Mayweather Jr. mastered the art by often dominating his opponents on his way to a unanimous-decision win.
That is something that Canelo is aware of having gotten in the ring with the American. Alvarez had tasted defeat to Mayweather via a unanimous decision, when in reality, Mayweather could have gotten a stoppage if he stepped on the gas.
After all, Mayweather had the bigger Alvarez on the back foot for most of the fight. But the version of Canelo against Charlo showed that he was becoming more defensively astute. And as the boxer is entering into the latter parts of his career, that will be vital if he wants to maintain his longevity.