Bellew brands Canelo the ‘Thanos of boxing’, explains ‘only way’ for BJS to win

Tony Bellew has told talkSPORT that Billy Joe Saunders must climb ‘the Mount Everest of boxing’ to dethrone Canelo Alvarez this weekend.

The former WBC cruiserweight champion watched on in awe late last year as his fellow Scouser and close friend Callum Smith was dominated by the Mexican in a wide decision win.

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Bellew is now a pundit

After seeing this performance from the pound-for-pound king, Bellew is now refusing to back against him.

“I have labelled him ‘the Thanos of boxing’,” Bellew told talkSPORT.

“He takes everything that’s good away from a fighter and uses it against them.

“He’s a superhuman being, he’s a freak of nature.

Saunders has secured his shot at Canelo

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Saunders has secured his shot at Canelo

“Ever since he lost to Floyd Mayweather, he’s taken all the things that happened to him in that loss and started using them against every other fighter he’s faced.

“He’s become the hardest fighter to hit.

“Floyd Mayweather was the greatest counter-puncher this sport’s ever seen, he [Canelo] is now the greatest counter-puncher in the world of boxing.”

Saunders must find a way to crack the Canelo code this weekend.

Mayweather outboxed Canelo when the Mexican was just 23

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Mayweather outboxed Canelo when the Mexican was just 23

When asked how he can do this, Bellew replied: “I don’t know how to beat him. Can you outbox him? How?…

“He is so ruthless with the counter-punches, it’s unbelievable.

“His body punching is phenomenal. He had so many great assets before this Billy Joe fight and he’s actually added to them.

“I think the only way Billy wins this fight – and listen, it’s a huge ask, the Mount Everest of boxing challenges – is if he can frustrate him early doors with the feet.

Canelo battered Smith over 12 rounds in December

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Canelo battered Smith over 12 rounds in December

“The feet are the key to this fight for Billy Joe Saunders.

“He has to make Canelo reach in. Billy is slightly the bigger man because he’s a career-long middle/super-middleweight whereas Canelo started off as a light-welterweight, he is naturally a smaller man.

“But he’s grown phenomenally as everyone’s seen over these last few years. And he’s now here as super-middleweight champion.

“It’s unbelievable what he’s doing, I can’t speak highly enough of how good he is.”


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