Johnny Nelson ‘slightly insulted’ Canelo considers move to cruiserweight, warns Mexican ‘biggest threat could be himself’
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Johnny Nelson has warned Saul “Canelo” Alvarez that his “biggest threat could be himself” after the Mexican confirmed his intention to move to cruiserweight.
Canelo lit up the super middleweight division in 2021, defeating Avni Yildirim, Billy Joe Saunders and Callum Smith to win all major belts and become the first undisputed champion at 168 pounds.
Having already conquered the super-welterweight and middleweight divisions, the Mexican moved up to light heavyweight in 2019 and duly knocked out Serge Kovalev to become the fourweight world champion.
However, the 31-year-old is determined to create even more history and is considering a fifth weight class to enter, propelling himself up to 200 pounds to take on Ilunga Makabu.
The Congolese brawler currently holds the WBC title in this division, having been knocked out by Tony Bellew earlier in 2016.
Still, Nelson, who previously held the WBO strap at cruiserweight, believes staying at cruiserweight for Canelo may be a step too far.
“Canelo could be his biggest threat. He maybe bites more than he can chew as he goes up to cruiserweight, ”Nelson told Sky Sports.
“I, as a former cruiserweight, am a little insulted that this little man is coming into our weight division. Any cruiserweight worth their salt will think, “No, it isn’t! “
“That’s why people like Oleksandr Usyk are willing to come back to cruiserweight to prove it. You will have a number of cruiserweights like Makabu, which are beatable.
“But then you have other cruiserweights that Canelo should never beat in a million years. Canelo’s biggest threat might be himself.
Oleksandr Usyk held all the cruiserweight belts in his own dominant race, but gave them all up to challenge the heavyweights.
The Ukrainian now holds the WBA, WBO and IBF titles after beating Anthony Joshua, but admitted he would consider coming back down to meet one of the pound-for-pound superstars in world boxing.
“Yeah, I can fight him at cruiserweight,” Usyk said Boxing insider. “But with one thing – I keep my belts heavy.
“Then I go back to cruiserweight and fight it, then I go back to heavyweight.”
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