Canelo Alvarez offers identical verdicts on Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua

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Domestic heavyweight rivals Fury and Joshua have been linked to a fight for years, but Alvarez offered identical verdicts of the pair when asked about their fighting abilities

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Where does Tyson Fury’s win leave the world heavyweight scene?

Canelo Alvarez has praised heavyweight rivals Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua for their abilities in the ring.

Alvarez looks to become the first-ever undisputed super-middleweight champion in boxing history on Saturday night when he fights undefeated Caleb Plant in Las Vegas.

If Alvarez is successful he would have won all the 168lb titles in less than a year, having first reclaimed belts at the weight class against Callum Smith last December.

Fury, meanwhile, is on top of the boxing world after knocking out Deontay Wilder in their trilogy fight last month.

Whilst Joshua finds himself on the other end of the spectrum, losing his heavyweight titles to former cruiserweight king Oleksandr Usyk in September.

In an interview with BT Sport, Alvarez was shown pictures of boxers such as Joshua, Fury and Katie Taylor, all of whom he praised.








Canelo Alvarez gave his opinion on Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua
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He said of Fury: “He’s a good boxer, really good. He has a lot of skills.” Alvarez also praised Fury for recovering from two knockdowns to stop Wilder for the second time.

And he added of Joshua: “Really nice guy, he’s a good boxer. He has a lot of skills, he’s a good guy.”

Joshua toured several American gyms last month amid calls for the former champion to sack his coaching team after his defeat to Usyk.

One of which was Eddie Reynoso’s gym in San Diego, California, who is Alvarez’s longtime trainer.

Joshua is expected to rematch Usyk next spring and has stated he will still work with longtime trainer Rob McCracken unless the coach doesn’t want to.

Fury has pondered retirement since his win against Usyk but also admitted he was planning his next fight whilst flying home from the US.

The WBC is likely to order domestic rival and mandatory challenger Dillian Whyte as the next opponent for Fury.

After coming to blows in September, Alvarez and rival Plant were prevented from going face-to-face during their fight-week press conference on Thursday.




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Their scuffle on stage in Los Angeles left Plant with a gash under his eye, something he claimed was because of the sunglasses he was wearing.

Plant blamed Alvarez for no face-off taking place at the presser this week and said he didn’t intend to agitate the Mexican in their first meeting.

“They didn’t want us to do a face-to-face. That was their call, not mine – I like a face-to-face,” he said.

“It wasn’t my intention to get under Canelo’s skin at the first press conference.

“I think the media makes more of it than we do, we’ve both been in worse scuffles than that When the bell rings, it’s completely different.”


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