With the fight given the green light, Artur Beterbiev’s 100% KO ratio poses a “very strong threat” to Canelo Alvarez’ legacy.

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With the fight given the green light, Artur Beterbiev’s 100% KO ratio poses a “very strong threat” to Canelo Alvarez’ legacy.

As the WBC approved the fight, CANELO ALVAREZ was warned that Artur Beterbiev poses a’very strong threat’ to his legacy.

After knocking out Caleb Plant in 11 rounds, Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez became the first undisputed super-middleweight champion.

What comes next for boxing’s pound-for-pound No. 1 has sparked immediate speculation.

Russian Beterbiev, the sport’s only champion with a 100% knockout ratio, has been tipped as a dangerous challenger to Canelo.

On December 17, he defends his WBC and IBF light-heavyweight titles against Marcus Browne, 30.

However, Canelo, 31, has been granted permission by the WBC to compete for the coveted green and gold title at 175 pounds.

“It would be a tremendous match,” WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman told Sky Sports.

Beterbiev is a heavy-handed puncher who is undefeated.

“He’d be a major threat to Canelo’s legacy.”

But Canelo wants to keep going, so we’ll see.”

Alvarez has only fought once at light-heavyweight, winning the WBO title by knocking out Sergey Kovalev, 38, in November 2019.

But he dropped back down to super-middleweight and won all four titles in just 11 months.

Beterbiev, 36, has 18 KOs in 18 fights and is regarded as one of boxing’s most lethal punchers.

Canelo’s relentless activity over the last year has left him in desperate need of rest, and he has stated that he will most likely return in May.

In January, Alvarez will choose his next opponent, indicating that he prefers to defend his titles over moving up in weight.

“We’re always looking for the best fights, and defending titles is always important,” he explained.

“When the time comes, we’ll consider the future; perhaps in January, we’ll see what comes next.”

“Right now, I don’t have anything specific in mind.”

I’m up for any challenge, but we’ll see what the coming year brings.”

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