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Hopkins: Canelo Got Better and Better Since Mayweather Loss

Bernard Hopkins talked up the development of Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez, insisting the Mexican boxer is still getting better.

Canelo takes on countryman Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in Nevada on Saturday, looking to improve on a 48-1-1 record.

His first and only defeat came by majority decision in September 2013 at the hands of Floyd Mayweather Jr.

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Hopkins believes the way Canelo, the WBO light middleweight champion, has responded since that loss deserves plaudits.

"I've been very impressed in the development of Canelo," the American former middleweight and light heavyweight champion told Omnisport.

"I go back to the Mayweather fight. Yeah, he lost, but he gained an education, he gained from being in high school to graduating out of college. And that's what you see, the build-up from that fight to now, he's gotten better and better and you can't see that with all generations of fighters. They lose a fight like that, they're young, they're undefeated, their feelings get hurt because they got schooled, they didn't win a round.

"A lot of guys, they're never the same, because their heart is broken. They've been told you're gonna be this, you're great and then they get schooled by a genius in boxing. Canelo didn't do that, he got better and better and better."

Chavez, 31, is 50-2-1 throughout his career, and his size could prove problematic for his well-fancied opponent.

Hopkins feels the bout is an opportunity for both fighters, particularly Canelo.

He said: "It's an opportunity for Chavez Jr but it's also a bigger opportunity for Canelo.

"Why? Because Canelo's got a chance to fight a guy who's taller, who's going to come in bigger.

"This is not a concern to us. This is something he is going to take big advantage of. This is something he can expose."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Luilun on 05-06-2017

[QUOTE=Damn Wicked;17647657]Yeah, Canelo is better than he was back then but he still wants to delay the Golovkin fight until GGG is totally washed up.[/QUOTE] He learned it worked against Pacquaio

Comment by Luilun on 05-06-2017

He learned never drain yourself drain the other guy

Comment by texasboi15 on 05-06-2017

[QUOTE=bigdramashow;17647194][B][SIZE="3"]..wasnt some novice against mayweather, didnt he have like 40 fights or something like that, seem to remember people saw him as a legitimate threat to mayweather after beating trout, now its been revised that he was some kind of…

Comment by Methodical on 05-06-2017

[QUOTE=STREET CLEANER;17647355]Canelo is a counterpuncher. He has improved his defense and counterpunching ability. Don't know why some here fail to see it, plus now he sets up traps and is moving his opponent where he wants them. But his problem…

Comment by Damn Wicked on 05-06-2017

Yeah, Canelo is better than he was back then but he still wants to delay the Golovkin fight until GGG is totally washed up.

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