Joel Diaz cautions Errol Spence of moving up in weight to face Canelo Alvarez!
There is a possible new mega-fight between two great fighters from different weight classes on the horizon; a bout between unified welterweight champion Errol “The Truth” Spence (27-0, 21KOs) and four-division world champion Canelo Alvarez (54-1-2, 36KOs). This fight is nowhere close to being done or even at the stage of preliminary talks. However, both fighters have publicly spoken about the possibility.
Many are intrigued to see how this fight would play out. Although, there are a lot of people who claim to already know the outcome. One such person is long-time trainer Joel Diaz.
Speaking to Fight Hub TV, Diaz essentially dismissed the chances of Spence being able to beat, or even be competitive against, Alvarez.
“Let me tell you this. If Errol Spence, no disrespect to the guy, he’s a great fighter, he’s tough, welterweight. If he decides to make that transition, the same thing that happened to Kell Brook when he fought GGG is going to happen. I can tell you that. Canelo is too big, he’s too strong. I mean Errol Spence, a 147-pounder moving up, because I don’t think Canelo will fight at 160 honestly.”
Diaz makes some very solid points. Alvarez is the naturally bigger man who has been fighting at against guys bigger than he is for a while now. To go with that experience and size are some very exceptional skills that have been key for him in his rise throughout weight classes. However, Spence cannot be counted out as he has proven to be tough as nails and very skilled himself. His return fight after his nearly life-ending car crash in 2019 to face a tough former two-division world champion in Danny Garcia in December of 2020 showed that while he is still shaking off the rust, he is only going to get better and stronger.
IF THE FIGHT HAPPENS WHAT WEIGHT-CLASS IT BE HELD AT?
Another possible sticking point for this hypothetical matchup would be the weight class. Alvarez has been fighting at 160, 168 and 175 since 2015. As for Spence, he is a career welterweight. Obviously, for this fight to happen, it will have to be at 160 and above. Would anything above middleweight be too much for Spence? Also, will anything under 168 and 175 deplete Alvarez, who has not fought at middleweight since May of 2019 where he fought Daniel Jacobs?
A lot of things have to be figured out before a deal can be reached. That includes both men handling business in their respective weight classes; Spence at welterweight and Alvarez at super middleweight.
By: Jerrell Fletcher