Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez vs Dmitry Bivol: Teddy Atlas makes huge accusation

Teddy Atlas has stirred controversy – and a lot more – after questioning Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez’s bulky body transformation as he prepares for his light heavyweight debut against Dmitry Bivol.

Having moved up to the division, the Mexican seems to have substantially bulked up, as to be expected considering he needs to make a fresh weight.

Normally, you would praise a sportsman for something like that, but Atlas is seemingly all out of praise and full of doubts, questioning how the multi-weight champion has gained so much in such a short space of time.

Speaking to The Fight, he said: “This is a guy who started as junior middleweight and he’s moved all the way up.

“Junior middle, middle, light heavyweight, back to middle and I can’t see him going back down from light heavyweight because he is no longer close to that man anymore.

“Whether it’s through the natural or unnatural things, listen I don’t known (whether) it’s from eating those burgers in that Mexican shop over there.

“Maybe the Whoppers that they serve over there that have a special sauce? I don’t know.

“Listen, people get mad at me but there’s some truth in there. We know he tested positive for that stuff that you’re not supposed to put in your veins and punch somebody.

“I don’t know, maybe it was just a great weight programme of lifting weights, maybe that’s all it is.”

Atlas didn’t stop there, though, stating how Canelo has a clear weight advantage over his opponent and calling for some of the praise for him to stop.

“Whatever it is, he’s not the smaller guy anymore. So stop this ‘he’s moved up to light heavyweight and he beat a light heavyweight’. 

“He’s a light heavyweight, he’s bigger than the light heavyweights now legitimately, he’s stronger. 

“He’s thicker, just look at him. So he’s the bigger, stronger guy in there with a naturally bigger guy who was born to be bigger. He’s bigger. 

“This is the first fight for me, for Canelo since his second fight with GGG that I actually think there’s a legitimate chance that his opponent can win – the first one.”

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