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Canelo Alvarez in the final stage of his career, according to Jose Benavidez Sr

Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez and John 'The Gorilla' Ryder

The father and trainer of super middleweight contender David ‘El Bandera Roja’ Benavidez 27-0 (23) believes the division’s undisputed champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez 59-2-2 (39) is on the slide.

Mexican superstar Alvarez, 32, scored a wide 12-round decision over John ‘The Gorilla’ Ryder in his homecoming fight in Guadalajara on Saturday. The scores were 120-107, 118-109 and 118-109.

Despite his dominance, Jose Benavidez Sr says that Alavrez has seen better days.

“I was thinking that Canelo would stop Ryder within four or five rounds, but I think he didn’t go for the stoppage, and Ryder escaped alive,” Benavidez told Izquierdazo.

“People were not happy [in Guadalajara], they were expecting a stoppage, but as I have been saying, Canelo is in the final stage of his career.

“In this fight, I didn’t see ferocity in Canelo, I didn’t see determination. I didn’t see Canelo wanting to prove that Canelo is still going to be around for a while.

“I think that he got tired, that he doesn’t have that extra gear, that fire, that power to hurt an opponent and finish him, like the Canelo of the past did.

“I think that Canelo’s body is not responding the way it did when he was younger.

“Canelo is still young, but the problem is that he started very young in pro boxing when he was 16-years-old. He’s had many wars, too many training camps with his body. And his body resents that. I think that is the case here. He is not the same Canelo that we saw four fights ago.

“I think [Canelo] made the fight [with Ryder] harder than it should have been. Ryder didn’t feel his power to the extent of staying down on the canvas. Canelo landed good shots, knocked him down, but he didn’t hurt Ryder to the extent of putting him out.”

There has been talk of Alvarez making another trip to 175-pounds for a rematch against WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol 21-0 (11) in September. The 32-year-old Russian was victorious on points in their clash one year ago.

One person who believes Alvarez should avoid a move up in weight is reigning WBC, WBA and IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr.

“I think he should stay away from Bivol. Stay away from [WBC, WBO and IBF champion Artur] Beterbiev too, go back to 168-pounds and handle your business because 175-pounds is pushing it. I don’t think his power really affecting Bivol at 175 like it would at a lower weight.” Spence told ES News.

The best fight for Alvarez right now, according to Spence, is Benavidez.

“That would be a good ass fight because they’re going to be right there with each other. Canelo is probably more slicker, but that would be a good fight,” Spence said.