What Next For Canelo?
By Thomas Cathey
In a move that suggests he is leaving 168-pounds behind, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vacated his WBA “regular” super middleweight title on Friday, according to as story by FightNights.com.
This news comes nearly a month after Alvarez lifted the WBO light heavyweight championship from Sergey Kovalev on Nov. 2 in Las Vegas, NV, winning via 11th round knockout.
Alvarez was introduced to the super middleweight division in December of 2018, when he stopped Rocky Fielding inside three rounds at Madison Square Garden to win the secondary WBA title. This was Alvarez’s third world title in his third weight class.
At 29-years old, Alvarez has many options to choose from for his next fight, across three weight classes. Alvarez also holds the WBA and WBC “franchise” middleweight titles, and could possibly unify them with IBFmiddleweight titleholder and rival Gennady Golovkin or WBO champion Demetrius Andrade.
While anticipation among boxing fans for a rubber match between Alvarez and Golovkin is high, Alvarez does not appear to be terribly interested in the matchup at the moment.
Golovkin regained the IBF middleweight strap after winning a controversial decision over Sergey Derevyanchenko in October.
A fight with WBO super middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders is a potential matchup for the Mexican superstar as well, although it seems he might not be returning to the weight class upon dropping his title.