“You are a horrible fighter”, “no one knows you”, “you won a belt for anyone” and “please get out of here. This is my night” were some of the phrases used by the Mexican Saúl ‘Canelo’ Álvarez (56 -1-2, 38 KOs) to respond to American Demetrius Andrade (30-0-0, 18 KOs), middleweight champion (160 pounds) of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) who offered to fight him.
The verbal clash occurred in the conference following Canelo’s TKO victory over England’s Billy Joe Saunders (30-1-0, 14 KOs), a fact that allowed him to add the super middleweight belt (168 pounds) to the of the World Boxing Council (WBC) and the World Boxing Association (WBA).
The American had time to reply to Canelo: “Measure your words, p …”. Fortunately, the incident did not happen to adults, but it made it clear that many are the fighters who will seek their best pay night against the Mexican, the most media fighter of today and one of the best in the pound-for-pound ranking.
Who are lined up as Canelo’s possible rivals for September?
At the top of the list is the American Caleb Plant (21-0-0, 12 KOs), holder of the super middle belt of the International Boxing Federation (IBF).
Canelo, prior to his fight against Callum Smith, had said that “I want to unify all the 168-pound titles,” a goal that he is meeting by 75 percent. Only Plant remains in its path.
In the middle of the ring at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Canelo, after dispatching Saunders, sent a clear message of intent: “I’m going for the belt. That’s the plan, going for the belt … I hope the fight easy and let’s give the fans that fight (against Plant. “
The 28-year-old North American fighter has made three successful defenses of his title and recently revealed to ESPN KNOCKOUT that he would not step into the ring until after the Canelo-Saunders fight, and if the Mexican wins (as it happened), he knows he will be your next goal.
That match, which would clearly be the next stop for both champions in September 2021, would have the added value that for the first time in history the super middle division would crown an absolute unified champion (WBC, WBA, WBO and IBF).
GGG, the perfect wild card
Canelo and Plant are unlikely to deviate from the unification plan. But injury or other imponderables could happen and the perfect wild card for the Mexican would be to complete the trilogy with Kazakh Gennadiy Golovkin (41-1-1, 36 KOs).
In fact, by 2020, Canelo had speculated about fighting first with Saunders and then with GGG, but the plans fell apart due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, it remains to be seen if the Kazakh would be willing to sit down at the negotiating table in short order and accept the likely request to contest at 168 pounds, rather than middleweight, as they did in the previous two fights.
Despite being 39 years old, Golovkin is still world champion, the rival, after Floyd Mayweather Jr., who has given the Mexican the most work in his career and the one who until today would generate the most interest and consequently, the highest earnings.
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The rest of the row
Everything will depend on Canelo – that is obvious – but in this case it will depend on his decision to remain at 168, go down to 160 or go up to 175, where he fought and beat Russian Sergey Kovalev.
In 168 they raise their hands, in addition to Andrade, the Mexican David Benavidez and the American Jermall Charlo, who is rising from 160. In the light heavy division the champions Artur Beterbiev (Russia), Dmitry Bivol (Russia) and Joe Smith are attentive (USA).
“Suitors” are not lacking in Canelo.