Errol Spence Jr. Very Much Interested In Mega Fight With Canelo Alvarez: “That Can Happen”
By: Hans Themistode
Unified welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. has never had anything to prove. With knockout wins over Kell Brook and Lamont Peterson paired with decision victories over Mikey Garcia and Shawn Porter, it isn’t difficult to see why.
But with the 30 year old working his way back from a horrific car wreck which saw his sports car completely totaled and his face unrecognizable for a few weeks, the Dallas native is anxious to prove that his championship reign is only just beginning.
His first fight back since his unfortunate auto mishap will take place on December 5th, against former two division titlist Danny Garcia. The Philadelphia native has proven himself at 147 pounds, and although Spence Jr. is taking him seriously, he wouldn’t call it a mega showdown.
Names such as WBO welterweight belt holder Terrence Crawford and WBA champion Manny Pacquiao however, would be considered huge matchups for him. Both fights are on Spence Jr.’s radar, but so is another super fight a few pounds north.
“With Canelo, that can happen,” said Spence Jr. to The Sun during a recent interview. “That’s a huge fight. I’d definitely entertain that.”
Currently, the four division world champion in Canelo Alvarez campaigns at 160, 168 and 175 pounds, but he has fought at the middleweight division just last year which resulted in a unification win against Daniel Jacobs. Facing Alvarez is something that Spence Jr. has mentioned in the past, but with the unwanted presence of COVID-19 still alive and well, the Dallas product doesn’t see their matchup unfolding until the world gets back to normal.
“That would be huge for the Cowboys’ stadium when we’re back to 100 percent capacity. That’s another mega-fight which I could have. I could have a lot of mega-fights.”
The number of mega showdowns the southpaw could have in his near future are almost endless. But standing in the way of this one, in particular, is roughly 13 pounds. With that being said, the big frame of Spence Jr. would make the transition to 160 pounds a smooth one.
“It takes quite a few pounds to get down to 147. I wouldn’t have any problems fighting at 160. But, at the end of the day, it’s down to the guys in suits.”
Ronnie Shields Tells Canelo To Choose The Weight Class For Jermall Charlo Showdown: “Wherever He Wanna Fight, We Could Fight”
By: Hans Themistode
Canelo Alvarez can run, but he certainly can’t hide. That was the gist of what Ronnie Shields, head trainer for WBC middleweight titlist Jermall Charlo, wanted to get across.
For years now, team Charlo placed a target on the back of Alvarez. The two division titlist called for a showdown with the red haired pound for pound star when the two campaigned at 154 pounds, and again once the surly Houston native moved up to 160 pounds in 2017.
Yet, Alvarez has paid him no mind. Electing to grab his pogo stick as he jumped around from weight class to weight class. At the moment, the Mexican native has seemingly settled into the super middleweight division after a successful run at light heavyweight.
While Charlo hasn’t exactly expressed a desire to jump up in weight, Shields did say that they would make an exception.
“We could fight him at 168, we could fight him at 175,” Shields said to Boxingscene.com. “Wherever he wanna fight, we could fight. It shouldn’t be no problem.”
For the fans of Alvarez, they would settle for simply seeing their man in a sparring match at this point. The normally active four division champion has been away from the ring for the entirety of the year for various reasons.
For one, the global pandemic that has wrapped its diseases ridden hands around the world has canceled numerous return dates that he had in mind. Secondly, and most importantly, Alvarez is currently entangled in a messy legal battle with promoter Oscar De La Hoya and streaming company DAZN.
A happy ending doesn’t appear to be on the horizon, but Shields is hoping that they can sweep their issues under the rug and give the fans what they want to see.
“I know Canelo’s going through some things right now with DAZN and with Oscar [De La Hoya]. Maybe if they get their situation together, they can call Al [Haymon] and we could make the fight. That’s probably the fight that makes the most sense for Canelo. I think for Canelo that makes the most sense, and for Jermall.”
The last time Charlo entered the ring, he was dominating perpetual middleweight contender Sergiy Derevyanchenko. Many were expecting to see him either struggle mightily or flat out lose. None of those thoughts came true as he pitched a near shutout.
A matchup with Alvarez would be an even higher level of competition for Charlo. But for Shields, he’s seen enough in his man to know that he is more than capable of stepping up to the plate.
“It’s a tough fight,” Shields said. “Canelo is a great fighter. But again, Jermall rises up to the competition. It would be a great fight. It’d be a fight that fans would definitely wanna see. And that fight needs to be made.”
Canelo Alvarez Loses Round One Of Lawsuit Claim, Now Has Until September 28th To Amend
By: Hans Themistode
Canelo Alvarez has never met a judge that he hasn’t seen eye to eye with. With questionable scorecards in bouts against Austin Trout, Erislandy Lara, back to back Gennadiy Golovkin fights and even Floyd Mayweather, Alvarez can seemingly do no wrong in the eyes of the judges.
Yet this past Friday afternoon, one judge in particular, didn’t score a victory in his favor.
Just a few days after filing a lawsuit against DAZN and his own promoter in Oscar De La Hoya and Golden Boy, Alvarez’s suit was dismissed by the U.S. District Court in the Central District of California.
With multiple parties named in the suit of Alvarez, it is now up to the pound for pound star and his legal team, The Maloney Firm, to provide more information on the accused.
“Because the Complaint alleges the citizenship of the LLC defendants as if they were corporations, rather than as limited liability companies, the Complaint has not properly alleged the citizenship of those parties,” said district judge Percy Anderson. “Absent unusual circumstances, a party seeking to invoke diversity jurisdiction should be able to allege affirmatively the actual citizenship of the relevant parties. As a result, Plaintiffs’ allegations are not sufficient to invoke this Court’s diversity jurisdiction.”
Issues between Alvarez and both DAZN along with Golden Boy, stem from one long standing matter. Although Alvarez signed a contract in 2018 worth $365 million dollars with the streaming company, a record setting amount at the time, he has yet to actually see his contract. The aforementioned contract is between DAZN and Golden Boy and when Alvarez is set to enter the ring, Golden Boy issues him his payment.
This setup has long bothered Alvarez, and despite multiple attempts at viewing his own contract, he has been denied.
The attorney of the Mexican native however, was able to gain a copy of his agreement and found something eye catching.
DAZN has been heavily against most of the opponents Alvarez has chosen to face. Matchups against WBO super middleweight titlist Billy Joe Saunders and WBA belt holder Callum Smith were turned down by the streaming company. The reasoning behind their refusal to back those contests is because they would rather Alvarez face a “premier” opponent. The company eyed matchups with UFC stars Khabib Nurmagomedov and Jorge Masvidal as well as the promoter of Alvarez in Oscar De La Hoya as individuals who fit that criteria.
In addition to opponent selection, DAZN has decided to massively reduce the roughly $35 million per fight he is owed as well. A condition that Alvarez was willing to acquiesce to. His lawyers however, believe that Alvarez doesn’t have to follow any of those terms as none of it is found in his contract.
“Alvarez’ opponents would be mutually selected by [Alvarez] and [Golden Boy Promotions], subject to [Alvarez’s] final approval, not to be unreasonably withheld,” according to language in his contract.
While Alvarez may seem to have all of the firepower that he needs to move forward, a judge has ruled that both he and his legal team still have more work to do before they can ultimately move forward and have until September 28th to do so.
“Accordingly, the Court dismisses Plaintiffs’ Complaint for lack of subject matter jurisdiction,” judge Anderson stated in the dismissal. “A district court may, and should, grant leave to amend when it appears that subject matter jurisdiction may exist, even though the complaint inadequately alleges jurisdiction. See 28 U.S.C. § 1653; Trentacosta v. Frontier Pacific Aircraft Industries, Inc., 813 F.2d 1553, 1555 (9th Cir. 1987). Therefore, the Court grants Plaintiffs leave to amend the Complaint to establish federal subject matter jurisdiction.”
DAZN Targeted Canelo vs Oscar De La Hoya and UFC Stars Khabib Nurmagomedov and Jorge Masvidal
By: Hans Themistode
Canelo Alvarez had it all figured out. The four division world champion would return to the ring amidst a worldwide pandemic and take on a credible opponent in an empty arena.
Names such as WBO super middleweight titlist Billy Joe Saunders and WBA belt holder Callum Smith were at the top of his list. That aforementioned list however, didn’t meet DAZN’s criteria.
According to Dan Rafael and Mike Coppinger, the streaming company is only interested in green lighting “premiere” opponents for Alvarez. With that being said, opponents such as Saunders and Smith aren’t what DAZN would consider as marquee opposition.
Who they do consider main attractions for their star however, is surprising to say the least. MMA stars Jorge Masvidal and Khabib Nurmagomedov are names at the top of their wishlist. Also amongst that group would be the promoter of Alvarez in Oscar De La Hoya. The former six division world champion hasn’t fought an official boxing match since his one sided stoppage loss at the hands of Manny Pacquiao over a decade ago.
Still, with De La Hoya recently announcing that he will return to the ring at the age of 47, DAZN views his comeback as an opportunity to put on one of the biggest shows in the sport of boxing. Although no offer was officially on the table, De La Hoya seemed at least receptive to the idea of taking on his promotional company’s main star.
“I don’t know,” said De La Hoya to Chris Mannix several months ago. “Crazy, but not that crazy.”
“Canelo’s an amazing fighter. He’s the best. He’s the pound-for-pound champ. He hits like a mule. I don’t know, Chris, you’re throwing me in the fire here. But that’s a challenge that – you know, I never back down from anybody. But we’ll have to wait and see.”
For DAZN, the streaming company has struggled to produce any fresh contest amid COVID-19. With their subscription numbers suffering, the company views a bout that pits Alvarez against any of the aforementioned fighters as a great way to pull in viewers.
For what it’s worth, although De La Hoya is unsure of whether or not he would actually take on Alvarez and with Nurmagomedov fully focused on his MMA career, UFC star Jorge Masvidal not only welcomed a showdown with the Mexican star but he was damn there begging for it.
“He’s an animal,” said Masvidal during an interview with DAZN few a months ago. “I always like to push myself as much as I can and Canelo is that guy. He’s a fuc*ing beast. Everybody’s telling me that he’ll knock me out, this and that, and I’m telling everybody, No, watch and see. I have my own plans.”
Masvidal’s plans mirror that of DAZN, which would be to set up a huge crossover matchup that would generate the sort of buzz that Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor did in 2017.
While DAZN has made it clear that Masvidal, De La Hoya and Nurmagomedov are it’s preferences, the streaming company has also let it be known that a third contest with Gennadiy Golovkin would qualify as a top notch matchup that they would highly consider backing.
Alvarez and Golovkin though, haven’t always seen things eye to eye.
Both the Mexican star and Golden Boy promotions attempted to stage one final showdown with Golovkin earlier this year. Yet, it was Alvarez who was left at the altar as Golovkin switched his focus to his mandatory challenger Kamil Szeremeta.
Issues such as opponent selection and a reluctance in paying their star what is contractually obligated to him has led both sides to now resolve their issues in the courtroom as Alvarez filed a suit against DAZN, De La Hoya and Golden Boy earlier this week.
Canelo Alvarez Files Suit Against DAZN, Golden Boy And Oscar De La Hoya; Seeks $280 Million
By: Hans Themistode
Canelo Alvarez has watched from the sidelines as most of his contemporaries have either entered the ring, or have big fights lined up for the near future. The four division world champion however, has been forced to wait.
The current pound for pound star drew headlines and massive praise for securing a $350 million deal with streaming company DAZN in 2018. The relationship between both parties seemed to be going as well as it could be. Alvarez had a rather easy time in the first contest of his deal, knocking out the unheralded Rocky Fielding in the third round in late 2018. From there, Alvarez fought two more times, defeating former middleweight titlist Daniel Jacobs via unanimous decision before ultimately moving up two weight classes to dethrone WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev in the 11th round.
Despite their good start, Alvarez has now grown acrimonious towards the streaming company and his promoter, Oscar De La Hoya and Golden Boy, and is seeking $280 million in damages.
“This lawsuit arises from the breach of the single largest contract in the history of boxing, and one of the largest in all of sport,” stated the complaint. After extended discussions between the parties, DAZN offered to pay Alvarez and Golden Boy Promotions a fraction of the contracted $40 million license fee in cash and some DAZN stock in advance of a potential IPO. However, the entire value of the package — for a bout against another World Champion — was substantially less than Alvarez’ contractual guarantee.”
DAZN’s refusal to pay Alvarez what was promised to him may have led to this suit, but his promoter in Oscar De La Hoya also shoulders a heavy load in the blame as well.
“Given that DAZN had made it clear that it would not honor its contract, throughout the spring and summer of 2020, Alvarez repeatedly asked Golden Boy Promotions to explore alternative broadcast options for a fall 2020 bout. Although Golden Boy Promotions reported that it was talking to various broadcasters, it failed to put forth a single alternative plan by which it would pay Alvarez the $35 million it had promised him for each of his fights.”
For now, Alvarez will seemingly sit on the sidelines for an even longer period of time. The Mexican native has routinely made two appearances in the ring per year with both centered around Cinco De Mayo in May and Mexico’s Independence Day in September. Regardless of his yearly tradition, Alvarez watched as both Mexican holidays came and went.
Although fans of Alvarez will now be forced to twiddle their thumbs as he sits in boxing purgatory, the Mexican star has assured his supporters that he will return soon.
“I’m the pound for pound number one in the world,” said Alvarez in a statement. “I’m not scared of any opponent in the ring, and I’m not going to let failures of my broadcaster or promoters keep me out of the ring,” he said in a statement on Tuesday. “I filed the lawsuit so I can get back to boxing and give my fans the show they deserve.”
Golden Boy fully understands where Alvarez is coming from in terms of filing his suit against DAZN. However, they can’t seem to process why they have been dragged into this legal mess as well. As far they are concerned, they’ve held up to their side of the bargain.
“They’re the ones refusing to honor the contract by not approving the outstanding opponents we have presented to them and by refusing to pay the contractually required amount,” said Golden Boy spokesmen Stefan Friedman.. “Even though our contract specifically gives Golden Boy the right to wait until the pandemic is over and fans can return; in the best interest of boxing, Golden Boy is doing everything it can to make great fights happen. We remain ready, willing and able to make a fight for Canelo as soon as possible.”
WBC Board Of Governors On The Verge Of Ordering Canelo Alvarez vs Avni Yildirim For Vacant Super Middleweight Title
By: Hans Themistode
The search for an opponent for four division world champion Canelo Alvarez is over. At least, according to the WBC.
The sanctioning body, led by president Mauricio Sulaiman, is on the verge of ordering a contest between the aforementioned Alvarez and their number one super middleweight contender Avni Yildirim.
The unexpected insertion of Alvarez into the green championship mix stems from former titlist David Benavidez and his failure to make weight for his supposed title defense against Alexis Angulo this past weekend. The one time belt holder stepped onto the scales over two pounds overweight and was subsequently stripped of his title.
The loss of his title did little to affect his performance as he went on to brutally stop Angulo in the tenth round. The win may have added to his undefeated record, but it also left the WBC title vacant. Now however, following some recent discussion, both Alvarez and Yildirim will get the first crack at gold.
“The WBC Board of Governors has voted 36-1 to order Alvarez, the multi division world champion who holds The WBC Franchise designation to fight against the WBC’s mandatory contender of the division, Avni Yildirim.” Said Mauricio Sulaiman in a recent statement. “More details will be available in days to come.”
While Benavidez may hold an undefeated record inside of the ring, that hasn’t stopped him from taking multiple losses outside of it.
Following a win over Ronald Gavril in 2018, Benavidez was suspended due to a positive test result for cocaine. With his suspension served and a new outlook on how he should be living his life, Benavidez looked the same in the ring, which was as dominant as ever, but vowed to be even more disciplined. Despite those words, as previously mentioned, the former champion found himself several pounds overweight.
The moment Benavidez ‘title became available, the sanctioning body found themselves flooded with requests to fight for the vacant crown. Amongst those requests was Alvarez.
Now, it appears that the sanctioning body will acquiesce to his plea.
While nothing is set in stone just yet, it appears that this could be the route that all parties head towards. Yildirim has made numerous statements in the past regarding a title fight with then champion Benavidez, and now finds himself possibly facing an even bigger name. As for Alvarez, with no opponent on his docket due to the worldwide pandemic, he could take on the Turkish born Yildirim in what would be viewed as little risk but high reward.
Canelo Alvarez Reflects On Loss To Floyd Mayweather: “I Didn’t Take it As a Loss”
By: Hans Themistode
Canelo Alvarez has made the walk to the boxing ring on 56 separate occasions and never has he left with his head down in defeat.
Upon taking a closer look at Alvarez’s record, many would say that statement is a mendacious one. On September 14th, in 2013, Alvarez would find himself up against the greatest boxer of his generation in Floyd Mayweather. The relatively close scorecards coupled with the ridiculous 114-114 score handed in by judge CJ Ross, doesn’t tell the full story of what happened on the night.
In short, Alvarez was dominated.
But while the rest of the world views his matchup against Mayweather as an official loss, Alvarez views it entirely differently.
“I didn’t take it as a loss,” said Alvarez to actor Eugenio Derbez. “I took it as an apprenticeship. I still didn’t have the experience to fight in those scenarios and it was a really boring fight.”
An apprenticeship has always come in handy. Many have used them in order to get their foot in the door of their dream jobs and work their way to the top. For Canelo Alvarez, that is exactly what he has done.
Since his loss to Mayweather, the Mexican born native has gone on to defeat a who’s who of stars in the boxing world including Erislandy Lara, Miguel Cotto, Gennadiy Golovkin, Daniel Jacobs and most recently Sergey Kovalev.
Those aforementioned wins have pushed the career of Alvarez to new heights. Now, he occupies a spot on every reputable pound for pound list, he’s become the 25th fighter in history to win world titles in four separate weight classes and more importantly, he signed a mammoth 11 fight 365 million dollar deal with streaming company DAZN in 2018.
Despite the large bags of cash that appear on his front door steps daily and the world wide recognition that he garners from the fans and media alike, it was the loss to Mayweather that fueled him to be in his view “the best fighter in the world.”
“It hurt a lot that night,” said Alvarez recalling his loss to Mayweather. “But the next day I said to myself that this is not going to take anything away from my goal of being the best. In boxing, I’m the second Mexican in history who managed to become the best pound for pound.”
Sergiy Derevyanchenko on Supposed Canelo Alvarez Showdown: “His Side Did Not Give me an Offer, It Was Only Talk”
By: Hans Themistode
Sergiy Derevyanchenko vs either Canelo Alvarez or Jermall Charlo has been the worst kept secret in all of boxing.
The middleweight contender is coming closer and closer to making his decision on whom he will take on in the fall. Although his choice is still up in the air, Charlo appears to have an edge. For fans of the sport, choosing Charlo over Canelo would seem almost impossible. A matchup with Canelo not only brings more eyes to the television screen, but it also fattens his opponents wallets.
Still, even with the notoriety and extra zeros in his bank account, Derevyanchenko has given Charlo the edge. His reasoning behind it is simple. Charlo appears to be serious about fighting him.
“Canelo says yes he wants to fight,” said the middleweight contender to BoxingInsider.com. “But his side did not give me an offer. It was only talk.”
Over the past several months, Canelo has found it increasingly difficult to land a dance partner for his September date. Fighters such as Callum Smith and Billy Joe Saunders have complained that they have been low balled in the negotiations. But for Derevyanchenko, he believes the pound for pound star never wanted to step into the ring against him.
A marketing ploy would best describe how Derevyanchenko and his trainer Andre Rozier feel about the stunt that Canelo and his team pulled.
The intrigue surrounding Derevyanchenko went through the roof with his last ring appearance. In October of 2019, Derevyanchenko pushed current middleweight belt holder Gennadiy Golovkin to the limit. Most who saw that contest live at Madison Square Garden in New York City, were incredulous when Golovkin was given the nod. Yet even with another championship stain on his resume, Derevyanchenko saw his stock soar.
His performance against Golovkin, coupled with his skillset has made him a fan favorite. But that new found stardom was something that Canelo wanted to take advantage of according to Rozier.
“You have to go where the paper is real,” said Rozier to BoxingInsider.com. “It bought a lot of intrigue and excitement. People are looking forward to seeing Sergiy fight after his last performance. They know that he comes and brings it. They almost used it as an advertising piece, smart move by Golden Boy.”
Sergiy Derevyanchenko Compares Canelo and Jermall Charlo: “I Think Canelo is Easier”
By: Hans Themistode
The boxing world has been waiting patiently on Sergiy Derevyanchenko’s decision. The middleweight contender is currently mulling over two offers from WBC titlist Jermall Charlo and four division world champion Canelo Alvarez.
Derevyanchenko hasn’t quite made up his mind just yet, but he has reenacted each fight in his mind. The outcome, unsurprisingly, has resulted in a win for Derevyanchenko. The difficulty in which he scores those victories however, varies from fighter to fighter.
As the middleweight contender continues to weigh his options, he sits back and gives a long pause when asked the question of who would be a more difficult matchup between the two.
“I think Canelo is easier,” Derevyanchenko told BoxingInsider.com. “It’s because Canelo has almost the same style as me.”
There has always been multiple reasons as to why a fighter would jump at the opportunity to face Canelo Alvarez. Money and fame are usually the first two options. But rarely is it because of a lack of ability. Yet, in comparison to Charlo, Derevyanchenko is not only standing firm on his reasoning, but his head man Andre Rozier, is backing his man 100 percent.
“I would say Charlo because of the height differences,” said Rozier to BoxingInsider.com. “With Canelo, he is more height wise on par with Sergiy. Making contact becomes a bit easier. Although he is slick, when you have someone who is a very good fighter and taller, you have your difficulties.”
No matter who Derevyanchenko signs up to face in his next bout, the Ukrainian born contender is simply hoping to end his championship setbacks.
In October of 2018, his first crack at a world title would come against Daniel Jacobs. The vacant IBF strap was on the line in Jacobs backyard in New York City, at Madison Square Garden. Derevyanchenko would get dropped early in the contest before making a run in the second half. After 12 rounds of close action, he would come up short on the judges scorecards.
In what feels like some sort of cruel joke, Derevyanchenko found himself once again in almost identical situations one year later.
The exact same IBF title was up for grabs, the contest once again fell in the month of October and again, Derevyanchenko found himself asking what the hell happened as he was knocked down early in the match. Much like his previous title bout though, his second half rally placed him in what seemed to be the driver’s seat.
However Déjà vu reared its ugly head for the second time as he fell short in the eyes of the judges.
Derevyanchenko is hoping that the third time is in fact the charm once he chooses his next opponent. A win over Charlo would present the middleweight contender with the WBC title. On the other hand, a victory over Alvarez would allow Derevyanchenko to snatch the WBA belt, albeit the regular version as their contest would take place at 168 pounds.
The names on the contract are almost extraneous at this point. Championship gold is the only thing that is currently on Derevyanchenko’s mind. The Ukrainian born contender is set to make a final decision within the next few days.
Ranking The Five Best Opponents For Canelo Alvarez
By: Hans Themistode
The music is playing, but Canelo Alvarez is yet to find a dance partner.
The four division world champion has been in the market to find a suitable opponent, but no one has taken the bait. As of late, names such as Anthony Dirrell, John Ryder and Sergiy Derevyanchenko have reportedly been in the running.
While some of those names may gain the attention of fans, the vast majority of them have no interest in what they bring to the table. Regardless of COVID-19 preventing fans from entering arenas, Alvarez won’t be given a pass for facing a soft touch.
Although his promoter has already watered down his opposition for his September date by stating that Alvarez won’t be fighting a fellow champion, we’ve decided to come up with a list of our own. Since the Mexican star campaigns at three weight divisions, we’ve sprinkled a few names from each weight class to make our list more compelling.
So with that being said, here’s our list for the top 5 opponents that Alvarez should choose for his next contest.
5. David Benavidez
David Benavidez (22-0, 19 KOs) may only be 23 years of age, but the argument can easily be made that he’s the best fighter at 168 pounds. From a stylistic standpoint, Benavidez would be the toughest matchup for Alvarez. With a staggering seven inch reach, the pound for pound star would have a difficult time getting in.
At some point though, the shorter Alvarez will bulldoze his way inside, and when he does, how will Benavidez react? Also, does he have the experience to out box his man from the outside?
This matchup brings so many questions, but there’s only one way to answer them.
With two fights already in the books, it feels as though the score will never be settled between Canelo Alvarez and Gennadiy Golovkin (GGG). The reason behind it is simple, GGG seems to have gotten a raw deal.
Their first matchup in 2017 left most of the boxing world shaking their collective heads when it was announced a draw. Most believed GGG (40-1-1, 35 KOs) did more than enough to bring in the victory. Their rematch one year later was much closer, but most were inclined to score it either a draw, or a close win for GGG.
At the age of 38, the former unified middleweight champion has seen better days. And although most would believe that Canelo wins a third fight easily, the storyline and long lasting feud is good enough to see them do it one final time.
3. Demetrius Andrade
At this point, it’s becoming ridiculous. Two division world champion and current WBO middleweight belt holder Demetrius Andrade just can’t seem to land a big fight.
He’s always been regarded as one of the most talented fighters in boxing circles, but he has yet to get on the big stage to prove it. Andrade (29-0, 18 KOs) has been calling for a matchup with Alvarez for years now. Yet, the four division world champion has said on numerous occasions that Andrade is a boring fighter that doesn’t put any butts in seats.
Well, with COVID-19 currently running amuck, Andrade doesn’t need to be a draw. Even with Alvarez currently campaigning at 168, Andrade has said that he has no issue moving up in weight.
There has been a growing narrative around Alvarez. His resume looks impressive but most of the names associated with it were past their primes when he took them on. If Andrade were to hit the Alvarez sweepstakes however, that narrative no longer applies.
2. Jermall Charlo
There’s something about Jermall Charlo (30-0, 22 KOs) that leaves fans with more question marks than answers. He’s currently an undefeated world champion and former two division titlist.
His physique is intimidating and his fighting style makes you question the sanity of anyone who steps into the ring with him.
Through 30 career fights, he hasn’t come close to losing. His resume isn’t as deep as it probably should be, but he’s fought solid opposition. Julian Williams, Austin Trout and Matt Korobov were all handed one sided losses when matched up against him. With that being said, we still want to see more.
There is a growing belief that the Houston born Charlo is the best fighter at 160 pounds. His reign at 160 could be truncated however as he’s told multiple media outlets that he would move up in weight in order to get his hands on Alvarez.
The interest surrounding this matchup would be high, and the fans would run to their television screens in order to see who wins.
1. Artur Beterbiev
If Canelo Alvarez chooses any of the names on this list, then boxing fans will be beyond satisfied. But if for some reason, unified light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev (15-0, 15 KOs) is chosen, they’ll shed tears of joy.
For as great as the names associated with this list are, Alvarez would be favored against all them. Well, except for Beterbiev. The hard hitting knockout artist has never met a chin that he couldn’t dent. Alvarez however, is known for not only his impregnable defense but his iron will.
Unlike every other fighter on this list, Alvarez would have a noticeable disadvantage in terms of strength. The deck will be completely stacked against him from start to finish in this one. But that is exactly why it ranks number one. Canelo Alvarez is regarded by many as the best pound for pound fighter on the planet, but he can really stamp that notion with a win over Beterbiev.
Sergiy Derevyanchenko’s Trainer on Facing Canelo or Charlo: “It Doesn’t Matter, He’s Going to be Victorious”
By: Hans Themistode
Sergiy Derevyanchenko is unsure who to commit to. The middleweight contender currently has two offers on the table for world title bouts.
The first is from WBC belt holder Jermall Charlo for a contest that would take place in either late September or early October. The second is for a showdown against Canelo Alvarez at 168 pounds for his WBA Regular title on September 12th.
Making a decision would seem to be a difficult one, but for trainer Andre Rozier, he could care less.
“It doesn’t matter,” said Rozier to BoxingInsider.com. “He’s going to be victorious and he is going to have a strap around his waist. I want this young man to have a world title. He is the greatest fighter without a world title right now.”
The Brooklyn, New York born Rozier knows exactly how difficult it can be for an athlete to win a world title regardless of the sport. His beloved New York Knicks have floundered in mediocrity for the better part of two decades. Rozier watched as a young man as all-time great Patrick Ewing led his Knicks teams to the NBA Finals in 1994 and 1999, only to lose on both occasions. Ewing would go on to play 17 total seasons without winning a world title. His greatness on the basketball is seldom questioned, but his championship mantle will forever remain empty.
For Rozier, the career of Ewing brings eerie parallels to that of Derevyanchenko. But he is anxious to change that.
“He reminds me of Patrick Ewing,” said Rozier. “One of the best centers to ever grace the courts but he never got a world championship ring, but we’re going to get one.”
Much like the two title losses for Rozier’s Knicks in the 90s, Derevyanchenko is hoping to put back to back championship setbacks behind.
In October of 2018, Derevyanchenko found himself standing across the ring from former belt holder Daniel Jacobs. On the line was the vacant IBF strap. It was a razor close contest but Derevyanchenko came out on the losing end. That loss however, was competitive enough to land him another huge opportunity. This time in the form of former unified champion Gennadiy Golovkin. Much like his previous contest against Jacobs though, Derevyanchenko was once again on the losing end of a close decision.
With two championship losses under his belt, the Ukrainian born Derevyanchenko is hoping that the third time’s the charm.
At 34 years of age, Derevyanchenko’s title window could be closing. Nevertheless, when Rozier scopes the middleweight landscape, he understands exactly where his man fits in at a loaded weight class.
“This man is one of the best out there and he will be a world champion many times over.”
Caleb Plant: “I am The Best 168 Pound Champion”
By: Hans Themistode
Caleb Plant seemingly came out of nowhere.
For much of his career he was viewed as a good boxer who was nothing more than that, not great. So when it was announced that he was taking on then IBF belt holder Jose Uzcategui in early 2019, a knockout win for the champion was a guarantee. Yet, Plant went on to dominate his man over 12 rounds and win his first world title.
He was the new hot face in the Super Middleweight division. Fast forward one year later however, and he’s been made to feel somewhat obsolete due to the arrival of a certain fighter. Something that Plant disagrees with whole heartedly.
“Canelo is not controlling 168,” said Plant during a recent interview with Boxingscene. “I’m controlling 168. I’m going to be right here for a minute.”
Canelo Alvarez has been somewhat of a rabbit over the past few years. Jumping from weight class to weight class in search of carrots, or in his case, titles.
By all accounts it’s been mission accomplished by Alvarez. He successfully captured three world titles from Gennadiy Golovkin in 2018 in the Middleweight division. Three months later he moved up eight pounds to stop WBA Regular champion Rocky Fielding.
Alvarez spent his 2019 campaign unifying Middleweight titles against Daniel Jacobs before moving up yet again to grab the WBO Light Heavyweight belt off Sergey Kovalev. Now, with so much flux in weight, he seems settled into the 168 pound division.
Alvarez, along with WBC belt holder David Benavidez, WBO champion Billy Joe Saunders and WBA titlist Callum Smith has Plant looking at plenty in terms of competition. But the names and fame that they attract isn’t concerning to the IBF champion. He simply wants them to line themselves up against the wall and watch them fall over like bowling pins.
“I feel that I am the best 168 pound champion that there is. I am the most well rounded. I have the best boxing IQ. I have all of the tools to beat every champion. All of them are good at this and that, but they can’t make the adjustments that I can.”
With most of the world still forced to sequester themselves as they deal with COVID-19, no fans are expected to be in attendance for a boxing match anytime soon. Plant could opt for a soft touch for his ring return. Someone to just keep the COVID-19 induced rust off. But that doesn’t interest him at the moment. He wants to make it clear that he isn’t eschewing anyone.
“I want a unification match,” said Plant. “I’m not doing any catchweights or 10-round fights. I’m a world champion, 12-round fighter who will fight in my weight class at 168. I’m 13 pounds away from weight right now. I’m in shape. I’ve been running. The only thing that I haven’t been doing is sparring because we have a pandemic on our hands.”
Jamie Munguia’s Handlers on Possible Canelo Alvarez Showdown: “To Be The Best, You Have To Fight The Best”
By: Hans Themistode
At 23 years of age, Jamie Munguia still has plenty of time to catch Canelo Alvarez in terms of star power and overall skill inside the boxing ring. Munguia, a former Jr Middleweight champion, has recently moved up to the Middleweight division. The same weight class that Canelo Alvarez calls home. Or at least one of the three, as the pound for pound star has won world titles at Middleweight, Super Middleweight and Light Heavyweight.
Both Munguia and Alvarez share a few things in common. Their Mexican heritage and championship background. But that is where the comparison starts and ends. In short, Munguia has a long way to go to catch Alvarez in terms of achievements and abilities but that doesn’t mean his handlers aren’t ready, willing and able to take him on next.
“Our hope and our dream is to fight Canelo,” said Fernando Beltran, head of Zanfer Promotions to BoxingScene.com in an interview. “I really think Munguia can give Canelo a fight of his life. If you want to be the best, you have to fight the best. We’ve been talking to [Munguia co-promoter] Golden Boy, Oscar De La Hoya and Eric Gomez to see what’s [Munguia’s] next step. We would love to fight any top 160-pound fighter, like Gennady Golovkin.”
A matchup between Alvarez and Munguia is an all too familiar sight. Six year ago at the age of 23, Alvarez had his own dare to be great moment when he took on 37 year old Floyd Mayweather. Alvarez of course, would go on to lose that contest, but hasn’t since then. It was a learning point for Alvarez. With every Floyd Mayweather esque slip of a punch, Alvarez continues to use what he learned in that fight today.
Munguia (35-0, 28 KOs) can evoke his own lessons from a fight with Alvarez should it happen. But Eddy Reynoso, trainer of Alvarez, doesn’t think it’s a good idea.
“Jaime lacks the experience to face Saúl, he is a disciplined fighter who is just coming up. He has a very good coach, Erik [Morales] is helping him, he brings a good promoter, so little by little he is going to go very far, but a confrontation with Saúl would not suit either of them,” Reynoso told ESPN. “He needs more maturity, more experience and apart from that we are about to go up to 168. It will be a difficult thing to face him.”
Beltran’s words are almost verbatim to Reynoso. But still, his preference is for Munguia to jump into the ring with Alvarez now as opposed to waiting.
“I agree with Eddy Reynoso [that Munguia needs to develop more],” said Beltran. “He is a very good trainer and he knows what he’s doing handling Canelo’s career. Munguia is getting better. He’s feeling stronger and more healthy. Let’s not forget, he’s only 23 years old. He’s not in a rush. We’re not in a hurry. We believe Munguia is at the level of the best fighters out there. He’s been passing tests with excellence. Why not dream and fight the best ones out there? I don’t think no one is going to walk through [Munguia]. I see him being very competitive at 160 and he can be the best of the division, no doubt. Canelo has plans at 168, and I respect and admire him a lot. I’m very proud that he’s a great Mexican representative. I’ve been in high-level Mexican classics, and I know what it’s all about.”
Dmitry Bivol Offers to Drop Down in Weight for Canelo Clash
By: Hans Themistode
With Canelo Alvarez presumably in need of a new opponent for his first ring appearance of the year, WBA Light Heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol, has attempted to throw his name into the mix.
Before COVID-19, placed a stranglehold on the entire sports world, WBO Super Middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders scored the golden ticket. For Saunders however, it wasn’t COVID-19 that got in his way for his dream contest, but it was actually himself.
During this worldwide pandemic, Saunders thought it would be funny to post a video telling men how to physically abuse their spouse.
Saunders found it hilarious, but no one else did as his boxing license was immediately suspended. Now that he might have taken himself out of the mix, Bivol wants to replace him.
“I’ve said now for over a year that I’m ready, willing and able to move down to super middleweight and fight Canelo,” said Bivol. “I have been training throughout the COVID-19 crisis and have watched on social media that Canelo has as well.”
“I know that my team and Golden Boy Promotions have discussed this option. We are willing to make the fight on very reasonable financial terms. My team understands that unlike many other opponents, my goal is not the payday, but to face the best in boxing today. I know I can beat him and the real rewards will come after this fight.”
Even before Saunders was penciled in as an opponent, many of the top names in the sport turned Alvarez down. Opportunities such as facing a pound for pound great fighter in his prime don’t come often. But for fighters such as WBA Super Middleweight champ Callum Smith, the money just wasn’t enough. Bivol though, is willing to take a discount.
Don’t misunderstand Bivol’s point of view. Sure he wants to get paid, we all do, don’t we? But if he can lock down a fight with Alvarez and actually pull off the win, he’ll find himself swimming in cash in no time.
Bivol has a slight eye on the gold at the end of the Canelo rainbow. But more importantly, if he does land the mega showdown, he’ll finally have a career defining fight.
“We are willing to work out a much more reasonable deal than what was paid to Canelo’s recent opponents to make this fight. For Dmitry it’s more about the opportunity to dethrone one of the very best fighters in the world.”
“I have heard that DAZN and all other parties involved are supportive of this fight. But whenever the name is brought up to Canelo, he says he would never do it. However I don’t know how much truth there is to this. It would be great to know if he is ready to fight other top champions in his division. One’s that are on the same network and are ready to make a simple and appropriate deal. I strongly believe that Dmitry Bivol at Super Middleweight is the toughest test for Canelo.”
“Dmitry wants to fight the best and Canelo is all the way at the top of that list right now. This fight will have to happen sooner or later. The fans want to see a fight where Canelo will really be tested.”
Chris Eubank Jr Doesn’t Give Callum Smith or Billy Joe Saunders a Chance to Beat Canelo
By: Hans Themistode
When it was first announced that Canelo Alvarez would be taking on Billy Joe Saunders on May 2nd, for Saunders WBO Super Middleweight title, the news was met with ambivalence.
Sure Saunders has always flashed greatness in the ring. But he’s also shown to have the capability to completely stink up the joint.
After back to back impressive wins over Willie Monroe Jr and. David Lemieux, Saunders had never seen his stock look any higher. But in a pattern that has defined his career, Saunders followed up those huge wins with lackluster performances against Shefat Isufi and Marcelo Esteban. Saunders managed to pull out the win in both contests, but he hardly looked impressive.
Regardless of his recent performances however, Saunders has now found himself in the biggest fight of his career.
With Saunders making the poor choice of releasing a video depicting how to physically abuse your wife, his boxing license has been immediately taken away. He isn’t completely out of the running to land a fight with Canelo as a meeting to discuss his future has been set, but there is one fighter who would rather them not face off at all.
“It would be a more exciting fight with me [against Canelo] rather than Saunders or Smith,” said Eubank Jr.”
“The entire world knows that Saunders would run for 12 rounds in a boring fight. Then would be caught and knocked out. That is not a fight I’m interested in seeing. I don’t get the interest. Saunders has a belt which is the only reason he has this opportunity but, who knows, maybe that belt won’t be with him for much longer if he’s banned after what he’s done.”
Eubank Jr has been called a lot of things. Not very skilled, a front runner and even a non contender but never a boring fighter. But a fight between himself and Canelo seems far from likely. Another fighter who also found himself on the short list of opponents for Canelo’s next ring appearance was WBA Super Middleweight champion Callum Smith.
While many believe that the tall, lanky but also hard hitting Smith would cause Canelo a ton of trouble, Eubank Jr see’s that matchup playing out in yet another easy victory for Canelo.
“Smith’s performance against John Ryder? We saw a lot of weaknesses in his game. Canelo is a far superior version of Ryder in terms of his style – come-forward, inside-fighting. Smith couldn’t deal with that against Ryder so what are they thinking? He barely got past Ryder. I think Ryder won that fight.”