Eddy Reynoso Eyeing Canelo Vs. Bivol Sequel: “There’s No Doubt That We Want That Rematch, We Didn’t Lose The Fight”
By: Hans Themistode
Eddy Reynoso beamed with pride and confidence as he watched his fighter, Canelo Alvarez, make his way to the ring late last night.
As a jam-packed crowd in T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, roared vociferously, Reynoso remained steadfast in his belief that his Mexican star would keep his staunch supporters on their feet.
While pegged as a considerable underdog, Dmitry Bivol was both unfazed and undaunted by the task at hand. In the opening round, the Russian native appeared content and willing to allow Alvarez to bully him against the ropes. As the rounds slowly ticked by, however, he slowly began finding his rhythm.
At times, Alvarez’s backers sat quietly as Bivol blasted his man mercilessly. A visibly tired Alvarez admitted that during the championship rounds, he was running on fumes, something Bivol would take full advantage of.
Despite languishing against the ropes for long stretches, Alvarez proudly rose his hand in triumph as the sound of the final bell blared through T-Mobile Arena. Nevertheless, while Alvarez believed he was only moments away from arguably his greatest achievement, it was Bivol who was left grinning from ear to ear as all three judges scoring their light heavyweight bout handed the Russian star a close but clear unanimous decision victory.
As both Alvarez and Reynoso retreated to their dressing room in disbelief, the pair have already revealed that their rivalry with Bivol has only just begun. In the end, while Reynoso refuses to fulminate over the judge’s decision, he believes they ultimately handed the victory to the wrong fighter.
“Yes, there’s no doubt about that, we want that rematch,” said Reynoso to a group of reporters. “We felt that we didn’t lose the fight, just some rounds. We want that rematch to see what we can do better.”
After wrapping every world title around his waist at 168 pounds, Alvarez, 31, craved an even bigger challenge. In an effort to meet his wishes, Reynoso viewed a light heavyweight showdown against Bivol as the ultimate risk.
Having produced a spotless record through 19 professional bouts, Bivol gladly accepted team Alvarez’s decision to face him. Reynoso, who also manages Alvarez in addition to training him, is of the belief that the former pound-for-pound king followed his pre-fight game plan to perfection.
Still, regardless of Alvarez’s execution, and despite Reynoso maintaining that his fighter should have been given the victory, he won’t allow himself to take the spotlight away from Bivol. More than anything, the former trainer of the year believes that while Bivol has sullied Alvarez’s record, the Mexican native can walk with his head held high.
“You have to give good credit to Bivol and what he did but Saul is a winner and he will come back stronger.”
Oscar De La Hoya: “Eddy Reynoso Only Has Time For Canelo, That’s The Bottom Line”
By: Hans Themistode
Eddy Reynoso’s name often protrudes near the top of the coaching ranks.
At the moment, the multiple-time Trainer of the Year has led several fighters, including Canelo Alvarez and Oscar Valdez, to championship glory. In addition to being the head trainer to Alvarez and Valdez, Reynoso’s stable also includes undefeated heavyweight contender Frank Sanchez and former unified heavyweight titlist, Andy Ruiz Jr.
Considering the fighters Reynoso has under his wing, current welterweight contender, Vergil Ortiz Jr., was intrigued by the idea of joining forces. In somewhat of a test run, Ortiz Jr. parted ways with renowned trainer Robert Garcia and spent approximately one full month in San Diego, California, to be in close proximity to Reynoso’s gym.
Ultimately, Ortiz Jr. opted against sticking with Reynoso and instead, has decided to strengthen his boxing partnership with his father. The 23-year-old has also brought Manny Robles onboard as his co-trainer. While the highly ranked contender admits that he was initially fascinated by their possible partnership, he quickly realized that it wasn’t a good idea.
“Yes, there was some truth to it,” said Ortiz Jr. to a group of reporters when asked if he was interested in training with Reynoso. “I was at that gym for maybe three or four weeks. It just further proves my point that my dad was always my main trainer. We were the only ones in the gym for the most part. We didn’t get to see too much of Eddy. It’s towards the end of the year where it’s the holidays and I couldn’t get sparring either. It’s just like a very dead time for boxing. It was just really bad timing. So we were forced to go somewhere else.”
Much like Ortiz Jr., Ryan Garcia, a former 135 pound interim titlist, recently decided to end a near four-year partnership with Reynoso. Although Garcia reeled off five consecutive stoppage victories, Garcia grumbled about the lack of training time with Reynoso. Now, the flamboyant 135 pound contender will train under the guidance of Joe Goossen.
News of both Garcia and Ortiz Jr.’s decisions are backed heavily by Oscar De La Hoya, who promotes both fighters. In the opinion of Golden Boy Promotions leading man, Alvarez is Reynoso’s main and oftentimes, only focus.
“When the Virgil’s were thinking of going to Eddy Reynoso, I liked the idea because he has knowledge and training beside a great world champion like Canelo would’ve been great. But the only issue was the time. Eddy Reynoso has so many world champions, including the very best one. If Canelo tells Eddy ‘hey let’s go on vacation,’ he drops everything and he goes cause they’re best friends. It wouldn’t have been fair to Virgil or the fighters. We now see with Ryan, he went with Joe Goossen which is a great choice. It’s timing. Eddy Reynoso only has time for Canelo, that’s the bottom line.”
Ryan Garcia Claims Eddy Reynoso’s Lack Of Time, Not Bad Blood, Led To Split
By: Hans Themistode
Ryan Garcia and Eddy Reynoso appeared to be a match made in boxing Heaven.
Following Garcia’s majority decision victory over Carlos Morales in 2018, the California resident was in search of new life. While he was thankful to extend his undefeated record, Garcia was mostly disappointed in his performance.
In an effort to improve, Garcia sought the guidance of Reynoso. As a tandem, they would go on to blow out the competition. In addition to becoming a deadly puncher, Garcia secured the most impressive win of his career, a seventh-round stoppage over Luke Campbell in January of 2021. Immediately after, Reynoso beamed with joy, even going as far as to say that Garcia’s win over Campbell was the most satisfying of his career.
Ultimately, Garcia’s momentum went by the wayside as he was sidelined for the remainder of the year due to a combination of mental health recovery and right wrist surgery. During his time away from the ring, Canelo Alvarez, Reynoso’s star pupil, chastised Garcia and openly questioned his work ethic.
Although Garcia has recently opted to leave Reynoso’s stable to join forces with trainer Joe Goossen, the 23-year-old insists that lack of one on one care aided in their amicable split, nothing else.
“It had nothing to do with bad blood, or ego, or any hard feelings,” said Garcia during a self-recorded video. “It’s just time, knowing that Eddy is very busy and I respect it.”
Regardless of what took place behind the scenes, Garcia has no ill-will toward the multiple-time Trainer of the Year award winner.
Next up for the young star, is a date with fellow lightweight contender, Emmanuel Tagoe. The two are officially slated to square off on April 9th, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
Though he’s viewed as a sizable favorite going in, considering how much Garcia wants to accomplish in his boxing career, he refuses to drop the ball during his return fight.
“You cannot ever take a fighter lightly. This is gonna be a good fight. We’re going to go forward. A world title, all the belts one day.”
Ryan Garcia Joins Forces With Joe Goossen, Parts Ways With Eddy Reynoso
By: Hans Themistode
The career of Ryan Garcia appeared to be plateauing in 2018. In September of said year, the highly touted California native eked out a close majority decision win over journeymen Carlos Morales. In an effort to take his game to the next level, Garcia sought the help of highly ranked trainer, Eddy Reynoso.
As a tandem, the pair reeled off five consecutive knockout victories, including a seventh-round stoppage over former lightweight title contender, Luke Campbell. During their showdown, Garcia was forced to pick himself up off the deck before scoring the knockout win.
Along the way, current pound-for-pound star Canelo Alvarez, Reynoso’s star pupil, cheered Garcia on. But, regardless of what appeared to be a partnership made in Heaven, Garcia has decided to end things abruptly.
“I’m excited to announce that I will now be working with Hall of Fame trainer Joe Goossen, in addition to my father, Henry Garcia,” said Garcia in a written statement. “Joe’s legendary career spans several decades working with championship fighters. I worked with Joe when I was growing up and the two of us have maintained a great relationship over the years. I can’t wait to pick back up where we left off and to continue this journey together.
“I would like to thank Eddy Reynoso for everything. Eddy has been in my corner since 2018 and I’ve learned a lot from him, both inside and out of the ring. We built an incredible friendship that I’ll always cherish. On behalf of my whole team, I wish Eddy continued success in his amazing career.”
Garcia’s decision to ultimately leave Reynoso in the dust comes with just two months remaining until he makes his ring return against Emmanuel Tagoe. The two are officially slated to tango on April 9th, at the Alamodome in San Antonio Texas. If it were solely up to Garcia, his reinstatement back into the boxing world would have taken place much earlier.
Following his win over Campbell in January of 2021, the flamboyant Garcia was scheduled to take on former multiple division titlist, Javier Fortuna. Nevertheless, Garcia opted against facing Fortuna, citing that he would rather prioritize his mental health instead.
As Garcia fought to get him back on track mentally, he felt fit and ready to return during the second half of the year. For his first opponent, Garcia was expected to face Joseph Diaz. But, during his preparation for their bout, Garcia suffered a serious injury to his right wrist which would force him to have subsequent surgery.
Considering his mental health, surgery, and now trainer change, many in the boxing world have questioned whether or not Garcia’s head remains in the game. However, with the ambiguous feel surrounding his career, Garcia reveals that his objective in the sport of boxing hasn’t changed.
“I’ll now be working out of my own gym, Fierce King, in San Diego – and my goal remains the same: to become a world champion.”
Eddy Reynoso Reveals What Anthony Joshua Should Work On
By: Hans Themistode
Like most, Eddy Reynoso has marveled at the physical specimen that is Anthony Joshua.
The former unified heavyweight champion stands at a towering 6’6” and possesses the sort of hulking 240 pound frame that resembles Greek Gods. Despite his impressive physique, however, Joshua has found himself on the losing end of his bouts over the past few years.
In 2019, the British native was floored four times before ultimately losing his heavyweight titles to Andy Ruiz Jr. via seventh-round stoppage. Though Joshua would go on to defeat Ruiz Jr. in their immediate rematch and score a violent knockout victory over Kubrat Pulev in December of 2020, the now 32-year-old was handed a unanimous decision defeat in his lone ring appearance of 2021 against Oleksandr Usyk.
Reynoso, a former multiple-time trainer of the year and the leading man in the corner of pound-for-pound star Canelo Alvarez, believes Joshua is immensely talented. However, Reynoso can also see the holes in the former champions game.
“Work his distance more, better combinations,” said Reynoso as he listed what Joshua has to improve upon during an interview with Fight Hub TV. “He has a lot of good traits, good physical traits but he doesn’t take advantage of them.”
Joshua, a former 2012 Olympic gold medalist, believed that with a win over his then mandatory challenger, the next step for him would be an undisputed showdown against current WBC champion, Tyson Fury.
Although Joshua still dreams of becoming an undisputed titlist, he’ll first look to regain his championship status. Immediately following his defeat, Joshua boarded the first flight to the states and began exploring various boxing gyms while speaking to numerous trainers. Amongst them, was Reynoso.
Presently, the highly touted trainer has a deep stable of fighters including Alvarez, Ruiz Jr., Frank Sanchez, Ryan Garcia, and Oscar Valdez.
Admittedly, Reynoso reveals that he would be more than willing to take Joshua under his wing and prepare him for his rematch with Usyk. Although their new partnership isn’t solidified as of yet, Reynoso appears more than willing to lend Joshua a helping hand.
“I would love to work with Joshua, why not? My job is to train fighters and I will see if I can make it work. It’s a question of the timing of the next fight. We talked with Eddie Hearn and Joshua’s management and we will see what happens.”
Eddy Reynoso Open To Canelo Vs. Golovkin Trilogy: “If He Wants He Can Come Up, Saul Can’t Go Down”
By: Hans Themistode
Canelo Alvarez and Gennadiy Golovkin will be forever linked.
In 2017, after spending years calling out the Mexican star, Golovkin and Alvarez officially squared off. Following the conclusion of 12 rounds, Golovkin believed that he would be awarded a unanimous decision victory. However, the Kazakhstan monster was stunned at the final outcome, as he was forced to settle for a split decision draw.
One year later, the two opted to do it again. Much like their first contest, both Golovkin and Alvarez fought tooth and nail for 12 complete rounds. Once more, Golovkin was left dumbfounded at the final result, as the former unified middleweight champion was given the first defeat of his illustrious career.
Since locking horns nearly five years ago, both men have gone their separate ways. In the case of Golovkin, he’s remained at 160 pounds. In the process, he reclaimed one of his middleweight titles following his unanimous decision victory over Sergiy Derevyanchenko.
While Golovkin has continued to be a force at 160 pounds, Alvarez, on the other hand, has moved up and down the scales. With a win over Sergey Kovalev in 2019, Alvarez nabbed the WBO light heavyweight title. Ultimately, Alvarez’s 175 pound title run was a transient one.
For the better part of the past year, Alvarez has competed exclusively at 168 pounds. With the Mexican star scoring conclusive knockouts against Billy Joe Saunders and Caleb Plant, Alvarez became the first undisputed super middleweight champion of all time.
Though both Golovkin and Alvarez will always be joined at the hip, Golovkin believes the two still have unfinished business. In fact, Eddy Reynoso, Alvarez’s trainer and manager, recently revealed that Golovkin attempted to lure Alvarez back into the ring.
“Let’s see if something can happen in May or September,” said Reynoso during an interview with Fight Hub TV. “Truth is, Golovkin has raised his hand recently to fight against Canelo. There’s intent there for a trilogy.”
As reported by Mike Coppinger of ESPN, promoter Eddie Hearn has recently attempted to aid Golovkin in pursue of Alvarez. Following a one-fight offer from PBC’s Al Haymon to face WBC middleweight titlist Jermall Charlo, Hearn extended a two-fight offer to Alvarez shortly after.
The Mexican star would first face off against WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol in early May and would subsequently take on Golovkin in September.
By all accounts, Reynoso has shown an interest in rekindling Alvarez’s rivalry with Golovkin. However, while Reynoso is willing to sit down and discuss a possible deal, he reveals that Alvarez will only face Golovkin under one condition.
“Yeah, 168. If he wants he can come up. Saul can’t go down”
Eddy Reynoso: “David Benavidez Is A Good Fighter But How Many Champions Has He Beaten?”
By: Hans Themistode
There appears to be a growing amount of frustration for Eddy Reynoso whenever David Benavidez is brought up in conversations.
By and large, Canelo Alvarez, Reynoso’s premier current fighter, is considered the best in the sport. Although many have struggled to name a worthy challenger, Benavidez has emerged as the one fighter who can truly push Alvarez to his limits.
In back-to-back weekends, both Alvarez and Benavidez made explosive returns to the ring. On November 6th, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, Alvarez took care of business against former 168-pound belt holder Caleb Plant, stopping him in the 11th round. In doing so, Alvarez became the first undisputed super middleweight champion of all time.
One week later, at Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona, Benavidez scored a knockout victory of his own. On the night, the former two-time super middleweight belt holder easily stopped Kyrone Davis in the seventh round of their showdown.
Considering the fashion in which Benavidez dominated, the 24-year-old is viewed as one of the top challengers for Alvarez and his super middleweight thrown. However, while Reynoso confesses that Benavidez is immensely talented, as he gazes upon his short resume, he isn’t convinced that Benavidez has done enough to earn a shot at Alvarez.
“David Benavidez is a good fighter,” said Reynoso to FOX Deportes. “But for me, he has not achieved what people think. My respects to him but how many champions has he beaten? How many defenses has he made? How many unifications has he completed?
In spite of Reynoso questioning the level of opposition Benavidez has faced, he’s currently ranked number one in the WBC sanctioning body. With that said, he doesn’t appear on track to land a showdown with Alvarez anytime soon.
Since snagging every world title at 168 pounds, Alvarez has opted to bypass defending his crown in his next ring appearance. He’s also decided against moving up to the light heavyweight division. Instead, Alvarez has set his sights on Ilunga Makabu and his WBC cruiserweight crown.
Though nothing is set in stone, Mauricio Sulaiman, President of the WBC sanctioning body, has agreed to allow Alvarez to challenge Makabu in either May or June of 2022. If Alvarez is successful, he’ll become the first fighter of Mexican descent to win world titles in five different weight classes.
Eddy Reynoso: “For Me, Terence Crawford Is Better Than Spence”
By: Hans Themistode
Like most of the boxing world, Eddy Reynoso, trainer of pound for pound star Canelo Alvarez, finds a matchup between WBO welterweight belt holder Terence Crawford and unified champion Errol Spence Jr. very intriguing.
The two have long been considered the best at 147 pounds but have yet to sit down at the negotiating table to work on a deal. Regardless of the pent up demand for their showdown, both sides are far and away from making their dream bout a reality.
Although Reynoso views them both as extremely skilled and accomplished fighters, Crawford ranks slightly higher in his mind.
“For me, Terence Crawford is the better fighter than Spence,” said Reynoso during an interview with Little Giant Boxing. “He has more abilities and is more talented.”
Recently, both Spence Jr. and Crawford were spotted in Dallas Texas as they attended the clash between Maurice Hooker and Vergil Ortiz Jr. Although Crawford rooted Hooker on, he watched as his fellow stablemate fell at the hands of Ortiz Jr. via seventh-round stoppage.
Immediately following the bout, Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs) was asked by reporter Chris Mannix on the possibility of a matchup between himself and Spence Jr. finally coming to fruition. Not amused by the question, Crawford turned to Mannix and told him that he is moving past their showdown.
“I’m not worried about Errol Spence anymore,” said Crawford. “I already told everybody that fight is history for me.”
Along those same lines, when Spence Jr. (27-0, 21 KOs) was asked, he appeared unenthusiastic about their contest as well.
“It’ll happen I guess,” said Spence Jr. during an interview with Fight Hub TV. “We’ll see.”
While Reynoso would love to see them square off in the ring, he’s currently occupied as he works with both Alvarez and former heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr.
In the case of Alvarez, he’ll look to add the belt of WBO super middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders to his collection on May 8th. As for Ruiz Jr., Reynoso is working him back into shape as he takes on Chris Arreola next month in his first fight since losing his heavyweight titles to Anthony Joshua roughly a year and a half ago.
Eddy Reynoso On Andy Ruiz Jr.: “He Wants To Be World Champion Again, We Are Gonna Make A Great Team”
By: Hans Themistode
Andy Ruiz Jr.’s moment in the sun came and quickly left.
Following his monumental upset win over Anthony Joshua in June of 2019, Ruiz Jr. wrapped his newly won heavyweight titles around his waist and began partying nonstop. When Ruiz Jr. wasn’t out enjoying the night life, he was making frequent trips to the jeweler and stopped going to gym as frequent as he should have. With the newly crowned champion scheduled to take on Joshua six months later, the Mexican product figured since he had already done it once, repeating what he did should be no problem at all.
Those sentiments, of course, didn’t prove to be true as Joshua boxed circles around him and ended his 15 minutes of fame. For the now former belt holder, he realized what he did wrong. In turn, he put down the bottles of booze, no longer made trips to the local clubs and according to trainer Eddy Reynoso, his newfound dedication has his training like a mad man.
“Andy is very motivated,” said Reynoso during an interview with Fight Hub TV. “He wants to be world champion again. He’s dropping weight and he’s been disciplined. We are gonna make a great team.”
Since the one-sided loss, Ruiz Jr. (33-2, 24 KOs) has sat back and watched as his new stablemates have gone on to pick up big wins.
Just a few weeks ago, Oscar Valdez upset the odds by not only defeating former WBC super featherweight belt holder Miguel Berchelt but flat out knocking him out cold. Canelo Alvarez has continued to win as he easily outboxed Callum Smith to win the WBA, WBC and Ring magazine super middleweight titles in December. Also, in just a few short hours, Alvarez will take on Avni Yildirim at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Florida. Virtually everyone expects Alvarez to pick up the win and maintain his pound-for-pound status.
As for Ruiz Jr., he simply wants to keep the winning train going. Although nothing is concrete, he will most likely return to the ring in a few months against fringe contender Chris Arreola.
Winning a world title is prevalent on his mind, but more than anything, Ruiz Jr. wants to prove that his success wasn’t a flash in the pan. While he already has all of the motivation in the world, Reynoso believes that with everyone surrounding him ascending, the fire burning in his belly is brighter than ever.
“He’s seeing the success everyone else is having and it’s gonna motivate him even more.”
Eddy Reynoso: “David Benavidez Is An Excellent Boxer, Charlo Is Also A Spectacular Boxer, Both Are Good Fights For 2022”
By: Hans Themistode
Eddy Reynoso, trainer of unified super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez, knows it’s just a matter of time.
Even with Reynoso focusing all of his energy on the game plan of Alvarez as he prepares to take on Avni Yildirim this Saturday night at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Florida, the long time trainer is fully aware that names such as David Benavidez and Jermall Charlo are fighters that Alvarez will have to face sooner rather then later.
“David Benavidez is an excellent boxer,” said Reynoso during an interview with Fino Boxing. “This one I think will make a great fight. Charlo is also a spectacular boxer. Both are good fights for 2022.”
Reynoso’s targeted timeline of 2022 comes with good reason. At the moment, Alvarez (54-1-2, 36 KOs) is more concerned with making history as opposed to taking on the likes of Charlo and Benavidez. With a win over Yildirim on Saturday night, Alvarez is expected to take on WBO super middleweight titlist Billy Joe Saunders. Should the Mexican native do what many are expecting him to do against Saunders, he would then move on to a showdown against IBF belt holder Caleb Plant.
A win against all of those aforementioned names would make Alvarez the first undisputed super middleweight champion in boxing history. With so much on the line this year, Reynoso would rather stay the course and continue with their original plan.
“I don’t see them fighting with Canelo this year because we bring other projects against other champions.”
Although the words spewed by Reynoso aren’t exactly what fans want to hear, it could give both fighters much-needed time.
In the case of Benavidez (23-0, 20 KOs), the former WBC belt holder is still kicking himself for losing his title on the scales after failing to make weight for his August showdown against Roamer Alexis Angulo. Dropping his belt did nothing to change the outcome of their contest however, as Benavidez handed his man a hellacious beating before ultimately stopping him in the tenth.
Now, in just a few more weeks, he’ll return to the ring to take on fringe contender Ronald Ellis as he looks to continue his momentum. As for Charlo (31-0, 22 KOs), by the time 2022 rolls by, he might be campaigning in the same weight class as both Benavidez and Alvarez.
Currently, the Houston native holds the WBC title one weight class lower but has stated on numerous occasions that he has no problem moving up in weight to face either Alvarez or even Benavidez.
Regardless of their future plans, Reynoso expects both of them to continue their winning ways. If they can simply continue to mow down the competition, then a fight is inevitable.
“All of them are very good rivals and very good boxers. I think we will fight them one day.”
Eddy Reynoso Adamant That Canelo Alvarez Is Staying At Super Middleweight: “This Is His Weight”
By: Hans Themistode
If Gennadiy Golovkin, Jermall Charlo, Demetrius Andrade, or any other middleweight hopeful wants to face Canelo Alvarez, they’ll have to do so eight pounds north.
After fluctuating between middleweight and light heavyweight, Alvarez has officially settled at a weight class right in between both, super middleweight.
“He is 168 now. It is his prime weight,” said Alvarez’s trainer/manager Eddy Reynoso during an interview with boxingscene.com. “This is his weight.”
To further reinforce Reynoso’s words that Alvarez will in fact stick around in the super middleweight division, the former four-division champion officially dropped his WBA middleweight championship. A title he held since ending the title reign of Gennadiy Golovkin in late 2018.
Immediately following the win, Alvarez (54-1-2, 36 KOs) began experimenting with his weight. The Mexican superstar dipped his toes in the super middleweight division and by all accounts, he enjoyed it. In December of 2018, Alvarez scored a quick third-round stoppage win against Rocky Fielding, lifting his WBA world title in the process.
While he claimed that he felt great at the weight, Alvarez opted to move back down six months later, scoring a unanimous decision victory against Daniel Jacobs and adding his IBF middleweight title to his collection.
From there, Alvarez figured that if he could make the trek eight pounds north, then he could make an even bigger leap. This time, 15 pounds higher to land him in the light heavyweight division. After nabbing Sergey Kovalev’s WBO title via 11th round stoppage, he would drop down again to the super middleweight division. Just a few short weeks ago, the Mexican native would outclass former WBA/Ring magazine 168-pound titlist Callum Smith.
Alvarez, 30, may have found success competing in several weight classes, but he has also become the target of several notable names spanning across numerous divisions. The likes of WBC middleweight belt holder Jermall Charlo, WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol and even unified welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. have called for their shot against Alvarez.
Regardless of the perpetual call outs, Reynoso has no issue with whomever Alvarez faces. The 2019 trainer of the year has only one demand for anyone who wants to take on his pound for pound star.
“Anyone who wants to fight Canelo will have to meet us (at super middleweight). He’s not giving away any more of his prime. It is where he feels strongest.”
Eddy Reynoso, Trainer Of Canelo Alvarez Eyes Jermall Charlo Showdown: “That Fight Has To Take Place Next Year”
By: Hans Themistode
Jermall Charlo has done everything in his power to get Canelo Alvarez to notice him. From putting on stellar performance after stellar performance, to flat out calling him out, Charlo has done it all.
Yet, no matter how well he performed inside of the ring, Alvarez seldom mentioned him. With that being said, trainer Eddy Reynoso has watched quietly what Charlo has done, and by all accounts, he’s been impressed with what he’s seen.
“Charlo has been rising,” said Reynoso to ESPN Deportes. “He has been advancing.”
Recently, the WBC middleweight titlist continued his unbeaten run in his second championship reign with a win over perpetual contender Sergiy Derevyanchenko in late August. The betting public was under the impression that their contest which co-headlined a Showtime Pay-Per-View, would be the most difficult contest of his career. Despite those thoughts, Charlo (31-0, 22 KOs) picked Derevyanchenko apart on the night before cruising to a one sided unanimous decision victory. Following the win, Charlo kept his tradition going as he once again called for a shot against Canelo.
It’s a matchup that not only intrigues Reynoso, but he also has a date in mind as to when he would like to see it take place.
“It would be a big and important fight, but that fight has to take place next year.”
Although the two division titlist could be on the verge of having the one contest he has craved the most, with Alvarez not competing at 160 pounds in a year and a half, Reynoso believes getting down in weight could be an issue.
“I don’t think we can make 160-pounds right now after a year without fighting. These are factors that can be complicated.”
At the moment, fans of Alvarez (53-1-2, 36 KOs) would settle for watching their man spar at this point. After a 2019 that saw the 30 year old unify titles in the middleweight division before ultimately moving up two weight classes to become only the fourth Mexican born fighter to win world titles in four different weight classes, he’s sat idly on the sidelines.
His absence from the ring however, has been through no fault of his. With a pending legal battle against DAZN and his promoter Oscar De La Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions, Alvarez has a long road back to the squared circle. Despite that, Reynoso is keeping him in the gym at all times just in case a fight just so happens to fall in their lap.
“We are really working as if we were going to fight,” explained Reynoso. “We have always had that criterion, you have to be in the gym for whatever comes, so we have confidence that we can do something before the end of the year. If not, well, to fight in the early months of the following year. That’s why we are active and we are working in the gym daily.”