Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (53-1-2, 36 KO’s) is in an interesting predicament. He currently holds simultaneous championship belts, in three different weight classes. With a 15 pound difference in between middleweight and light heavyweight, Canelo will have no shortage of opponents to choose from so we have chosen the best fight for him at each weight class.
1. Gennadiy Golovokin- This being the most obvious fight for him to take at middleweight, and one fans would have no problem with. A trilogy with Gennadiy Golovokin (40-1-1, 35 KO’s) is something that Canelo has stated he does not have much interest in, since he believes he has handily defeated him twice, but would do again if the fans wanted. Many fans believe GGG, who is the current IBF champion, was robbed of a victory in their first bout, making the series even in victories. GGG is coming off a close descion win against Sergiy Derevyanchenko and is in the twilight of his career. Due to GGG’s age and fighting for window closing, this may be Canelo’s next fight. The question is how much will he have to struggle in order to make the middleweight limit of 160 pounds since he came in at the light heavyweight limit against Kovalev.
2. Billy Joe Saunders- Saunders (29-0, 14 KO’s) is coming off a knockout win against Marcelo Coceres. What was supposed to be an easy win, turned out to be a tough test for Saunders with many having Coceres up on the cards at the time of the knockout. After the fight, Saunders expressed interest in a unification fight with Canelo and promoter Eddie Hearn also would be willing to make. Saunders believes that Canelo did not beat the legitimate WBA champion at super middleweight last year when he won a title. A fight for a regular super middleweight title, and against another fighter who is a natural middleweight may be too enticing for Canelo to ignore in May.
3. Dmitry Bivol- Another undefeated fighter, Bivol (17-0, 11 KO’s) stands as the most likely opponent for Canelo to take if he chooses to remain at light heavyweight since he is a natural super middleweight. Bivol is currently a broadcast free agent, so a DAZN fight with Canelo would not be an issue. His issue would be his boxing reputation; Canelo has stated he is boxing for legacy not titles, so a fight with Bivol would not be considered likely due to Bivol’s less than overwhelming resume.
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