After being forced to postpone a rumored May 12th bout against Billy Joe Saunders for the WBO Super Middleweight Title due to COVID-19, Canelo Alvarez (53-1-2, 36 KO’s) has stated he plans to return to the ring in September of 2020.

In a recent interview with Mexican TV program Box Azteca, Canelo stated, “In my mind, I’m fighting in September…Hopefully all of this will pass and the date will still be possible.” He also stated he has continued to train, even with current social distancing restrictions. His trainer, Eddy Reynoso, has remained at home and has not been present with Canelo in the gym.

Canelo said right now there have been no discussions as to when he will actually fight or who a potential opponent may be. Canelo was slated to face Billy Joe Saunders, current WBO Super Middleweight Champion but the fight has since been derailed due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Saunders has also since had his boxing license suspended by the British Boxing Council due to him releasing a video encouraging domestic violence online.

At the moment, Canelo’s most likely opponent if he does fight is current Middleweight IBF Champion, Gennady Golovokin (40-1-1, 35 KO’s). Canelo and GGG have already fought twice, the first bout ending in a split draw and the last bout seeing Canelo win a Majority Decision and handing Golovokin his first loss as a professional. The pair have already signed an agreement for a trilogy bout that would take place in September of 2020.

Canelo was last seen in the ring in November of 2019, when he defeated Sergey Kovalev (34-1-4, 29 KO’s) by TKO to become the WBO Light Heavyweight Champion. Canelo has since vacated the title.

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