Beating Matthew Hatton to his first major title in 2011, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has risen through the ranks in recent years to become the current face of middleweight boxing.
Drawing his Mexican crowd and many more boxing enthusiasts from all around the world, Canelo as he is popularly known, sells out stadiums and breaks pay per view records with almost seamless effort. Judging from fight record (55 fights, 3 draws, 1 loss)
Coming off his most recent unanimous decision win over Daniel Jacobs in Las Vegas, the question on everyone’s mind is, who is Canelo fighting next? Here are a few prospective opponents we might expect to face the Mexican superstar in the near future.
Nicknamed “the future of boxing”, Charlo holds a perfect record of 28 wins and no losses. 21 of these victories coming by knockout. Standing 6 feet tall with an orthodox stance, the fearless American would be a perfect match for Canelo.
Jermall is the current WBC interim middleweight champion. Looking to cruise to his 29th straight win, this sure would be a fight for the record books.
Errol Spence Jr
Named the 2015 boxing prospect of the year, Errol currently holds the international boxing federation (IBF) welterweight title. The American Olympic semi-finalist also finds himself the 5th on the latest pound for pound rankings. With a perfect record of 25 fights, 25 wins, and 21 knockouts, the 29-year-old southpaw has been a marvel in the ring.
After Canelo’s latest win, Errol Spence called him out and even went further to claim that Jacobs won. When asked about a prospective fight with the Mexican, Spence did not shoot down the idea, though he didn’t fully endorse it. Will he take the risk to jump more than one weight class to meet Canelo in the ring?
Fresh from his latest win over Jack Culcay in Minneapolis, the Ukrainian would be a good matchup against Alvarez.
With 10 of his 13 wins coming by knockout, he has proven himself to have the power to give us a spectacle in the ring. aHis orthodox stance is similar to Canelo’s which means if they go toe to toe, it would certainly mean war.
With a perfect record of 32 fights and 32 wins, the 22-year-old boxer is the current WBO junior middleweight titleholder. At such a young age, he would like to have a big name to his list of wins without risking a career-ending loss. Time is on his side.
The all Mexican showdown would surely be a spectacle for the fans. Especially after Munguia announced that he would be moving up from the 154-pound weight class.
The world boxing association (WBA) middleweight titleholder from England stands an impressive 6 foot 3 inches tall, weighing 168 pounds.
Having recently called out Alvarez after his win over Jacobs, Smith opened the door to the speculation room with rumors flying all over about their potential matchup.
Callum Smith beat fellow British boxer George Groves to take the middleweight title in September 2018.
Golovkin is an elite boxer from Kazakhstan. Probably the only fighter to give Canelo a run for his money in recent times. The two first met in the ring on September 16th, 2017 with Golovkin as the title holder.
After 12 rounds of pure entertainment from the two warriors, the final decision went to the judges who couldn’t find anything to separate the two. Their decision? A draw.
Coming into the fight, Alvarez had a record of 49-1-1 and Gennady 37-0-0. The first dent in his stellar career thus far.
The two were scheduled to meet again on May 5th the next year for their highly publicized rematch. Álvarez would go on to test positive for a banned substance leading to his suspension for 6 months by the Nevada athletic commission (NAC). They rescheduled the fight to September 15th. Mexican Independence Day.
Another 12 rounds of pure talent showcased in the ring, there was not much to separate the two and again it went to the judges. The fight was dubbed “fight of the year by Ring magazine, but the result meant heartbreak for Golovkin and his fans. much to the delight of the other side. Canelo’s win meant the first loss for Gennady.
As soon as the fight ended, talk about a possible trilogy fight started, with Golovkin insisting that he got the shorter end of the stick. Many of his fans believed that he won the fight and demanded a rematch.
Considering that the Kazakh fighter thought he won both their fights, there is definitely some bad blood between the two camps. DAZN streaming service will definitely grow larger pockets to accommodate earnings from this trilogy fight should it happen. Considering the pay per view earnings from the rematch were at least $94 million.
Ticket sales from the fight also grossed $23,473,500 with 16,732 tickets sold.
Saul Alvarez could be looking to bring the boxing great back from retirement just as Connor McGregor managed to do in 2018. His motive would be simple, revenge. Mayweather went into retirement after this fight but has stuck to his training routine as though he might return to the ring anytime.
Having suffered his first and only loss in his professional career against an undefeated Mayweather, Alvarez might be looking to do the same to Mayweather.
Though highly unlikely, a Mayweather- Canelo rematch would be one for the record books in terms of earnings, entertainment and the hype around it. Boxing fans around the world would definitely want to watch this fight.
Predicting Who Canelo Fights Next
Being that Alvarez signed a five-year deal worth $365 million with DAZN streaming service, some big fights are definitely in the works. The deal covers 11 fights meaning we have 9 more to go (within the contract).
Golden boy promotions which advertise his fights would also want to take advantage of his potential to make a few million for themselves. They promise us some big fight nights in the coming months.
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