Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (53-1, 35 KOs) was in prime form on Saturday night when he defeated Daniel Jacobs (35-3, 29 KOs) to become the unified WBC, WBA, IBF, and Ring Magazine champion of the world.
It was a great performance from the Mexican fighter who’s world-class defense and accurate punches were on full display. It wasn’t a complete wipeout as Jacobs fought well and won a few rounds, but it was clear that Canelo was the superior fighter. But with that fight now in the record books, who should be next for Canelo Alvarez. It is widely expected that he will fight in September again and there are a number of interesting options for him on the table. Let’s take a look at who could be next.
Demetrius ‘Boo Boo’ Andrade (27-0, 17 KOs) is currently the WBO middleweight champion and has a fight scheduled on June 29th against Maciej Sulecki (28-1, 11 KOs). Should he get past that fight, he would be in the running for a fight against Canelo. Canelo has already stated that his goal is to become undisputed middleweight champion and to accomplish that, he’ll have to capture the WBO strap. Being that both fighters fight on DAZN as well, this fight is sure to happen sometime in the near future.
Gennady Golovkin (38-1, 34 KOs) also has a fight scheduled for June 8th against Steve Rolls (19-0, 10 KOs) which will be Golovkin’s DAZN debut. Should he get past Rolls, it is likely that he will get another fight with Canelo in September. The two fighters have fought twice in the past with the first match ending in a draw and the second ending in majority decision that went the Mexican’s way. Golovkin made his thoughts about the Canelo-Jacobs fight more than clear, calling it “boring” and a “good sparring match.” He claimed the fans want to see a “big drama show” and promised that on June 8th. A vintage Golovkin performance could definitely put him in the driver’s seat for a Canelo showdown later this year.
Errol Spence Jr.
Now we get to the more unlikely options but then again, boxing has surprised us many times in the past. Enter Errol Spence Jr (25-0, 21 KOs). Prior to Saturday’s fight, it was rumored that Golden Boy Promotions was preparing a $20 million dollar offer for Errol Spence to take a fight against Canelo, should the Mexican get past Jacobs. Now that he has, it will be interesting to see if Golden Boy does in fact proceed with the offer. Of course, the big controversy here is that Spence is a welterweight. Possibly the best welterweight on the planet but still, a welterweight. He himself has stated that he would be willing to move up in weight to fight Canelo, so that increases the chances of it happening a bit. However, a bigger issue other than the size difference is the promotional difference. Canelo is with DAZN and Golden Boy and Errol Spence is with PBC and Al Haymon. It is no secret that in boxing, fighters who fight in different networks rarely cross paths. We will have to wait and see how this one plays out, but don’t hold your breath.
Callum Smith (25-0, 18 KOs) is widely regarded as the best super middleweight on the planet after coming out the victor in the World Boxing Super Series tournament. He was expected to lose out to the more experienced George Groves but instead put on the performance of a lifetime stopping the English veteran. He currently holds the WBA world title and that could be his ticket to a Canelo showdown. In the post-fight interview, Canelo’s trainer, Eddie Reynoso, stated that a move to 168 would interest them if they could fight for another title. Being that Callum Smith fought the WBSS on DAZN, a fight against Canelo is definitely viable. What makes the fight even more viable is the fact that Canelo holds the WBA ‘regular’ title, making the fight with Smith simple to make. It would be a hell of a challenge for the Mexican fighter, but he seems up for the task.
I believe the guys who will most likely to get the call in September are Andrade or Golovkin. I personally hope Golovkin gets first crack due to his age (37) as waiting any longer will take some shine away from the third fight. Golovkin as at the age where he can turn old over night so they might as well settle it now. If I had to bet, I think DAZN will push for the third fight with Golovkin and we will get to see it come September. Andrade will be up for Canelo in May 2020, and we will have to see what happens from that point on.