Canelo Alvarez: “I Want All The Titles At 168”

Canelo Alvarez Has Plans On Becoming Undisputed Super Middleweight Champion In 2021

Saul "Canelo" Alvarez
Saul "Canelo" Alvarez

Canelo Alvarez Has Plans On Becoming Undisputed Super Middleweight Champion In 2021


When it comes to boxing from 160-175 pounds, the world revolves around WBA “Super”/WBC World Super Middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez (54-1-2, 36 KOs). All prominent fighters and world champions within that weight range want a piece of him in the ring. Plans for their next fight are often determined by whether they are in serious consideration to be his next opponent.

2020 was a drama-filled year for the 30-year-old from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. It included a highly publicized split with his former promoter, Golden Boy Promotions. Only able to fight once in 2020 because of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Alvarez unified the WBA and WBC 168-pound world titles by dominating Callum Smith (27-1, 19 KOs) in November 2020.

COMING TO CONQUER

As we enter a new year, folks are waiting to see what he plans on doing next. Already declaring he will no longer fight at 160-pounds, he detailed what he has in store for 2021 during an interview with Ring Magazine. For the sports cash cow, he wants to clean out the division at 168-pounds.

“It’s a pretty simple plan for 2021, fight for all of the belts at 168 and fight three times, maybe four. We’ll see.

I want to take all of the titles. My goal is to fight anyone at 168 if they have a title, that’s who I’m going to go after. The goal is February, May, and September. That’s our goal for 2021.”

PLENTY OF OPTIONS

If he is looking for a match against the other world champions at super middleweight, they are more than willing to oblige. IBF World Super Middleweight champion Caleb Plant (20-0, 12 KOs) and WBO World Super Middleweight champ Billy Joe Saunders (30-0, 14 KOs) has campaigned for a fight against Alvarez on multiple occasions.

Because of their skillset and boxing ability, both feel they have what it takes to win. From a monetary standpoint, a fight against Alvarez is like winning the lottery. Always remember, this is prize-fighting. Both Plant and Saunders know a unification fight against Alvarez means a career-best payday.

Because of his market value and visibility, the Mexican star has the means to make his goal a reality. It is never a bad thing to hear a fighter talk about unifying the division. The next step is to follow-up his words with actions. It will be interesting if Alvarez can carry out the lofty goals he has set for the new year.

By: Michael Wilson Jr.

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