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.