Eddy Reynoso: Next Fight Announcement Coming After Jan 15!
When Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (53-1-2, 38 KO’s) recently two-pieced Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (34-4-1, 29 KO’s) into unconsciousness and commandeered his WBO world light heavyweight belt, a number of questions arose.
First and foremost, would the middleweight champion ever return to 160? Or, would the redhead return to super middleweight for that matter?
Or perhaps Alvarez would remain at 175? There are ample gloomy tales about fighters ballooning up in weight only to greet disaster when they return to the previous division.
THE INSIDE SCOOP
In a recent interview with FightHype, Alvarez’s trainer, Eddy Reynoso, through the use of translator gave hope and squelched it all at the same time.
During the brief inquiry, Reynoso revealed that making 160 and 168 was not a problem. In fact, it was something they already planned to do. Going a step further, Reynoso insisted that Canelo could fight at 160 or 168 in his very next fight.
“We have about five months until the date that we want in May that Canelo always fights on. That’s plenty of time to go back down to either 160 or 168, that’s no problem for us.”
Understandably, this crucial in-house information was exciting to say the least. Unfortunately, Reynoso kept talking.
When Alvarez needlessly hopped up to light heavyweight, he left a lot of food on the table at middleweight. Fellow champions, Jermall “Hit Man” Charlo (29-0, 21 KO’s) (WBC) and Demetrius “Boo Boo Andrade (28-0, 17 KO’s) (WBO) definitely want their chance to make spare ribs out of the boxing cash cow.
The two have been very vocal about the matter for an extended period of time. At the top of the year, Canelo declared that he sought to unify the middleweight division.
Yet, after besting Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs (35-3, 29 KO’s), Alvarez has evaded the two Americans, and the whole of the middleweight division, with the deft skill and precision of a parkour expert. Hearing that he was coming back to 160 meant that perhaps the Mexican luminary aimed to settle that unfinished business.
TOP FLIGHT DUCKING AND DODGING?
On the notion of who Alvarez would face next, the chief second listed Team Canelo’s wish list of opponents to be Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (40-1-1, 35 KO’s), Callum “Mundo” Smith (27-0, 19 KO’s), “Superb” Billy Joe Saunders (29-0, 14 KO’s) and John “The Gorilla” Ryder (28-5, 16 KO’s).
Outside of Ryder, in their very last outing, each and every one of these men turned in performances sadder than a six year old standing in a pet cemetery.
“Obviously our plans are to fight at 160 and 168. There’s a lot of names. The Golovkin trilogy, Callum Smith, John Ryder, Billy Joe Saunders.”
When Canelo spontaneously jumped up to light heavyweight, most viewed him as selecting the weakest champion over three divisions.
Alvarez had the aforementioned Charlo and Andrade at 160, as well as David “Red Flag” Benavidez (22-0, 19 KO’s) (WBC) and Caleb “Sweet Hands” Plant (19-0, 11 KO’s) (IBF) at 168 and Artur Beterbiev (15-0, 15 KO’s) (WBC, IBF) at 175 available to him.
Each and every one of these champions are undefeated. Yet, it seems Canelo means to continue turning a blind eye to these stiff challenges.
STILL TIME ON THE CLOCK
Hopefully, this is not the case though. There is still ample time to make a fight with one of the unblemished fighters above.
It’s roughly six months away from Canelo’s traditional May 5 Mexican Independence Day fight. On this topic, Reynoso offered a reasonable timeline for when the public should know who the redhead will dance with next.
Let’s just hope its someone the boxing public actually wants to see!
“We’re going to get with DAZN and get with the promoter to see what’s available, what’s out there.
“We plan to make an announcement on the fight in May, for Canelo, after January 15, after the new year.”
By: Bakari Simpson