Canelo will break tradition and not fight on the weekend of Mexican Independence day!
Cinco De Mayo and Mexican Independence Day are two days that have been reserved for unified middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez. These dates have always treated boxing fans with significant marquee fights. However that won’t be the case in 2019 like years of the past.
3kingsboxing.com has learned that Alvarez and his promoter Oscar De La Hoya have decided to forgo the September 14 date as they were unable to find a suitable opponent.
Alvarez had been in negotiations with WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev, however, the latter’s team decided to move forward with a mandatory match-up with Anthony Yarde. This becoming the case after receiving significantly low offers from Golden Boy compared to what Daniel Jacobs received for his May 4 fight with Alvarez.
The expectation was to have a trilogy with Gennady Golovkin, the former middleweight champion. However Alvarez had no interest at this time citing he needed to put in the work to deserve the fight.
The Mexican star is also dealing with what Golden Boy Promotions President Eric Gomez is categorizing as a minor knee injury. Although, many within the boxing community feel this is the real reason the team would forgo a September return.
Canelo Alvarez’ Statement
In a press release from Golden Boy Promotions, the champion had this to say:
“As a Mexican, it’s a responsibility and an honor to represent my country in both May and September. Those are my dates. However, as a world champion in multiple weight classes, I also have the responsibility of delivering the most exciting and competitive fights possible.
“That’s why Golden Boy and my team have decided to postpone the date in order to do right by my fans by promoting the best fight possible and with the best opponent possible.”
3kingsboxing.com will keep you abreast on a return date and opponent.
By: Jerrell Fletcher