Canelo looking at Andrade after negotiations with Derevyanchenko fall through.
It is rough times for Canelo in terms of finding his next opponent since defeating Daniel Jacobs in May. In the process he has managed to lose two of three belts he once held (that is if you consider getting tagged a “Franchise Champion” losing a belt).
Originally, DAZN was looking to make a trilogy between Canelo Alvarez and former unified champion Gennady Golovkin on September 14. Negotiations, however, quickly broke down between the two. DAZN ,who distributes both of their fights, attempted to intervene on the behalf of Golovkin to make the fight.
However, they were unsuccessful in convincing the current champion to proceed with the bout. Alvarez attempted to then make a fight with WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev. This was a tall task, given the Russian champion already has a mandatory bout with challenger Anthony Yarde.
Canelo then sought approval from DAZN to pursue a mandatory fight with IBF #1 contender Sergey Derevyanchenko. It appeared both sides were close to an agreement. However, those negotiations have also collapsed. Shortly after, he was stripped of his IBF title much like Golovkin was in 2018 for not fighting Derevyanchenko.
Now, it looks like Alvarez has begun negotiations with WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade. Andrade has been chasing a bout with the unified champion for the past six years, across two weight divisions.
This would be a huge event for both fans and DAZN if this fight can at last come to fruition! For those who have been wanting to see this fight since 2012, hopefully you will be able to exhale the word “finally” in a few months!
By: Corey Cunningham