The immediate goal of Canelo Alvarez is clear: unify all four super middleweight titles.
Alvarez said he took Briton’s WBA belt on December 19 and pointed out Callum Smith to win the vacant WBC title. RingTV.com He says he plans to fight at least three times this year to become the undisputed £ 168 champion.
He is expected to face the mandatory challenger Avnyur Dilim in February before targeting his fellow title holders Billy Joe Saunders (WBO) and Caleb Plant (IBF).
“I’ve worked hard for this, and it’s a great situation,” said Alvarez, who recently became his own promoter. “This is a very simple plan for 2021, fighting for all belts at 168, fighting three times, maybe four times. You see.
It will seem to exclude middleweight title holder Gennady Golovkin and top 168 pound candidate David Benavidez for the time being.
Alvarez (54-1-2, 36 KO) faced Golovkin twice, fighting a draw in 2017 and winning the majority vote the following year. Benavidez lost the WBC title on the scale before the fight against Roma Alexis Anglo in August.
Alvarez, who believes he defeated Triple G in both times, reiterated that he wasn’t in a hurry to face him again, but left the possibility open.
“I don’t have to prove anything to anyone,” Alvarez said. “I’ve already beat him twice and worked, but now I want to stay at 168 …. If (Golovkin) wants to move up, what if the fans really want it? I will look at.
“I’m 168 and I don’t have to do anything for anyone. I’m 168 and our goal is to unify here. I’m feeling good and strong now. Peak I feel like I’m welcoming you, and I’m doing my best.
“If a third fight (with Golovkin) happens, I feel so good that I can probably knock him out and do serious damage.”
Alvarez manager and trainer Eddie Reynoso commented on both Golovkin and Benavidez.
“We are independent and we can talk to the people we want to do right now. We have some great plans for the future,” he said. “The plan is to fight our duty in February and fight again in May and September.
“Maybe we’ll look at Sanders and then the plant. Our goal is to be the first unified Mexican super middleweight champion. We have unified all the titles and there I want to fight one of the best £ 168.
“GGG is fighting at 160, but our goal is to fight at 168. Benavidez is a good fighter, but the only thing about him is that he doesn’t have a belt. He He has accomplished a lot in his career, but Sole is about winning all the belts.
“I don’t know if Benavidez can reach £ 168 anymore. Right now, I have no purpose in fighting him. [Golovkin] He seems to be able to make 160 comfortably, but can come to fight 168. If he wants to stay there, that’s fine, that’s his choice.
“However, [Golovkin] Or [Jermall] Charlo wants to get up and fight at 168, which is fine. We can fight anyone without any problems. Canero had a very stressful time with his previous contract, we had to decide what we wanted to do and we risked getting out of the contract.
“In the end there was light and I fought and defeated a difficult champion at Callum Smith. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Canero so happy after defeating Smith. He returned to the ring and I was doing what I liked.
“He’s always learning, and now his thinking and training mode seems to be just beginning his career. He’s aiming for a great 2021.”
– Boxing Sports
Canelo Alvarez plans to unify the £ 168 title this year
https://boxingjunkie.usatoday.com/2021/01/canelo-alvarez-plans-to-unify-168-pound-titles-this-year Canelo Alvarez plans to unify the £ 168 title this year