January 26, 2021
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Ring exclusive: Canelo Alvarez maps out his plans for 2021

Ring exclusive: Canelo Alvarez maps out his plans for 2021

by means of Joseph Santoliquito

Now that it’s in the rearview mirror, 2020 become not a year to be aware for any one. It short-circuited the realm, and it certainly yanked the grand plans of celebrity warring parties like Canelo Alvarez, The Ring and the world’s No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter.

Boxing revolves around Alvarez—love it once did Floyd Mayweather, which is the heights during which Canelo has attained.

With 2021 arriving, Alvarez (54-1-2, 36 knockouts) has severed his promotional ties from Golden Boy Promotions and his broadcasting duties to streaming service DAZN to turn into a free agent.

Alvarez is massive sufficient to do so, transcending the sport to the point where he’s in a position to name his personal shots, who he desires to combat, on what network he desires to battle on, eschewing the entanglements that averted him from fighting anybody from top Rank, Premier Boxing Champions or Matchroom.

In an exclusive interview with The Ring, Alvarez spoke about his plans to stay at 168 pounds and bring together all the titles there. Canelo is at the moment The Ring/WBA/WBC super middleweight champion, and The Ring/WBA middleweight beltholder.

Billy Joe Saunders (30-0, 14 KOS) holds the WBO 168-pound belt and Caleb Plant (20-0, 12 KOs) is the IBF tremendous middleweight titlist. past them, there’s also David Benavidez (23-0, 20 KOs) at 168, WBC middleweight titlist Jermall Charlo (31-0, 22 KOs) and IBF one hundred sixty-pound beltholder Gennadiy Golovkin (forty one-1-1, 36 KOs).

So, Alvarez has lots of alternate options for his plans to fight in February, to satisfy a WBC necessary responsibility in opposition t Avni Yildirim (21-2, 12 KOs), then go lower back to his traditional agenda of combating Cinco de Mayo weekend in early may additionally and in September right through Mexican Independence Day weekend.

“I’ve worked hard for this and it’s a pretty good situation to be in,” Alvarez stated all through a dialog with The Ring during the Christmas break. “It’s a gorgeous fundamental plan for 2021, combat for all of the belts at 168 and battle 3 times, might be four. We’ll see.

“I wish to take all the titles (at 168). My goal is to fight any one at 168 if they have a title, that’s who I’m going to move after. The intention is February, may additionally and September. That’s our intention for 2021.”

Canelo made this aspect emphatic: If Golovkin desires to battle a 3rd time, he would should come as much as face him at 168. Golovkin is a really large middleweight, and it could now not be a stretch physically.

both fought to a attract 2017 and a yr later, Alvarez beat Golovkin by majority decision in 2018. Over the closing two years, Alvarez has develop into a much more finished fighter and would be heavily appreciated if the two have been to satisfy once again a 3rd time.

Alvarez has been that overpowering.

besides, Canelo feels, what else is there to prove towards “GGG”?

photo by using Ed Mulholland/Matchroom.

“I don’t should show the rest to anybody, I did my job already with the aid of beating him twice and right now, I wish to reside at 168, and if (GGG) desires to flow up, we’ll see what happens, if that’s what the lovers actually desire,” he pointed out. “I’m at 168 and i don’t need to do any favors for anyone. I’m at 168 and our goal is to unify right here.

“I consider good at this time, I think effective. I believe like I’m at my height and that i proceed working difficult. If a combat happens a third time (with GGG), I consider so respectable that I could I absolutely knock him out and do some severe damage.”

Alvarez is also at a nice juncture in his life. The media throughout his combat with Callum Smith in San Antonio gave him nothing however rave reports as to being obtainable and highly approachable.

Canelo maintains that he’s at all times been that approach. He realizes that the media obligations are part of the business.

“in the past, it could be with the ancient promoter that I had, possibly they may additionally have spoke of some things about me that had been not actual, false statements about the approach i used to be or about my persona, but I all the time confirmed love and admire to the media and to my enthusiasts,” Alvarez referred to. “we all work together, the media, the fanatics to make the fights. i love my fans.”

Alvarez’s trainer, Eddy Reynoso, the 2019 Boxing Writers affiliation of the united states coach of the 12 months, says Canelo can also be ever greater. The boxing world is now coming to crew Canelo.

“We’re independent and we will check with anybody we are looking to at the moment and we’ve some first-rate plans for the future,” Reynoso referred to. “The plan is to combat our mandatory in February after which combat once again in can also and in September. probably we’ll look at Saunders down the road and then Plant. Our aim is to be the first unified Mexican tremendous middleweight champion.

“We want to unify all the titles and combat the top-quality 168-pounders available. GGG is combating at 160, however our goal is to battle at 168. Benavidez is a superb fighter, however the best aspect about him is that he doesn’t have a belt. He has achieved an awful lot in his profession, however Saul is about winning all the belts.

“We also don’t understand if Benavidez can reach 168 kilos anymore. There is no purpose to combat him at the moment.

“GGG can come as much as combat 168, notwithstanding it seems like he could make a hundred and sixty comfortably. If he desires to stay there, that’s best, that’s his alternative. but when GGG or Charlo needs to come up and battle at 168, that’s fine, too. We haven’t any difficulty combating anyone.

“Canelo went through a really worrying time with the former contract and we had to make a choice on what we wanted to do, and we took a risk in getting out of the contracts. There became light at the conclusion, and we fought and beat a tough champion in Callum Smith.

“I don’t think I ever noticed Canelo so chuffed after he beat Smith. He turned into returned within the ring doing some thing he likes to do. He’s all the time getting to know and right now his mindset and working towards mode is like he’s simply beginning his career. We’re seeking to have a fine 2021.”

at this time, Alvarez appears like he may beat Godzilla.

There’s no disputing he’s the Godzilla of boxing.

Joseph Santoliquito is an award-winning sportswriter who has been working for Ring magazine/RingTV.com due to the fact that October 1997 and is the president of the Boxing Writers affiliation of the us. He can also be followed on twitter @JSantoliquito.

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