There are many big stars within the world of professional boxing, but few possess the same level of superstardom as Canelo Alvarez. The Mexican sensation is known for being one of the most entertaining, powerful and ambitious boxers of his generation, and at the age of 31, you could argue he’s only just getting started.
His recent loss to Dmitry Bivol, though, raised some questions regarding his future. There was never any doubt that he’d carry on competing but given his move up to light heavyweight, you could be forgiven for thinking he might head back down.
Eddie Hearn is aligned with Canelo for his next couple of fights and during an interview with DAZN, the British promoter spoke candidly about who he’d like to see the fighter take on.
“Gennady Golovkin, Dmitry Bivol, and I think [David] Benavidez is a big fight, in time,” Hearn said.
“Once [Benavidez] fights a genuine elite fighter, in terms of size, I’d [try to make a fight with Canelo],” added Hearn when Barak offered Jermall Charlo as an alternative to Benavidez.
“When people talk about how Canelo should fight Benavidez and Charlo, which would be voluntary defences of his 168lbs titles, it doesn’t stoke anything in Canelo.
“When we talk about Bivol, Canelo likes the idea of going up to 175lbs and challenging someone.
“Maybe Canelo shouldn’t have. Maybe he should have just boxed Charlo. But we have to respect the guy because it’s like he wants to handicap himself.”
The trilogy awaits
On September 17, Canelo Alvarez will attempt to finally bring an end to his historic rivalry with Gennady Golovkin when the pair meet in their trilogy bout at T-Mobile Arena.
The scoreboard reads 1-0-1 in favour of Canelo but many feel as if GGG deserved to get the nod in their first collision.
Whatever the case may be, it feels like the third chapter is going to be the last one – and after what happened against Bivol, Alvarez is desperate to get back in the win column.