Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is one of the most dominant boxers in modern boxing history. He has established himself as a “formidable body puncher” and his abilities have won several world titles in four different divisions from Light Middleweight to Light Heavyweight.
Recently, Canelo became the very first boxer in history to become the undisputed champion in the Middleweight division by winning all four IBF, WBA(super), WBC and WBO titles. He got a shock defeat when he challenged WBA(super) Light Heavyweight Champion Dmitry Bivol, but he bounce back by defeating Gennady Golovkin in September 2022. Will he challenge Bivol once again after this? Who will Canelo fight next? Keep on reading to know everything about his next bout.
Who Will Canelo Alvarez Face Next?
Canelo has been one of the most active top-tiered boxers in recent times. Since December 2020, he has participated in 6 fights with five bouts coming in Super Middleweight and one bout coming in Light Heavyweight.
After he defeated Gennady Golovkin in September 2022, Canelo revealed that he will be taking a year off. This break will be because he has opted to go for wrist surgery which took place in October 2022. With Canelo Alvarez’s next fight being at least 6 months away, it will be premature to predict who he faces next.
In a recent interview, Canelo said he would like to take up a tune-up fight in May 2023, and will then try to take on Dmitry Bivol in September.
“My plan right now is to return in May. I’m going to start training in January and see how I feel after that. The idea is to return in May with a tuneup fight to see how I feel and then get the rematch against Bivol in September. That’s the only thing I want for my career right now.”Canelo on his next fight, ht- ESPN
Additionally, WBC has ordered a title eliminator bout between David Benavidez and Caleb Plant to decide the next mandatory challenger for Canelo’s WBC Super Middleweight title. The winner of that fight will also remain in hunt to be Canelo’s one of the opponents in 2023.
Canelo is also a free agent once again after his two fights deal with Matchroom Boxing ended with his bout against Golovkin. So, he will not be restricted to take up a challenge from a fighter from any of the promotions.
Canelo Alvarez’s Next Fight Date
Canelo has currently said he looks to return in May 2023, but everything will depend on how his recovery after the hand surgery goes. But, it is reasonable to expect to see Canelo return to action in May 2023.
Canelo Alvarez Current Record
Canelo Alvarez only lost two times during his entire professional boxing career whereas two of his matches ended in a draw. His current boxing record is 58-2-2. Alvarez’s first loss came against Floyd Mayweather Jr. when the latter defeated him via a majority decision back in September 2013. Canelo faced his second defeat in May 2022 when Dmitry Bivol outboxed him to get a majority decision.