Gomez: Canelo Not Pressured by Callouts
Canelo Alvarez is a wanted man.
Despite him being set to step up to super middleweight tonight to challenger WBA (Regular) champion Rocky Fielding at Madison Square Garden, a number of other fighters have called out the WBA/WBC middleweight champion in hopes of a bout with the popular Mexican champion in 2019.
Among the names who have called out Canelo include IBF champion Daniel Jacobs; WBC interim champion Jermall Charlo; WBO champion Demetrius Andrade; and the man Alvarez has had two entertaining bouts with and won the WBA and WBC titles from, Gennady Golovkin.
But Golden Boy Promotions’ Eric Gomez says that any potential future opponents need to wait their turn. After the Fielding fight, Canelo is scheduled to return to the ring in May during Cinco de Mayo weekend. His opponent is to be determined.
“[Canelo] has got all sorts of options, Danny Jacobs is going to have to get in line. Everybody’s calling him out,” Gomez said. “24 great rounds [with Golovkin]. He beat him fair and square, boxed incredibly in both fights. He beat him. There’s nothing else to do there.”
Gomez further added that Canelo and Golden Boy will not milk the fighter’s deal with DAZN by staging easy fights.
“What people don’t know is we had a similar deal with HBO and he had a guaranteed amount of purses for his HBO fights,” Gomez said. “The money just went up now. Now he’s got even more an incentive to prove to the world that’s he’s the number one guy. Canelo, look at his record, he’s always wanted to fight the best. He wants to make history. Obviously, the money’s great. It’s secondary when you’re chasing history. That’s what he’s doing, he wants to chase history.
He wants to prove that he’s worth all that money and he wants to prove the world that he belongs. He’s earned it. It’s not just a show. He’s earned it. He’s earned his place and he wants to prove it. He wants to perform.
Original Story: Boxing Scene