Canelo Open to Bouts at Both 160 and 168
With a win against Rocky Fielding for the WBA (Regular) Super Middleweight Title at New York’s Madison Square Garden, Canelo Alvarez will become the ninth Mexican boxer to win world titles in three different weight classes.
Opportunities for 2019 can be wide open for Alvarez with a win, or significantly damaged with an upset loss, but the current WBA/WBC middleweight champion says he’s not looking at next year just yet.
In fact, while he’s entering as the favorite despite being the challenger, he’s not writing off Fielding. Plus, a move from middleweight to super middleweight — a division he’s never fought at — is never necessarily a guaranteed success.
“To me it is not important who is favored,” Alvarez said. “For boxing, one punch can change everything; anything can happen in the ring. I get my confidence in training for what I can do in the ring.
“That’s the risk, to be moving up in weight, to fight somebody who is used to fighting stronger fighters, who is used to taking stronger punches. I know the challenge, but I like the challenge, and I am happy for it.”
But what exactly could await Canelo in 2019? He’s expected to return to the ring Cinco De Mayo weekend. Rumors of a trilogy bout with Gennady Golovkin are circling, especially after the Nevada State Athletic Commission listing a card that weekend promoted by both Golden Boy Promotions and GGG Promotions. Golden Boy’s Oscar De La Hoya claims this was a mistake, and that while the date is being held for Alvarez, there’s no set opponent.
But Alvarez feels the trilogy bout, no matter the money and attention, isn’t at the front of his mind for 2019. In fact, he says he’s open to moving back and forth between 160 and 168.
“It is no secret we want to win this fight and then come back to our division, 160 pounds,” he said. “But we can make combinations between 160 and 168. We will see what the future has…but I can guarantee we will go back to 160 pounds.
“[GGG and I] had two good fights…maybe in 2019 we can have a third fight. We’ll see. Right now, I am 100 percent focused on Saturday. What I do know is I will fight in May and September next year. What I will do is give great fights to the public.”
Original Story: Boxing Scene