Canelo Still Considering Whether To Vacate The IBF Belt

Canelo Alvarez has not decided whether to vacate his IBF Super Middleweight Belt. 

Canelo has been ordered to face William Scull, his IBF mandatory. Purse bids have been set for June 6. Canelo’s win over Jaime Munguia was questioned because he avoided David Benavidez. Canelo is demanding $200 million for that fight. The Saudis are unlikely to put the funds up, as they favor Canelo to box Terence Crawford. 

A fight with Scull will take a lot of work to sell. But if Canelo vacates, he will no longer be undisputed. The Crawford and Benavidez fights may also disappear as the main selling point is undisputed. Canelo would then have less leverage. He could box Scully but have a date with Benavidez or Crawford immediately after.

There is also the possibility of boxing Edgar Berlanga in September. Berlanga is Canelo’s WBA mandatory. A fight could take place on Mexican Independence Day. Berlanga’s Puerto Rican fanbase could help sell the fight, alongside Canelo’s Mexican fans on Mexican Independence Day. The card would likely go up against the UFC, making it critical that Canelo has the right dance partner. However, no decision has been made yet. 


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