Canelo vs. Andrade Or Canelo vs. Kovalev?
While most of the speculation for Canelo Alvarez’s next fight has been focused on a move to light heavyweight to fight current WBO champion Sergey Kovalev, Matchroom Boxing CEO Eddie Hearn feels there is a better option… one of his fighters.
“Demetrius Andrade is in the same boat as Billy Joe Saunders,” said Eddie Hearn to AB Boxing News regarding a fight with Alvarez.
“A really good fighter, tough to beat. So for me, Canelo should be fighting Demetrius Andrade. He shouldn’t be fighting Kovalev. It’s a good fight, but he should be fighting other champions in the division. You can’t criticize Canelo, because his resume is so stellar. So it’s tough to say, ‘Oh, you’re not fighting.’ He just beat Danny Jacobs. So he wants to fight Kovalev. Again, that’s a tough fight. For me, if he’s not fighting GGG, which is the fight that he should have taken, then he should be fighting Demetrius Andrade.”
Speaking further on the situation, Hearn espoused a theory that something is amiss with the recent behavior of Top Rank CEO Bob Arum.
“Bob Arum seems to be very kind to Canelo, which makes me smell a rat,” said Hearn. “Maybe there’s a move coming up with Bob Arum. He’s been strangely nice to Canelo. So there’s a plan behind Bob’s madness behind that one. I believe he’s got a potential deal with him coming. Having all this control is not as easy as you think. We had it with Joshua. It’s hard to get fights. People cross themselves out. People want to block you. Mandatory’s are called,” said Hearn.
“Golden Boy wanted to make the Gennady Golovkin fight. They wanted to deliver that to DAZN,” said Hearn of Alvarez going without a fight on Mexican Independence Day weekend.
“Clearly, Canelo said, ‘Not right now. I want to fight Kovalev. They missed the boat with the Canelo fight. Now they’ve got to wait until Saturday. But if Kovalev losses [against Anthony Yarde] or if Kovalev doesn’t look good or he gets injured, then they’re back to the market place where they’ve already upset a lot of people. They can say, ‘Alright, Demetrius, we’ll fight you now,’ but not on the terms we discussed before. He already binned us off. Now let’s talk properly,” said Hearn about Canelo and Golden Boy needing to negotiate with Andrade after the Kovalev fight.”
I think he’ll fight him when he decides to fight him,” said Hearn about Canelo having a trilogy with Golovkin.
‘It’s about, ‘you don’t tell me who I’m going to fight. I’ll tell you who I’m going to fight.’ The fact is the best fight that can be made right now is still Canelo against Golovkin If Gennady looks good on October 5 [against Sergiy Derevyanchenko], the fans are going to want that fight. It’s two great fighters. DAZN is going to want the fight. Both fighters have an obligation to deliver subscribers to DAZN. This is the fight that does it. Gennady, he’s all in.”
Transcribed by Boxing News 24