Canelo Alvarez’s manager knows there’s business at hand but he isn’t afraid to discuss future plans.
Canelo is fresh off a dominant title victory over the previously unbeaten Callum Smith. Canelo earned the unanimous decision victory to capture the WBA (Super), WBC, and The Ring Super-Middleweight Titles. He is expected to defend his gold against Avni Yildirim in February.
The manager and trainer of Canelo, Eddy Reynoso, spoke to ESPN Deportes on future plans for his fighter. Here’s what he had to say about what could be in store for the Mexican star if he gets past Yildirim.
“We first have to deliver on the commitment we made when we beat (Callum) Smith. The winner of that fight had to defend against the mandatory challenger (Avni Yildirim) in no more than 90 days, ”Reynoso said. “Then for May, if we come out well in February, there are Billy Joe Saunders, Gennady Golovkin, and Caleb Plant, they are the three that could be in May. There are no secrets, it is what there is. So far I’ve only been talking to Eddie Hearn for the 27th (February).”
Yildirim’s opportunity comes thanks to his mandatory WBC status. The WBC had plans for a purse bid for Canelo vs. Yildirim. After delays, the WBC decided to allow Canelo and Smith to compete for the gold with Yildirim getting a guaranteed title shot against the winner.
Canelo has said he hopes to unify all the gold at 168 pounds. Standing in his way are WBO Champion Billy Joe Saunders and IBF titleholder Caleb Plant. While Canelo hasn’t been as enthusiastic about the idea of a trilogy fight with Gennady Golovkin in the immediate future, he has made it clear that he runs from no man.