Could Canelo Cross The Pond?
Canelo Alvarez’s first fight of 2020 may not be a return to Las Vegas, but a potential debut in a new market according to promoter Oscar De La Hoya.
“It depends on where the best business is, my job is to bring the best business to Canelo and my fighters,” said Oscar De La Hoya in a report by ESPN Deportes.
Alvarez has yet to fight outside of North America, primarily fighting in Las Vegas for his pro career, including his last two fights against Daniel Jacobs and Sergey Kovalev.
“Las Vegas is Las Vegas, but nowadays boxers want to fight in Europe, in Japan, in other places. If you are a world champion, you really want to be a world champion and travel around the world. It is a great possibility that Golden Boy is established in China, we are talking with other promoters in Japan and in Europe, ”De La Hoya shared.
“In the next few weeks we will sit with him in Mexico to talk about the plans, which are always ambitious to fight against the best in the world and fight on May 2nd.”
If Alvarez is to fight in Europe, especially in the United Kingdom, it may be against WBO super middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders, which De La Hoya contends is nowhere near final.
“I don’t know what person mentioned Saunders, but it’s not the concrete plan, there’s nothing in writing, we’re going to sit down with Canelo’s team and we’re going to plan it,” said De La Hoya.
“It can be (at 168), but Canelo has 3 weight options 160, 168 or 175.”