Eddie Hearn Discusses What It’ll Take For Canelo To Be Beaten
Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn has laid out what he thinks it’ll take for Canelo Alvarez to be beaten.
Hearn recently promoted Canelo’s title fight against Callum Smith. Canelo challenged Smith for the WBA (Super) and The Ring Super-Middleweight Titles. The vacant WBC gold was also up for grabs. Canelo won the fight via unanimous decision.
Hearn spoke to reporters during a press conference and discussed what it would take for Canelo to suffer just the second loss of his pro boxing career (via BoxingScene.com).
“It’s gonna take something, you know, a bit like Lomachenko, where he had to almost go to a weight class really to get beat. You know, he was a featherweight, a super featherweight [and then a lightweight]. And with Canelo Alvarez, you know, he [was] a welterweight, probably a light-middleweight who went to middle. Now he goes to super-middle. You know he can make 160. But, you know, he has to take the big challenges. And, you know, I saw some names like Bivol and Beterbiev and, you know, you have to go out, completely outside of your weight class and comfort zone to beat Canelo Alvarez.”
Canelo has said there is unfinished business at 168 pounds. He hopes to unify all the major gold at super-middleweight. Caleb Plant holds the IBF gold, while Billy Joe Saunders is the WBO titleholder. Hearn is reportedly working on a two-fight deal with Canelo that would see the Mexican star put his gold on the line against Avni Yildirim in February, and then later in the year a showdown with Saunders.