Eddie Hearn Predicts What Canelo Will Do After Win Over Callum Smith
Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn has laid out what he thinks Canelo Alvarez will do after defeating Callum Smith.
Canelo captured the WBA (Super), WBC, and The Ring Super-Middleweight Titles on December 19. He did so by scoring a unanimous decision victory over Smith. Throughout the fight, It was Canelo who was moving forward and he negated his opponent’s signature punch by attacking the left arm.
After the fight, Canelo made it clear that he has more business to settle at 168 pounds. He hopes to become the undisputed super-middleweight champion. With that said, Canelo also stated that he isn’t about to duck a trilogy bout with IBF and IBO Middleweight Champion Gennady Golovkin.
Speaking to BBC Sport, Hearn said that he thinks the path for Canelo involves a showdown with WBO Super-Middleweight Champion Billy Joe Saunders and a trilogy against “GGG” (via BoxingScene.com).
“He loves to take on the best, he’s a hell of a fighter. Billy Joe Saunders and then GGG in that order. I think he’s going to want to pick up the other belts in the division. I think he’ll go for Billy next.”
Golovkin and Saunders are both coming off successful title defenses. “GGG” broke Bernard Hopkins’ middleweight title defense record when he earned a TKO finish over Kamil Szeremeta. As for Saunders, he turned in a one-sided showing against Martin Murray.
Canelo isn’t short on options. The top boxing star isn’t tied down to any promotion and is free to bounce around on a fight-by-fight basis. He broke free of his exclusive deal with Golden Boy Promotions and DAZN back in November.