Eddie Hearn Thinks Canelo Returning To Light-Heavyweight Is Possible
Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn believes Canelo Alvarez could eventually make his way back to 175 pounds.
Canelo is close to becoming the undisputed super-middleweight champion. All he needs to do is defeat IBF Champion Caleb Plant to achieve this goal. Canelo holds the WBA, WBC, The Ring, and after defeating Billy Joe Saunders, the WBO gold.
Sky Sports caught up with Hearn, who shared his belief that the Mexican star could be enticed to return to the light-heavyweight division just for the challenge.
“I think once he’s done that, then he’s made another piece of history, what do you do then? Do you move up to 175[lbs]? Well of course he’s already beaten Sergey Kovalev at that weight to win a world title. I don’t see him moving back down to middleweight, but he just loves challenges.
“This is a guy, he won a belt off Callum Smith, two belts in that fight, then he wanted to face Billy Joe Saunders, he’s won another belt. Now he wants to fight Caleb Plant and win the final belt, so he’s moving extremely quickly.”
Canelo defeated Sergey Kovalev back in November 2019 to capture the WBO Light-Heavyweight Title. He vacated the gold to chase titles at super-middleweight. Canelo has said he has no interest in returning to 175 pounds but as they say, money talks. Canelo is one of the few boxers at an elite level who fights multiple times a year. If he runs out of competition at 168 pounds, anything is possible.
The current light-heavyweight champions are Artur Beterbiev, Dmitry Bivol, and Joe Smith Jr. Beterbiev holds the WBC and IBF gold, Bivol is the WBA Champion, and Smith is the WBO titleholder.