Reynoso Discusses Canelo’s Plans For 2020 And Beyond
Three fights into his 11-fight, $365 million deal with DAZN, Canelo Alvarez was looking to stay active this year. Before the coronavirus pandemic hit, Canelo (53-1-2) was rumored to be facing both Billy Joe Saunders and Ryota Murata. With limited time left, is there an opportunity for Canelo to take advantage of 2020?
Speaking with Box Azteca, trainer Eddy Reynoso stated that Canelo is looking at a few big fights with specific dates in mind.
“We realistically want two fights this year,” Reynoso stated, via Boxing Scene. “We couldn’t fight in May, so we are looking at September and December. We’re talking about [potential opponents] like Billy Joe Saunders.”
May was when the fight between Canelo and Saunders was originally planned. It is unknown if Saunders (29-0), the WBO Super-Middleweight Champion, will be able to even compete. The 30-year-old had his boxing license suspended following controversial remarks he said in a video. Saunders pledged to donate to domestic violence organizations, but it is unknown if a resolution will be made soon.
Reynoso stated other fighters could potentially face Canelo. IBF Super-Middleweight Champion Caleb Plant is an option. One other option would be a trilogy bout against Gennadiy Golovkin.
“There’s also Caleb Plant and the WBC world titleholder at 168 pounds [David Benavidez]. There are several [options] … Golovkin could be the fight for December. His people have already said that he doesn’t want to fight Canelo until after the [Kamil Szeremeta] fight,” Reynoso went on to say.
Golovkin (40-1-1) recently stated that the trilogy bout between the two has already been delayed. That is one of the reasons why he is focusing his attention on Szeremeta, a bout which has already been moved around many times. The two are both signed by DAZN to beefy deals, and a third clash is inevitable.
Reynoso did not bring up Demetrius Andrade, who has been campaigning for a Canelo bout for a while. The main focus appears to be on Saunders and Golovkin. Only time will tell if negotiations can take place, with many factors involved.