At only 29, Canelo Alvarez is considered one of the most accomplished boxers in history. Making his pro debut in 2005, Canelo has dominated the middleweight division, winning a variety of titles. How long can he keep this up?
If Canelo (53-1-2) were to have his way, it would be another 5+ years. Speaking to Box Azteca, Canelo, who turns 30 in July, believes his best years are coming up.
“Boxing is my life. My body asks me to fight. I keep training because I love boxing, I train whether I have a fight or not … 36-years-old… for me that’s a good time to retire, 37-years-old at the max,”Canelo stated, via Boxing Scene.
The amount of years would coincide with the 11-fight, $365 million deal he made with DAZN on October 2018. He also signed a four-fight extension with Golden Boy, making him one of the richest athletes in the world today. During the contract, he has already fought Rocky Fielding, Daniel Jacobs and Sergey Kovalev, winning the following titles in the process:
- WBA Super-Middleweight Title
- IBF Middleweight Title
- WBO Light-Heavyweight Title
Who is next for Canelo? A number of opponents are available for him, whether planned or not. Fights with Ryota Murata, Billy Joe Saunders and Gennadiy Golovkin are on the table. On the other side, fighters like Callum Smith and Demetrius Andrade have called him out to fight. Some matchups make sense, while Canelo believes others are just opening their mouths for attention and a bigger payday.
“To win a dollar they want to win 10. Instead of seeking glory, they are looking for money. I’m not saying it’s wrong, but don’t exaggerate your worth,” Canelo continued.
Canelo has only lost once in his career; via majority decision to Floyd Mayweather. Now the sole middleweight king, Canelo is hoping that, if healthy, he will continue his reign for years to come.