While the world is waiting to find out who Canelo Alvarez could face, including Canelo himself, plans for the next few months are already being drawn up. If things don’t necessarily go his way, could Canelo think about leaving US soil for some exposure overseas?
Golden Boy Promotions President Eric Gomez spoke with Boxing Social regarding Canelo’s future. Already a $365 million man in the United States, there is a possibility that Canelo’s name could be bigger if he was to expand his likeness. There may be an idea in place to bring Canelo to some of the best fighters out there instead of having them come to him.
“We’ve talked about it, and he obviously wants to expand his brand and his likeness, and I think that would be sensational if we could get something done in the UK,” Gomez stated, via The Sun. “But we have talked about it. We’ve talked about going to Japan as well, and I think he wants to start to travel and fight outside the US.
“I think it’s going to create a bigger market for himself.”
Canelo (53-1-2) hasn’t lost a fight since his majority decision loss to Floyd Mayweather back in 2013. He is 11-0-1 during that time, winning the WBO Light-Middleweight, WBC, IBF, and WBC Middleweight, the WBA Super-Middleweight, and the WBO Light-Heavyweight Titles. The 30-year-old is currently in a battle with DAZN over pay. The company wants him to take a pay cut due to the current lack of revenue from fight nights due to COVID-19. According to those around him, DAZN may be not approving bouts that he could already be competing in.
Originally, a bout between Canelo and Billy Joe Saunders was set for May, but the coronavirus postponed those plans. Saunders then had his boxing license suspended and he later opted out of a potential bout between him and Canelo. Gomez and Canelo would still be interested in putting a fight together.
“We’re all for it. We never had a finalized deal,” Gomez went on to say. “We were discussing the possibility of going with that fight, and then the pandemic hit, and we had to stop everything.
“Everything came to a screeching halt. It’s unfortunate, but maybe it can happen in the future. We don’t know.”
Since then everyone wants a crack at him. Sergiy Derevyanchenko, Jermall Charlo, Anthony Dirrell, John Ryder, and Caleb Plant have all offered or were in consideration to face Canelo. The current “front-runner” happens to be Matchroom Boxing’s Callum Smith (27-0), the WBA and The Ring Super-Middleweight Champion.
Regardless of who is out there, Canelo will continue to look into all offers, even if a September fight night may not end up happening.
“I know Billy Joe has essentially said that he’s not going to fight for the rest of the year,” Gomez stated. “Maybe I’m mistaken. I don’t know for sure. But if the fight can be made in the future, I think it would a terrific fight. Any or all of them.
“They’re all world-class fighters, and that’s the kind of fighter that Canelo wants to fight.”