Who Is The Reported ‘Front-Runner’ To Face Canelo Alvarez?

The saga surrounding Canelo Alvarez continues to take an interesting turn. It appears for the right price, a current champion could face the middleweight king.

The Athletic’s Mike Coppinger is reporting that Callum Smith has emerged as the favorite to face Canelo on September 12. Golden Boy or Matchroom Boxing have not agreed to terms as several factors are at play here. His asking price $6 million, Smith has been offered $5 million so far for a fight.

“I’m not greedy, it’s a great fight for me,” Smith would end up telling The Athletic. “It’s not about the money, it’s about the achievements. I know my worth.”

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 during that time. He is hoping to fight in the United States and has been offered several locations to compete.

Smith (27-0), the WBA and The Ring Super-Middleweight Champion, made his professional debut in 2012. A British Super-Middleweight Champion, “Mundo” won the aforementioned titles in the World Boxing Super Series middleweight finals. His last bout was a unanimous decision win over John Ryder in November. Smith didn’t want to get his hopes up but would be very interested in facing Canelo.

Ever since Billy Joe Saunders opted out of a potential bout between him and Canelo, everyone wants a crack at him. Sergiy Derevyanchenko, Jermall CharloAnthony Dirrell, and Caleb Plant have all offered or were in consideration to face Canelo. John Ryder would take a bout with Canelo or a rematch with Smith.

An issue regarding an opponent for Canelo has been pay. With COVID-19 limiting fans from attending events, a revenue is unable to be produced. DAZN and Golden Boy are hoping Canelo’s marketing value can increase profits through streaming. It is one of the many reasons they signed Canelo to a ten-fight deal worth over $365 million.

Something to look into as well is what was offered to Canelo in a Saunders fight: a trilogy bout with Golovkin. The two fought to a draw in 2017 and Canelo beat Golovkin in the rematch in 2018. According to The Athleticwhen Golovkin signed with DAZN, the pact included a guaranteed $30 million for a fight with Canelo. The two are scheduled to fight sometime in 2021 if all goes according to plan. Golovkin previously stated that he would be focusing on facing Kamil Szeremeta first before a Canelo trilogy bout. This is a result of stalling on Canelo’s side, per Golovkin.

A Golovkin fight could take place on Cinco de Mayo weekend, a common fight night for Canelo.

Back to Smith, trainer Joe Gallagher stated it is Smith’s time now. This is after he dismissed an earlier bout with Canelo.

If a September bout can’t come to fruition, it is being reported that a December fight is also on the table for Canelo.

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