Canelo Alvarez’s four options for next fight do not include Gennady Golovkin

Canelo Alvarez’s four options for next fight do not include Gennady Golovkin

Canelo Alvarez has created a four-fight shortlist for his next fight which does not include two-time opponent Gennady Golovkin.

The Mexican star rallied to a late stoppage victory against Caleb Plant earlier this month to become the undisputed super-middleweight champion.

Alvarez will take a break until the new year before returning to action in May, and is currently deciding on his next career move with a switch to light-heavyweight being considered.

His trainer Eddy Reynoso has confirmed Alvarez will choose from a four-fighter shortlist for his next bout but has not included former opponent Golovkin.

“There are several boxers who are in line,” Reynoso declared to La Aficion. “[Artur] Bertebiev, [Dmitry] Bivol, [Jermall] Charlo, [David] Benavidez. We will see with whom we can reach a good negotiation.

Canelo Alvarez has four options after becoming undisputed at 168lbs
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“It’s a lot of weight, at 168 pounds we feel very good and we prepare really well.

“We put in strength and he doesn’t wear out. I think 168 [pounds] is better and we’ll see who wants to fight him at that weight.”

Alvarez has twice fought Golovkin at middleweight where he was fortunate to earn a draw in their opening meeting.

He later prevailed in the intriguing second episode of the middleweight battle with a majority-decision victory.

However it appears unlikely he will take on Golovkin next with his bitter rival facing Ryota Murata next in a unification clash at 160lbs next month.

Alvarez’s journey through the super-middleweight division has been rapid having defeated Callum Smith, Avni Yildirim, Billy Joe Saunders and now Plant within a year to unify all four world titles.

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The 31-year-old has previously fought in the light-heavyweight division becoming world champion with a victory over Russian Sergey Kovalev in 2019.

But Alvarez remained coy when addressing his future plans although admitted he wants to maintain his activity level next year.

“We are always looking for the best fights and defending the titles is always important,” he said.

“But like I said before, right now we are focused on enjoying this fight, trying to enjoy the moment that is really meaningful and then when the time comes we will think about the future, maybe January we will see what is next.

“I have nothing in particular in mind right now, but I love challenges and whatever comes my way, I’ll be ready for it.

“I’m ready for any challenge anytime but we will see what comes next year. But right now I am enjoying the moment.”

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