What Will Canelo Alvarez Do Next?

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What Will Canelo Alvarez Do Next?

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What Will Canelo Alvarez Do Next?

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Canelo Alvarez became the first undisputed super middleweight champion in boxing’s four-belt era with an 11th-round knockout against Caleb Plant. Now that Alvarez is the sole champion at 168 pounds, he might as well stay in the division and defend his super middleweight titles.

Alvarez is the epitome of a pound-for-pound fighter because he is a four-division world champion. His reign includes titles in the junior middleweight division, middleweight division, super middleweight division, and light heavyweight division.

His KO win over Plant proved that he is a level above the rest of the competition. He can outlast respected champions like Plant and Billy Joe Saunders and use his power to finish the bout.

The two likeliest options for Alvarez will be for him to stay at 168 pounds or return to 175 pounds. At this stage in his career, it is unlikely for him to move back down to 160 pounds where he is no longer a world champion.

WBC middleweight world champion Jermall Charlo called out Alvarez after the bout and he would need to move up in weight to fight Alvarez. That would be an important fight because these two have been on a crash course for quite some time.

In 2017, both fighters moved up to the middleweight division and had their eyes on each other. As it currently stands, Alvarez is in full control of the super middleweight division, and it would not make sense for him to give up his real estate by dropping down in weight.

The last time Alvarez fought as a middleweight was in May 2019. It does not appear that Alvarez will be heading back to his former weight division.

The other option could be for Alvarez to jump up to the light heavyweight division where he won the WBO light heavyweight world title in 2019. Two options for him at light heavyweight are WBC and IBF world champion Artur Beterbiev or WBA world champion Dmitry Bivol.

Alvarez is the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world because he is able to carry his power and skill from weight class to weight class. He is not afraid to fight bigger boxers and he neutralizes them with his pure boxing skills and power.

For his next fight, he should defend his belts against someone like Charlo or a mandatory challenger for one of the sanctioning bodies. His future will be in the 168-pound division, which he is now the face of.

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