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Dont Sleep On Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s Next Fight

It didn’t take long for Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 knockouts) to schedule his next fight. As a matter of fact, Mexico’s new unified middleweight champion has been quite busy since defeating Gennady Golovkin by majority decision in their much anticipated rematch back in September. For starters, he’s been appearing at events and making the media rounds since his big win. Then earlier this month he announced when his next fight will be, where it will be, and who it will be against.
Canelo actually surprised the boxing world with his announcement. It won’t be a third fight with Golovkin (not yet anyway), and it won’t be against any other middleweight contenders. He’s actually moving up in weight for his next bout and it’ll be against someone who is mostly unknown to North American boxing fans. On December 15th, Alvarez will be making his debut at New York’s Madison Square Garden to challenge England’s Rocky Fielding for his WBA super middleweight title.
While this will be Fielding’s (27-1, 15 knockouts) first fight against a Mexican boxer, this will be his third fight overall against a North American opponent (defeated U.S. fighters Brian Vera and Patrick Maxwell earlier in his career). But this will also be his North American debut as all of his previous fights were in the United Kingdom against mostly European competition. This will also be a major step up in competition for him as he has never fought an opponent of Alvarez’s caliber and star power. Some say Fielding is foolish for taking this fight but you have to give him credit for giving it a shot.
Because of the odds against Fielding, many are expecting this to be a walk in the park for Alvarez. But this fight should be taken a little more seriously and here’s why…..
For starters, this will be the first of 11 fights on Canelo’s new “television” deal. Nearly two weeks ago, Alvarez signed a 5-year, $365 million deal with the streaming service DAZN that’s been taking boxing media by storm since it’s debut earlier this year. This comes on the heels of former long-time TV partner HBO announcing that they plan on ending their 45 years of boxing coverage at the end of 2018. This turned out to be one of the richest contracts in all of professional sports, and there’s always pressure when it comes to living up to these mega-contracts so Canelo must continue to perform at high level but under a thinner microscope now.
Let’s also remember that Alvarez will stepping into his fourth weight class for this fight. He started his career at welterweight, so for this fight he’ll have to weigh between 161 pounds and 168 pounds, the heaviest of his professional career. How adding that weight will impact him in the ring remains to be seen. Fielding on the other hand has been fighting in this weight class for almost his entire eight-year professional career.
Then there’s the historical significance of Alvarez looking for a world title in a third weight class. Before collecting belts at middleweight, Canelo made his name as a junior middleweight champion. If he defeats Fielding in December he’ll join some fellow countrymen in Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., Jorge Arce, Juan Manuel Marquez, and Erik Morales on the list of Mexican-born boxers to win world championships in three or more weight classes. That’s quite the list to put your name on.
As overmatched as Fielding may be, he is eager to get in the ring with Alvarez. He wants to prove himself on this side of the Atlantic Ocean, and you have to give him credit for wanting to prove himself against one of the world’s best. Add the quality of opponent and mix in the fact that MSG -The World’s Most Famous Arena- is the venue, and that can motivate any athlete in any sport. This fight could be worth watching.
I’m not saying that Alvarez will dominate this fight, but I’m not saying that Fielding will pull off the upset either. What I am saying is that we shouldn’t totally sleep on this fight. Some may consider it just a cash grab, but we may actually get something worth watching regardless of who wins.
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What’s Next For Middleweight Champion Canelo Alvarez?

One of the most anticipated rematches in boxing history lived up to the hype this past weekend. While there may have been some controversy, and continued debate since then, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KO’s) has solidified his legacy after getting a majority decision win over Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KO’s) to claim a good share of the world’s middleweight championships. The judges gave two scores of 115-113 for Alvarez, followed by a 114-114 draw, which again has fans and those involved in the sport debating about issues within the scoring system. While I personally scored the bout 117-115 for GGG, I am not a judge therefore my scoring had no effect on the outcome.
The outcome that did take place however resulted in Alvarez retaining the Lineal middleweight title, as well as be re-awarded the Ring Magazine middleweight belt, and taking the WBC, WBA, and IBO belts from Golovkin who has now lost his first pro fight. Alvarez only two more world titles away from being the undisputed world middleweight champion. And because of that there are quite a few possibilities that stand as future opponents for Mexico’s Alvarez. He probably won’t fight again until 2019, but there are some who are already lining up to get a piece of the new champion.
Here are five potential future fights for Canelo Alvarez in 2019…..
A third fight with Golovkin-
This is the most obvious choice, especially since both Golovkin and many others feel that he won Saturday’s fight. GGG was so upset after the loss that he left the ring before HBO could interview him post-fight, not something that GGG usually does. Golovkin and his team are especially upset by the judges decision as they feel that Canelo truly is a cheater who uses PED’s. There was plenty of trash talking leading up to this fight, but in the end Alvarez walked away with the gold. Besides, every great boxing rivalry usually has a trilogy.
A WBO Championship fight-
Current champion Billy Joe Saunders (26-0) is set to travel to Boston in October to defend his share of the middleweight crown against American Demetrius Andrade who’s making just his third fight in this weight class. Saunders, who’s a heavy favorite to retain, has said time and time again that he wants the winner of the Alvarez/Golovkin fight. He’s never fought either man, but nearly came close to signing a deal to fight GGG earlier this year while Canelo was serving his PED suspension. Saunders -who was born in England- has said repeatedly that the road to being the undisputed champion goes through him. Perhaps it’s time to test that theory.
An IBF title fight-
Although a fight to crown a new champion is scheduled for October, this championship currently remains vacant after the IBF stripped Golovkin of the belt earlier this year. The belt was taken from him after he refused to face a mandatory challenger in the wake of Alvarez getting suspended. This belt is the final piece to becoming the undisputed champion, and I don’t think it would be bad idea to give Alvarez a title shot in 2019.
Daniel Jacobs-
The New York native is a former titleholder (WBA) and he was the first man to last a full 12 rounds with Gennady Golovkin. Jacobs will be among those fighting for the vacant IBF belt in October, and he has stated that he wouldn’t mind facing the Alvarez/Golovkin winner either. Jacobs most likely walks away with the belt next month, so why not have Jacobs vs Canelo sometime next year?
David Lemieux-
The 29-year-old French-Canadian was featured on the Canelo/GGG 2 undercard and scored a first round knockout win over Ireland’s Gary O’Sullivan. Lemieux (40-4) has held multiple middleweight championships at both the regional, continental, and world levels. He’s faced both Golovkin and Saunders (both losses), and has been pushing for a fight with Alvarez for quite some time. Lemieux has proven himself to be among the world’s best middleweights, and he’s done pretty well for himself against Mexican fighters (17-1). I would definitely pay to see this fight.
2019 will be another interesting year for the middleweight division.
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