Canelo Alvarez Gets Fresh Call Out From Another World Champion- Who Is He?

Published 11/10/2021, 9:30 AM EST
Nov 6, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Canelo Alvarez celebrates after knocking out Caleb Plant (not pictured) during their undisputed super middleweight world championship boxing match at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports


Saul Canelo Alvarez is the ‘undisputed’ Pound-for-Pound king. On November 6, he made history becoming the first-ever undisputed champ at super-middleweight. Now all eyes are on Canelo as he decides what he will do next and who he will fight next. Canelo has already received an open challenge from the IBF Cruiserweight champion.

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IBF and Ring Magazine Cruiserweight champion Mairis Briedis made the offer on his Instagram account. He wrote, “Doesn’t seem like canelo will find a levelled fight at SMW or LHW. What a machine! Ready to test waters at CW for a proper challenge?” 

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Who is Mairis Briedis? 

Mairis Briedis aka ‘The Latvian Punisher’ is a three-time cruiserweight world champion. He previously held the WBC and WBO titles, becoming the first Latvian to hold a world boxing title. He now holds the IBF and Ring magazine world titles after winning them in September 2020. Briedis last fought in October this year.

He took on former WBO champion Artur Mann. Briedis outboxed Mann and knocked him down once in the second round and twice in the third round before the referee called a stop to the fight.

Briedis first came into the spotlight when he fought Oleksandr ‘The Cat’ Usyk in 2018. As both fighters went into the fight undefeated, someone had to lose their unbeaten record and their title. Usyk won the closely contested bout via majority decision. However, he claimed this was the toughest fight of his career.

“These are the most difficult 12 rounds I’ve ever had in my career,” said Usyk in his post-fight interview with ITV Box Office in the U.K. “I will go back to the gym and work on improving my style.”

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Canelo Alvarez interested to fight Benavidez or Charlo next

After his coronation as the super-middleweight king on November 6, the boxing world wondered who was next for the Mexican champion. Showtime president Stephen Espinoza revealed who is the next best opponent for Canelo Alvarez.

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“For my money, the two most interesting fights for Canelo next… are Jermall Charlo and David Benavidez or David Benavidez and Jermall Charlo,” Espinoza told ES News. “We’ve certainly mentioned those to Team Canelo, and there is interest.”

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“We’ve seen this year that Canelo has stayed busy. I would expect that he’ll roll into his next fight pretty quickly.”

Who do you think Canelo Alvarez should fight next?

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Allan Binoy

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Allan Binoy is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in English Literature from Loyola College, Allan fuses his love for literature and the sport of boxing to deliver quality copies about 'The Sweet Science.' Allan is a semi-professional soccer player for Diego Juniors FC.

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