Canelo Alvarez Reveals His Plan to Become Undisputed Champion in 2021

Published 01/05/2021, 12:50 AM EST
Dec 19, 2020; San Antonio, TX, USA; Canelo Alvarez (red trunks) celebrates after defeating Callum Smith (white trunks) during their WBA, WBC and Ring Magazine super middleweight championship bout at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports


Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez has revealed his plan to take over the super-middleweight division. The Mexican is not messing about and has a packed 2021 in sight. This is possible since he is now a free agent after a legal battle with Golden Boy Promotions.

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Dec 19, 2020; San Antonio, TX, USA; Canelo Alvarez (red trunks) celebrates after defeating Callum Smith (white trunks) during their WBA, WBC and Ring Magazine super middleweight championship bout at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

Canelo Alvarez is fresh off an impressive victory against Callum Smith which made him the WBA super-middleweight champion. However, just like he stated in the post-fight interview, he now wants to unify the division.

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Speaking exclusively to The Ring, Canelo said, “I’ve worked hard for this and it’s a great situation to be in, it’s a pretty simple plan for 2021, fight for all of the belts at 168 and fight three times, maybe four. We’ll see.”

SAN DIEGO, CA – JULY 1: Canelo Alvarez, former WBC & WBA Super Welterweight World Champion, trains during an open workout at the House of Boxing Gym July 1, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

This is welcome news to fans who can look forward to some fantastic fights in 2021. Canelo then spoke about the time-frame. “I want to take all of the titles (at 168). My goal is to fight anyone at 168 if they have a title, that’s who I’m going to go after. The goal is February, May, and September. That’s our goal for 2021.”

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Who will Canelo Alvarez fight to become undisputed?

Despite fighting in December, Canelo is targeting a February return to the ring. This reduces his options a little. Caleb Plant is the IBF champion at 168 and fights on January 30 while Billy Joe Saunders, who is the WBO champion, fought in December too.

This leaves his WBC mandatory Avni Yildirim for the February fight. Though it may not be the most marketable fight, it will give him the chance to fulfill his mandatory obligation while not affecting his schedule later in the year.

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This means if Canelo Alvarez gets past Avni Yildirim in February, we could see him fight Billy Joe Saunders on the famous Cinco De Mayo occasion in a unification bout. This would undoubtedly be a fitting event to mark the celebration. 

Thus, provided Caleb Plant gets this his fight, the winner of the potential Alvarez-Saunders fight can face him for the undisputed title. Needless to say, it would be an absolute blockbuster fight. Therefore, it is clear that Canelo Alvarez has his plans laid out to deliver fights for fans. However, who would you like to see him fight first?

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READ: Eddie Hearn Teases a Massive Fight Between Canelo Alvarez vs Billy Joe Saunders

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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