Canelo Alvarez to Fight Twice in 4 Months – May Face Billy Joe Saunders After Mandatory

Published 01/16/2021, 8:00 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


Canelo Alvarez’s busy 2021 is slowly taking shape, and the Mexican’s next fight is close to confirmation. Furthermore, he will fight twice in a four-month period to get the Cinco De Mayo weekend fight.

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LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 15: Boxer Canelo Alvarez poses on the scale during his official weigh-in at MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 15, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Alvarez will challenge WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin for his titles at T-Mobile Arena on September 16 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

He is still fresh off his victory over Callum Smith in December; however, reports suggest he is making up for lost time with his next move. Plans for his mandatory fight against Avni Yildirim is all but confirmed and the super-star is already planning for after that fight.

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Canelo has made no secret to fight on the Cinco De Mayo weekend, an occasion of a grand celebration in his hometown of Mexico. Mike Coppinger from The Athletic was the first to report the news on his Twitter.

He suggested February will be the date for the fight against Yildirim after he agreed to details with Eddie Hearn. This would give Canelo just enough time to come back in May.

The fact that Alvarez has signed a deal is also a noteworthy point and could be a sign for the future. Hearn said it would be an honor to work with him. Thus, fans should keep their eyes peeled on this union.

READ: Canelo Alvarez Reveals His Plan to Become Undisputed Champion in 2021

Will this help Canelo Alvarez make a fight against Billy Joe Saunders?

This newfound union between Hearn and the Mexican could benefit both parties immensely. Canelo stated that he wants unification fights, and the English promoter represents WBO champion Billy Joe Saunders.

This could make it easy to strike up a deal. Hearn even commented on the possibility of this. Speaking to iFL TV he said, “I believe we can make that fight for Cinco De Mayo. But, Bill’s gotta be happy. And until Bill’s happy with the deal for that fight, it won’t happen.”

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Hearn finished with, “That fight is there for Billy Joe. I think we have an opportunity to get that fight over the line”.

Therefore, these are exciting times in the super-middleweight division. What do you make of the news that Canelo Alvarez will fight twice in four months? Will it give Billy Joe Saunders an advantage?

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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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