Canelo Alvarez Weighs in on Crusierweight Debut and Facing Errol Spence Jr.

Published 12/21/2020, 2:55 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 04: Canelo Alvarez walks to his corner during his middleweight unification fight against Daniel Jacobs at T-Mobile Arena on May 04, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


Canelo Alvarez showcased his abilities as a super-middleweight by vanquishing the unbeaten Callum Smith for the WBA and WBC (vacant) titles. He ended a year-long hiatus and outclassed his Brit adversary throughout the 12 rounds clash. However, Alvarez has already received some major call-outs.

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Welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. wants to face Alvarez. But, Canelo appears uninterested.

30-year-old, Canelo Alvarez, has competed in the junior-middleweight, middleweight, super-middleweight, and light heavyweights units. While he has held world titles in all of them, Alvarez now wants to rule the 168 lbs division.

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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 doesn’t want to shift to another division and is targeting super-middleweight unification bouts. That said, a possible cruiserweight debut is also not on his radar. He has a clear ‘No’ for the cruiserweight unit.

When asked in the post-fight interview, Alvarez said, “No, it’s still much. I think 168 and 160 is my best.”

Alvarez seems too devoted to the super-middleweight unit. He is the WBC and WBA champion now and wants to unify the other belts.

So, welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. doesn’t interest him.

When asked about a possible fight with ‘The Truth’, Canelo reiterated that his only short-term goals are the 168-pound titles.

What’s next for Canelo Alvarez?

He will need two more straps- WBO and IBF to call himself the unified super-middleweight champion of the world. That means he will have to face Billy Joe Saunders or Caleb Plant in 2021.

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Akin to Callum Smith (before facing Alvarez), Caleb Plant and Billy Joe Saunders are unbeaten. While Alvarez aims to unify the division, he will have to surpass the undefeated world champions.

It further demands more from the Mexican prodigy who has beaten odds throughout his career. Aged 30, he is already a great boxer and has an alluring record of 54 wins. 1 loss and 2 draws. Anything he does now will only enhance his astounding legacy.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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