Eddy Reynoso Confirms Canelo Alvarez’s Stablemate on December 23 Card in Saudi Arabia

Published 11/14/2023, 6:50 PM EST

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The Saudi Arabia season is going ahead in all its glory. The upcoming 23rd December card has stacked up an array of fighters from the heavyweight class that hardly would one think could come together. The credit for such a showdown? The enthusiasm and the money that the Saudis are showing toward boxing. In recent developments, reports suggest Frank Sanchez would also be a part of the 23rd December card.

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For almost the entire year now, the boxing community anticipated the historic unification of heavyweight titles on December 23rd. However, after Tyson Fury’s fight against Francis Ngannou, his promoter revealed that he’d need some time to recuperate. Now that his fight against Oleksandr Usyk is seemingly pushed to February 2024, the Saudis had to come in and revamp the December 23rd card. And so they did.

Sanchez joins a plethora of elite boxers, confirms Eddy Reynoso

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Eddy Reynoso, the super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez’s long-time trainer, took to his Instagram stories to spill the beans about the upcoming December fight. He hinted that his other trainee, heavyweight fighter Frank Sanchez, will be featured on the Saudi Arabia card. Uploading an image of Sanchez’s training, Reynoso wrote, “12/23 Arabia.”

The Cuban fighter was last seen in the ring against Scott Alexander at the iconic T-Mobile Arena of Las Vegas. The September fight saw Sanchez register a win in round 2 after Alexander’s corner threw in the towel. With this easy glide of a victory, Sanchez emerged as the WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight Champion, who is now all set to take on the big titles. His victory has pushed him into a card that is filled to the brim with elite fighters.

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December 23rd in Saudi Arabia, an ensemble of sorts

When the Usyk-Fury fight was pushed yet again, the Saudis knew that they had to stack up a card befitting what the previous fight had promised. With the resources in their hand, they could do that. It has now been told that December 23rd will see some of the biggest names from the heavyweight class descend into the ring. And leading the pack here are Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder.

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While the two have been wanting to face off against each other for 7 years now, Fight Night will still not see that happen. Instead, AJ is going against Otto Wallin, and Wilder will take his fight against former champion Joseph Parker. The organizers are keeping the anticipated Joshua-Wilder fight stored for a later date. And will instead push the upcoming bout as a prelude to it.

While the card does not boast of lethal clashes, it is the names that are attached to it that make it what it is. Dmitry Bivol will also enter the ring that night against Richard Rivera. While Filip Hrgovic’s opponent is not disclosed yet, Sanchez is slated to fight Junior Fa. Additionally, Daniel Dubois will return to the ring against Jarrell Miller. 

Most fighters on this card are those that once ruled the heavyweight class. But lately, they have become fighters for the sake of it. They fought viciously and earned their riches in their prime. But today, many argue that they are past their prime.

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Mohammed Shafiulla

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Mohammed Shafiulla is a Boxing Writer at EssentiallySports. With a background as a freelance journalist, he has covered a wide array of subjects before finding his niche at ES. Armed with a double major in journalism and literature, he brings a unique and insightful perspective to the sport of Boxing, highlighting its rich history and enduring appeal.
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