LAS VEGAS – Canelo Alvarez emerged from the rivalry with Gennady Golovkin with a smile on his face, and the feud that has been brewing for the past five years has finally subsided.
A clear victory over GGG and retaining his undisputed 168-pound championship on Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena seemed to bring Alvarez some consolation, if not pain, in his injured left hand, which he told Sportzshala was “gosh, because of Caleb Plant.” Fight.”
This means that the powerful left hook was damaged in his embarrassing loss to Dmitry Bivol in May when Alvarez tried to become a two-time 175-pound champion.
He returned to super middleweight to defend his four belts against Golovkin, and now boxing’s top star must decide which division to campaign in. But first, Alvarez (58-2-2, 39 KOs) says he’ll be resting rather than chasing the December fight that was discussed earlier this year when he signed a two-fight deal with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing.
“I can’t hold a glass,” Alvarez said in the ring after the fight. “[Hand is] really bad. But I am a warrior.”
Once again, Alvarez, 32, is a promoter and free agent of the network and will be in the biggest and best fights. His next fight could be against Bivol in a rematch for the light heavyweight title, which he failed to win in May. Bivol dealt with Alvarez and Alvarez was defeated in the summer.
Bivol, a cunning boxer with a great jab, will defend his title for the first time against Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez on November 5 in Abu Dhabi. If Bivol wins as expected, he will be a prime candidate for Alvarez’s next fight, which will most likely take place in May.
“Everyone knows” I want a rematch with Bivol, Alvarez said, adding that he would wait to “see what happens” in the Russian’s fight with Zurdo.
“I need to give my body a rest,” Alvarez said. “I need to rest my arm, my body, but I will come back stronger. [Revenge vs. Bivol is] very important for my heritage, for my pride, for my country, for my family, for everything. It is very important. I will beat him.”
Alvarez would have been the underdog in a rematch. Apart from Bivol’s style, which seems to be difficult for Alvarez, weight classes exist for a reason. Alvarez’s only win at 175 pounds came in November 2019 over a withered version of Sergei Kovalev, a brutal 11th-round knockout after Alvarez struggled at times early in the fight.
Against Bivol, he won a maximum of three rounds, and the size difference certainly played a role. In the end, Alvarez won his first title at 154 pounds and has said many times that he is most comfortable at 168 pounds.
In super middleweight, where he is the undisputed leader, there are several attractive options, both with PBC fighters. First up is the matchup with David Benavidez, a hardcore volume fighter who puts on relentless pressure and will have a size and youth advantage over Alvarez.
Another option is Jermall Charlo, who hasn’t competed since June 2021 and currently holds the 160lb title. Charlo expressed his willingness to face Alvarez at 168.
Whichever path Alvarez chooses, he can move forward with peace of mind because he has settled his feud with Golovkin. Now he can focus on reclaiming the throne he sat on before being defeated by Bivol. Of course, the best way to do this is to have a clear victory over him. The next best thing: defending his four 168-pound titles against Benavidez.
As always, Alvarez will have a choice of fights as the face of boxing and can bring career high payouts to his opponents.
“I’ve been through some very difficult things in my life and the only thing you can do is try to keep going and move forward,” Alvarez said. “I’ve had a hard time with my losses and I’ve shown that defeats are great. This allows you to come back and show humility.”