The Canelo report has “neither truth nor basis”
Canelo Alvarez can’t move up to light heavyweight if he wants to face Gennadiy Golovkin for the undisputed championship at 168.
The pound-for-pound king remains coy about his immediate future in the sport.
That’s the stance of manager and trainer Eddy Reynoso de Canelo, who said recent rumors of a 175-pound champion in May were false.
A report circulated citing “sources” for a possible two-fight plan with DAZN in 2022. Reynoso decided to completely blow the statement as a baseless rumor.
“Hello, I’m grateful to communicate that there are offers for Canelo’s next fight from PBC and Matchroom,” Reynoso said.
“The negotiation process is still ongoing. A final decision has not been made.
“As of now, all information released yesterday has no truth or basis behind it. Once we sign an agreement, our team will be the first to inform the public.
— EDDY REYNOSO (@CANELOTEAM) February 10, 2022
WBN understands that Canelo has at least seven separate fights to mull over. Jermall Charlo, Dmitry Bivol, Junior Makabu and Gennadiy Golovkin feature.
David Benavidez, Demetrius Andrade and Artur Beterbiev are apparently ruled out.
Benavidez is the standout name Mexican fans want for Cinco de Mayo. However, it looks increasingly likely that Canelo will give up the super middleweight belts in 2022. Benavidez would then be front-row to challenge for at least one of those straps.
Therefore, the top contender just waits their turn and faces an alternate opponent while they wait.
Canelo’s one massive flaw campaigning at light heavyweight for his next fight, however, has a lot to do with those title belts.
If the Mexican superstar drops to 175 in May, the four titles in his possession would effectively sit idle for the next six months unless sanctioning bodies remove them.
Canelo wouldn’t be able to defend them, leaving another potential fight with Gennadiy Golovkin in the future without any belts.
It’s definitely not where ‘GGG’ wants to be right now.
The Kazakh puncher would one hundred percent want the undisputed title at stake if he is persuaded to go up by Canelo.
At this point, it seems absolutely impossible that Canelo could move up to 175 or even cruise weight, for that matter, and retain all of his 168 championships.
If Golovkin arrives in 2022, it must be now. This storyline is a huge sticking point with the former middleweight king hired to face Ryota Murata.
The unified 160-pound bout has been postponed due to the pandemic. It was worth $100 million or more in Murata’s home country of Japan.
Right now, everything is up in the air. There are many points to discuss regarding where Canelo goes next and how he gets there.
Golovkin is shaping up to be the biggest fight on May 7, and Canelo has to strike while the iron is hot due to his rival’s age.
Complications over titles and possible mandatory defenses mean that a Canelo vs. GGG trilogy needs to be at the forefront of everyone’s mind before any increase in weight.
Canelo could drop his undisputed belts without the GGG fight and lead a division. But that would effectively kill Golovkin’s fight if no straps were in play.
Phil Jay – Editor of World Boxing News since 2010 with over a billion views. Follow WBN on Twitter @WorldBoxingNews.