Canelo Alvarez coach Eddie Reynoso has named four potential opponents for his fighter after Caleb Plant: two-time WBC middleweight champion David Benavidez; current WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo; WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol and WBC and IBF light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev.
Alvarez, who is looking to become the first undisputed super middleweight champion on Saturday against Plant, has won world titles in multiple weight divisions including the light middleweight; medium weight; super middleweight and light heavyweight. His last three fights have been at super middleweight, in which he knocked out two of three opponents.
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Alvarez said in an interview with Boxing Scene in 2019 that it would be “very difficult” to return to middleweight, so he is more likely to move to face Bivol or Beterbiev in light heavyweight. If he were to face Charlo, the middleweight would have to switch to the supermedium or variable weight, which he previously said he was willing to do.
Here’s a look at each of Alvarez’s potential opponents and what they might bring from a stylistic perspective.
According to The Ring, Benavidez is listed as No. 1 challenger in the super middleweight division for Alvarez, who holds The Ring, WBA, WBC and WBO titles and could become undisputed champion if he beats Plant for the IBF belt on Saturday.
Benavidez won the WBC supermedium title twice in 2017 and 2019, although he tested positive for cocaine in a urine sample collected by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency (VADA) in August 2018. He was eventually stripped of his title of 2017 and received a four month suspension until February 2019 from the WBC.
Benavidez has since fought twice, defeating roamer Alexis Angulo and Ronald Ellis by knockout. Benavidez will face Kyrone Davis on November 13th at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona.
Benavidez, who made his professional debut at the age of 16, was previously the youngest 168-pound champion in boxing history (20) and is known for his offensive power and accuracy. He scored 289 of the 352 punches thrown (54%) in his latest win over Ellis.
Benavidez has a 24-0 record with 21 knockouts and is only 24 years old.
Charlo has long called Alvarez and said on Thursday he wants the winner between Alvarez and Plant.
“I’m looking for a mega deal and extend my legacy,” Charlo said. “If one of those guys gives me the opportunity, I’ll definitely take it.”
Charlo is currently ranked as the No. 2 middleweight fighter behind Gennady Golovkin, who currently holds the IBF title. Charlo has a professional record of 32-0 (22 KOs) and is coming off a unanimous decision win over Juan Macias Montiel in June.
Perhaps the most intriguing of Alvarez’s potential future opponents, as his length at 6-0 and reaching at 73½ inches, Charlo could present problems if he is able to establish his jab – something Golovkin attempted to do at will during the his two fights with Alvarez.
Bivol has held the WBA light heavyweight title since November 2017 and is unbeaten in 18 professional fights, winning 11 by knockout.
The second ranked light heavyweight fighter from The Ring, Bivol is an effective technical fighter and is capable of hitting with both hands at a solid pace. However, he’s a bit off-putting and thin at the waist, something Alvarez could take advantage of if he’s able to go and target the body.
Bivol is coming out of a unanimous win over Craig Richards and May and hasn’t knocked out an opponent from Sullivan Barrera in March 2018.
Beterbiev, who won the WBC light heavyweight title with a TKO win over Oleksandr Gvozdyk in October 2019, is the highest-scoring fighter in The Ring’s division and is the toughest challenge for Alvarez if he goes up by weight.
Beterbiev has won all 16 of his fights by knockout and has exceptional power. Only one of his professional fights has gone far, making him one of the most feared fighters.
This would be an intriguing fight stylistically, especially since Alvarez is an effective counter-punger and can move well-heeled power shots. Expect a fierce confrontation if this happens.
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