Should Canelo Alvarez be unable to secure an undisputed super-middleweight title fight against Caleb Plant then an old foe is waiting in the wings.
Alvarez will return to the ring in September and images have circulated that the three-belt champion is in training for his next date. Fighting Plant appears to be plan A for Team Canelo who want to claim the final title at 168lbs against the IBF champion. The Mexican stopped Billy Joe Saunders to take the Brit’s WBO strap in May.
Should Canelo v Plant fail to happen then his promoter Eddie Hearn has said that a second trip to light-heavyweight to face someone like WBA champion Dmitry Bivol may be an alternative.
However, yesterday, The Athletic’s Lance Pugmire reported that Gennadiy Golovkin is “ready, willing and available”, to face Alvarez for a third time in their rivalry.
The two titans faced one another back-to-back in September 2017 and 2018. Their first encounter, a modern classic, was controversially ruled a draw by the scoring judges but the rematch saw Alvarez come out on top via majority decision. Would Canelo want to give his old foe a third attempt at beating him? Would Golovkin still have the same firepower that, in the first fight particularly, appeared to have the edge over the pound-for-pound number one?
Canelo’s trainer Eddy Reynoso tweeted yesterday that “good news is yet to come” sparking speculation that confirmation of a date and opponent for the multi-weight world champion is imminent.
Golovkin, now 39, has been heavily linked with a fight against WBA ‘Super’ Champion Ryota Murata in Japan on December 31 but a date with Canelo in September would likely prove too tempting for the Kazakh,
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