LAS VEGAS – Canelo Alvarez realizes dropping back again down to middleweight won’t be something resembling quick.
The freshly crowned WBO gentle heavyweight champion could stay at 175 pounds, particularly for a combat from WBA champ Dmitry Bivol. He is identified, nevertheless, to return to the middleweight limit of 160 pounds.
That’ll call for getting rid of 15 kilos of typically muscle mass that he put on his five-ft-eight body for his 11th-round knockout of Sergey Kovalev on Saturday night at MGM Grand Yard Arena.
“It will probably be extremely tricky to drop excess weight,” Alvarez mentioned during a article-combat push meeting at MGM Grand. “It’s usually been pretty challenging for me to eliminate bodyweight. Nonetheless, we should continue on creating background and I can do it.”
It isn’t distinct just which fight would entice Alvarez to return to the middleweight division.
He stays disinterested in a third struggle from Gennadiy Golovkin (40-1-1, 35 KOs), the bout DAZN’s executives want Alvarez to consider following. Just before he fought Kovalev, Alvarez also named WBO middleweight champ Demetrius Andrade “very boring” and criticized Andrade (28-, 17 KOs) for the Providence, Rhode Island, native’s absence of excellent opposition.
An Alvarez-Jermall Charlo struggle would be persuasive, but their marketing and tv/streaming issues would be troublesome to navigate.
Alvarez (53-one-two, 36 KOs) has eight fights remaining on his contract with DAZN and is represented by Golden Boy Promotions. Houston’s Charlo (29-, 21 KOs), the WBC winner, is encouraged by Golden Boy rival Al Haymon and has experienced his bouts broadcast by FOX and Showtime.
The 29-yr-outdated Alvarez and his handlers are not positive which body weight he’ll battle at next. All they’ve said is that he will box at middleweight again.
“Let’s see,” Alvarez reported prior to he conquer Kovalev. “I nevertheless don’t know. But I have to go back to my pounds again.”
Alvarez owns the WBA middleweight title. He also is the WBC’s franchise champion at 160 lbs, a peculiar designation created 4 months ago that eliminated the require for Alvarez to make a necessary defense compared to Charlo.
Alvarez holds the WBA’s tremendous middleweight title as properly. He hasn’t dominated out owning his future battle contested at the 168-pound limit.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.