Home Boxing News Eddie Hearn expects Canelo Alvarez to fight internationally next year

Eddie Hearn expects Canelo Alvarez to fight internationally next year

Canelo Alvarez after defeating Caleb Plant. Photo credit: Al Bello/Getty Images

Promoter Eddie Hearn believes undisputed super middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez 58-2-2 (39) could have his next fight abroad as the Mexican superstar seeks out new challenges.

The 32-year-old Mexican is arguably the biggest star in boxing. He has not fought in his native Mexico since he defeated Kermit Cintron by fifth-round knockout in 2011. He has boxed all of his fights since then in the United States.

The four-weight world champion has previously stated his desire to take the show on the road and Hearn believes the time could now be right.

“The challenge for Saul is to find him fights that actually motivate him, you know?” Hearn said on The DAZN Boxing Show.

“And for me that could be boxing internationally. I don’t want to put random names out there… none of these have been discussed, but is it, I don’t know, a Chris Eubank Jr? Or John Ryder, if he beats Zach Parker? [Ryder would be] be mandatory, [the fight could take place] in London.

“Is it Jaime Munguia in the Azteca [Stadium] in Mexico [City]? Just different landscapes, different challenges.”

Alvarez is well known for testing himself and his abilities. After moving up from middleweight in 2019, he snatched the WBO light heavyweight crown from Sergey ‘Krusher’ Kovalev 35-4-1 (29) by 11th round knockout in November 2019.

He then dropped down to the 168-pound weight class to unify the four mjor world titles in less than a year, defeating Callum Smith 29-1 (21) for the WBA title and vacant WBC strap, Billy Joe Saunders 30-1 (14) for the WBO belt and Caleb Plant 22-1 (13) for the IBF championship. During that 11 month timeframe he even managed a title defence against Avni Yildirim 24-5 (13).

Alvarez is coming off a 12-round unanimous decision win over old rival Gennadiy Golovkin 42-2-1 (37) in their trilogy bout in Las Vegas, Nevada in September.

That victory came four months after his amibitous attempt to steal the WBA light heavyweight belt from undefeated Russian Dmitry Bivol 21-0 (11) that ended in a unanimous decision loss by scores of 113-115 across the board. Many fans and pundits thought Bivol deserved the decision by much a wider margin.

“I think right now his mind is fixed on the challenge of Dmitry Bivol,” Hearn said. “That’s all that’s really in his mind… a lot of these fighters don’t need to fight. It’s not like they’ll take whatever opportunity is presented to them. The opportunity’s got to be right. It’s got to get Saul out of the bed in the morning. It’s got to get him pumped.

“Right now the one that’s burning, giving him the fire inside, is to avenge the defeat [to Bivol]. It’s pretty obvious. He’s a winner. I’m sure there are other options out there with other promoters as well.”