Jermall Charlo? Dmitry Bivol? David Benavidez? Canelo Alvarez has options after GGG win – ESPN

Jermall Charlo?  Dmitry Bivol?  David Benavidez?  Canelo Alvarez has options after GGG win - ESPN

LAS VEGAS — Canelo Alvarez came out of his rivalry with Gennadiy Golovkin all smiles, the bad blood that had been brewing for the past five years finally put to rest.

A clear win over GGG to retain his 168-pound undisputed championship on Saturday at T-Mobile Arena seemed to bring Alvarez some comfort, if not the pain from an injured left hand, which he told ESPN is “f—ed up by the Caleb Plant”. fight.”

That means the powerful left hook was damaged going into his upset loss to Dmitry Bivol in May when Alvarez was trying to become a two-time champion at 175 pounds.

He returned to super middleweight to defend his four belts against Golovkin, and now, boxing’s top star must decide in which division to campaign. But first, Alvarez (58-2-2, 39 KOs) says he will rest rather than pursue. a busy December fight that was discussed earlier this year when he signed a two-fight deal with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing.

“I can’t hold a glass,” Alvarez said in the ring after the fight. “[Hand is] really bad But I’m a warrior.”

Again, Alvarez, 32, is a promotional and offline agent and will be free to pursue the biggest and best fights. His next bout could come against Bivol in a rematch for the light heavyweight title he failed to win in May. Bivol handled Alvarez and the loss ate away at Alvarez over the summer.

Bivol, a delicate boxer with an excellent jab, will first defend his title against Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez on November 5 in Abu Dhabi. If Bivol wins as expected, he is a top choice for Alvarez’s next fight, which is likely to take place in May.

“Everyone knows” that I want the rematch with Bivol, said Álvarez, adding that he will wait “to see what happens” in the Russian’s fight with Zurdo.

“I need to rest my body,” Alvarez said. “I need to rest my hand, my body, but I will come back stronger. [Revenge vs. Bivol is] very important for my heritage, for my pride, for my country, for my family, for everything. It is very important. I will beat him.”

Alvarez would be an underdog in a rematch. Aside from Bivol’s style, which appears to be a difficult matchup for Alvarez, weight classes exist for a reason. Alvarez’s only win at 175 pounds came against a faded version of Sergey Kovalev in November 2019, a brutal 11-round KO after Alvarez struggled a few times earlier in the fight.

Against Bivol, he won three rounds at most and the size difference was definitely a factor. After all, Alvarez won his first title at 154 pounds and has said many times that he is most comfortable at 168.

At super middleweight, where he is the undisputed ruler, there are some attractive options, both with PBC fighters. Foremost is a matchup with David Benavidez, a punishing volume puncher who applies relentless pressure and would enjoy a size – and youth – advantage over Alvarez.

Another option is Jermall Charlo, who has not competed since June 2021 and currently holds a title at 160 pounds. Charlo has expressed a willingness to meet Alvarez at 168.

Whichever path Alvarez chooses, he can move forward with the peace of mind that he has settled his feud with Golovkin. Now, he can focus on reclaiming the pound-for-pound throne he sat on before the loss to Bivol. The best way to do that, of course, is to win a clear victory over him. The next best way: defense of his four 168-pound titles against Benavidez.

As always, Alvarez will have his pick of fights as the face of boxing and the career-high paydays he can deliver for his foes.

“I’ve been through very difficult things in my life and the only thing you can do is try to keep going and move forward,” Alvarez said. “I went through tough times with my defeats and I showed that defeats are great. It allows you to come back and show humility.”

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