Canelo Álvarez has a approach.
If, as anticipated, he beats Dmitry Bivol to gain a share of the light heavyweight championship on Saturday evening, he will drop down from 175 lbs to 168 to combat Gennady Golovkin for a third time in September. If Álvarez wins that bout — he’ll be the favourite versus the 40-calendar year-old Golovkin — he’ll set his sights on unifying the light-weight heavyweight titles by combating the division’s two other beltholders, Artur Beterbiev and Joe Smith Jr.
If Álvarez does all that — and he’s envisioned to — the Mexican would turn out to be the undisputed winner at tremendous middleweight and gentle heavyweight in a calendar year, only more cementing his put as the greatest pound-for-pound boxer in the globe.
And then what? The selections would seemingly dwindle. What’s remaining for the 31-year-aged Mexican whose only skilled decline in 59 fights remains a setback versus Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2013?
On Wednesday, Álvarez described two options.
The initial is an noticeable progression: using his present all around the globe. Álvarez said he goals of battling in England and Japan. His promoter, Eddie Hearn, claimed he’d enjoy to see Álvarez, who hasn’t fought in Mexico considering that 2011, using centerstage at Estadio Azteca.
The second borders on madness: moving up in bodyweight course yet once again, into uncharted territory and quite possibly into a further stratosphere traditionally.
Álvarez confirmed he would welcome a struggle versus Oleksandr Usyk, a cruiserweight-turned-heavyweight champion. Usyk is 6-foot-3. He’s 19- with 13 knockouts. The 35-yr-old Ukrainian weighed in at 221 lbs . past September in advance of beating 240-pound Anthony Joshua for the heavyweight crown. He’s a big in comparison to the 5-foot-7-and-a-50 percent Álvarez.
But Álvarez is at the very least declaring he’d welcome the obstacle.
“I like it,” he mentioned. “I like it. Why not?”
The struggle, Álvarez verified, would be at 201 lbs . — or the minimum for a sanctioned heavyweight title fight. Usyk has his possess organization to acquire care of initially he has a rematch with Joshua scheduled for July immediately after profitable a unanimous determination in the initially meeting in England.
“The capability to conquer classes that ended up extremely hard for a Mexican, for a person of my stature, nicely, it is something historic,” Álvarez mentioned. “And it’s what I want to do in my profession: heritage.”
If Álvarez ended up to earn, he’d turn out to be the to start with previous 154-pound champion to ever gain a heavyweight championship. Bob Fitzsimmons (1897) and Roy Jones Jr. (2003) are the only former 160-pound (middleweight) champions to earn heavyweight championships.
“I’ll battle everyone,” Álvarez explained. “I do not f— care.”
To battle Usyk, if that is indeed a real probability, all the things will have to carry on heading as prepared Saturday.