IBF middleweight champion Gennadiy Golovkin might need to make other plans for 2021 because Canelo Alvarez has made it clear that his immediate goal is to unify the 168-pound division.
Canelo’s trainer Eddy Reynoso said this past week that their immediate focus is on capturing all the belts in the super-middleweight division, starting with WBA Super World champion Callum Smith on December 19th.
If Canelo is serious about unifying the super middleweight division, it could take him a year and a half to two years to accomplish. That would be admirable for Canelo if he could do that, but it would be bad news for GGG.
Canelo needs to beat these champions at 168 to unify:
- Caleb Plant – IBF
- Billy Joe Saunders – WBO
Alvarez Needs To Go After The WBC Title
The WBC title is currently vacant, but there’s a possibility that Canelo can still fight for that belt in early 2021 if he lets the World Boxing Council president Mauricio Sulaiman that he wishes to face Avni Yildirim for the belt.
If Canelo waits to battle for the WBC title later, he’ll likely end up facing David Benavidez, as he’s ranked #1 by the WBC right now. If Benavidez fights Yildirim for the vacant title, it’s almost guaranteed that he’ll obliterate him.
As long as Canelo is good with the idea of fighting Benavidez, he can put off going after the WBC title until later. Assuming that Benavidez is someone that Canelo isn’t eager to face, he should go after the WBC title right away against the badly flawed Yildirim.
There’s a belief out there with some boxing fans that Canelo wants no part of the 6’2″ Benavidez. If that belief is true, he needs to fight for the WBC title before Benavidez recaptures it.
Golovkin would have to wait as long as two years for Canelo to finish unifying the 168lb division if he elects to fight straight through from one champion to another.
“I think it’s difficult to fight at 160 pounds right now,” said Canelo’s trainer Eddy Reynoso. “The only logical fight at middleweight would be against Gennady Golovkin, but I think even GGG would struggle to make the weight limit.
“For now, we’ll forget about the 160-pound division and focus on becoming undisputed at 168 pounds.
There’s a possibility that Canelo fights three times in 2021 to unify the 168-lb division. If he does that, he’ll become the undisputed champion next year, and then he’ll be free to take on Golovkin in their trilogy match in 2022.
Golovkin will be 40-years-old in 2022, but the fans will still be interested in seeing him and Canelo fight again. As long as Golovkin doesn’t get beaten by anyone in the meantime, he and Alvarez (53-1-2, 36 KOs) can meet up in 2022 for the trilogy.
Golovkin (40-1-1, 35 KO) has chosen to take an easy title-milking fight against a fighter named Kamil Szeremeta (21-0, 5 KOs).
While the official reason for Golovkin facing #1 IBF Szeremeta is he’s his mandatory challenger, but the reality is a little different.
Noel Galang – Kamao TV