Canelo Ready To Satisfy WBC Mandatory, Hopes Mexico Return Happens

As previously reported, Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is targeting the date of February 27 for his next fight, with his hometown of Guadalajara being the preferred location.

Canelo was in action two weeks ago, when he dominated Callum Smith to capture the WBC, WBA super middleweight titles.

As part of their agreement with the World Boxing Council, Canelo has to make a mandatory defense against Avni Yildirim.

After fighting only once in 2020, Canelo is hoping to see action at least three times next year – in February, May and September.

“We first have to deliver on the commitment we made when we beat Smith. The winner of that fight had to defend against the mandatory challenger [Avni Yildirim] in no more than 90 days,” Canelo’s trainer and manager, Eddy Reynoso, said to ESPN Deportes.

“Then for May, if we come out well in February, there is Billy Joe Saunders, Gennadiy Golovkin and Caleb Plant, they are the three that could be [the opponent] in May. There are no secrets, it is what it is. So far I’ve only been talking to Eddie Hearn for the 27th [of February].”

Regarding the possibility of Canelo having his first fight in Mexico since 2011, Reynoso said that it will depend on how the pandemic plays out, but assured that the range of possibilities is enormous.

“If people cannot enter the stadiums, which is what we want, I see it as being difficult to do, but it is our idea to go forward on our land, to Guadalajara,” Reynoso said.

“There is the Charros stadium, Jalisco, the Omnilife (Akron), the VFG Arena, even the Guadalajara Coliseum, we would like to fight in Mexico – and in our land there are many options, we have a good relationship with everyone.”

In the event that Mexico does not materialize, Canelo could return earlier than planned to Texas, where the success of the protocols and the public’s response has already been confirmed with the success of the recent event with Smith.