LAS VEGAS — Canelo Alvarez emerged from his rivalry with Gennady Golovkin all smiles, the dangerous blood that brewed over the previous 5 years lastly put to relaxation.
A transparent victory over GGG to retain his 168-pound undisputed championship on Saturday at T-Mobile Arena appeared to deliver Alvarez solace, if not the ache of an injured left hand he advised ESPN is “f—ed up from the Caleb Plant struggle.”
That means the highly effective left hook was broken coming into his upset defeat to Dmitry Bivol in May, when Alvarez tried to grow to be a two-time champion at 175 kilos.
He returned to tremendous middleweight for a protection of his 4 belts in opposition to Golovkin, and now, boxing’s prime star should determine which division to marketing campaign in. But first, Alvarez (58-2-2, 39 KOs) says he’ll relaxation moderately than pursue a December stay-busy struggle that was mentioned earlier this yr when he signed a two-fight cope with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing.
“I am unable to maintain a glass,” Alvarez mentioned within the ring after the struggle. “[Hand is] actually dangerous. But I’m a warrior.”
Once once more, Alvarez, 32, is a promotional and community free agent and shall be free to chase the largest and greatest fights. His subsequent bout may come in opposition to Bivol in a rematch for the sunshine heavyweight title he didn’t win in May. Bivol dealt with Alvarez and the loss got here at Alvarez through the summer season.
Bivol, a tough boxer with a superb jab, will first defend his title in opposition to Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez on Nov. 5 in Abu Dhabi. If Bivol wins as anticipated, he is a number one choice for Alvarez’s subsequent struggle, which is able to seemingly happen in May.
“Everybody is aware of” I would like the rematch with Bivol, Alvarez mentioned, including that he’ll wait to “see what occurs” within the Russian’s struggle with Zurdo.
“I have to relaxation my physique,” Alvarez mentioned. “I have to relaxation my hand, my physique, however I’ll come again stronger. [Revenge vs. Bivol is] essential for my legacy, for my satisfaction, for my nation, for my household, for every thing. It’s essential. I’ll beat him.”
Alvarez can be an underdog in a rematch. Besides Bivol’s model, which seems to be a tough matchup for Alvarez, weight lessons exist for a motive. Alvarez’s lone victory at 175 kilos got here in opposition to a light model of Sergey Kovalev in November 2019, a brutal Eleventh-round KO after Alvarez struggled at instances earlier within the struggle.
Against Bivol, he received three rounds at most and the dimensions distinction was definitely an element. After all, Alvarez received his first title at 154 kilos and has mentioned many instances that he is most comfy at 168.
At tremendous middleweight, the place he is the unquestioned ruler, a few engaging options exist, each with PBC fighters. Foremost is a matchup with David Benavidez, a punishing volume-puncher who applies relentless strain and would take pleasure in a dimension — and youth — benefit over Alvarez.
Another choice is Jermall Charlo, who hasn’t competed since June 2021 and at present holds a title at 160 kilos. Charlo has expressed a willingness to satisfy Alvarez at 168.
Whatever path Alvarez chooses, he can transfer ahead with the peace of thoughts that he is settled his feud with Golovkin. Now, he can give attention to reclaiming the pound-for-pound throne he sat on earlier than the loss to Bivol. The greatest method to try this, after all, is to attain a clear-cut victory over him. The subsequent greatest method: a protection of his 4 168-pound titles in opposition to Benavidez.
As at all times, Alvarez can have his choose of fights because the face of boxing and the career-high paydays he can ship for his foes.
“I’ve gone by way of some very tough issues in my life and the one factor you are able to do is to attempt to proceed and transfer ahead,” Alvarez mentioned. “I’ve gone by way of tough instances with my defeats and I’ve proven that defeats are nice. It allows you to come again and present humility.”