Canelo's next fight could be at light-heavyweight with Dmitry Bivol or bitter Gennady Golovkin trilogy, says Eddie Hearn

Canelo's next fight could be at light-heavyweight with Dmitry Bivol or bitter Gennady Golovkin trilogy, says Eddie Hearn

11/13/2021

EDDIE HEARN revealed Canelo Alvarez could fight light-heavyweight Dmitry Bivol next or Gennady Golovkin in a trilogy bout.

Canelo recently knocked out American Caleb Plant to add the IBF title which was missing from his super-middleweight collection.


Now as undisputed champion, talk has turned to what could be next for the Mexican superstar, who has won titles in FOUR divisions.

Canelo, 31, is also a free agent and returned to Showtime pay-per-view to beat Plant, 29, having fought on DAZN for his six prior bouts.

Three of them were on a short-term deal with Hearn, who will now be one of several offering his services to promote Alvarez's return next year.

He told iFL TV: “We’re going to go to him and say, ‘Here are our three or four options.’

"PBC is going to say, ‘Here are our three or four options,’ and somebody else is probably going to put three or four options out there.

“He’s going to look at the deal and decide which one he wants to do.

"I think the GGG fight is going to be such a big fight, and there’s going to be an announcement about him very soon.

"He’s got a big unification fight coming up. The GGG verses Canelo fight is a massive fight and probably the biggest money fight out there for Canelo.

"But he’s got enough money. It’s not just about who pays the most money, and it’s got to be a fight that motivates him."

Canelo was fortunate to draw with bitter rival Golovkin, 39, in 2017 and won the rematch in contentious fashion a year later.

He has since moved up in weight, even winning the WBO light-heavyweight title in 2019 against Sergey Kovalev, 39.

But Canelo has since settled back down at super-middleweight, while GGG stayed at middleweight.

The Kazakh danger man unifies his IBF title against Ryota Murata's WBA version in Japan on December 29.

'UNDISPUTED AT 175 ASWELL'

Canelo has warned Golovkin would need to come up to super-middleweight if they are to complete their trilogy series.

But Hearn can see the pound-for-pound No1 going back up to light-heavyweight to challenge heavy-hitters Bivol, 30, and Artur Beterbiev, 36.

He said: “I think he can become undisputed at 175 as well.

"You’ve got Dimitry Bivol; I think he’d be a favourite in that fight, Joe Smith Jr and Beterbiev is an absolute all-out war.

“Maybe he decides, but with Canelo, it’s sort of about having a plan for a new challenge, and maybe Golovkin presents that, or maybe it doesn’t, or maybe he wants to crack on to 175.

"Maybe he wants to fight [David] Benavidez. He’ll decide."

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