Mexican Saul "Canelo" Alvarez is quite universally considered the best boxer of today. The fighter from Guadalajara is preparing for the match with Ilunga Makabu from DR Congo next spring - if he wins, he will become the world champion in the cruiserweight category (up to 91 kg), which will be his world title in the fifth weight category.
However, the Mexican does not intend to stop there. The famous promoter Bob Arum, who is one of the most influential people in the world of boxing since the seventies of the last century, represents the world champion of the light heavyweight category (up to 79 kg) - Artur Beterbiev from Russia.
"I know that Canelo would like to fight Beterbiev. I have known Canelo very well, ever since he was a young man. He personally told me that he was interested in Beterbiev and Joe Smith Jr." "He likes to take risks, which is why he is so popular.
I would like the match with Beterbiev to be realized, it would be one of the biggest matches in the world of boxing." "I think we could watch it next May or September, which is about the time of year when Canelo usually fights," said 90-year-old Bob Arum.
Artur Beterbiev's next match will be on December 17 in Montreal against the obligatory challenger Marcus Browne. The Chechen has a perfect score in the professional ring - 16 wins (16 KOs) in 16 matches.
Canelo Alvarez (31) has a career of 57 wins (39 KOs), 1 loss (from Floyd Mayweather) and 2 draws.
He is expected to box with Makabu in May, and the stakes are the title of WBC version champion. Alvarez is 171 centimeters tall, and he started his career as a welterweight fighter (up to 67 kg). We can’t even imagine how interesting a fight that would be.
Canelo is currently full of self-confidence and obviously has no boundaries. He is motivated, ready even in his best years. The question is how much Makakbu can do in the match against Alvarez. Of course, we will not underestimate Makakbu, which has shown that it is a huge quality and someone from whom we can expect good boxing, but for most fans, Alvarez is a class above all.
It may be an additional motive for Makabu to show that Alvarez is not as strong as he seems, but he is aware of the task ahead of him.