As one of the biggest draws in boxing, much is said about Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (59-2-2, 39 KOs) and any potential opponent of his. Over the last few weeks, many names have been dropped but no fighter has been confirmed for Canelo’s next bout. In no particular order, Big Fight Weekend lists five potential opponents for Canelo’s upcoming fight.
Five potential opponents for Canelo
WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo has been discussed as a potential next opponent for Canelo. Two months ago, Charlo claimed that he was back in the ring and training for a potential return. Having last fought in June 2021, boxing fans are eager to see Charlo fight once again. A clash against Canelo would be massive and finally bring about a fight that has long been discussed.
Big Fight Weekend recently discussed the possibility of Edgar Berlanga facing Canelo. Given that Berlanga has a promotional deal with Matchroom Boxing, he could be a potential opponent since Canelo also has a working relationship with the promotional company. Berlanga has not fought in just over a year. He returns to the ring on June 24 against Jason Quigley and will be looking to make a statement to put himself in the running.
Despite difficulty in reaching a deal, a rematch with reigning light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol may not be completely off the table. Following his unanimous decision loss to Bivol, Canelo activated his rematch clause. Like Berlanga, Matchroom Boxing promote Bivol. As such, it would be easier to work out the issues that currently surround a potential rematch.
Although one of the more unlikelier fighters to potentially face Canelo next, many have long been calling for this fight. David Benavidez won a unanimous decision earlier this year against Caleb Plant. He has long sought for a clash with Canelo and some fight fans believe he could defeat the undisputed super middleweight champion.
Although WBC cruiserweight champion Badou Jack has ruled himself out of a Canelo fight at the moment, there is always the possibility of a return to negotiations. The reason why Jack pulled out of negotiations was due to a demand that the fight take place at a 180 catchweight. Jack refused to meet this demand and instead encouraged a fight between Canelo and Benavidez take place.
With Canelo announcing that he will return in September, many have wondered who his potential opponent could be. Hopefully the coming weeks make things clearer and we soon see him return to the ring.