Undisputed super middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (59-2-2, 39 KOs) posted a story on Instagram that confirmed he will return in September in a Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) fight. Big Fight Weekend’s Dan Rafael confirms that the Mexican fighter has signed a three-fight agreement and that he will face Jermall Charlo (32-0, 22 KOs) in September.
Much has been said previously about who Canelo’s next opponent will be. Following his loss to WBO light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol, Canelo did activate his rematch clause. However, there were difficulties in making the rematch happen. As such, Canelo pursued other options and has now confirmed his return to PBC.
Although the video did not confirm who his opponent will be or where the fight will take place, those who are aware of the deal claim that it is for three fights and that the first one will be against Charlo. Currently, Charlo is the WBC middleweight champion but will be coming up to super middleweight to face Canelo.
Hear Dan Rafael with T.J. Rives with more on Canelo’s deal with PBC on the newest “Big Fight Weekend Preview” Podcast by clicking play below,
Potential Canelo opponents
PBC have a number of fighters at or around 168 lbs that Canelo could potentially face. Many of these boxers have long called for a clash with the four division world champion. Assuming a clash with Charlo is first, he could potentially go on to face the winner of a rumoured David Benavidez–David Morrell bout. That fight is tentatively set for October in a PBC pay per view.
Another potential fight that could happen is one with Demetrius Andrade. Although a clash with Andrade was unable to come to fruition when both men were fighting on Matchroom Boxing cards, the three-fight deal that Canelo has signed may allow for it to finally happen. Andrade fought his first fight with PBC in January on the Gervonta Davis-Hector Luis Garcia undercard. Then again, Canelo had no interest in fighting Andrade and threw him out of his post fight press conference after knocking out Billy Joe Saunders in Texsa in May 2021.
The coming days / weeks should bring more clarity as to the nature of Canelo’s deal with PBC. His potential opponent for September, as well as the exact fight date and location, should also become clearer.