Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez is the reigning undisputed super middleweight champion of boxing, and he’s ready to put all of his gold on the line. Back in late 2020, Canelo captured the WBA, WBC, and The Ring super middleweight titles after defeating Callum Smith via unanimous decision. He went on to defeat Billy Joe Saunders to lay claim to the WBO gold. Finally, Canelo cemented his status as the undisputed super middleweight king when he stopped Caleb Plant via TKO in the 11th round to nab the IBF championship.
Canelo remains the super middleweight ruler, as his titles were not on the line in his May 2022 loss to WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol. Canelo rebounded from the loss by defeating Gennady Golovkin in their trilogy fight.
When Is Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez Fighting Next?
The date is indeed set for Canelo’s next outing, and it will be a super middleweight title defense. He’ll collide with John Ryder inside Estadio Akron in Guadalajara, Mexico. The championship tilt will take place on May 6. It’ll be Canelo’s first fight in Mexico since his fifth-round TKO victory over Kermit Cintron back in 2011.
While Canelo is only 32 years old, he’s already entering the 63rd fight of his pro boxing career. Thus far, he’s amassed a stellar record of 58-2-2. Ahead of fight night, the oddsmakers have Canelo as a massive -1600 betting favorite over Ryder, who is currently the +775 underdog according to Oddsshark.com.
Ryder sealed his opportunity to fight Canelo after scoring a victory over Zach Parker via corner retirement. The win extended Ryder’s winning streak to four, and also earned him the WBO interim super middleweight title. Whether or not Ryder can do the unthinkable remains to be seen, but he will have to enter enemy territory and turn in the best performance of his career to shock the world.