Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has vacated his WBO light-heavyweight belt and is now expected to drop down to middleweight or super-middleweight following his silverware capture earned by knocking Sergey Kovalev out in his first fight at 175lbs.
The decision leaves Canelo in retention of his “super” champion status, also allowing him to challenge for any WBO belt immediately.
Demetrius Andrade and Billy Joe Saunders are the WBO champions at middleweight and super-middleweight respectively and will likely have the opportunity to face the Mexican star soon enough. Alvarez says that vacating the belt will allow for increased competition, as well as
leaving him free to seek the best opponents out.
“I know that my accomplishments in the ring have brought pride to my fans and my country,” he said, per Sky Sports. “I have long enjoyed my relationship with the WBO and appreciate all they do to preserve and enhance the sport of boxing. This agreement allows the WBO to have its
light heavyweight title contested regularly and allows me to pursue bouts against the best opponents, regardless of weight class.”
“Canelo has already accomplished much in boxing, and is still a young man,” WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel added.
“When his career is done, he will be regarded as one of the greatest boxers to ever step into the ring, and one of Mexico’s best fighters ever. We look forward to his future fights against rivals at the top of the middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight, and other divisions.”
”We completely support the decision made by Canelo Alvarez and the WBO,” Oscar De La Hoya, eight-time boxing champ and owner of Golden Boy Promotions, chimed in. “Canelo made history by stopping Sergey Kovalev in impressive fashion to become a four-division world champion. Not only did he show that he is a real threat at 175 pounds, but he also demonstrated that he is fully capable of moving across several divisions to look for the most exciting fights for the fans.”
It will be interesting to see who Canelo challenges next. As mentioned above, he has a few options, including a third fight against his rival Gennadiy Golovkin.
Until then, there will plenty of boxing action to catch; this coming Saturday will bring fans and punters a lot to watch and bet on.
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