Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez wants 'to be undisputed at 175' as he prepares for Dmitry Bivol clash
Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez could be about to launch a campaign to dominate another division, and may target becoming undisputed light-heavyweight champion.
The 31-year-old Mexican is already in possession of all four belts at 168lbs, and is set to fight Dmitry Bivol on May 7, live on DAZN, in pursuit of the WBA strap in the division above.
Were he to secure the strap, Canelo would need to face the winner of WBC and IBF champion Artur Beterbiev's June fight with WBO title holder Joe Smith Jr. to become undisputed at 175lbs, but that would likely take place towards the end of 2022 or in 2023 with the Mexican expected to face Gennadiy Golokvin in a trilogy rematch before 2022 is out.
Speaking to TMZ, Canelo said he had no plans to slow down despite his success.
"I hope [I continue to stay in boxing for] a long time, because I'm gonna miss boxing when I'm retired. Right now, [I have] siz years more, seven, five, I don't know," he said.
"I love boxing. I love a challenge. I love that adrenaline. I need to accomplish everything to be in the books of history of boxing. That's why I'm here and I love what I do.
"When you see the best fighter go up and down a weight class and beat all the champions? I think nobody, and I try to do my best. For boxing, for me, for my legacy.
"[Dmitry's] a really good boxer. He's a solid champion at 175. It's a dangerous fight. I like it, I love that kind of challenge. I really like it. But, I believe in my abilities, and I'm strong too. So, I'm confident in that, but it's gonna be a really good fight.
"I like the idea to be undisputed at 175. That's what I like, but you never know."