Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has made it clear he wants to test his skills against the likes of Floyd Mayweather and Sergio Martinez in the near future, and that sentiment remains the same within his camp.
Alvarez’ trainer, Chepo Reynoso, recently reiterated the fact they’re only interested in facing the very best boxers in the world in 2013.
“There will be major challenges next year,” Reynoso said about potential opponents for Canelo. “The time has come where Saul must face the best pound for pound fighters in the world.”
Canelo looked awesome during his last outing against Josesito Lopez, knocking him out during the fifth round of their Sept. 15 encounter. Lopez was coming off an upset victory against Victor Ortiz, but he was clearly in over his head against Canelo.
Alvarez has put together a solid professional boxing record, and it’s safe to say he’s one of the future superstars in the sport. However, a fight against Mayweather or Martinez is still a risky proposition for the undefeated Mexican star, and he’ll be better off taking things a little slower as he climbs up the rankings.
At this point in Canelo’s career, a fight against the winner of the Erislandy Lara vs. Vanes Martirosyan matchup makes more sense (the winner will be the mandatory challenger for his WBC light-middleweight title), as it’ll give the 22 year-old the opportunity to increase his level of competition, without putting him inside ring with Mayweather or Martinez — who are clearly technically superior to Alvarez at this point in his career.
If Miguel Cotto emerges victorious against Austin Trout on Dec. 1, he’ll also be another excellent matchup for Canelo.
Alvarez and his handlers might be eager to square up against the best boxers in the world, but being impatient can be detrimental to a rising fighter’s career. I can’t see Canelo getting past either Martinez or Mayweather right now, and he’ll be better off setting his sights on more realistic goals.
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.