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Who’s next for Canelo Álvarez? Eddie Hearn names 2 probable fighters

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Canelo Álvarez has just put the WBC, WBA Super middleweight belts around his waist with a dominating victory over Callum Smith. However, Eddie Hearn is already speculating his next possible opponents.

Canelo Álvarez (54-1-2, 36 Kos) defeated Callum Smith on Saturday night via unanimous decision at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, unifying the WBC and WBA Super middleweight titles as well as handing Smith his first professional career defeat.

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As of now, the four-division champion Mexican superstar is ready to take on any fighter who comes in his path.

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“I want all the belts. It doesn’t matter who is there,” Canelo stated after his victory.

However, Matchroom Sport MD Eddie Hearn is already pondering on who will step inside the ring with Canelo next and the two names that pop up in the promoter’s mind are- Billy Joe Saunders and Gennady Golovkin.

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He loves to take on the best: Eddie Hearn picks Billy Joe, GGG as Canelo Álvarez’s next fighters

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Eddie Hearn believes Billy Joe Saunders (L) and Gennady Golovkin (R) are Canelo Álvarez’s next opponents. (Image Courtesy: AP/Getty)

Canelo Álvarez showed why he is one of the greatest super-middleweight pugilists of all time once again, completely outperforming a struggling Smith in the ring as he became the fourth Mexican fighter to win titles across four divisions.

And in the coming months, Canelo will not only go for the best in his weight class but also target the middleweight division, believes Eddie Hearn.

“He loves to take on the best, he’s a hell of a fighter,” Hearn said in an interview with  BBC Sport.

The no-brainer pick from the super-middleweight category is WBO super-middleweight Billy Joe Saunders as Hearn believes a mouth-watering unification bout is up next for Canelo.

“Superb” Saunders (30-0, 14 KOs) defended his WBO title against Martin Murray on 4th December at the The SSE Arena in London. 

However, after Saunders, the Matchroom boss believes Canelo will aim to dethrone the IBF and IBO middleweight champion Golovkin (41–1–1, 36 KOs), who retained his belts against Kamil Szeremeta on 18th December at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

“Billy Joe Saunders and then GGG in that order,” Hearn went on, “I think he’s going to want to pick up the other belts in the division. I think he’ll go for Billy next.”

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Saikat Banerjee
Saikat Banerjee
A wordsmith who indulges in the world of combat sports, Saikat is an MMA, boxing, and arm wrestling content writer at The MMA India Show and The Sports Room. Apart from combat sports, he also engages in Indian sports content at The Sports India Show. Currently pursuing an MBA from Jadavpur University, Saikat's other interests lie in motorcycling, working out, and travelling.


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