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Canelo Open To Moving Back Up To 168 Pounds For Right Fights

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK – Canelo Alvarez apparently has reconsidered his stance on fighting at 168 pounds again.

Two weeks after declaring his fight against Rocky Fielding a singular trip to the super middleweight division, Alvarez seemed more open to a quicker return to 168 pounds when he met with reporters Thursday before a press conference at Madison Square Garden.

“The idea right now is to win this title, God willing, and then go back to 160 pounds,” Alvarez said through a translator. “But, you know, if I can move up and down, why not, if there are good fights? We still don’t know. But the idea right now, God willing, is to win this title and go back down to my real division, which is 160 pounds.”

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The 28-year-old Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) will make his debut as a full-fledged super middleweight when he challenges Fielding for the Liverpool native’s WBA world super middleweight title Saturday night at The Garden (DAZN). He hasn’t fought at an official weight higher than 164½ pounds – the contracted catch weight for his 12-round, unanimous-decision defeat of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in May 2017 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Defeating Fielding (27-1, 15 KOs) would place Alvarez in position to challenge another big Brit, Callum Smith, if the Mexican icon decides to remain at 168 pounds or return to the super middleweight division following a fight against an undetermined middleweight May 4 at T-Mobile Arena.

Liverpool’s Smith (25-0, 18 KOs) is the WBA’s “super” 168-pound champion following a seventh-round knockout of George Groves (28-4, 20 KOs) on September 28 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

He also defeated Fielding by first-round technical knockout three years ago in Liverpool. Smith floored Fielding three times before that fight was stopped with 15 seconds to go in the first round.

Even if the 5-feet-9 Alvarez returns to super middleweight at some point, the former junior middleweight champion considers 168 pounds his limit. He wouldn’t attempt to test himself with the 175-pound division.

“I don’t see me being able to do light heavyweight,” Alvarez said. “I don’t see that as a viable option. One, sixty-eight is the max.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

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Comment by aboutfkntime on 12-21-2018

[QUOTE=Mindgames;19372352]Yep, although hes not completely out of time. I wouldn't mind him to stay at Middleweight if it means fighting Charlo. I think a fight between them for a fight with Canelo is reasonable, and if Canelo really fights Jacobs…

Comment by Mindgames on 12-20-2018

[QUOTE=aboutfkntime;19372012]having a concerted marketing plan for [B]SIX YEARS[/B], and then completely failing to back it up...... is not quite the same as making an off-handed comment I can see the HUGE difference, how come you can't ? #excuses Mr "…

Comment by aboutfkntime on 12-20-2018

[QUOTE=Mindgames;19370929]I dont think he would be. I remember Hopkins talking about Haye and a jump to heavy alot. I remember him saying he would avoid Ward like the plague. I remember Ward talking about heavy, the Klitschkos, now Joshua. Mayweather…

Comment by TJ highway on 12-20-2018

[QUOTE=Mexican_Puppet;19356834]Callum is a mediocre fighter and a easy fight talking about skills . But he is naturally way bigger than Canelo.[/QUOTE] [B]Just admit it, Callum Smith destroyed "Rocky" in one round! [/B] Clen made the jump to the big boy…

Comment by Mindgames on 12-20-2018

[QUOTE=aboutfkntime;19369801]imagine if Ward ran around for [B]SIX YEARS [/B]saying that he would fight anyone from 154-168..... ..... but when shlt got real, he killed THREE [B]HUGE [/B]fights over weight..... ..... wouldn't he be a laughing stock right about now ?[/QUOTE]…

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