Canelo Plans To Vacate WBO Title, Fight at 160 - After Chavez Bout

By Victor Salazar

New York - For the last couple of years, the big topic of debate for Canelo Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KO's) is whether or not he is an actual middleweight. Although Alvarez is the lineal middleweight champion, he has never fought at the middleweight limit of 160-pounds. 

But for his next bout, taking place on May 6th from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Alvarez will face Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (50-2-1, 32 KO's, 1 NC) at a catch weight of 164.5 pounds, nearly 5 pounds above the middleweight limit.

Canelo makes it clear that after this spot, his next move is 160 pounds.

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“I’m going to be at 160 after this fight,” Alvarez told through his interpreter Robert Diaz.

Canelo still holds the WBO junior middleweight title, a belt that he indicated to his team that he most likely will not defend.

“I been talking about that with my team and I think the plan is to stay at 160 pounds and not defend the 154 pound title,” stated the Mexican superstar.

Alvarez feels he’s also taking a risk in jumping up in weight.

“It’s a risk we are both taking, he losing some pounds to come down and I have to come up a few pounds,” explained Alvarez. “We were in different weight classes and at one point I didn’t think a fight would happen but it came at a right moment and sometimes you need that in boxing. The fight took different paths because he was moving up in weight and my career was moving in a different path and now we’re here and that’s all that matters.”

As for any concerns of Chavez Jr. making the weight for their highly anticipated bout on HBO pay-per-view, that’s not a concern for Alvarez.

“We’re not worried about that, he has to worry about that. It’s in the contract so I hope he’s a man of his word and honors his contract.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by j0zef on 02-24-2017

If he has no plans to defend the 154 belt then vacate now instead of waiting for months.

Comment by robbyheartbaby on 02-23-2017

[QUOTE=aboutfkntime;17447920]YES, I agree with you !! Canelo could offer Golovkin more money just like GGG could have offered Saunders more than 1.5mil but Robbie, Golovkin could just pick up that money and fight!! there is LITERALLY nothing stopping him, or…

Comment by aboutfkntime on 02-23-2017

[QUOTE=robbyheartbaby;17446406]Bro I respect your opinion and what you're saying you have caught me out plenty of times on here, and I'll admit when I'm wrong. But surely you must see the resemblance to when Floyd offered Manny the flat fee…

Comment by aboutfkntime on 02-23-2017

[QUOTE=KillaCamNZ;17445962]At least those people will go near GGG - [B]Canela won't touch him[/B] with a 40 foot pole. The only thing louder than the quacking sounds coming from Canela's camp, is the thud of the WBC belt hitting the ground…

Comment by Shadoww702 on 02-23-2017

[QUOTE=Progrssive_Jedi;17446827]First, how do you know what Jacobs got. Second, you and your alternative facts, 6 million. Jesus, dumb dumb dumb dumb. Lastly, Gonrx said the fight is close, only minor details left, and the 15m number us BS. Canelo isn't…

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