Canelo To Wait Until After Kovalev-Yarde To Pick Next Opponent

By Keith Idec

Canelo Alvarez still might fight Sergey Kovalev next. has learned from multiple sources that Alvarez has decided to wait until after Kovalev fights Anthony Yarde on August 24 to choose his next opponent. If Kovalev defeats Yarde, the mandatory challenger for his WBO light heavyweight title, Alvarez would be as interested as ever in moving up two weight classes to battle Kovalev later this year.

Now that Sergiy Derevyanchenko and Gennadiy Golovkin are going to fight for the vacant IBF middleweight title October 5, Alvarez apparently has more time to determine who he’ll fight next. The 29-year-old Alvarez (52-1-2, 35 KOs) tentatively had planned to return to the ring October 26, but DAZN executive chairman John Skipper is expected to schedule Alvarez’s return for an undetermined date in November to create enough separation between the Golovkin-Derevyanchenko and Alvarez fights so that those two streams service subscribers in separate billing cycles.

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A November bout against Alvarez also would afford Kovalev at least some time to rest if he can defeat Yarde two weeks from Saturday.

Alvarez, who’s refusing to fight Golovkin a third time, had hoped to challenge Kovalev, before Alvarez’s team was forced to turn its attention toward making a mandatory defense of the IBF middleweight title versus Derevyanchenko. Once the IBF’s purse bid for Alvarez-Derevyanchenko was postponed multiple times, and Golden Boy Promotions (Alvarez) and Lou DiBella (Derevyanchenko) couldn’t come to an agreement on Derevyanchenko’s purse, the IBF stripped Alvarez of its 160-pound championship last week.

In an ironic twist, the IBF then ordered a bout between Ukraine’s Derevyanchenko (13-1, 10 KOs) and Kazakhstan’s Golovkin (39-1-1, 35 KOs) for its unclaimed middleweight title. The IBF stripped Golovkin of that very same championship in June 2018, when he moved forward with negotiations for a rematch against Alvarez, rather than making a mandatory defense versus Derevyanchenko.

An official announcement of the Golovkin-Derevyanchenko fight is expected soon, perhaps by the end of this week.

Mexico’s Alvarez met with his handlers Monday to discuss how he’ll go about picking his next opponent. Discussions between representatives for Alvarez, who owns the WBA and WBC middleweight titles, and WBO middleweight champ Demetrius Andrade (27-0, 17 KOs) have not advanced toward any meaningful negotiations.

Andrade is, however, among the potential opponents Skipper has approved for Alvarez’s next fight on DAZN, as is Kovalev.

Negotiations between Golden Boy Promotions president Eric Gomez and Kathy Duva – whose company, Main Events, promotes Kovalev – ended July 17, when Alvarez announced he would not go through with his plan to fight September 14 in Las Vegas. Gomez and Duva spoke again thereafter about Alvarez-Kovalev, even though the Kovalev-Yarde fight finally was officially announced July 12.

Kovalev ultimately determined that he couldn’t withdraw so late from the Yarde fight, which will take place in his hometown of Chelyabinsk, Russia. Even if Kovalev would’ve wanted to fight Alvarez instead, Yarde would’ve had to have agreed to step aside, which would’ve cost Kovalev a seven-figure sum.

The 36-year-old Kovalev (33-3-1, 28 KOs) is only slightly favored to defeat the strong, younger Yarde (18-0, 17 KOs). England’s Yarde, 27, will take a steep step up in competition when he challenges Kovalev. 

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

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ruedboy on 08-14-2019

[QUOTE=5000boxing;19986777]Lmao.. Yooo! It's me! friendly fire!!! ok.. I was being a bit hard on Canelo saying he would get beat up! Lol. U went ham on me about Canelo! LMAO! I like Canelo.. He fought everybody! so much respect.. But…

Comment by 5000boxing on 08-14-2019

[QUOTE=BigStomps;19971595]Yeah you're a fuccing idiot if you really believe that! I like Benavidez but he recently went 12 rounds with Ronald Gavril and even got dropped by him but you think he'll put a beating on Canelo??? Punks like you…

Comment by JuiceLee on 08-11-2019

[QUOTE=boliodogs;19971821]Yes it is funny. Canelo just got one of the best deals in boxing history. 365 million for 11 fights. He cannot possibly do even close to that well on his own or with some other promoter so I'll bet…

Comment by Califire209 on 08-10-2019

[QUOTE=5000boxing;19971477]David would destroy Canelo. That would be the Worst beating in Canelo's career![/QUOTE] I agree I think Dave B has all the tools to defeat Canelo,, has the speed, reflex, power, skill, and work-rate.. EVerything but the experience

Comment by Califire209 on 08-09-2019

[QUOTE=Mooshashi;19973449]Won't be a fight the casuals care about, but I sure do and so does anyone who knows anything about boxing.[/QUOTE] Very funny and a good attempt, but as you don't know,, casuals follow Canelo Alvarez and whenever he fights…

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