What`s Saul “Canelo” Alvarez up to next?
Well according to Oscar De La Hoya and Eric Gomez of Golden Boy, Canelo could next be fighting at 160 pounds, 175 pounds or 168 pounds, in Germany, Japan or the United States. Talks are due to kick off within the next fortnight, aiming for a smash hit on Cinco de Mayo.
At the WBC`s Martes a Cafe, Canelo`s trainer Eddy Reynoso, who was on the line to be congratulated as Coach of the Year, wasn`t steered on to that topic. Then there was an interlude as WBC female light flyweight champion Yesenia Gomez was given a bright red birthday cake acquiring a crimson moustache as her face was gingerly dipped into it.
De La Hoya, who was a surprise guest to the event, as he strolled into Mexico City`s Food Market mused: “Saul`s in a position where he can pick and choose who he wants to fight. Canelo`s a fighter who always wants to fight the best, because he wants to challenge himself. Stepping up to 175 pounds wasn`t an easy task and he passed with flying colors. We will speak to his camp and discuss the possibilities. But I can assure you that the next guy he fights will be another difficult task, will be another historical fight that he`ll give us.
“It would be difficult to get back to 160 pounds. It would be like when I fought Bernard Hopkins and then when I came back down to 147 to fight Manny Pacquaio. It could make you a weak fighter. But Saul knows what he`s doing. He has a great team, and a great trainer. So only he knows how his body feels. When we sit down with their team we will iron out an opponent and we`ll announce soon.”
Eric Gomez who`s known as an astute and tough negotiator says: “Canelo`s in a special position. He can still make 160, easily make 168 or move back up to 175. We`re working on different options for him and he`ll decide what he wants to do. I can`t say who because we`re in negotiations and it could mess them up, but there`s three or four guys we`re looking at.”
When asked if Canelo`s as tough a negotiator himself as he is up in the ring, Eric smiles and replies: “No…he`s very easy to work with when it comes to that, because he always wants to fight the top guys. He wants to make history. He`s always said this himself. Etching his name with the greats.
“We`ve had him at his peak for a while now, in the last five years. He`s a little older now, but he maintains himself, kind of like Bernard Hopkins. Bernard had that discipline and when he trained he worked hard to look after his body, and Canelo is very similar. He`s a consummate pro.”