By Miguel Rivera
Mexican legends, who are also former multi-division champions, Jorge Arce and Erik Morales, are hoping that Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (48-1-1, 34KOs) will follow through with his fight against IBF, IBO, WBA, WBC middleweight champion Gennady "GGG" Golovkin (36-0, 33KOs).
The two sides are discussing a possible fight for next September, during Mexican Independence Day weekend.
Boxing fans never got their wish of the fight taking place in 2016. When the year started, Golovkin was the mandatory challenger to Canelo's WBC middleweight title. Canelo was allowed to have a voluntary fight against Amir Khan in May. After knocking Khan out, Canelo told Golovkin to his face that a showdown was going to happen in the fall of 2016.
That showdown never happened as a few days later Canelo vacated the WBC title. The sanctioning body then elevated Golovkin, who held the interim-belt, as the full champion.
Not long after dropping his title, Canelo announced that he was returning to junior middleweight to challenge undefeated WBO champion Liam Smith of the UK. The fight took place in September, with Canelo knocking Smith out.
"I view Canelo as being very good. I look at him as being young, strong, and he has a lot to give in boxing. Of course we were sold a product much earlier than expected. We were sold Canelo as being a star and he wasn't one just yet, but I think that right now he is at that level and he's going to grow, he's a good fighter," Arce told ESPN Deportes. "He can be big for years, but when the fight with Golovkin is made - that will be ecstasy, that fight will give us a lot to talk about."
Morales agrees with his countryman.
"Well, Canelo has a lot of charisma, and he's becoming very well known, especially in Mexico. [Against Golovkin], that's a fight that would become a tremendous highlight for Canelo next year," explained Morales.
Right now there are ongoing talks between Canelo and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. to fight on May 6th, while Golovkin is making a mandatory defense against Daniel Jacobs on March 18th at New York's Madison Square Garden.