By Ryan Burton
Last week the boxing world was surprised when Canelo Alvarez announced that he would that he would return to the ring on December 15th against WBA super middleweight “regular” champion Rocky Fielding at Madison Square Garden in New York.
The 28-year-old Alvarez just won a majority decision over Gennady Golovkin in a tough fight on September 15th. With the victory he captured the WBC and WBA middleweight titles.
It remains to be seen what Canelo will do if he defeats Fielding because he will hold belts in two weights divisions. He most likely would move back down to middleweight but as the highest paid fighter in the sport, he will have lucrative options available in both weight classes.
If he stays at 168, one fighter that has been very interested in unifying titles for quite some time is WBO champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez. The Jalisco, Mexico versus Sinaloa, Mexico matchup would be huge among Latino fans.
“Canelo is a great fighter and I hope he wins. I also have a fight coming up and I am preparing myself to get the win. After both of our commitments are taken care of I would love to fight the highest rated fighter of the present in a mega fight,” Zurdo told BoxingScene.com.
Ramirez is slated to return to the ring in December in a rematch against the WBO mandatory challenger Jesse Hart. Ramirez floored Hart in the second round of their first fight last year but Hart came on strong in the second half of the bout to make scorecards very close. The final scores were 115-112 twice and 114-113 in favor of Ramirez.
Hart has been every vocal about wanting to get a rematch and has won three fights in a row since. Ramirez has taken Hart’s comments in stride and prefers to do his talking in the ring.
“Hart can say whatever he wants. He has always talked but what happens inside the ring is what matters. I beat him once and I am going to beat him again,” said Ramirez.
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