NEW YORK – Canelo Alvarez might finally fight in his home country again.
Promoter Eddie Hearn informed BoxingScene.com on Thursday that Alvarez’s next fight could take place in his native Mexico. Guadalajara’s Alvarez will return to the ring May 6, perhaps against John Ryder, and the undisputed super middleweight champion’s preference, according to Hearn, is to box in Mexico for the first time in more than 11 years.
Hearn discussed the next fight for Alvarez (58-2-2, 39 KOs) before a press conference at Madison Square Garden to promote Matchroom Boxing’s Amanda Serrano-Erika Cruz card Saturday night at MSG’s Hulu Theater.
“Canelo really wants to fight in Mexico,” Hearn said. “Again, every time you make that move you have to unfortunately take it on the chin that you’re gonna make a lot less money. But again, he’s doing OK. And he’ll still make a lot of money to fight in Mexico. I think he wants to take the fight to the people, and Ryder could be in the right mix for that.”
London’s Ryder (32-5, 18 KOs) won the WBO interim super middleweight title in his last fight, an injury-induced, fifth-round technical knockout of England’s Zach Parker (22-1, 16 KOs) on November 26 at O2 Arena in London. By beating Parker, Ryder, 34, became the mandatory challenger for one of Alvarez’s four 168-pound championships.
“I think the fight will be in the United States or in Mexico,” Hearn said. “And I think it’ll be John Ryder. You know, he’s the mandatory. It’s not confirmed, but you know, I feel like that will be the next fight.”
Hearn added that Eddy Reynoso, Alvarez’s trainer and manager, is examining the viability of “three or four venues” in Mexico for this DAZN Pay-Per-View main event. If Alvarez’s return isn’t staged in Mexico, it’ll likely be held in Las Vegas, where 15 of his past 22 fights have taken place.
Alvarez, 32, hasn’t fought in Mexico since November 2011. He stopped former IBF welterweight champ Kermit Cintron in the fifth round of that bout at Monumental Plaza de Toros, a legendary bullring in Mexico City.
The four-division champion most recently out-pointed rival Gennadiy Golovkin unanimously in their third fight. Alvarez had surgery to repair his damaged left wrist a few weeks after he beat Kazakhstan’s Golovkin (42-2-1, 37 KOs) in their 12-round, 168-pound championship match September 17 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.