Pound-for-pound boxing star Canelo Alvarez has spoken about his future career plans. He also gave an insight into his retirement plans.
In his recent interview on Mexican outlet TUND, Canelo Alvarez was asked about how long he plans to continue fighting. “Six or seven years, that’s what we’re thinking,” Alvarez said. “We’ll see but six or seven years is more than enough to accomplish what I want to do.”
The 30-year-old Alvarez started his career at the age of 15. Over the past fifteen years, he succeeded in many fights in weight classes. Moreover, he has been undefeated since 2013.
Therefore, the boxing community expecting him to play for at least ten more years.
But Alvarez is firm that he will not play that long.
On the other hand, if he plays according to his plan, the fans will get to see more exciting fights.
Canelo Alvarez provides an update on weight class
Apart from his retirement plan, Alvarez also plans to focus on middleweight instead of moving to the heavyweight class. He said, “No, 175, no. Eddy already told me that [not] in that division because it gives [away] many advantages. And we would see what is next, but right now we are focused on winning these titles [at 168 lbs].”
These comments showed that Alvarez has no intention to defend WBO light-heavyweight title, which he aced against Sergey Kovalev. Instead, he is adamant about becoming the first-ever undisputed champion in super-middleweight history.
He will take his first step toward that super-middleweight history on February 27 against Turkish fighter Avni Yildirim. Alvarez is eagerly looking forward to winning this fight.
“The truth is it’s been long enough, [but] I’m ready to fight,” he added. “I’m very happy about the new promoters for my fights. I feel happy and I’m very motivated about fighting in Miami,” Alvarez said about his next fight.
Alvarez vs Yildirim
In his next fight, Canelo Alvarez will defend his newly gained WBC and WBA 168 lbs titles. The fight card has already grabbed significant attention with Alvarez’s return to the ring in a couple of months after his last fight.
Although Avni Yildirim has a good fighting record, Alvarez will be the favorite. Following February’s bout, Alvarez will face Billy Joe Saunders for a 168 lbs title unification fight in May. However, if Canelo loses Miami’s fight, Yildirim will become the new WBA and WBC champion, which will make him a liable contender for the super middleweight title.
Besides, if Canelo Alvarez loses the fight, his next following fight against Saunders can be questionable. So, Alvarez has no other option than to win the bout.
Apart from the super middleweight division, the undercards are also promising. And, the undercards will seemingly thrill the fight fanatics. Here is a look at the card.
Canelo Alvarez vs. Avni Yildirim, (Super middleweight-12 rounds)
Julio Cesar Martinez vs. McWilliams Arroyo, (Flyweight-12 rounds)
Zhilei Zhang vs. Jerry Forrest, (Heavyweight- 10 rounds)
Diego Pacheco vs. Rodolfo Gomez Jr., (Super middleweight- 8 rounds)
Alexis Espino vs. Ashton Sykes (Super middleweight- 6 rounds)
Alexis Eduardo Molina vs. TBA (Featherweight- 6 rounds)
Marc Castro vs. Lester Brown, (Junior lightweight- 4)