Canelo Alvarez has proven that he can go to just about any division and beat just about anyone, further evidenced when he minced up Sergey Kovalev and knocked him out in the 11th round to win the WBO light heavyweight title Saturday. The fight where it felt like Canelo was in cruise control for most, if not all, of the bout.
Canelo could go in a multitude of directions for his next fight, including moving weight classes again to go to super middleweight or returning to his middleweight comfort zone to continue his domination of the division.
1. GGG vs Canelo 3
This has to be the next logical step for Canelo. After one of the most controversial decisions in modern boxing history in their first fight, Canelo left no doubt who was on top in their second matchup, taking down Gennadiy Golovkin in a majority decision. GGG might not have the intimidation factor he had previously, but there still isn't a better right hook in this weight class, and you can bet oth fighters are secretly eyeing one more fight with each other to finally settle the score once and for all.
2. Callum Smith at Super Middleweight
Canelo is boxing's chameleon, able to switch weight classes and fighting styles with ease, as proven when he beat Kovalev to a pulp at 175 pounds. Callum Smith has ruled the roost in the super middleweight (168) division for quite some time, but the likes of David Benavidez, Billy Joe Saunders, and Gilberto Ramirez could make for an equally entertaining show. If Canelo wants to, he could make the transition back down just a single weight class, where he'd be right at home against a rogue's gallery of intriguing opponents.
3. Demetrius Andrade at Middleweight
If Canelo ever gets tired of being a division-hopping nomad, he could always return to his 160-pound comfort zone. With GGG and Daniel Jacobs already crossed off of his hit list, Demetrius Andrade, undefeated and ranked No. 3 in The Ring's middleweight rankings, could be next in line. Rather than fighting a bunch of mandatory challengers defend his WBO belt, Andrade could prove he's up there with the best of the best in a Canelo superfight.
4. Take on a Charlo Brother!
Canelo could have his pick of not one, but two Charlo brothers. Undefeated Jermall is likely to get a shot at the king before one-loss Jermell, but both of them, on account of being identical fighters in more ways than one, have the speed and power to make Canelo bring his A-game. Both will probably need one more fight before they're ready to face him, however.