Eddy Reynoso, the head trainer for Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, would like to see his boxer unify the entire super middleweight division in 2021.
Back in December, Canelo captured the WBC, WBA titles at 168-pounds with a dominating twelve round decision over unbeaten Callum Smith.
Canelo will return to the ring on February 27, when he faces mandatory challenger Avni Yidlirim in Miami, Florida.
If Canelo wins that bout, he is scheduled to fight again on May 8th as part of Cinco De Mayo weekend – and the likely opponent is WBO champion Billy Joe Saunders.
Beyond that, Canelo would aim to fight again in September – and Reynoso would like their fall opponent to be IBF champion Caleb Plant.
The goal for 2021, says Canelo, is to fight at least four times after only having a single outing in 2020 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
“Our idea is to defend on the 27th, we have the fight with Billy Joe Saunders for May 8 and then we will look to negotiate with Caleb Plant to unify the four titles. [To unify an entire division] is one of the great projects that we have always wanted to do,” Reynoso told Fox Deportes.
For the upcoming fight, Canelo and Reynosos are taking no chances by focusing too far ahead – although Yildirim is a massive underdog and many observers expect him to get knocked out in the first six rounds.
“He’s a fierce fighter, I will not say that he’s on the level of Billy Joe Saunders and Callum Smith – but very often these fighters who don’t have a name are the ones who come out harder. We’ve taken things seriously as we always do. We we want to unify the championships and we want to start that mission on February 27,” Reynoso said.