As I predicted in my previous article, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez decisively defeated Miguel Cotto via unanimous decision. With this fight in the books we have to wonder, what’s next for both fighters?
During his post-fight interview with Max Kellerman, Alvarez emphatically stated that he is willing to fight Gennady Golovkin for his next fight. In order for that to happen several questions need to be resolved.
Rumors have persisted around a hypothetical bout between Alvarez and Golovkin. Many believe that Golovkin doesn’t want to fight below the middleweight limit of 160 lbs., while Alvarez would prefer a catchweight bout.
I think that if the money is right this question will be put to rest. While Alvarez might want to fight Golovkin, I’m not sure Golden Boy Promotions wants him to.
Alvarez just beat a legend in a big pay-per-view bout. Golovkin poses a huge risk and I think Golden Boy wants to make some more paydays with Alvarez before putting him up against such a major threat like Golovkin.
Alvarez could vacate the title and fight another middleweight contender, or he could return to action as a junior middleweight. Both options are viable.
If Alvarez elects to stay at middleweight, the winner of the December 19 bout between Andy Lee and Billy Joe Saunders might make sense. It would be a much easier fight than Golovkin, and it would be a path back to holding a middleweight title.
If Alvarez returns to super welterwieght, one of the Charlo brothers could be available. Jermall would be preferred since he has the IBF title.
With Cotto losing to Alvarez, Cotto’s future in boxing is in question. Freddie Roach said after the fight that he thinks Cotto has more boxing in him. He will have to decide if he wants to contend against middleweights, return to junior middleweight or retire.
Cotto looked good enough against Alvarez that I think he fights again. He might reconsider challenging boxers that are much bigger than him. Alvarez’s size and power were too much for him to deal with.
It will be interesting to see the choices that both Cotto and Alvarez make for the future of their careers.