Canelo wants Mayweather, Maravilla or Cotto in September, says trainer
By Dan Ambrose: WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s trainer Chepo Reynoso says they’re still targeting Floyd Mayweather Jr. for September 14th despite Mayweather choosing not to face Canelo on May 4th.
Canelo will have to beat WBA junior middleweight champion Austin Trout (26-0, 14 KO’s) next month on April 20th, of course, for Canelo to move forward for a bout against Mayweather. If Canelo can’t get Mayweather, then he wants to face former WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto or WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez.
Reynoso said to the record.com.mx “We have to fight the best, and Mayweather is the best, so it is not ruled out. He and Saul have commitments, but after these fights they can resume negotiations. Maravilla and Cotto are names that are still there for September…we want to face either.”
First off, the chances of Canelo defeating Trout next month aren’t very good. Canelo is more of a bigger version of Cotto, and with the same flaws and limitations. Trout does well against those types of fighters. I can’t see Canelo winning that fight, and the more than likely he’ll suffer his first loss of his career.
As for what happens for Canelo after the Trout fight, you can pretty much forget Maravilla facing Canelo in September. I’m surprised Reynoso is even mentioning his name because he must realize that Sergio will be looking to face former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in November.
It looks like Reynoso is just name dropping to get attention for Canelo. The only logical choice that Canelo has for September is Cotto because Canelo can’t fight Maravilla, and even if he could, I don’t see it happening because Maravilla fights for HBO and Canelo for Showtime.
Mayweather isn’t going to agree to fight Canelo, at least not in September. If Mayweather is going to fight Canelo at all it’ll be in his last fight of his six-fight contract with Showtime/CBS.
Instead of thinking about who Canelo fights in September, Reynoso should be worried about what’s going to happen to him against Trout. This potentially has the makings of a real clowning for Canelo. He could end up getting really embarrassed by Trout. Who cares what Canelo will be doing in September if he gets clowned by Trout? If Canelo can’t beat Trout, then few fans will care about Canelo’s September fight.