Canelo to return in November, likely against Kirkland
By DA: Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) has been in talks with his promoter Oscar De la Hoya and hinted Alvarez will return in November against an opponent still to be determined. Chepo Reynoso the manager of Canelo Alvarez also stated after the Lara fight his team is interested in James Kirkland next.
The reported venue could be in San Antonio at the Alamadome where its capacity is 40,000 seats. Due to the cheap tickets and huge fan base Alvarez and Kirkland would pull it’s not a surprise the fight would take place in Texas, because Alvarez has a large Hispanic following there and James Kirkland is from Texas himself.
“There has been talk of several rivals, but right now the one that sounds the most likely is James Kirkland. He would be a good opponent for Canelo,” Reynoso said to ESPN Deportes. “Let’s sit down with Oscar De La Hoya in the next few days to decide on who his next opponent should be.”
Before Canelo fought Angulo in March, he and Golden Boy promotions stated Alvarez would be fighting in March, July and November of 2014. The specific dates were March 8th, July 26th (changed), and November 22nd (likely to change).
November 22nd is likely to change to an earlier date because of Manny Pacquiao vs Chris Algieri taking place on November 22nd as well. Even if it weren’t to change, I’d still bet Canelo would outsell Pacquiao due to him fighting Algieri who is unknown to casual fans and the fight taking place in China. I mean c’mon, would you really rather watch Pacquiao fight a 140 pounder or Canelo and Kirkland throw hands in an exciting fight?
Oscar de la Hoya also stated Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, Kirkland and Miguel Cotto are all on Canelo’s future list of opponents. You can bet Alvarez will fight Kirkland next if he doesn’t price himself out again and Cotto in May of 2015 on Cinco de Mayo.
Should Canelo get past them both, he definitely will fight Golovkin or even Peter Quillin after. Canelo and Kirkland were scheduled to fight in 2012 on September in a fight card named “Knockout Kings”.
So let’s hope Kirkland doesn’t price himself out again and is satisfied with what he’s earning because it should be more than a million this time.