Reynoso reacts to Spence and Charlo wanting Canelo Alvarez fight
By Aragon Garcia: Trainer Eddy Reynoso says he’s open to the possibility of Canelo Alvarez fighting Errol Spence Jr and Jermall Charlo. But it’ll take time for those matches to happen.
Reynoso points out that Canelo (53-1-2, 36 KOs) is currently fighting at 168, and he would need to slowly drop back down to 160 for him to meet Spence (26-0, 21 KOs) or Charlo.
IBF/WBC welterweight champion Spence, 30, would need to move up from his weight class to 160, and that’ll take time as well.
Spence recently said he’d got three fights remaining at 147 against Danny Garcia, Manny Pacquiao, and Terence Crawford before moving up to 154.
Reynoso interested in Canelo vs. Spence
“Spence vs. Canelo would be interesting. The only thing difficult is the weight class,” said Reynoso to Little Giant Boxing. “Canelo is now fighting at 168 pounds. Spence would have to move up. It’s a fight that could be made.
“But we have to work towards it, so fighters like Spence can start to move up to 160 pounds, and Canelo to 160 pounds.
“It’s been almost a year since Canelo fought. We can’t just move down to 160 lbs. We have to work towards that weight,” said Reynoso.
Presumably, Spence would want at least one or two fights at junior middleweight before he even considers moving up to 160 for a fight with Canelo. If Spence decides to get acclimated at 160 with one or two fights before facing Canelo, that’ll take time too.
Under a best-case scenario, it could take Spence two years before he would be ready to take on Canelo at 160 and have a chance of being competitive. I’m not talking about beating Canelo.
Being competitive is perhaps the only thing Spence could hope for against Canelo at 160.
Spence has so many tough obstacles in front of him before he can even get to a fight with Canelo; it’s almost pointless to discuss a fight between them.
The odds are stacked against Spence being able to finish his three fights at welterweight without taking at least one defeat at the hands of Pacquiao, Danny ‘Swift’ Garcia, or Crawford.
When Spence moves up to 154, he will want to fight a good opponent like Erislandy Lara, Jermell Charlo, Tony Harrison, or Jarrett Hurd. Spence might lose to all of those guys. He barely beat Shawn Porter, who is a lot smaller than those fighters.
Canelo could fight Jermall and Spence sooner or later
“Yes, Canelo vs. [Jermall] Charlo is a good fight,” Reynoso continued. “Charlo has a lot of qualities. He’s spectacular, tall for the division, strong, and has good boxing skills.
“Sooner or later, those fights have to happen,” Reynoso said of Canelo facing Spence and Jermall. “We just have to stay in the gym and keep working, try to resolve the problems we have and move forward with Canelo’s career.
“Charlo saying he would KO Canelo if they fought? Before fighting in the ring, a lot of things are said. For example, Lomachenko vs. Teofimo. Teofimo said he was going to KO Lomachenko but didn’t.
“Lomachenko said he was going to beat Teofimo but didn’t. I’m bringing up this fight because it was an elite fight. A lot of things can be said, but inside the ring, it’s a different story,” said Reynoso.
There’s no guarantee that Jermall and Spence ever fight Canelo because they both have to keep winning, and there are many fights in front of them before they even get to the point where they’re given a lottery match with the great Canelo.
You’d have to agree that Charlo (31-0, 22 KOs) has the shortest path to a fight with Canelo.
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