Chavez, De la Hoya and now Canelo Set for Cinco de Mayo May 7th!
By Ken Hissner: WBA, WBO, WBC, and IBF Super Middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, of Guadalajara, Mexico, is waiting for his next opponent for Cinco de Mayo day on May 7th.
Alvarez, 57-1-2 (39), fought twice in 2021, stopping WBO World Super Middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders, then 30-0, of the UK, at the end of the eighth round at the AT&T Stadium, in Arlington, Texas.
In November, Alvarez stopped IBF World Super Middleweight champion Caleb “Sweethands” Plant, then 21-0, of Las Vegas, in the eleventh round at MGM Grands Grand Garden, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Alvarez became the second boxer beside WBA, WBO, WBC, and IBF Super Lightweight champion Josh ‘The Tartan Tornado’ Taylor, 18-0 (13), of Scotland, UK, to have captured all four organizations titles. On February 22nd, Taylor is scheduled to defend against UK’s Jack ‘El Gato’ Catterall, 26-0 (13), at the SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland.
On May 4th, 2019, Alvarez defeated former WBA & IBF Middleweight champion Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs, T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada. On May 6th, 2017, Alvarez defeated Julio “JC Jr” Cesar Chavez, Jr., at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada.
On May 9th, 2015, Alvarez stopped James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland at Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas. On May 7th, 2016, Alvarez stopped Amir ‘King’ Khan, T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada. On May 5th, 2012, WBC World Super Lightweight champion Alvarez defeated former WBO Super Lightweight champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada.
On May 8th, 1993, WBC World Super Lightweight champion Julio “J.C.” Cesar Chavez stopped Terrence Ali at Thomas and Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada. On May 7th, 1994, former champion Chavez re-won the WBC World Super Lightweight title from Frankie “The Surgeon” Randall, on TD8, at MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada.
On May 6th, 1995, WBO World Lightweight champion Oscar “Golden Boy” De La Hoya stopped IBF World Lightweight champion Rafael Ruelas at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada. On May 3rd, 2003, WBC World Super Welterweight champion De La Hoya stopped former IBF World Light Middleweight champion Luis “Yori Boy” Campas at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada.
On May 6th, 2006 then, former WBO World Middleweight champion De La Hoya stopped WBC Super Welterweight champion Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NV.
On May 5th, 2007, WBC Super Welterweight champion De La Hoya lost a split decision to Floyd “Money” Mayweather at MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada. On May 3rd, 2008, De La Hoya defeated Steve “2 Pound” Forbes, Home Depot Center, Carson, California.
On December 18th, 2021, WBA Super Middleweight champion Cuban David “Osvary” Morrell, 6-0 (5), stopped Alantez “SlyAza” Fox, at the Minneapolis Armory, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
On June 27th, 2021, Morrell, Cuban David “Osary” Morrell, won the WBA Super Middleweight title stopping Mario Abel Cazares at the Minneapolis Armory, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
On August 8th, 2020, Morrell defeated WBA Gold World Super Middleweight champion Lennox “2 Sharpe” Allen for the Interim World Super Middleweight title.
Alvarez has followed Chavez and De La Hoya fighting on Cinco de Mayo events. On May 7th, 2022, who will Alvarez fight and where?
Among the possible opponents are WBA Super World Light Heavyweight champion out of Russia Dmitry Bivol, 19-0 (12), who made his eighth defense on December 11th, 2021, defeating Umar Salamov. He has defeated on March 9th, 2019, current WBO World Light Heavyweight champion Joe Smith, Jr., another possible opponent for Alvarez.
Two others mentioned are the WBC World Middleweight champion Jermall “Hit Man” Charlo, 32-22, of Houston, Texas. WBO World Middleweight champion Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade, 31-0 (19), of Providence, Rhode Island.
Alvarez’s WBC No. 1 contender is former WBC World Super Middleweight champion David “El Bandera” Benavidez, 25-0 (22), of Phoenix, Arizona. The WBA No. 1 contender is Aidos Yerbossynuly, 16-0 (12), of KAZ. The top contender in the IBF is WBC International Super Middleweight champion Russian Evengy Shvedenko, 15-0 (6), out of Germany. WBO No. 1 contender is WBO International champion Zach Parker, 22-0 (16), of the UK.
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