Canelo Alvarez Next Fight: Latest Comments and Projections for Future Bout

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIMarch 9, 2014

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 8: Canelo Alvarez throws a punch against Alfredo Angulo (L) during the non-title, 12-round super welterweight bout at the MGM Grand Garden March 8, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Alvarez won by technical knock out after the referee stopped the fight in the 10th round. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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After annihilating Alfredo "El Perro" Angulo for nine-and-a-half rounds on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the speculation about Saul "Canelo" Alvarez's next bout has already begun.

Alvarez had one of—if not his best—performances. 

There are a few directions Canelo could go from here. Some of his options may actually include moving up to middleweight. 

Canelo did not make the 154-pound weight limit for his clash with Angulo. Per Dan Rafael of ESPN, the weight limit had to be increased for the fight to stay on track. At 23 years old, Canelo's body is maturing and making 154 pounds consistently might not be possible.

If he does stay at 154 pounds, a clash with WBA light middleweight champion Erislandy Lara would be interesting. Lara is a skilled Cuban fighter with speed and moderate power.

Fight News calls for the fight to happen in July.

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 03:  Erislandy Lara talks with reporters before a training session in preparation for his upcoming fight against Austin Trout at Gleason's Gym on December 3, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Ge
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Lara defeated Angulo in his last bout, but he had tons of problems with him. Angulo dropped him twice before a well-placed punch from Lara badly injured Angulo's eye. The fight was stopped when Angulo turned his back to his opponent and referee.

Some might think that because Lara struggled with Angulo, Canelo would handle him even easier than he did Angulo. That's not necessarily the case. Styles make fights.

It's very possible that Lara's elusive style and speed could give Alvarez issues similar to the ones he encountered against Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr.

Nonetheless, it's an intriguing option for Canelo.

If Canelo decides to move up to 160 pounds, there are a whole new set of challenges there for him. He could look to take on the winner of the Sergio Martinez-Miguel Cotto bout in June.

ORLANDO, FL - OCTOBER 05:  Miguel Cotto looks on during a Super Welterweight bout against Delvin Rodriguez at Amway Center on October 5, 2013 in Orlando, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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ESPN's Stephen A. Smith is already calling for a bout with Cotto and a rematch with Mayweather.

Smith is a bit hasty mentioning a second bout with Money but a bout with Cotto would be one of the biggest fights of the year. Canelo is the most popular Mexican fighter in the world and Cotto is the biggest Puerto Rican draw.

That's a great formula for a major pay-per-view attraction that should generate well over a million pay-per-view buys. 

Mar 17, 2012; New York, NY, USA; Sergio Martinez celebrates his 11th round TKO over Matthew Macklin at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
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Cotto would have to beat Martinez, of course. Judging by both men's latest performances, you'd have to give Cotto the edge over Martinez. The question then would be: Does Canelo wait for the winner or does he take another tune up in between?

Per Golden Boy Promotions' Richard Schaefer, Canelo doesn't need to sit around:

In either case, Canelo's performance on Saturday night made fight fans even more interested in his next move.


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