KEY POINTS

  • Saul "Canelo" Alvarez is keen on moving up to cruiserweight
  • Alvarez's trainer Eddy Reynoso named two target opponents in the middleweight division
  • The Mexican's promoter wants him to dominate light heavyweight next

Canelo Alvarez’s next fight could be against one of his most notable past opponents.

Just when it seems like Alvarez is set to pick up where he left off at light heavyweight, his longtime trainer Eddy Reynoso made an interesting revelation about the Mexican superstar’s plans.

According to Reynoso, they have been carefully studying what is available at the moment, and he reckoned that a trilogy fight with Alvarez’s ultimate nemesis, IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, and a fight against WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo are both being considered.

"As champions, we have to look for the best opponents, fighters with titles, who generate expectations. We want to fight Charlo, and there is also Golovkin," Reynoso told Boxing Scene.

Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin are some of the top stars in need of a new broadcast home. In this picture, Alvarez (black trunks) and Golovkin (white trunks) box in the middleweight world championship boxing match at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Sept. 15, 2018. Photo: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

As for the decision to make a leap to cruiserweight to challenge WBC world champion Ilunga Makabu, Reynoso said that he is certain this is the time for Alvarez to kick it up a notch and dominate the bigger guys as well.

"Now that we are going to get to cruiserweight, I see it being feasible that Saul can win, that's why I asked for the fight. In the gym, he fights with heavyweights, and I have seen how he's knocked them out in the gym," the veteran trainer said.

However, Reynoso’s take on the subject was completely different from that of Alvarez’s promoter Eddie Hearn.

For Hearn, neither the cruiserweight nor the middleweight champs are the best for Alvarez at this point. Instead, he wants the multi-division champion to wipe out the light heavyweight division the same way he did the middleweight.

“I know there’s talk of the cruiserweight fight,” Hearn recently explained to iFL TV when discussing his desire for Alvarez to face the current light heavyweight champions this year instead of Makabu.

“I just think that [Canelo] should do exactly the same as he did at 168 at 175,” he pointed out. “He should fight [Dmitry] Bivol, Joe Smith and [Artur] Beterbiev, and I think he can do it all in a year again.”

As it stands, the light heavyweight division is stacked with a host of world champions who are all in their primes – Dmitry Bivol (WBA), Artur Beterbiev (WBC and IBF) and Joe Smith Jr. (WBO).

Among the aforementioned title holders, Top Rank boss Bob Arum said that based on the information he had learned, Alvarez’s team is working on a fight against Smith.

Canelo Alvarez Saul "Canelo" Alvarez celebrates his win over Caleb Plant at the MGM Grand Arena, Las Vegas in November 2021. Photo: Mikel Ona / IBTimes