KEY POINTS

  • Saul "Canelo" Alvarez's win over Caleb Plant saw him making history once again
  • Alvarez still has a couple of great fights waiting for him in the super middleweight division
  • Two of the biggest names at middleweight could be the Mexican's next opponent

Already widely regarded as the pound-for-pound king, what could be waiting ahead of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez?

After obliterating Caleb Plant over the weekend, many are now convinced that Alvarez has ultimately become the face of boxing.

The stunning knockout win over Plant saw Alvarez becoming the first boxer to unify all four recognized world titles in the 168-pound division.

Atop that, he also became the first Mexican fighter to ever become an undisputed champion and the sixth undisputed champion in the four-belt era.

Some believe that Alvarez has hit the ceiling as there seems to be no competition left for the Mexican superstar.

However, this may not be the case after all as the probability of seeing two of the most celebrated names in the middleweight division—Gennadiy Golovkin and Jermall Charlo—move up a weight class higher to exchange leather with Alvarez should not be written off.

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Saul "Canelo" Alvarez lands some punches on his opponent Caleb Plant during their super middleweight clash at the MGM Grand Arena, Las Vegas in November 2021. Mikael Ona/IBTimes

It can be recalled that the Alvarez-Golovkin rivalry has delighted boxing fans around the world, and it seems like not one bit has changed at this point.

Since losing to Alvarez in 2018, Golovkin has gone unbeaten in three consecutive fights.

Though there is no assurance that the Kazakh fighter’s winning streak will be enough to lure Alvarez to a trilogy fight, seeing the pair meet inside the ring for the third time still stirs interest among fans.

Charlo, on the other hand, has never been beaten in his professional career.

What’s even more interesting, the 31-year-old has always been linked to a move up to the super middleweight division.

Should Alvarez ever consider a clash against Charlo, he might not have to wait long as the latter has already expressed his desire to take on the biggest draw in the sport.

“Everyone is fighting right now, everyone that would be on the radar, so we’re just going to let everything play out and figure out where to move from there,” Charlo told the PBC Podcast of his plans. We want to put together a mega-fight.”

“Canelo called me out, maybe we’ll see what happens [after his fight with Plant]. [Demetrius] Andrade’s been talking, and [Gennadiy] Golovkin is about to unify [with Ryota Murata], so maybe we can fight for all the belts or something like that. We’ll figure it out,” the American added. “[Golovkin’s] handlers are great, anything is possible. It’d be a mega-fight. If he wins this fight with Murata and unifies, then we can unify together. It’s a big fight, it’s a major fight.”

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