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Canelo Alvarez next fight: 3 opponent options, including David Benavidez

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Canelo Alvarez next fight news should come soon, but as his legion of fans waits, we take a look at three opponent options and recap his unanimous decision win over John Ryder on Cinco de Mayo weekend.

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Who will Canelo Alvarez next fight be against?

After winning the 59th fight of his career, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez remains one of the most popular and relevant fighters in the combat sports game — and at multiple divisions. That is why matchups with David Benavidez, Christian Mbili, or a Dmitry Bivol rematch. seems likely next.

  • El Bandera Roja: Benavidez is one of the best fighters at super middleweight that Alvarez has yet to face. At 27-0 and ranked just behind the unified champ on most lists, he deserves the opportunity next.
  • France’s best: Frances Mbili is another young star in the division that is deserving of a title opportunity. If Canelo was looking for a relevant but major payday abroad, this might be a sensible option next.
  • Revenge: Before his win over Ryder, the unified champion made it clear he is aiming for revenge against Bivol after falling to him in May of 2022. Chances are this is likely his next bout and September seems like the time frame.

Canelo Alvarez vs John Ryder recap

John Ryder did not push Canelo Alvarez to the brink of defeat, but he surely made the Mexican superstar work very hard in their May 6 fight and proved he was not merely a tuneup bout before a rematch with Dimtrii Bivol.

What happened: Alvarez was clearly the better fighter in his matchup with Ryder and the final scorecards (118-109, 118-109, 120-107) proved that. However, it was not an easy fight for the super middleweight king as he had to earn every bit of his unanimous decision win. Ryder showed how tough he was and likely grew his name by not being blown out by the champ.

The fallout: Alvarez maintained his place as the best in the super middleweight division by defeating a top contender. The big question is whether will he face another challenge from inside the division or again compete at light heavyweight.

The roadmap: The most likely next fight for Canelo Alvarez is a Bivol rematch, but this is boxing and nothing is a sure thing until the contracts are signed.

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Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has had a legendary 63-fight career, but what makes it all the more impressive is he is only 32, and it could be argued that he is still in his athletic prime. During a professional career that dates back to 2005, Alvarez has beaten many of the elites of two different eras and has become the most famous fighter of his era.

Let’s take a look at some of the key accolades from “Canelo’s” amazing career.

  • Canelo Alvarez record: 59-2-2 (39 knockouts)
  • Alvarez began his career by going unbeaten for eight years. It took unbeaten boxing icon Floyd Mayweather Jr. — when Alvarez was only 23 — to finally hand him his first loss.
  • Only two fighters during Alvarez’s storied career have defeated him. The legendary Mayweather and massive light heavyweight Bivol.
  • During his career “Canelo” has scored wins over boxing greats and former champions like Golovkin, Miguel Cotto, Amir Khan, Shane Mosley, Daniel Jacobs, and Sergey Kovalev.
  • Alvarez has an absurd amount of professional fights at just 32, and part of the reason is that he started his pro career in Mexico at 15 years old.
  • Along with being a champion at super-middleweight, Alvarez has earned titles at middleweight, light-middleweight/super-welterweight, and light-heavyweight.
  • Alvarez follows a long line of legendary Mexican boxers, but he reigns supreme above them all when it comes to successful pay-per-events. His 2017 bout with Mayweather was the third highest-selling boxing card in history with 2.2 million PPV buys.

Canelo Alvarez net worth

The measure of a fighter’s success is the dollars and cents they stack up from a career in combat sports. During his nearly two decades in fight sports, Canelo Alvarez’s net worth is reported to be $180 million.