Ever since Canelo Alvarez lost his undefeated record to Floyd Mayweather in September there has been wide speculation as to who the Mexican superstar would be facing next. Several names have come up, ranging from Miguel Cotto (still could happen someday) to Erislandy Lara (never in a million years) to Alfredo Angulo (the easiest and most likely).
Finally, last week it was reported by Boxing Scene that Canelo had named Angulo as the opponent of choice. This came as no shocker as Angulo is a game but limited foe who has suffered defeat in his two biggest fights to date, against James Kirkland and Lara. However, so far the Mexican power-puncher has yet to receive a contract for a fight with Canelo despite the scheduled event being only two months away to the day.
Here is what Angulo had to say, via Ryan Burton of Boxing Scene:
"I haven't gotten a contract yet but hopefully what he said is true. I have had people calling me and congratulating me but I haven't gotten the official word. I would be grateful for the opportunity.
"This would be a big opportunity for me obviously but also for him. He would have a chance to prove he belongs with the true 154 pound fighters."
My guess is that it's only a matter of time until Angulo receives a contract, but Canelo is scheduled to return on March 8 which is coming up fast. I'm curious as to why it would take this long unless they are waiting to see if Cotto's proposed fight with Sergio Martinez actually comes together. If not, it could open the gates for Canelo to face Cotto in June or the fall, and perhaps add a stipulation to the contract forcing Canelo to face Cotto next if he wins. I don't know, just making a guess, honestly.
Canelo's comeback will be televised on Showtime pay-per-view and take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.