The boxing world is Canelo’s oyster. The current pound-for-pound king could have almost any fight in any weight class of his choosing, but during a conversation with RingTV Canelo makes it clear that he intends to continue on campaigning at 168lbs, looking to clean out the entire division.
Current reports have Canelo ready to take on Anvi Yildirim in February, after which Canelo plans to get back to his regularly scheduled program of fighting on Cinco de Mayo and Mexican Independence Day weekend. If that works out it’ll be at least three fights in calendar 2021.
“I want to take all of the titles (at 168). My goal is to fight anyone at 168 if they have a title, that’s who I’m going to go after. The goal is February, May and September. That’s our goal for 2021.”
Speaking on rival Gennadiy Golovkin, Canelo makes it clear that if Golovkin wants a chance to fight him again he’s going to have to move up to meet him at 168lbs where Canelo’s feeling very strong and sturdy. That fight doesn’t mean much to Canelo personally, though, as he believes he’s already proved his superiority over Golovkin in their first two meetings.
“I don’t have to prove anything to anyone, I did my job already by beating him twice and right now, I want to stay at 168, and if (GGG) wants to move up, we’ll see what happens, if that’s what the fans really want,” he said. “I’m at 168 and I don’t have to do any favors for anyone. I’m at 168 and our goal is to unify here.”
Canelo says he’s feeling so good and strong at 168 that if he does happen to fight Golovkin again, he thinks he’ll mostly likely inflict some serious damage and ultimately KO the Kazakh fighter. For now Canelo is just enjoying the fruits of his labor, weighing all of his options as a promotional free agent now that he’s split with Golden Boy, and you can bet there’s no shortage of offers for the biggest star in the sport.