A trilogy fight for the ages will take place Saturday. Canelo Alvarez defends his undisputed super-middleweight title against Gennadiy Golovkin. Not only are titles on the line, but the direction of both fighters’ careers.
A win could benefit both boxers in multiple ways. A loss results in boxing purgatory. Depending on the outcome, what does the future hold for Canelo and Golovkin?
The Sporting News looks into what may be next for Canelo and “GGG” with a win or a loss. Who will walk out of the trilogy fight with their hands raised?
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What’s next for Canelo Alvarez?
If Canelo can beat Golovkin for the second time, his momentum before the Bivol loss would be back in full force. What would be next for the undisputed super-middleweight champion?
Coach Eddy Reynoso has helped shop the idea of Canelo competing at light-heavyweight and cruiserweight. Before the Bivol fight, Canelo almost had a date with destiny against WBC cruiserweight champion Ilunga Makabu. Canelo can revisit that fight, or he could look to test his luck one more time at light-heavyweight.
Bivol, the WBA (Super) light-heavyweight champion, is scheduled to defend his titles against Gilberto Ramirez on Nov. 5. If Bivol can beat “Zoro” in Abu Dhabi, a Canelo rematch doesn’t seem that far out there. Or, so says Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn. Hearn told “The DAZN Boxing Show” that he is looking to book Canelo vs. Bivol 2 in May 2023. However, if Bivol can get past Ramirez, a fight with Joshua Buatsi may be in his future.
“The fact is, to fight Canelo Alvarez, Bivol might have to fight [Joshua] Buatsi and Zurdo [Ramirez], Hearn said, via DAZN. “That fight’s not a definite because we can’t just wait until May. It’s impossible, and there’s so much risk in those fights.
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“Hopefully, Canelo and ‘GGG’ have a tremendous fight in September, and if Canelo wins, he’ll go and look for that rematch, but Bivol is going to be fighting too. Also, don’t forget, Bivol also wants the Beterbiev fight.”
Artur Beterbiev, the WBC, IBF and WBO light-heavyweight champion, will not be ready to compete until 2023 because of an injury he recently suffered. He is expected to defend his titles against Anthony Yarde.
If Canelo loses, he enters the unknown for the first time in a long time. A fourth Golovkin fight could be on the table because the series would be 1-1-1 with a Golovkin win. Knowing how personal this is for Canelo, that would be the fight to make.
What’s next for Gennady Golovkin?
If Golovkin can beat Canelo, it would even the series 1-1-1. While a fourth fight hasn’t been discussed, an enraged Canelo might want revenge against Golovkin.
If he loses? At 40, anything is possible for Golovkin. Win or lose, if Golovkin stays at middleweight, he has plenty of options. The IBF, IBO and WBA (Super) middleweight champion could face WBA (Regular) middleweight champion Erislandy Lara to unify the WBA belts. He could also face mandatory and top-ranked challengers Michael Zerafa and Esquiva Falcao.
Speaking of titles, a match with Jermall Charlo, the WBC champion, has been campaigned by the latter’s camp for years. There is also new WBO champion Janibek Alimkhanuly.
When it comes to him hanging up the gloves, never say never. Speaking with The Sun in December 2021, Golovkin did not consider retirement. In a recent interview with The Sun, however, Golovkin did admit that he is close to calling it a career, following Canelo’s comments that he would retire Golovkin.
“I’m going to retire soon anyway. With his help or without his help,” Golovkin said. “Let’s face it, I’m 40 years old and nearing my retirement.”
All eyes will be on Golovkin after the fight. Will he continue on his journey, or will Golovkin’s boxing career end Sept. 17?