Billy Joe Saunders is going to be the second opponent for Canelo Alvarez in 2021 after the latter will face Avni Yildirim at the end of February. However, the Mexican boxer has plenty of conditions to comply with to be ready for the clash with the Britisher. Login Casino follows the latest sports news in boxing and explains how Alvarez's situation can develop in 2021.
After the shaky 2020 due to COVID-19 implications and tensions with Golden Boy Promotions, Canelo Alvarez decided to catch up on everything in 2021. Only twelve weeks after his bout with Callum Smith on December 19, the Mexican will face Avni Yildirim as the mandatory contender for the WBA and WBC super middleweight titles.
As Alvarez planned four bouts for 2021, his next opponent had to be determined soon. It will be the awaited unification bout against Billy Joe Saunders, who holds the WBO super middleweight belt. Nevertheless, such a tough schedule requires plenty of conditions to be complied with.
What can ruin Canelo's plans to fight against Saunders?
The first and most important is the potential defeat to Yildirim, who looks rather strong in the super middleweight division and possesses great punching power. The Turkish boxer is a bit higher (182cm compared to Alvarez's 175cm), but they have quite the same reach. However, Avni had the last fight almost two years ago, which means that his real conditions are unpredictable, while Canelo looked great against Smith.
The second reason is the possible injury of almost any kind. Even though the recovery and preparation process can be accomplished in two months, such a fighter has to be way attentive in the ring to exclude unneeded physical problems. The knock-out in the first half of the bout will be perfect for Alvarez.
Of course, there can be plenty of other reasons, like the coronavirus disease of one of the fighters, which automatically means postponing the date of the clash. It creates some sort of additional pressure on Canelo, who wants to have another two bouts in the second half of 2021.