By Bill Phanco: It seems that Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer is cool to the idea of letting WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez fight a unification bout against Austin Trout for May 4th at the MGM Grand, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Schaefer has someone special in mind and he’s not about to give boxing fans any hints about who that fighter might be other than to rule out Trout as the guy that gets the fight.
Schaefer said in an interview at maxboxing.com “I really don’t think it’s going to be Austin Trout…I know what fight fans want to see, so I’m going to deliver that fight.”
Well, there are some fight fans that want to see Canelo fight Floyd Mayweather Jr., but that’s not realistic option for Canelo’s next fight. I think fight fans would be happy just to see Alvarez fight prove himself as a junior middleweight instead of someone that holds the title but fights guys from the welterweight and light welterweight division instead.
If it’s truly a fight that boxing fans want to see for Alvarez then I’m kind of lost at whom that opponent might be. It isn’t Miguel Cotto, because he just got badly exposed by Trout. I Schaefer would be really misjudging the boxing public if he tries to match Alvarez vs. Cotto after the kind loss that Cotto just took.
In picking out Canelo’s next fight you have to figure that Schaefer will select the kinds of fighters that Golden Boy has chosen in the past for Canelo. In other words, Canelo could fight a welterweight next, possibly an older one that’s no longer fighting at the top of his game. I’ve heard rumors that Andre Berto could be the guy, but it also could be Marcos Maidana because he’s with Golden Boy and that would make it an in house fight for them. Berto and Maidana are decent fighters and probably wouldn’t be much of a threat to beat Canelo due to their lack of size.