Mexican star Canelo Alvarez is fully focused on the tough job he has against Erislandy Lara on July 12 and sidestepped questions about fighting Miguel Cotto or Gennady Golovkin with ease at this weeks media day.
The former light-middleweight king, who has amassed an amazing 43-1-1 record at the age of just 23, has been linked to a fight with Cotto for almost three years at 154 until the Puerto Rican recently moved up to win the WBC title at middleweight.
Where WBA and IBO champion Golovkin is concerned, any fight would be highly likely to be at a catchweight of around 157 or 158lbs if they did ever share a ring as Canelo confirmed that he won’t be moving up to 160 at any point in the foreseeable future.
“I’ve had a great training camp here in San Diego and I’m ready to go,” said Canelo as he addressed the gathering of journalists with questions on moving up and facing the likes of Cotto or Golovkin. “My focus is solely on this fight. I can start thinking about future opponents after July 12. But I have no intentions of moving up to middleweight.
“I feel really comfortable fighting at 154 pounds and probably will stay in this weight class my whole career,’ he reiterated.’
Like the Golovkin contest, a big-money pay-per-view clash with Cotto would have no trouble being made just above or even at the light-middleweight limit, meaning Canelo’s latest statement has not ended the hopes of either fight being made somewhere down the line.
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