Canelo hints at imminent move to 160lbs

Phil Jay 20/05/2015

Mexican star Saul Alvarez has suggested that a permanent move to middleweight could be on the horizon after witnessing 160 champion Gennady Golovkin’s victory over Willie Monroe Jr this past weekend.

The 24 year-old is in the mix due to his ongoing negotiations with four-weight world title holder Miguel Cotto about a meeting between the two at a catchweight in the autumn, and has long been known to find it difficult to make 154lbs comfortably.

As the middleweight division hots up, Canelo has promised fans that once his move to the higher weight is made permanent, he will be targeting the likes of Cotto, Golokvin and the other belt holders for massive clashes in the future.

“The day I climb to 160 pounds, I honestly and humbly promise to face the better competition there,” promised Canelo in the aftermath of Golovkin v Monroe.

Golovkin has already been handed first choice on facing Cotto which could put a spanner in the works of Canelo’s hopes to battle the Puerto Rican next, plus ‘GGG’ made it clear that the WBC champion is on his imminent hit-list.

“Miguel Cotto, after your next fight, I will be right here waiting for you,” said Golovkin.

Cotto is currently preparing to defend his green title against Daniel Geale on June 6, and if the Aussie can pull off a shock at Madison Square Garden, that could open the door for an equally mouth-watering bout between Canelo and Golovkin.