After destroying Rocky Fielding at the third-round of their WBA super middleweight championship match in New York, Saul Canelo Alvarez is reportedly eyeing a showdown against Callum Smith at the Wembley Stadium in England.
Canelo caught fans’ attention with his famous and controversial fights against Gennady Golovkin. Now that he’s coming off a quick victory against Fielding, the Mexican champ is starting to become the most marketable boxer in the world with a plan to fight Smith.
Biggest Name in Boxing
The 28-year-old boxing superstar needed only a little over eight minutes to drop Liverpool’s Fielding four times during Saturday night’s bout at Madison Square Garden. He is now joining an elite group of Mexican fighters to capture world titles in three different weight classes.
Guadalajara’s prodigy seized the WBA (Super) and WBC middleweight titles from GGG, now adding the WBA (regular) super-middleweight title to his belts after the Fielding match. Canelo is dropping back down a weight class on his next bout against an American middleweight challenger at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on May 4.
The original plan was for Alvarez to join the Mexican elite band of holding three weight class titles, then return to defending his unified middleweight belts. However, Golden Boy promoter Oscar De La Hoya has bigger plans for the rising star.
“Canelo is the biggest name in boxing and we are looking abroad to build him into a global superstar.”
Canelo Alvarez Next Opponent-Callum Smith
Golden Boy president Eric Gomez also confirmed the possibility of the Alvarez-Smith showdown, making it Canelo’s first fight outside North America, which includes Mexico.
“We are now very open to going to the UK, probably to fight Callum. Smith is keen to follow his world title victory over George Groves by boxing in the Anfield home of his beloved Liverpool but Gomez says: ‘Wembley would be huge for us.”
Smith initially laid a stomach on fighting George Groves at Anfield, though it’s unlikely that he would turn down such a mega-fight at Wembley vs one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world.
Canelo recently became the world’s highest paid sportsperson after signing the richest athlete contract in the history of sports at $325 million in 13 years.
Featured Image Credit: Instagram/Saul Alvarez and Instagram/Callum Smith