Saul Canelo Alvarez WON’T be fighting Julian “J-Rock” Williams, Jermall Charlo, Demetrius Andrade or Jermell Charlo, says Gennady “GGG” Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez. He sees those fighters as the “cream of the 154” pound crop at junior middleweight, and he thinks Canelo won’t get anywhere near them due to them having so much talent.
There was speculation by some boxing fans that Canelo might elect to stay at 154 to take on the best fighters in the division following his recent 9th round knockout victory over WBO junior middleweight champion Liam Smith this month in their fight on September 17 at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Canelo said that he only wants to fight the best in boxing, and the fans assumed that this meant that he would want to fight Andrade, Williams and the Charlo brothers. The results of Canelo’s win over Liam Smith failed to prove that he’s the best fighter at 154. It only proved to a lot of boxing fans that Canelo was good enough to beat the weakest of the champions at 154.
The news of Canelo saying that his fight against Liam Smith will be his last one at 154 has been met with a great deal of unhappiness from fans, as they see Canelo as now dodging Dementrius Andrade, who would be the first in line to challenge him as the WBO mandatory in the junior middleweight division. By Canelo moving up in weight to middleweight, he’s likely to face a far weaker opponent in Billy Joe Saunders than if he had stayed at 154 to defend his belt against Andrade.
Sanchez said to Dontae’s Boxing Nation:
“No way is he going to fight those guys [Demetrius Andrade, Julian ‘J-Rock’ Williams, Jermall Charlo and Jermell Charlo]. Those guys are a threat. He faced a guy [Liam Smith] that he knew he was going to beat later on in the fight, and he was going to put him out. You’re talking about some very talented fighters [Andrade, Williams and Charlo brothers] you just mentioned. They have a very different type of style that is very troublesome for Canelo. He has problems with [Austin] Trout and [Erislandy] Lara’s, the guys that move on him. He wants to stand still and punch. Those guys are the cream of the 154 pounders. I read something where he said that was his last fight at 154.”