Canelo Alvarez was in full glory on Friday at the T-Mobile Area, as he stood of scale while a band of mariachis blared in full force. For the first time in over three years, Alvarez will be competing in Las Vegas on the weekend of Cinco de Mayo- which is the date reserved pretty much for the top star in boxing.
When Canelo had crushed Daniel Jacobs back in 2019, he went on to retain his 160-pound championship through a unanimous decision. Around three years later, he weighed in at 174.4 pounds- which was the second heaviest in his career as he looks to get his title from Russia’s Dmitry Bivol.
Canelo Alvarez Seems Pretty Ready To Take On Bivol
Canelo Alvarez did mention on ESPN that although his best weight ever was 168, he did feel pretty comfortable at 175 too- in fact, he felt ridiculously strong. The ceremonial weigh-in on the afternoon of Friday was then preceded by the official weigh-in that took place in the morning behind closed doors.
Alvarez has been looking to attempt to become the two-time light heavyweight champion as he followed a 2019 KO victory over Sergey Kovalev at 175 pounds. After that fight, Alvarez went on to vacate his heavyweight title in order to be eligible to campaign at 168 pounds.
For this time, Canelo Alvarez might be looking to keep his belt for quite some time. But if he does beat Bivol, his next fight has been set at 168 pounds- which would be a defense of his super middleweight championship against the versatile Gennady Golovkin. Incidentally, Golovkin and Alvarez have already met each other twice at around 160 pounds, one which resulted in a draw and another which was a majority decision win for the Mexican.
But first, Canelo Alvarez has to do away with Bivol- who has been considered a 5-1 favorite.