WBC and IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence still has a December 5th date against two-division titlist Danny Garcia. The 31-year old has not fought since a freak single-car accident last October 10, 2019. He also has possible 2021 megafights against Terence Crawford and/or Manny Pacquiao. But the Desoto, Texas native also has his sights set 13-pounds heavier.
In a recent interview with TheSun.co.uk, the unbeaten southpaw revealed that he is interested in a 160-pound showdown against Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez once fans are allowed to fully return to the stands. According to Spence, that mega-fight could be staged at the 80,000-seat AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
“With Canelo, yeah, I’d definitely entertain that. That can happen, that’s a huge fight. That would be huge for the Cowboys’ stadium when we’re back to 100 percent capacity. That’s another mega-fight which I could have. I could have a lot of mega-fights. It takes quite a few pounds to get down to 147. I wouldn’t have any problems fighting at 160. But, at the end of the day, it’s down to the guys in suits.”
Not the First Time
This isn’t the first time that Spence has talked about the possibility of fighting Alvarez. Way back in 2016, when he was still Kell Brook’s mandatory challenger for the IBF welterweight title, Spence mentioned about fighting Canelo at 154 pounds after unifying the welterweight titles.
Since then, Spence has captured the IBF belt by knocking out Brook and annexed the WBC 147-pound title by defeating Shawn Porter in his most recent bout last September 28, 2019. He is set to defend his welterweight titles against Danny Garcia in front of his hometown fans on December 5th at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium.
Canelo Has Moved Up to 168
Meanwhile, Alvarez has moved up from light middleweight to capture world titles at middleweight, super middleweight, and light heavyweight. The four weight-division champion last fought at 175 pounds when he stopped Sergey Kovalev last November 2, 2019, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada to win the WBO light heavyweight title.
Alvarez was aiming at a super middleweight unification against WBO king Billie Joe Saunders last May but talks for that bout were canceled due to the pandemic.
Canelo was also linked to another title unification bout with another Briton in WBA (super) super middleweight champion Callum Smith but that too did not materialize. Alvarez was then picked by the WBC to fight mandatory challenger Avni Yildirim for the vacant WBC 168 pound title and that bout is still being negotiated.
A Canelo vs Spence bout would be a big fight indeed for the sport when this pandemic is over. It’s one that can definitely pack the crowd at Cowboys stadium. However, there are several issues that have to be ironed out.
On top of the list is Canelo’s ongoing lawsuit against his promoters. That case will have to be resolved before Canelo even thinks about getting back inside the boxing ring.
Alvarez will also need to move back to 160 pounds for that potential fight to happen. Although he fought at middleweight two fights ago, it looks like he is planning to settle down at 168 pounds. Moving up to 160 would mean a two-division jump for Spence. Going up to 168 might not be an option for Spence.
Taking Care of Business First
It’s nice to see Spence looking ahead in the future but he has to take care of business first. The Truth is currently a -300 odds on favorite at boxing betting sites but Garcia is not an opponent that can be taken lightly. Swift enters the fight as a +225 betting underdog but the former two-division world champion is capable of pulling off the upset.
Not only is Garcia a very skilled fighter who can give Spence trouble in the ring, but Spence will also be fighting for the first time since his accident. Although his doctors have given him a clean bill of health, there are some concerns if Spence will be the same fighter. Those questions will be answered on December 5th.
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