LAS VEGAS – Canelo Alvarez realizes that dropping back to the middleweight category is not going to be easy.
The newly crowned WBO Light Heavyweight Champion can stay at 175 pounds, especially for a match against WBA Champion Dmitry Bivol. However, he is determined to return to the border with an average weight of 160 pounds.
This will require the loss of 15 pounds of mostly muscle mass, which he put on his 5-foot-8 frame for knockout of the 11th round of Sergei Kovalev on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
"It will probably be very difficult to lose weight," Alvarez said during a post-fight press conference at the MGM Grand. "It has always been very difficult for me to lose weight. However, we must continue to make history and I can do it. ”
It is not clear exactly which duel will make Alvarez return to the middleweight division.
He remains uninterested in a third battle against Gennady Golovkin (40-1
Alvarez (53-1-2, 36 KOs) has eight duels remaining in his contract with DAZN and is represented by Golden Boy Promotions. Houston's Charlotte (29-0, 21 KOs), WBC champion, was advised by Golden Boy rival Al Hammon and aired on FOX and Showtime.
29-year-old Alvarez and his executives are not sure what weight he will fight next. All they have said is that he will again box at medium weight.
"Let's see," Alvarez said before defeating Kovalev. "Still do not know. But again I have to get back to my weight. ”
Alvarez holds the WBA middleweight title. He is also the 160-pound WBC franchise champion, a weird designation made four months ago that eliminates the need for Alvarez to make a mandatory defense against Charlo.
Alvarez also holds the WBA middleweight title. He did not rule out that his next match would be contested at the 168 pound limit.
Keith Idek is a senior writer / columnist at BoxingScene.com. You can find him on Twitter @Idecboxing.