When will Canelo Alvarez fight next? GGG headlines possible opponents for a boxing match after Dmitry Bivol fight
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has been very busy since he last fought Gennadiy Golovkin. Since September 2018, Canelo has competed in eight contests, going 8-0. He fought three times in 2021 and will look to do the same in 2022.
On Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, he will face off against Dmitry Bivol for the WBA light heavyweight title. If he takes down Bivol for his second light heavyweight belt, Alvarez might have an interest in unifying that division. The thought, however, is that a trilogy with Golovkin would be next. As Canelo said during fight week, he is ready to fight anyone.
The 31-year-old Mexican superstar has a few options available to him after the Bivol fight. The Sporting News looks at those options:
Gennadiy Golovkin trilogy
The most obvious option is to face Golovkin for a third time. September has been rumored as the time for the bout, which would most likely take place at middleweight.
Canelo and GGG first fought in 2017, with the bout ending in a controversial split draw. They competed in a rematch in 2018, with Canelo winning via majority decision. After years of waiting, both appear on a collision course following Alvarez’s recent deal with Matchroom Boxing and DAZN. Canelo must get past Bivol after Golovkin recently beat Ryota Murata in Japan.
Golovkin is the current WBA, IBF and IBO middleweight champion. Adding titles to this feud makes for a perfect recipe for success.
Artur Beterbiev or Joe Smith Jr.
If Canelo beats Bivol, there is a chance he won’t face GGG right away. Why? Because he’ll have a date with destiny.
Beterbiev and Smith are scheduled to meet in June for the WBC, IBF and WBO light heavyweight titles. The winner may want to face Canelo next. Depending on how the fight goes, Canelo may be interested in fighting the winner right away. A chance to be undisputed one more time doesn’t sound that bad.
Beterbiev and Smith are both power punchers. Both would present a big challenge to Alvarez.
Remember when Team Canelo asked for, and was granted, access by the WBC to fight Makabu, the cruiserweight champion?
Eddy Reynoso asked and the WBC complied. Many thought Canelo would move up to cruiserweight right away. With the way things are going for him, he could return to that fight. That is especially true considering Alvarez and Oleksandr Usyk teased the idea of fighting at heavyweight or cruiserweight.
Makabu just beat Thabiso Mchunu to defend the WBC title. With no future matchup booked as of now, there is always a chance we’ll see Canelo and Makabu fight each other.
Benavidez feels dissed by Canelo. The former WBC super middleweight champion will fight David Lemieux on May 21 for the interim WBC super middleweight title.
If Benavidez wins, he would then be the rightful contender to Alvarez’s super middleweight titles. After waiting years for a Benavidez-Caleb Plant bout and not having it come to fruition, fans could be clamoring for this fight, too. How high on the totem pole is a fight with Benavidez to Canelo, however? That remains to be seen.
When is Canelo Alvarez vs. Dmitry Bivol?
- Date: Saturday, May 7
- Main card: 10 p.m. ET
- Main event: Midnight ET (approx.)
Canelo Alvarez vs. Dmitry Bivol will take place Saturday, May 7. The main event is expected to begin around midnight ET, depending on how long the undercard fights last.
How to watch Canelo Alvarez vs. Dmitry Bivol
- Live stream: DAZN
The Canelo vs. Bivol main card will air on DAZN, which will show the fight via a special pay-per-view format.
Canelo Alvarez vs. Dmitry Bivol PPV price: How much does the card cost?
- DAZN monthly subscription: $19.99 in the U.S., $20 in Canada, £7.99 in the U.K.
- DAZN annual subscription: $99.99 in the U.S., $150 in Canada
Because it is a pay-per-view event, the fight will cost $59.99 for current subscribers and $79.99 for new subscribers.
Customers in the U.K. can sign up for DAZN for £7.99 per month.
You can also order the event in the U.S. via iNDEMAND: PPV.com ($24.99).