Canelo Alvarez Next Fight: 3 Opponent Options For The Mexican Icon’s Return, Including David Benavidez

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Some fresh Canelo Alvarez next fight news should arrive in the next few months, but until then we look at who could be next for the super middleweight king and review his decisive victory over formerly unbeaten star Jaime Munguia in May.

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Who will Canelo Alvarez next fight be against?

Following the long tradition of Mexican fighters before him, Alvarez returned to the ring on Cinco de Mayo weekend and scored a dominant win over countryman Jaime Munguia. The world is his oyster and there are many directions he could go when he returns to action. That is why his most likely next foe will either be David Benavidez, Christian Mbilli, or a rematch Dmitry Bivol.

  • El Monstruo: Benavidez has been a worthy contender for a while now. Many feel that Alvarez has been avoiding a scrap with him and the pressure from fans and media is starting to really build. If Benavidez can beat Oleksandr Gvozdyk in June a clash with Canelo Alvarez next may be inevitable.
  • Solide: Mbilli is another young, talented, and worthy contender in the division. The Frenchman has been a wrecking machine during his career and if he beats Mark Heffron in May he could hit the Canelo jackpot later this year.
  • Revenge: Alvarez has suggested he eventually wants a chance to avenge his loss against Bivol. If Bivol is victorious against Artur Beterbiev in June, a clash of the two best in their weight classes makes a lot of sense next.

Canelo Alvarez vs Jaime Munguia recap

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Despite his best efforts, Munguia proved that at this point in his career, he is still a couple of levels below his Mexican countryman and was decisively handed his first-ever loss in their scrap on Cinco de Mayo weekend 2024.

What Happened: While the young star tried to use a jab and push a heavy pace, Alvarez was too slick for Munguia and was able to weather the storm and was able to send his opponent to the canvas for the first time in his career early in the fight. Despite some solid resistance, the champ scored another easy win in May.

The Fallout: This doesn’t do much to change the narrative around Alvarez. It is another win during a legendary career but it was a victory over a fighter that is a level below what many believe Alvarez should be facing at this moment in his career.

The Roadmap: Canelo Alvarez should face David Benavidez next but it is unclear what direction he will take as he continues to look for big paydays over bouts to prove he is the best.

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Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has had a legendary 65-fight career, but what makes it all the more impressive is he is only 32, and it could be argued that he is still in his athletic prime. During a professional career that dates back to 2005, Alvarez has beaten many of the elites of two different eras and has become the most famous fighter of his era.

Let’s take a look at some of the key accolades from “Canelo’s” amazing career.

  • Canelo Alvarez record: 61-2-2 (39 knockouts)
  • Alvarez began his career by going unbeaten for eight years. It took unbeaten boxing icon Floyd Mayweather Jr. — when Alvarez was only 23 — to finally hand him his first loss.
  • Only two fighters during Alvarez’s storied career have defeated him. The legendary Mayweather and massive light heavyweight Bivol.
  • During his career “Canelo” has scored wins over boxing greats and former champions like Golovkin, Miguel Cotto, Amir Khan, Shane Mosley, Daniel Jacobs, Jaime Munguia, and Sergey Kovalev.
  • Alvarez has an absurd amount of professional fights at just 32, and part of the reason is that he started his pro career in Mexico at 15 years old.
  • Along with being a champion at super-middleweight, Alvarez has earned titles at middleweight, light-middleweight/super-welterweight, and light-heavyweight.
  • Alvarez follows a long line of legendary Mexican boxers, but he reigns supreme above them all when it comes to successful pay-per-events. His 2017 bout with Mayweather was the third highest-selling boxing card in history with 2.2 million PPV buys.

Canelo Alvarez net worth

The measure of a fighter’s success is the dollars and cents they stack up from a career in combat sports. During his nearly two decades in fight sports, Canelo Alvarez’s net worth is believed to be as much as $275 million.

After earning his journalism degree in 2017, Jason Burgos served as a contributor to several sites, including MMA Sucka... More about Jason Burgos

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