Did you know that Saúl Canelo Alvarez is the 4th highest paid athlete in the world? The professional Mexican boxer has an estimated earnings of $94 million.
During his career, Alvarez has won 52 out of 55 fights and has only ever lost 1 fight. The middleweight Ukrainian boxer Sergiy Derevyanchenko is looking to compete with Alvarez, but doesn’t think that he Alvarez will fight him.
But will Alvarez fight Derevyanchenko in September? Or will Alvarez drop the IBF title?
Saúl Canelo Alvarez
The 28-year old from Guadalajara, Mexico, is now a middleweight boxer, but has previously been a welterweight, light middleweight, super middleweight, and light welterweight.
In Alvarez’s career he has achieved many impressive feats, including receiving ‘World Boxing Association Super World Middleweight Title’ and ‘International Boxing Federation World Middleweight Title’.
Boxing appears to be in the family as Saúl Canelo Alvarez has 7 older brothers who are also professional boxers.
Derevyanchenko, who is nicknamed The Technician, is a 33 year-old professional boxer from Ukraine. He has competed in 14 fights so far and similarly to Alvarez, he has only lost one of the fights.
He is fairly new on the scene of professional boxing after having competed at amateur level for many years. He competed as an amateur boxer at the 2007 World Amateur Boxing Championships and won the bronze medal at middleweight.
Since 2014, he has been professional boxing and competing some top names in the boxing world, including Sam Soliman and Tureano Johnson.
Will Alvarez and Derevyanchenko fight each other?
According to a spokesperson at Adictosalfitness, Alvarez is at the top of his boxing game and is in a position where he can pick and choose who he wants to fight. This is something we are seeing more and more in the boxing world, where professional boxers are able to make decisions about who and when they fight.
The IBF recently ordered Alvarez to make a mandatory defense against Derevyanchenko. However, Derevyanchenko is convinced that Alvarez doesn’t want to have a championship fight with him.
Alvarez will have to drop the IBF title if he doesn’t compete. But many people expect that he will because he already holds the WBC and WBA versions of the belt. Back in May 2019, Alvarez won the IBF title when he fought Daniel Jacobs in a 12 rounds boxing match.
Derevyanchenko won a final IBF eliminator against Jack Culcay during a 12 round match in April 2019.
Although there have been rumours about the two professional boxers fighting for the championship, Derevyanchenko considers it to be highly unlikely and is instead setting his sight upon fighting IBF’s number 2 contender, Gennady Golovkin.
There were also rumours that Alvarez would fight Golovkin, however the pair have already fought twice before and Alvarez doesn’t seem very interested in fighting Golovkin in September either.
What does the future hold for Alvarez?
Boxing newcomers are coming on the scene all the time, such as 17-year old Vito Mielnicki, so it is anyone’s guess who Alvarez will next be fighting.
Whoever he decides to fight next there is no denying that his track record of wins shows that he will continue to be such a successful boxer.