Callum Smith and Derevyanchenko, options for Canelo Álvarez


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Callum Smith and Derevyanchenko, options for Canelo Álvarez

The Mexican expects a rival for September and both English and Ukrainian emerge as potential to negotiate.

Saúl Álvarez awaits the definition of an opponent with a view to September, the date on which he hopes to celebrate Independence Day in Mexico with an evening of strong caliber and, if possible, with the presence of spectators.

After Billy Joe Saunders, WBO super middleweight champion, stepped down from the fight that was due to take place on May 2 due to lack of pandemic preparedness, two other names came to light to run as Canelo’s adversaries.

One of them, as quoted by ESPN, is Sergiy Derevyanchenko, with a record 13 wins (10 fast-track) and 2 losses in his career, with a last presentation in October in which he did not disagree when losing by unanimous decision against Gennady Golovkin at Madison Square Garden in New York.

The obstacle with the Ukrainian is that he has a fight with Jermall Charlo in the middleweight for a bag of 2.5 million dollars, so he should rise to a higher level to measure himself against the Aztec (super middleweight) and, therefore, demand a higher sum.

In turn, English Callum smith It also appears on Canelo’s radar: the WBO super middleweight champion would be a tempting proposition to unify with Alvarez, regular champion of the same organization, in addition to maintaining his undefeated status: 27-0-0 (19 KOs).

His last appearance was in November last year in Liverpool, where he beat compatriot John Ryder by unanimous decision. He only fought twice in the United States: back in 2014, in Carson, and the most recent was in June 2019, when he beat Frenchman Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam by technical knockout in New York.

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