Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez has revealed his short-term goal is to become the undisputed super middleweight champion and make history in the process.
The Mexican fighter picked up the WBC, WBA Super, and Ring Magazine belts at 168lbs by beating Callum Smith late last year. He’ll put them on the line when he takes on Avni Yildirim at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, on Saturday, February 27.
Julio Cesar Martinez provides the chief support as he defends his WBC World Flyweight title against McWilliams Arroyo. Chinese Heavyweight Zhilei Zhang faces Jerry Forrest over ten rounds on the undercard which is littered with young boxing talent.
Once he gets by his WBC mandatory challenger, Canelo is expected to take on WBA champion Billy Joe Saunders in May. A fight he hopes will bring him one step closer to achieving his goal of becoming undisputed at super middleweight.
“It’s important for me and Eddy because very few people have achieved becoming undisputed champions,” Canelo said. “And that’s a short-term goal for us. To win all the titles at 168 pounds.
The pound-for-pound superstar knows he would be the first Mexican to achieve this feat.
“Obviously, no Mexican has ever done it. So that’s our short-term goal, to keep making history,” Alvarez said. “And that’s what we want. Eddy and I have always wanted the best. And we want to keep making history.
“I think it’s important, not just for me, but for all fighters,” Canelo added. “To make history in boxing is very important, I think. It’s very important to me to leave behind a legacy in this sport. And that’s why we’re doing this. To keep making history and so when people talk about boxing, they always remember me.” (Transcribed by Boxing Scene)
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