Four Division champion Canelo Alvarez has officially vacated the WBA Middleweight title fresh off his 168 Pound victory over former super middleweight champion Callum Smith.
Canelo vacating the title will shift the championship status to Japan’s Ryota Murata, who could now as the champion go into unification fights and could now conveniently carry the title of a champion.
“He is 168 now, it is his prime weight,” Eddy Reynoso, Alvarez’s head trainer and manager confirmed to BoxingScene.com on Friday. “It is where he feels strongest and we are not giving away anything in weight anymore at middleweight.”
Alvarez (54-1-2, 36KOs) defeated Gennadiy Golovkin via majority decision to win the WBA title back in their 2018 rematch. He has since won world titles at two more weight divisions since then. He defeated Daniel Jacobs to win the IBF Middleweight title after knocking out Rocky Fielding in three rounds to win WBA secondary title at 168 pounds.
Canelo Alvarez since relinquished all belts at Middleweight but held on to the WBA 160 pound title. He first took up the WBC Franchise strap, then got striped of the IBF strap without a single defense as he failed to come to terms for a fight with his then mandatory Sergey Derevyanchenko.
Since then Canelo Alvarez hasn’t competed at Middleweight and was still the with the WBA status when he entered the fight with former WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev back in November 2019. He immediately vacated the WBO 175 pound title after knocking out Kovalev to win the strap.
Canelo had plans of facing WBo 168 pound champion Billy Joe Saunders in 2020 didn’t fall through as the Corona Virus for Ed the cancellation of the event. Alvarez has intensions of staying at super middleweight and will be defending his title against Avni Yildirim in his next title defense and every person going to face him will have to move up or down to 168 pounds before facing him.
“This is his weight,” confirms Reynoso. “Anyone who wants to fight Canelo will have to meet us (at super middleweight). He’s not giving away anymore of his prime.”