Canelo Alvarez Next Fight: Most Likely Opponents For September

By Brian Ethridge, Posted: 05/09/13 09:42AM EDT

Canelo Alvarez is busy planning his next fight, which will likely happen in September. The last time we saw Canelo in the squared circle he was facing the toughest challenge of his career against Austin Trout. While it was a competitive fight, young Canelo earned a unanimous decision.

Of course the fight every boxing fan in the world wants to see is a super showdown between Floyd Mayweather and Canelo Alvarez. That may happen at some point in the future, but it is unlikely to happen in 2013. Not because Canelo doesn't want the fight, but because Money May will likely hold off until Canelo becomes more of a household name in the United States.

With Mayweather out of the question, there are two other opponents who would make sense for Canelo in September. One potential opponent would be Miguel Cotto. A fight between the two would sell millions of pay-per-views and would easily be the most anticipated bout of the year thus far. The Mexican/Puerto Rican rivalries are always intriguing to fight fans from around the entire world.

Another opponent for Canelo could potentially be IBF light middleweight champion, Ishe Smith. Smith won his belt earlier this year with a majority decision over Cornelius Bundrage in February. Ishe Smith would likely be an easy victory for Canelo, but he does have a belt. After a hard battle against Trout, nobody would blame Canelo for taking a slightly easier fight in September.

However, Ishe Smith currently has a bout planned against Carlos Molina in July. This would make it very hard for Canelo to schedule a date in September against Smith. He would likely have to postpone his return to the boxing ring until October or November.

We will continue to monitor all of the latest news surrounding Canelo and his plans for the future. Like many fight fans around the world, we hope for a fight between Canelo and Mayweather, but we would be shocked if that fight happened in 2013.

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