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Canelo’s September Combat: Eubank Jr. In The Lead?

Chris Eubank Junior’s possibilities of getting picked by Canelo Alvarez for his battle in September are good as a result of Dana White selected to stage one among his UFC occasions on September 14th, the Mexican Independence Day weekend.

London Calling for Canelo & Eubank Jr.?

Canelo (61-2-2, 39 KOs) could elect to attend a number of weeks and battle Eubank Jr. (33-3, 24 KOs) in England in September. That’s a battle that might usher in lots of followers. It’s staged in London, the UK. It’s in all probability not a Wembley Stadium-level battle, nevertheless it sells many tickets for the sector.

The opposite opponent that Canelo is contemplating for his subsequent battle is Edgar Berlanga, his WBA necessary, and it could solely make sense to battle him if it might occur within the U.S. throughout a vacation on September 14th. Berlanga could be a nasty selection for Canelo for different causes.

Followers don’t think about the 27-year-old extremely ranked Berlanga certified to compete for a world title. They need to see him beat not less than one top-tier opponent earlier than getting a title shot, and he has not executed that.

Berlanga: A Much less Interesting Possibility

“For those who don’t have the Mexican Independence Day possibility over right here, you go to London,” stated Teddy Atlas to Probox TV about Canelo Alvarez doubtlessly going through Chris Eubank Jr. subsequent in September in London, England. “In order for you the nice rivalry with Puerto Rican and Mexican followers, you go along with [Edgar] Berlanga.”

The 34-year-old Eubank Jr. (33-3, 24 KOs) hasn’t fought in a 12 months, and he’d have some ring rust on him going up in opposition to Canelo in September, nevertheless it wouldn’t matter even when he had been energetic over the last 12 months. He’s not on the identical degree as Canelo talent-wise, and it’ll be a mismatch regardless.

“With the mixture of the UFC occurring Mexican Independence Day weekend, it might push Canelo out of Las Vegas,” stated boxing professional Paulie Malignaggi. “In that scenario, it might push the Berlanga battle away.”

Berlanga’s New York followers gained’t be completely satisfied that he’s not getting the battle, however once more, he doesn’t fee the battle, and it wouldn’t be good for Canelo to cope with the backlash from selecting him.

Whereas Canelo is busy preventing Eubank Jr, maybe Berlanga’s promoter Eddie Hearn can match in opposition to somebody good to offer him some credibility, like Caleb Plant, Jaime Munguia, David Benavidez, Christian Mbilli or David Morrell Jr.

“For those who battle in the USA, Berlanga is the extra viable opponent. He’s extra fashionable,” stated Malignaggi. “Eubank doesn’t have lots of recognition within the U.S. For those who go to Europe, you battle Eubank in England.  I might see that risk opening up, and I might see the place he’s going with this.”

There are few choices for Canelo’s battle in September until he desires to incorporate a few of the fighters within the 160-lb weight class. On condition that Eubank Jr. could be transferring up from 160, Canelo might take a look at different fighters from that weight class, and followers wouldn’t complain.

“England would like to have a Canelo Alvarez. To me, these boxing followers are one of the best on this planet,” stated Malignaggi. “Even when he had been preventing their native man, clearly, they might root for Eubank, however they might nonetheless be privileged and in awe to have one among boxing’s stars select their place to battle.”

London could be a superb place for Canelo to battle, and there could be lots of buzz across the occasion if it’s staged there. Eubank Jr. is clearly on the draw back of his profession, however followers nonetheless would need to see the battle if he’s preventing Canelo.

Dana White’s Influence on Canelo’s Schedule

“Dana White sits for no one. Canelo sits for him. For those who take a look at the UFC schedule, they’re doing that once more in September [for Mexican Independence Day], you might see Canelo taking his act on the street to England, the place he would clearly be welcomed with open arms. The English love their boxing and their celebrity fighters,” stated Malignaggi.

Canelo must get used to White staging his occasions on Mexican holidays within the U.S. to make the most of the followers who would tune in. If Canelo had been preventing somebody fashionable like David Benavidez, he wouldn’t must abandon his date in September, but when he had been to battle Berlanga, who is just fashionable in sections of New York Metropolis, it wouldn’t work.

John Anderson
John Anderson
John Anderson is a seasoned sports journalist with over 15 years of experience covering the NFL, NBA, and MLB. A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, John has worked with ESPN, Sports Illustrated, and The New York Times. His insightful analysis and in-depth reporting have earned him multiple awards in sports journalism.


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