WBC and WBA super middleweight champion Canelo Álvarez wants to become the first Mexican boxer to be undisputed champion in the four belt era. “It is important to me and Eddy because very few people have managed to become undisputed champions,” Canelo said. “And that’s a short-term goal for us. Win every title at 168 pounds. Obviously, no Mexican has ever done it. So that’s our short-term goal, to keep making history. And that’s what we want. Eddy and I have always wanted the best. And we want to continue making history “.
However, before fighting for another belt, Canelo needs to make his mandatory WBC defense against Avni Yildirim on February 27 in Miami. If successful, he is expected to fight WBO champion Billy Joe Saunders on May 8. The IBF belt is held by Caleb Plant.
To date, there have been five undisputed four-belt champions. Oleksandr Usyk (cruiserweight), Bernard Hopkins (middleweight), Jermain Taylor (middleweight), Terence Crawford (junior welterweight), Teofimo Lopez (lightweight).
José Ramírez and Josh Taylor are expected to meet for the undisputed junior welterweight title in May.
“I think it’s important, not just for me, but for all fighters,” added Canelo. “Making history in boxing is very important, I think. For me it is very important to leave a legacy in this sport. And that is why we are doing this. To keep making history and so when people talk about boxing, they always remember me. “