Great Britain

Canelo Alvarez vacates WBO light-heavyweight title in hint he will return to super-middleweight for next fight


CANELO ALVAREZ has vacated his WBO light-heavyweight title - just six weeks after he beat Sergey Kovalev to win it.

The Mexican superstar, 29, has fuelled speculation that he will return to super-middleweight for his next fight.

The four-weight world title holder jumped up two divisions for his win over Kovalev in Las Vegas.

But he is expected to drop back down to middleweight or super-middleweight after vacating his belt.

Speaking about his decision, Canelo said: "I know that my accomplishments in the ring have brought pride to my fans and my country.

"I have longed enjoyed my relationship with the WBO and appreciate all they do to preserve and enhance the sport of boxing.

"This agreement allows the WBO to have its light heavyweight title contested regularly and allows me to pursue bouts against the best opponents, regardless of weight class."

WBO President Francisco 'Paco' Valcarcel added: "When his career is done, he will be regarded as one of the greatest boxers to ever stop into the ring, and one of Mexico's best fighters ever.

"We look forward to his future fights against rivals at the top of the middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and other divisions."

Canelo's decision has fuelled speculation that his next opponent could be Billy Joe Saunders.

Callum Smith is also in contention to take on the Mexican after his controversial points win over John Ryder last month.

Football news:

Frank de Boer will lead the Netherlands national team. Contract - for 2 years
Dynamo Stavropol about the match with Rotor: Transfers in the Russian Cup are prohibited. The RFU said that there is no way back
Maccabi entered the Champions League without 11 players due to covid. UEFA allows you to play if there are 13 players from the application
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: De Gea saved us for years, Henderson did the same today. Lingard played well
The semed said goodbye to Barcelona: Thank you for the opportunity to realize the dream. Eternally grateful
Juve have leased Morata from Atletico for 10 million euros with the right to buy out for 45 million
Barcelona and Atletico have agreed a move for Suarez (Fabrizio Romano)